Animal Shelter Reduces Barriers to Pet Adoption through September 17, 2023
Woods Humane Society hopes to help more pets find loving homes this month by offering a “Fall in Love” half-off adoption promotion through Sunday, September 17, 2023. All dogs, cats, puppies and kittens are available for adoption at half the usual adoption fee, which regularly ranges from $65 for senior cats to $200 for puppies.
Woods Humane Society CEO Emily L’Heureux says, “As families return to busy school and work schedules in September, our shelters often see a decrease in adoptions; however, the number of homeless pets in need does not slow down. Kitten season is still in full swing in SLO County and our shelter partners throughout the state continue to struggle with heartbreaking overcrowding in their dog kennels. We hope this promotion will encourage families to consider inviting a pet into their homes and help us continue to take in more animals in desperate need of lifesaving care.”
The Fall in Love adoption promotion, which began at noon on September 9 and ends at 4 p.m. on September 17, reduces adoption fees to $32.50 for senior cats, $40 for adult cats, $75 for kittens, $50 for senior dogs, $75 for adult dogs, and $100 for puppies. All adoptable pets have been spayed/neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, and treated for parasites. Adoptions come with a free health check at a local veterinary clinic and the option to enroll in a month of complimentary pet insurance.
To see Woods’ adoptable pets, or for more information about Woods, visit www.WoodsHumane.org. Woods Humane Society is located at 875 Oklahoma Ave., San Luis Obispo, CA 93405 and at 2300 Ramona Rd., Atascadero, CA 93422 and can be reached by telephone at (805) 534-9316.
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.
Learn more about Petco Love here: petcolove.org.
In celebration of National Adopt a Shelter Cat Month, Woods Humane Society is offering a month-long Feelin’ Good Feline Adoption Special of half-off of all adult cat adoption fees in June 2022.
The promotion comes in response to the current height of kitten season on the Central Coast, which puts a high demand on Woods’ cat-shelter space and can also take attention away from its adult cats available for adoption.
Woods provided foster care for 147 kittens just in the month of May 2022, and a total of 201 kittens received foster, shelter, veterinary and/or adoption services last month. The nonprofit shelter is actively recruiting more foster volunteers to meet the growing need.
“We hope this month-long adoption promotion will help to highlight our incredible adult cats to potential adopters, and make room in our catteries for all of the young kittens soon to enter the shelter,” says Woods CEO Neil Trent.
Regular adoption fees for adult cats (between 5 months and 7 years) are $80 and adoption fees for senior cats (more than 7 years of age) are $65; this month, those fees will be reduced to $40 and $32.50, respectively. Kitten adoption fees will remain unchanged, at $150.
All animals available for adoption at Woods Humane Society have been spayed or neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, licensed, and treated for fleas and other parasites prior to adoption. Adoptions also include a free veterinary exam and 30 days of pet health insurance (if adopters choose to enroll). The shelter spends an average of $800 to care for each animal and relies on the generous support of the community to make sure that each animal receives the best care possible.
To view the cats currently available for adoption, visit www.WoodsHumane.org/Adoptions or visit either of our Cattery locations, open daily with adoption hours from 12-4 p.m. and closing at 5 p.m. For information about the foster program, visit www.woodshumanesociety.org/get-involved. For more information about Woods, 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.