Woods Humane Society in San Luis Obispo Matches All Donations up to $10,000 During “Dogust”

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – The Woods Humane Society of San Luis Obispo is celebrating the National Birthday for Shelter Dogs on August 1 throughout the month of Dogust by hosting a fundraiser that will include all donations up to $10,000 doubles activities.

“We are thrilled to announce that our incredibly generous friends at the Marianne and Stacy Cocks Fund, a San Luis Obispo County Community Foundation fund, will be matching each gift this month for twice the homeless dog and cat birthday to make wishes come true,” said Emily L’Heureux, Director of Development at Woods.

“This is an incredible opportunity to make a double difference with one donation to help animals in need.”

The month-long birthday celebration will also include offering free adoptions to all pets who have been at the shelter more than 30 days, which would benefit, among others, the longest residents of humane society, Snowy and Sherlock, who have been at the shelter for six months – well above the average length of stay of 13 days for dogs.

“Snowy and Sherlock are a bonded couple who need to find a home together. They are also seniors, they came to us for medical care and they are big dogs. Each of these traits contribute to the fact that they have been looking for a home for so long, although they are sweet, well-behaved and ready for a family,” said L’Heureux.

“Any of these traits would also put them at risk of euthanasia in many shelters with less space and fewer resources.”

The humane society has 26 long-term pets, many of them large dogs, who have been seeking homes for more than twice the average length of stay in Woods.

The cost of caring for an animal at the Woods Humane Society averages $800, but costs rise dramatically for pets that need special training, medical care or longer stays, L’Heureux said.

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

“We know your people are out there.”

To donate to the Dogust Double Your Donation fundraiser, click here.

To search for animals available for adoption, click here and look for the ‘free of charge’ icon next to an animal’s profile to see if the adoption fee has been waived.

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