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May is National Chip Your Pet Month and Responsible Animal Guardian Month. Woods Humane Society is encouraging the public to protect their pets, especially in advance of summer fireworks, by offering free Microchip Clinics at each of its locations throughout May.

What is a Microchip?

Microchips are about the size of a grain of rice and are implanted just under the skin of dogs and cats. Each chip contains a unique code that can be easily scanned by a vet or an animal shelter employee and matched against an identification database online.

“Microchips allow lost pets to be quickly reunited with their owners rather than experiencing the stress and confusion of being in a shelter—or worse,” says Woods CEO Neil Trent.

May Microchip Clinics
Veterinary clinics and shelters can easily scan animals' microchips and contact owners.

Why Are Microchips Helpful?

The American Humane Association estimates that more than 10 million dogs and cats are lost or stolen in the U.S. every year, while one-third of all pets will become lost at some point in their lives. The organization further states that only 15 percent of lost dogs and 2 percent of lost cats in shelters without ID tags or microchips are reunited with their owners.

“Many of these strays could be returned safely home if they could only be identified,” Trent says. “At just $20, microchips are among the cheapest, easiest and best ways to safeguard our pets against the risk of homelessness and suffering as a stray.”

Make an Appointment

Local pet owners can make an appointment to get free microchips on Wednesdays from 2-4 p.m. at its San Luis Obispo location, and on Fridays from 2-4 p.m. at its Atascadero location, throughout May. Appointments can be made at

For more information, 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.

Free Pet Celebration Welcomes Leashed Dogs, Features Dog Costume Contest, Pet Fair & More

It’s Adopt a Shelter Dog Month and Woods Humane Society will cap off a month of celebration and adoption promotions by inviting the community—including leashed and friendly dogs—to its San Luis Obispo campus for the Wiggle Waggle Fall Festival from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 30, 2021.

Wiggle Waggle Fall Festival Logo

This free pet celebration will feature fall-themed, carnival style activities for the whole family, sponsored by Saint Francis Capital Wealth Management and Perfect Union, in addition to MetLife Pet Insurance, Coast 104.5 (which will host the event live, on-air), The Krush 92.5, 93.3 KZOZ, 98.1 KJUG, 920 KVEC, Hill’s Science Diet, Williams Homes, Lemos Feed & Pet Supply, Elemental Wealth Advisors, and New Times.

“After months of social distancing and virtual events, we are thrilled to be able to take advantage of our warm fall weather to safely host this outdoor festival in celebration of the animals who continue to brighten our days and fill our hearts, no matter what is happening in the world,” says Woods CEO Neil Trent. “We would love nothing more than to thank our local community members who have supported us through thick and thin by treating them to an afternoon of pure, pet-inspired fun.”

Event Highlights

                Event highlights include kids’ and canines’ costume contests; canine carnival activities like the Stuffed-Animal Pull, Pup-Cake Walk, and Bobbing for Tennis Balls in the Doggy Splash Zone; a Trick-for-Treat training challenge and Haunted Dog House in the Woods University training facility; holiday family photo opportunities at the Woods PUP-kin Patch as well as with a real, live Santa Paws; and both trick-or-treating and shopping in the open-air Pet Fair, featuring local artisan goods, delicious food, face painting, and more.

                Event vendor SLO Animal Services will be offering free microchips for pets during the event (while supplies last) at their neighboring site, next door to Woods Humane Society SLO. Other Pet Fair vendors include Palette and Pine hand-crafted wood signs, Woolly Bear Designs, Paradise Shaved Ice, Tails Pet Boutique, Amandalee Designs, Lemos Feed & Pet Supply, Paso Pups gourmet dog treats, Krave Boxx food truck, Tacos El Grande food truck, SLO Roasted Coffee, and more.

Most event activities will be held outdoors, however, restrooms and some event booths will be located indoors. Masks are required in all indoor areas.

The Woods Wiggle Waggle Fall Festival will be held at Woods Humane Society SLO, located at 875 Oklahoma Ave., San Luis Obispo, CA 93405. For more event information, visit or call (805) 543-9316.

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