The Lucky Duck Foundation, a San Diego-based non-profit organizatio that raises awareness and funds for charitable causes, announced recently that it has added the Helen Woodward Animal Center to its beneficiaries list. Also based in San Diego, the Helen Woodward Animal Center is a no-kill center that provides humane care and animal adoption for orphaned animals, as well as animal-centered educational and therapeutic programs for people.
The grant to the Helen Woodward Animal Center will go toward funding the group’s Pet Encounter Therapy program, which brings animals to visit patients in hospitals and care facilities, children’s shelters, and senior centers. According to the group’s website, “[s]tudies document that holding and caressing an animal provides benefits such as relaxation, lower blood pressure, improved long- and short-term memory, and sensory stimuli.”
“The Pet Encounter Therapy initiative is a critical program that provides those children and adults confined to institutional settings with the unconditional love of animals during the most difficult time in their lives,” said Renee Resko, Helen Woodward Animal Center Vice President of Development. “We are honored to be selected by the Lucky Duck Foundation for this grant support.”