Animal related


Opening Homes and Hearts to homeless dogs and cats in San Luis Obispo County since 1955

San Luis Obispo, CA


Woods Humane Society vows:
To serve, protect, and shelter homeless companion animals
To place animals in humane environments
To promote responsible pet ownership, provide humane education, and reduce pet overpopulation
To celebrate the human/animal bond

Ruling Year


Principal Officer

Jill Tucker

Main Address

875 Oklahoma Ave.

San Luis Obispo, CA 93405 USA


animal shelter, humane society, animal rescue





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

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Our first priority is to place as many animals into new, loving homes as we can, saving even more lives.

During 2015/2016 fiscal year we shifted our focus from providing services primarily for those in our own county to serving as a regional resource.

We began collaborating with shelters and rescues in neighboring counties to regularly transfer homeless animals into our facility — 636 during the course of the year. As they arrive we make sure they're healthy, vaccinated, microchipped and spayed or neutered; we address any behavior issues to ensure they're ready to join a family. Then we harness the power of social media to quickly find them homes, clearing our kennels so we can bring in even more pets from communities where their chances for adoption are slim.

To facilitate the flow of more animals through our shelter we have streamlined our procedures and added additional staff where necessary. We have worked to strengthen relationships with other animal rescue organizations so that together we can maximize available resources. We have developed new strategies to reach out to our community members and they have responded by opening their homes and hearts to homeless animals and through generously donating to support our work.

We know we're succeeding: as the number of animals adopted from our facility continues to climb; as we get reports and see photos of "our" cats and dogs loving life in their new homes; as we hear from our adopters about how their new family member has enriched their lives.

Between July of 2015 and June of 2016, we found homes for 1,759 cats and dogs, a 53.6% increase over the previous year. 614 additional lives saved!

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