Saved From Meat Trade, Cinderella Needs Her Fairytale Ending for Christmas

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In early October, we announced the Soi Dog Foundation rescued two female adults dogs from Thailand, Cinderella and Leanne.  The girls found a safe haven with the staff, trainers, and fosters of the Helen Woodward Animal Center, and now Cinderella is ready for a forever family of her very own.


The press release from Helen Woodward Animal Center shares the following:

Cinderella’s journey from across the world wasn’t an easy one.  Soi Dog Foundation estimates that approximately 5 million dogs per year are consumed in Vietnam, the majority being stolen pets.  The terrible ordeal of her capture, the traumatic circumstances of her confines, and even the long airline flight led to understandable confusion and fear.   But with the assistance of Helen Woodward Animal Center’s medical team, staff, trainers, and a very dedicated foster named Cheryl Solomon who became Cinderella’s “Fairy Dogmother,” the true princess in this special canine was revealed.

Erika with a newly arrived Leanne and Cinderella (left) in Los Angeles. (All photos courtesy of Helen Woodward Animal Center)

“It’s very obvious to me that Cinderella had a family at some point,” stated Solomon.  “She loves having a home and people to connect to and she adapted to us very quickly.  It would mean so much to me to know that she’s cuddling with loved ones for the holiday season.  She had a very tough start and she deserves her fairytale ending.”


Cinderella’s ideal family will consist of experienced dog owners who are prepared to provide a safe, stable environment and create comfort and security in her new life.  For more information on Cinderella (or our other SOI Dog Leanne), please contact Helen Woodward Animal Center at 858-756-4117 ext. 313, online at, or stop by at 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe.


About Helen Woodward Animal Center

Helen Woodward Animal Center is a private, non-profit organization where “people help animals and animals help people.” Founded in 1972 in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., the Center provides services for more than 57,000 people and thousands of animals annually through adoptions, educational and therapeutic programs both onsite and throughout the community. Helen Woodward Animal Center is also the creator of the International Home 4 the Holidays pet adoption drive, the International Remember Me Thursday® campaign and The Business of Saving Lives Workshops, teaching the business of saving lives to animal welfare leaders from around the world.  For more information, go to: