Best of Surf dogs 1st place winner, Sugar, center, Gidget, left, in second place and Turbo, right, in third place at the Helen Woodward Animal Center’s 13th Annual Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon. Photo courtesy of Helen Woodward Animal Center

Best of Surf dogs 1st place winner, Sugar, center, Gidget, left, in second place and Turbo, right, in third place at the Helen Woodward Animal Center’s 13th Annual Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon. Photo courtesy of Helen Woodward Animal Center

Helen Woodward Animal Center recently held its signature beach event, the 13th Annual Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon. The center and presenting sponsor Blue Buffalo welcomed thousands of human and canine spectators to Dog Beach Del Mar for the event which featured surfing dogs, a canine costume contest, a “freestyle surf” competition, as well as food and interactive booths, all for the benefit of the pets and programs at the center. Surfing canines and spectators alike love this dog surf-competition because it’s the only one of its kind with 100 percent of the proceeds dedicated to helping “orphan” pets.

The dog surfing competition has grown to include more than 70 competing surfing dogs and has turned “dogs on surfboards” into a platform to raise lifesaving funds.

“This year was the best yet,” said Helen Woodward Animal Center Vice President of Development Renee Resko. “We are always touched by the love and happiness expressed by the owners of surfer dogs, and by those attending. There’s a real passion for an event that shows off how amazing our four-footed friends are and also a joy in knowing that it all goes towards such a good cause.” Visit animalcenter.org.

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Mission Federal Credit Union teamed up with NBC San Diego, Telemundo and the San Diego Humane Society for this year’s Clear the Shelters. The community-driven pet adoption drive helped find loving homes for over 2,300 animals in need and nationwide, the campaign resulted in 100,927 animals placed in forever homes. Since its beginning in 2015, Clear the Shelters has resulted in more than 250,000 pet adoptions. Mission Fed is proud to support efforts that raise awareness about pet overpopulation, shelter overcrowding and the importance of spaying and neutering animals. Visit sdhumane.org.

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The Building Owners and Managers Association, or BOMA, has supported Promises2Kids annual Back-to-School Drive and the Give From Your Heart holiday gift drive for more than 25 years.

Foster care hits close to home for one of BOMA’s community service committee’s co-chairs, Dennis Dubert. Dubert was raised in a home that served as a foster home to several of San Diego’s foster youth. His mother, Pat Dubert, who is still a foster parent, has been a selfless provider for over 45 years, fostering more than 600 children and adopting three.

Dubert said he was deeply honored to “follow in my mother’s footsteps and serve as co-chair of the Annual Back-to-School Drive for Promises2Kids.”

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