Helen Woodward fundraising event showcases animal medium Aug. 23


For anyone who has ever looked into the eyes of their furry family member and sworn they have a deeper connection with that pet than anyone else on earth, Animal Medium Brent Atwater can tell you why.

Atwater has been touching the lives of pet owners across the world with her books, blogs, social media and radio shows, all directed at the question of animal life after death. Now the world-renowned medium is donating her spiritual gifts to Helen Woodward Animal Center with a Readings for Rescue fundraiser from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23.

At the age of only 5 years old, Atwater’s intuitive gifts were discovered by Dr. J. B. Rhine at Duke University, the founder of ESP. In the years that followed, she devoted decades to researching animal life after death, pet reincarnation and human, animal, spiritual connections. Her books (translated into multiple languages), blogs, radio shows and global Facebook groups skyrocketed her to the top of the list as a leading resource for pet loss grief and animal afterlife questions.

In 1987, Atwater founded the Just Plain Love Charitable Trust, dedicating her special gifts to raising funds for children, pets and “other worthwhile causes.” Her ability to see and talk with living and dead pets helps heal hearts, answer unresolved questions and ultimately raise funds for the needs of animal welfare and pet rescue organizations across the country. Helen Woodward Animal Center is honored to welcome Atwater as she kicks off her 2014-15 season of Readings for Rescue.

“I’ll be traveling the world filming live shows where we select audience pet photos and do readings (like the ‘Long Island Medium,’ John Edwards, James van Praagh-style) for living and deceased pets,” said Atwater. “Tax-deductible audience ticket proceeds go to the sponsoring organization. It’s my way of giving back with my Gift.”

Helen Woodward Animal Center’s Readings for Rescue event will be from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23 with a special VIP Meet and Greet following the reading from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $37 for general admission and include an entry into a drawing for a free 3.5-hour full reading for your pet, along with an autographed book. VIP tickets are $99 and include the main show plus entry into the after-show Meet & Greet event. VIP tickets also receive a second chance to win a free reading and autographed book, plus photo opportunity with Atwater and Helen Woodward staff.

All attendees are encouraged to bring a printed photo of your current or past pet, as pet readings will be chosen at random.

For more on the upcoming event or to buy tickets, call Helen Woodward Animal Center at 858-756-4117, ext. 350 (please RSVP by Wednesday, Aug. 20) or visit For more on Brent Atwater, visit