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Jonah has a face that will break your heart and a story that will inspire you to become part of it.

When this sweet, young boy was found, he was emaciated, had a terrible wound stretching across his face, and was limping in pain. We don’t know what misfortunes Jonah survived, but with your help, we are determined to change his luck.

Jonah Crystal Fund Mobile

Last week, we transported him out of an overcrowded shelter on the very day he was scheduled to be euthanized. He is safe, warm, and getting the food and TLC he needs with us. However, after examining him, our veterinary team discovered that Jonah will likely require multiple procedures in order to fully recover.

His right eyelid will need to be surgically corrected, and his knee and hip injuries are so serious that he will likely require more than one operation with the help of a local surgeon specializing in orthopedic procedures.

Now, we are asking the community for help to get Jonah back on his paws and on the path to his forever home.

Jonah has endured an unimaginably frightening and painful journey in his young life. Please donate to our Crystal Fund today to help provide the life-changing resources needed to give him, and others like him, relief from pain and hope for a happy future.

Learn more about the Crystal Fund for specialized veterinary care, here.

Participate in our Kitten Foster, Donation, and Adoption Drive from March 17-20, 2022

Happy St. Catrick's Day Graphic for Kitten Shower

It's kitten season on the Central Coast, and we're bracing ourselves for it by hosting a four-day-long “St. Catrick’s Day” Weekend celebration from March 17-20, 2022, that will include a Kitten Shower donation drive, a virtual webinar about fostering and kitten care needs, and an adult cat adoption promotion to help make room in the shelter for kittens.

The festivities come in anticipation of the beginning of a long local kitten season that typically spans from March through October or later. This is the time of year when unaltered outdoor cats begin to reproduce, resulting in high numbers of found and surrendered kittens coming into the shelter.

Woods Anticipates Hundreds of Homeless Kittens

Alexander the Great, pictured, was one of 752 kittens Woods cared for last year. Originally found in a gutter, he came to us severely dehydrated, malnourished and suffering from an upper respiratory infection. After weeks of intensive care, Alexander the Great, now named Onion, made a full recovery, and he now thrives in his adoptive home.

Woods cared for 752 kittens last year, including 326 that needed foster care until they were old enough to be spayed or neutered and made available for adoption. The influx of kittens requires an increase in the shelter’s foster volunteers, kitten and foster care supplies, and medical support. By early summer, Woods’ catteries are often at full capacity, with adoptions lagging behind the number of local cats and kittens in need of help.

“In spite of the thousands of spay and neuter surgeries we perform annually, and our monthly dedicated effort to sterilize unowned, outdoor community cats in particular (through our Project M.E.O.W subsidy), we still see hundreds of homeless kittens in need of help each year. Many of them come to us ill and malnourished and require specialized, round-the-clock care in order to survive,” says Woods Humane Society CEO Neil Trent. “We rely on the kindness, compassion, and generosity of the local community in order to provide the resources needed to save and find homes for these fragile young animals.”

Come to the "Kitten Shower"

Alexander the Great, now Onion, is doing great in his forever home!

We've created a Kitten Shower “Registry” of our most-needed items, such as kitten electrolyte supplements, heating pads, bottle warmers, syringe feeders, and more, at www.WoodsHumane.org/KittenShower. We also invite the public to attend a free, live “shower” and informational session on Sunday, March 20, at 11 a.m., where a panel of Woods kitten experts will show some of the kittens currently in the shelter’s care; discuss foster, volunteer, and donation needs; as well as demonstrate common kitten volunteer tasks such as bottle-feeding, weighing and more. To register for the free webinar, visit www.WoodsHumane.org/Event/Virtual-Kitten-Shower.

For more information, visit www.WoodsHumane.org or call (805) 543-9316. Woods Humane Society is located at 875 Oklahoma Ave., San Luis Obispo, CA 93405 and at 2300 Ramona Rd., Atascadero, CA 93422.

$25 Donations to Project M.E.O.W. Provide Subsidized Medical Services for Unowned Community Cats

It's National Spay & Neuter Awareness Month and World Spay Day (February 22) and Woods Humane Society is raising funds for, and awareness about, one segment of the local pet population that needs the community’s help most: unowned cats.

Community Cats feeding station Project MEOW

According to Dr. Leslie Sklena, Woods Director of Veterinary Medicine, unowned “community cats” are perhaps the most voiceless and helpless of all of the homeless animals in our community. “They go unseen,” she says, explaining that some of these cats are feral, while others are friendly neighborhood visitors, roaming freely outdoors. “People don’t always get to pet them or cuddle them,” she says, but they need help nonetheless.

Thanks to our donor-supported Project M.E.O.W fund, Dr. Sklena's team at Woods sterilized and treated 1,467 community cats last year alone—a number that represents only a fraction of those in need of veterinary services.

Watch our short video to see the behind the scenes of Project M.E.O.W.

Monthly 'Tip It Tuesdays' Help Community Cats

Cat in trap at Project MEOW spay day

Many of the cats came to one of our two low-cost clinic locations, in Atascadero and in San Luis Obispo, on a monthly Tip It Tuesday, a day devoted to providing community cats with a spay/neuter surgery along with an identifying ear-tip and a rabies vaccine—all for the steeply reduced fee of $25.

Local Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR) organizations and Good Samaritans bring in the community cats for what is presumably their first and only veterinary appointment of their lives. For this reason, Woods’ medical staff takes the time to thoughtfully assess and treat each individual feline. Dr. Sklena’s team, for instance, has helped community cats in need of tail amputations or wound sutures before being re-released, and have identified more social cats and kittens that were candidates for Woods’ adoption program.

Sequoia's Lucky Break

Woods Humane Society Project MEOW slider mobile

One such unowned cat, Sequoia (pictured), quickly won the hearts of the Woods team recently with her sweet demeanor. Thanks to Project M.E.O.W., she received extensive treatment for a broken leg that might have otherwise gone untreated, and ended up getting adopted by a staff member.

Woods says that the population of community cats can grow quickly without TNR efforts and subsidized spay and neuter programs: Cats can start reproducing at just five months of age, and can have up to three litters per year. In advance of kitten season, which begins in the spring, and in honor of World Spay Day, we are asking the community for help keeping the Project M.E.O.W fund high enough to meet the local need to help cats like Sequoia and thousands of other nameless felines in our county.

Donations to support Project M.E.O.W. can be made at WoodsHumane.org/donate/project-meow/. For more information about scheduling a subsidized surgery for a community cat, visit WoodsHumane.org/spay-neuter/community-cats/. Woods Humane Society also provides low-cost medical services for publicly owned pets and for the homeless dogs and cats available for adoption at Woods or at SLO County Animal Services. All told, our clinics altered 6,195 animals last year. For information about scheduling a spay or neuter surgery for owned pets, please visit SpaySLOCounty.org.

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