Dr. Craig Mohnacky of Rancho Santa Fe receives 10News Leadership Award for service


10News and LEAD San Diego recently honored Rancho Santa Fe resident Craig Mohnacky, DVM, founder of the nonprofit Helping Paws, and president/CEO of Mohnacky Animal Hospitals, with the 10News Leadership Award for exemplary service to the San Diego community.

Helping Paws provides pro bono veterinary care for family pets and service animals on behalf of active military personnel in San Diego. For every veterinary customer spay or neuter package that is performed at any one of the Mohnacky Animal Hospitals in Carlsbad, Vista or Escondido, a free voucher is made available to a family in the military that requires pet services. Military personnel can request vouchers at (click on Helping Paws Program). Vouchers are made available and allocated to any military personnel on a first-come, first-served basis.

Mohnacky received the 10News Leadership Award on June 3. The award was presented at the Mohnacky Animal Hospitals’ Vista location by 10 News anchor Steve Atkinson and LEAD San Diego President and CEO Vicky Carlson. The segment aired during the 10News newscast at 6 p.m. June 25. To view the segment, visit

Mohnacky Animal Hospitals will be hosting two open houses this fall: from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Oct. 3 at the Mohnacky Plaza, 2250 S. Escondido Blvd, Escondido, and 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Nov. 14 at 2505 S. Vista Way, Carlsbad. Both events will benefit Helping Paws.