Wallace Group Marketing Coordinator, Susan K. Lee, is a volunteer for Woods Humane Society. Below she introduces us to Woods and the wonderful things they do for our community members; human, canine and feline alike!
When people find out I volunteer at Woods, one of the most frequent questions I get is, “Doesn’t it make you sad to see all the animals in a shelter?” To which I can honestly reply, “Actually no, Woods isn’t like that!” Over the years I have volunteered at other shelters that have left me sad, but Woods is unique. The environment there is hopeful. The animals are welcoming and they are happy to see you. And any time people spend with the cats in the cattery or the dogs in their kennel area helps them socialize. Socializing gets them one step closer to finding a home, which is of course the whole point!
Woods Humane Society’s primary focus is as an adoption shelter. They are very proud to be able to say that 98% of the animals that come to Woods find forever homes. Clearly they are doing many things right! Dogs and cats are brought to Woods either through transfers from other area shelters or when their owners can no longer care for them. They receive excellent care and lots of love while they await their forever family’s arrival. In addition, Woods offers many other programs and services for the benefit of the animals in their care and for the community, a few of which are below:
Please Don’t Litter
Spay or neuter your critter! Woods is making a difference in the pet overpopulation problem faced by our county and the country as a whole. Their Spay and Neuter Program provides nearly 4,000 surgeries each year which translates into preventing tens of thousands of unwanted litters (wow!). And this program is not limited to the temporary residents of Woods as they also provide spay/neuter surgeries for the San Luis Obispo County Animal Services Division, and other local non-profit pet adoption organizations.
Come. Sit. Stay.
Don’t eat my shoe! Since behavior issues are one of the most common reasons an animal is surrendered to a shelter, Woods has a professional trainer on the team who works with the dogs in the shelter and also provides classes for you and your dog. They are also currently developing plans for the Woods Humane Society Behavior Center, a program dedicated entirely to rehabilitation and training of those dogs who display fearful, shy, and/or defensive behaviors in order to help them become adoptable.
Back to School
Fun & Furry Teachers! Woods has a Humane Education program and has partnered with the county’s schools and youth development organizations to teach children of all ages things like the effects of overpopulation and how to approach a dog. The program has reached more than 1,500 kids throughout SLO County so far! Other education opportunities are provided at Woods through story hours, birthday parties (Am I too old to have mine there?!), seasonal day camps, community service days/projects, and customized tours and/or off-site visits.
As a non-profit organization, Woods relies on the community to continue to be able to do their amazing work. Fortunately, they have dozens of great events and activities throughout the year to provide enjoyable ways to donate money. The upcoming 22nd Annual Wiggle Waggle Walk is a great example! The theme this year is Peace, Love and Drool! (The wheels are turning for costume creation!) The walk takes place on October 18th so between now and then, I will be promoting the event to the people in my life; cajoling and bribing them with shameless displays of dog and cat pictures and baked goods to raise money for the event. If you would like to register for the walk or help me raise money for the animals at Woods, please visit the Wiggle Waggle Walk donor website!
Please visit the Woods website for more information on:
Woods Humane Society
Woods Volunteer Program
Woods Spay & Neuter Services
Woods Pet Training Program
Woods Humane Education Program
Woods Wiggle Waggle Walk