The RSFFM Hosts “Doggie Gras” by Helen Woodward Animal Center!

Helen Woodward Animal Center Celebrated 4th Annual Doggie Gras in Collaboration with the Rancho Santa Fe Farmers Market!

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The ORIGINAL Orphan Pet-Focused Fete is back and FREE to the public with a Doggie Gras Parade worth barking about – see a video of the festivities here:


Rancho Santa Fe Farmer’s Market Hosts Helen Woodward Animal Center’s “Paw-thentic” Doggie Gras Parade!

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Strike up the Zydeco… Helen Woodward Animal Center is marching its most colorful celebration to a beautiful new location!  The first weekend in February, the fourth annual Doggie Gras Parade is stretching its furry legs at the Rancho Santa Fe Farmer’s Market. The fun event shines a light on Center orphan pets by inviting participants to join a parade supporting animal rescue and Mardi Gras traditions on imaginary “BourBONE Street” down in “CATon Rouge.” Don’t miss the kickoff to all other Mardi Gras festivities on Sunday, February 7th from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Rancho Santa Fe Farmer’s Market in the Del Rayo Village Shopping Center in Rancho Santa Fe.

Helen Woodward Animal Center’s Doggie Gras Parade has become a favorite tradition for Center staff, orphan pets, local friends and doggie alumni each year.  The decision to shift this year’s event to the Farmer’s Market was made to allow more animal-lovers and rescue-supporters an opportunity to partake in the fun.  The Rancho Santa Fe Farmer’s Market has been a long-time supporter of the Center.

“We feel very honored to have the support of the Covello Family, who own the Del Rayo Village Shopping Center, and the support of Diane Haworth and Michael Varbaek who own and operate the Rancho Santa Fe Farmer’s Market,” stated Helen Woodward Animal Center Vice President of Development Renee Resko.  “The Market has always been a special part of this community and these individuals have made sure our orphan pets are top-of-mind by including them in weekly newsletters, offering us booth space and making Center donations.  We’re excited about partnering on this upcoming event.”

The Doggie Gras festivities will includes a variety of activities for all Mardi Gras-lovers and animal-lovers.  Purple, green and gold will bedeck and bejewel the event, where attendees will nosh on BARK-King Cake, take pictures against New Orleans style-backgrounds, make Doggie Gras themed masks, participate in a vendor treasure hunt and watch or take part in the lively Doggie Gras Parade featuring orphan and adopted pooches in Mardi Gras themed costumes.  Attendees are encouraged to take part in the parade by decorating pet strollers or wagons for their own furry friends.  Following the parade, judges will select a “Best 2016 Doggie Gras Float” with a special gift awarded to the winner!  Those who would like to be judged in the contest are asked to make a $10 donation to the pets and programs at Helen Woodward Animal Center.

Helen Woodward Animal Center’s Fourth Annual Doggie Gras Parade is FREE to the public.  To attend, or for more information, go to, call Helen Woodward Animal Center: (858) 756-4117 x 379 or contact Assistant PR & Communications Manager Mindy Wright at
For more information call 858-756-4117858-756-4117, option #1 or visit

Congratulations to our Neighbor, Rancho Valencia Resort

Congratulations to our neighbor Rancho Valencia Resort for earning the prestigious AAA 5 Diamond Award!

It is truly an honor to achieve both the Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five Diamond distinctions for the first time in the history of Rancho Valencia and we are sure proud to have them as our neighbors!
If you have not visited Rancho Valencia recently, you are in for a real treat!



About Rancho Valencia Resort:

rancho-valencia-pool“Since its opening in 1989, the award-winning Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa – Southern California’s only Relais & Châteaux property – has garnered a reputation as one of the West’s most sought-after five star resorts. A sanctuary of good living tucked away on 45 acres of lush gardens and olive groves, this Mediterranean-inspired, all-suite property recently completed a $30 million renovation including remodeled guest casitas, a brand new restaurant and new bar, and completely remodeled meeting space, as well as major enhancements to The Spa and fitness center. Among the property’s offerings are 49 luxuriously appointed guest casitas with private patios, rejuvenating spa treatments and a wellness-oriented fitness program at the spa, two distinctive restaurants – Veladora and The Pony Room – showcasing Rancho Valencia’s farm-to-table philosophy, and an award-winning tennis program.

rancho-valencia-3Rancho Valencia was recently hand selected by Forbes Travel Guide as one of the finest Five-Star hotels in the world and was awarded the prestigious 2014 North America Grand Award by Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report. The resort has also been ranked as the #9 resort in the country and #2 resort in California by U.S. News & World Report (2014) and was listed among Condé Nast Traveler’s Top 25 Spas in the World (2014).

In 2013, Rancho Valencia received a spot on Condé Nast Traveler’s Gold List as one of the World’s Best Places to Stay and was among the Top 20 Hideaways selected by the readers of Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report. Travel + Leisure also included Rancho Valencia among its Top 500 Hotels in the World, and Tennis Magazine continues to name the resort as its #1 U.S. Tennis Resort each year.”  Find out more at


See you at the Market today! 


Tour the Farms that Provide You with Fresh Food! Farm Tour Day June 7, 2014


This is an exclusive look at a side of San Diego County few people get to see

One day each year, the public is allowed an opportunity to fully experience country life! Guided walking tours, led by real, full-time farmers, will take you through several unique farming operations and showcase a variety of the region’s agricultural specialties.
  • Escondido: Features a mushroom farm, a global botanical garden, an avocado grove, farm animals, vegetables and cutting edge nursery growing grounds.
  • Ramona: Features a free-range and pastured egg ranch, a working vineyard and winery, an international succulent and cactus growing operation and two fruit and veggie farms.
  • Oceanside: Features a picturesque organic vegetable and berry farm, avocado groves, state of tthe art flower and plant propagation and a beautiful niche nursery crop.
Tickets cost $30 (Adults), $10 (Children 6-17) or $80 (Family package)
Purchase tickets ONLINE to Register
For questions please call Lindsey @ 760-745-3023
(information per Edible San Diego)

The Market Features our Beloved Animals this week with Pet Adoptions and Pet Portraits!

Visit Zawi Studio’s booth this Sunday and have Brett Al-Azzawi create a unique pet portrait for your home

Brett Al-Azzawi, a talented pet artist will be joining the Rancho Santa Fe Farmers Market this week.  Brett has painted countless loved animals and can create a unique portrait of your pet this Sunday!  Visit the Zawi Studio website at and see Brett at the Market

Visit the Helen Woodward Animal Center Pet Adoption Booth at the Market this Sunday!


Helen Woodward Animal Center will be joining us this week with a Pet Adoption Booth hosting Cats and Dogs that are looking for forever homes.  If you are looking to open up your home to a loving animal in need, pay Helen Woodward Animal Center’s booth a visit this Sunday!

Pet of the Week: Famous Feline “George Bailey” Puts Faith in Family

Meet George Bailey, Pet-of-the-Week at Helen Woodward Animal Center!

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If this 7-year old, 16lb. domestic short hair looks familiar- it’s because he’s famous! George’s story of hope and resilience warmed hearts across the nation when he made a full recovery after being abandoned at the Center early one December morning. Though families from all over the world wished him well, he has yet to find a family to call his own. With the manners of a gentleman and a loving, patient soul, George is faithfully awaiting his forever home.
George is waiting to meet you at Helen Woodward Animal Center. He has been neutered and is up-to-date on all of his vaccinations.  His adoption fee is $106 each and, as with all pets adopted from Helen Woodward Animal Center, he is micro chipped for identification.  As an added bonus, George also comes with two free passes to Sea World!

Helen Woodward Animal Center is located at 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe. Kennels are open daily Monday through Thursday from 12pm to 6pm; Fridays from noon to 7pm; Saturdays 10am to 6pm; and Sunday 11am to 6pm (last application accepted 15 minutes before closing).

For more information call 858-756-4117, (option 1) or visit

Check your inbox for the Rancho Santa Fe Farmers Market FRESH NEWS tomorrow to see more about what is happening at the Market this Sunday!