Humane Society in San Luis Obispo

Woods Humane Society

875 Oklahoma Avenue
San Luis Obispo, California 93405
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Local Phone: (805) 543-9316

Woods Humane Society was founded in July of 1955 as Woods Animal Shelter, Inc. It has been in continuous operation since then serving the needs of animals and their owners in San Luis Obispo  County. Its original location was in Nipomo on land donated by the Woods Family.

In addition to pet adoption, Woods offers dog obedience classes, humane education programs, summer camps, and volunteer opportunities for hundreds of people of all ages each year.

DogTrekker operates on the principles set forth in its 4-Paw Promise: “To deliver local and accurate listings, provide engaging and actionable content and focus on social commitment to the communities we serve.” The “social commitment” part of that promise encompasses more than 300 rescues, shelters and adoption centers listed on our website and mobile app. We provide visibility, awareness campaigns, adoptathon coverage and fundraising opportunities to many of these. Here’s a short list of organizations that would deeply appreciate your holiday remembrance. more »
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It's not too late to register for the 24th Annual Wiggle Waggle Walk, a 1-mile K9 pledge walk, costume competition and pet fair to celebrate the human-animal bond and to raise money for homeless pets. This important fundraiser will take place on Saturday, October 22 at Mitchell Park in San Luis Obispo. more »
Cute dog
Holly is all smiles.
We've talked before about SLO's own Woods Humane Society. Especially how their determination, creativity, and innovative community partnerships have made a life-saving difference to dogs, cats, and other creatures who find themselves needing homes and TLC. more »
Dog in a cart
Ready for a trip to town. (CC) E. Haug
San Luis Obispo, home to California Polytechnic State University, is a quintessential college town nestled in a sea of hills just 10 miles from the Pacific coast. It has just about everything going for it so far as DogTrekkers are concerned, from dog-friendly hotels and restaurants to dog parks and historic sites including a Spanish mission dating to 1772 and an 1850s adobe home whose alluring gardens are open to canine visitors with people on the other end of the leash. Even SLOMA, the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, is happy to host leashed dogs and their owners during regular business hours.  more »
Wiggle Waggle Walk SLO dog in costume
Martin Resorts,'s premier lodging partner in San Luis Obispo, is a proud donator to Woods Humane Society, a nonprofit organization whose primary focus is to give homeless animals a place to stay and find a loving home.  more »
Wine 4 Paws Weekend Logo
A wonderful wine event to benefit Woods Humane Society is happening April 26 and 27. The stunning wine region of San Luis Obispo County, voted Best Wine Region for 2013 by Wine Enthusiast magazine, is hosting wine loving dog owners and their pups to sip on award-winning wines, nibble on special treats and bask in the sun, all while supporting a great cause. more »
Wine 4 Paws sign
Don't miss the April 26-27 “Wine 4 Paws” weekend in San Luis Obispo County's beautiful wine region benefiting the animals at Woods Humane Society. Pet-loving wine drinkers can help support Woods Humane by visiting any of the participating wineries during the event.  more »
Pet friendly Pismo Lighthouse Suites
Dog-friendly Pismo Lighthouse Suites
Planning a vacation in beautiful San Luis Obispo County with your favorite four-legged travel companion? We suggest checking out Martin Resorts. Martin Resorts’ collection of premier hotels and restaurants on the Central Coast includes four hotels that offer dog-friendly lodging: the oceanfront Pismo Lighthouse SuitesBest Western Plus Shore Cliff Lodge, and The Inn at the Cove in the classic vacation town of Pismo Beach; and the Paso Robles Inn in the heart of Paso Robles Wine County. more »
Martin Resorts Owners with check for Woods Humane SocietyWe're delighted to report that Martin Resorts has gone even further in being dog-passionate with a donation of $4,000 to Woods Humane Society.

Knowing that not every animal is as fortunate as those who vacation at their properties, Martin Resorts looked for a way to give back. more »
dogs in the water at the beach
It’s all paws out for a daylong adventure on Avila’s Bob Jones Bike Trail. Don’t have a bike? No worries! Bike rentals are available near the parking area and leashed Lassies are also welcome with walkers, joggers and skaters on this 2.5-mile paved pathway to beautiful Avila Beach.  more »
little dog for adoption
With nearly 55 years of animal rescue under its collar, Woods Humane Society is one of San Luis Obispo County’s favorite local nonprofits.  Here dogs and cats waiting for their forever families find respite under the loving care of dedicated staff and volunteers.  more »
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