Pet Rescue of the Month: Woods Humane Society

“Opening Home and Hearts to Homeless Pets in San Luis Obispo County since 1955.”

Woods Humane Society has been dedicated to the care of homeless dogs and cats since 1955. Based in San Luis Obispo, California they use a multi-focused approach to end pet overpopulation. Being a non-profit organization, they have a small staff and rely on donations, grants, fundraising events, fees and caring volunteers to provide for the animals and outreach to the community. They recently merged with the North County Humane Society and now use that facility as their north San Luis Obispo County operation.

What They Do

Rescue dogsWoods, as the locals fondly call them, is a full-service Humane Society. Woods relieves other shelters when overburdened with an increase in dogs or cats at their facility. Additionally, they take in animals from individuals that are no longer able to be responsible for their pets. Last year over 1,500 pets passed through their doors and were provided care until they found their forever homes. All dogs and cats received medical care, spay or neuter surgery, housing, grooming, food and love.

As part of their commitment to ensure pets remain in their adopters homes and reduce pet overpopulation they:

  • Employ a full-time Trainer Behaviorist who works to ensure dogs are ready for adoption
  • Offer obedience training classes to the public to help keep pets in their current homes
  • Ensure every pet adopted from Woods is spayed/neutered and up to date on vaccines
  • Provide spay and neuter services to the San Luis Obispo County Animal Services’ adoptable dogs and cats
  • Offer low-cost spay and neuter procedures to the public and other animal rescue organizations

Making Rescue Fun

Woods is serious about what they do, but they also have fun! A variety of fundraisers year-round rally the community around their mission. A couple of the largest are:

  • Wine 4 Paws held in April 8-9 this year. This event involves people tasting wine at many of SLO County wineries. A portion of the proceeds on that weekend and all donations go directly to Woods.
  • Wiggle Waggle Walk is an annual event held in October around Halloween (22nd this year). Individuals and teams raise money by pledging to walk their dogs through a route in downtown San Luis Obispo. Festival atmosphere comes from dogs dressed in outrageous costumes, entertainment, an obstacle course for dogs and several vendors.

The organization hosts many more fun and festive events throughout the year in addition to these large ones.

Woods on Education

Adoptable dogs and Cats at Woods Humane SocietyWoods also offers education and outreach to the communities’ youth. They realize that the future is in their hands. Kids learn how to responsibly and humanely care for pets and ways to prevent pet overpopulation. Youth outreach is done through the following programs:

  • Youth Volunteer Programs (age based)
  • In School Programs which are available for all grade levels and usually involves a visit from a shelter dog – always a favorite
  • Shelter Tours which are a private field trip for classes, clubs and Scouting troops
  • Camps and Workshops during some holidays and most of the summer

Back in 1955 the Woods mission was the same, but their means of adopting pets was much different. Today they have a website which provides up-to-date information on a variety of dogs and cats that are ready for adoption. To increase adoptions Woods also promotes animals heavily through social media. With their dedicated staff, loyal volunteers and support from the community, the pets of San Luis Obispo County are in good hands.

Here is their contact information:

Woods Humane Society
875 Oklahoma Ave
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
Tel: (805) 543-9316

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