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August 1st is the National Birthday for Shelter Dogs, known as Dogust, and Woods Humane Society is celebrating by throwing a month-long birthday party full of surprises for shelter dogs and cats throughout the month. The festivities will include a $10,000 match birthday fundraiser that will double each donation made to the organization to help twice as many homeless pets.

“We are so excited to announce that our amazingly generous friends at The Marianne and Stacy Cocks Fund, a Fund of the Community Foundation of San Luis Obispo County, will match every gift this month to make twice as many homeless dogs’ and cats’ birthday wishes come true,” says Woods Director of Development Emily L’Heureux. “This is an incredible opportunity to make twice the impact with a donation for animals in need.”

In addition, Woods Humane Society will treat the pets in its care with Dogust birthday surprises (which they will share on Facebook and Instagram), and will offer fee-waived adoptions for any pets who have been at the shelter longer than 30 days.

Two animals to benefit from this adoption special are Snowy and Sherlock (pictured), who are Woods’ longest residents. They have been at the shelter for six months—well over the average length of stay of just 13 days for dogs.

“Snowy and Sherlock are a bonded pair that need to find a home together. They are also seniors, they came to us in need of medical care, and they are large dogs. Each of these qualities contributes to the reason they have been in search of a home for so long, despite the fact that they’re sweet, well-behaved and ready for a family,” says L’Heureux. “Each of these qualities would also put them at risk for euthanasia in many shelters with less space and fewer resources. At Woods, we are grateful to be able to be there for hundreds of animals with special needs like them each year, no matter how long it takes, thanks to the generous support of the community.”

Snowy and Sherlock Party

She says the average cost of caring for an animal at Woods is $800, and that cost goes up dramatically for pets in need of specialized training or medical care, or extended stays. Woods currently has 26 long-term animals—many of them large dogs, a trend that is currently widespread in the animal shelter industry—who have been in search of a forever home for more than double Woods’ average length of stay.

“Not only are we not giving up on these long-term guests, we’re doubling down and waiving their adoption fees this month to remove barriers to adoption by loving families. We know their people are out there.”

All Woods animals have been spayed or neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, licensed, and treated for fleas and other parasites prior to adoption. Adoptions also include a free wellness examination at local veterinary clinics and 30 days of pet health insurance (if adopters choose to enroll).

Click here to donate to the Dogust Double Your Donation fundraiser. To view animals currently available for adoption, visit and look for the “fee-waived” symbol next to an animal’s profile to determine if their adoption fees have been waived. To see the shelter’s birthday surprises for the animals this month, follow Woods on Facebook and Instagram.

Woods is also open to the public daily from 12-5 p.m., with adoption hours from 12-4 p.m. For more information about Woods, visit 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.

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Just a few months ago, Jonah broke our hearts with his scarred face, skinny frame, and terrible limp. We rescued him from an overcrowded shelter on the day he was scheduled to be euthanized, and we knew we had to do everything we could to help this sweet boy.

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Because of the generous support of this community, Jonah had a major surgery to repair his dislocated hip, as well as an operation to correct an inverted eyelid.

Since then, he has been showered with loving care to ensure his full and speedy recovery. Our team performed daily physical therapy with him, and he even enjoyed six weeks of post-operation swim rehabilitation to help him regain his strength!

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Woods Humane Society has received a $15,000 grant investment from national nonprofit Petco Love in support of their lifesaving work for animals on the Central Coast of California.

Petco Love is a national nonprofit leading change for pets by harnessing the power of love to make communities and pet families closer, stronger, and healthier. Since its founding in 1999, Petco Love has invested $330 million in adoption and other lifesaving efforts. And Petco Love helps find loving homes for pets in partnership with Petco and more than 4,000 organizations — like Woods — across North America, with 6.5 million pets adopted and counting.

“Our investment in Woods Humane Society is part of more than $15M in investments recently announced by Petco Love to power local organizations across the country as part of our commitment to create a future in which no pet is unnecessarily euthanized,” said Susanne Kogut, president of Petco Love. “Our local investments are only part of our strategy to empower animal lovers to drive lifesaving change right alongside us. We recently celebrated the one-year launch anniversary of Petco Love Lost, a national lost and found database that uses pet facial recognition technology to simplify the search for lost pets.”

“We are so grateful for the generous support and partnership of Petco Love. In fiscal year 2021-2022, when fundraising continued to be a challenge, and when pets in over-crowded regional partner shelters desperately needed our help, we were able to transfer 1,218 animals and place 2,682 dogs and cats into loving homes,” said Neil Trent, CEO of Woods Humane Society. “Without the generous support of grants like these and our local community, we would not be able to save so many animals from unnecessary euthanasia and place them into loving homes.”

Woods Humane Society, a nonprofit dog and cat adoption center serving the San Luis Obispo County community, is supported solely by donations, grants, bequests, fundraising events, and fees for services. Working closely with partner shelters across the state, and with individuals who are no longer able to care for their pets, the nonprofit provides shelter, veterinary care, and adoption services for more than 3,000 cats and dogs each year at its facilities in San Luis Obispo and Atascadero. As part of its commitment to managing homeless pet populations, its medical team performs 4,000 spay/neuter surgeries each year.

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