H-SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY

Jan 10, 2012 9:53 PM by Kathy Kuretich

A profile of Woods Humane Society

It's an organization that's been helping animals since 1955.
Today, it's a privately- funded, non-profit and a model for animal shelters.
The number of programs, the clean facility, the volunteers and community support... allow them to put a big dent in the number of homeless dogs and cats in our community.
Last year, they adopted out 11-hundred animals, that's up from 2010, despite a bleak economy.

Like so many animal shelters, Woods Humane Society is faced with the tough job of finding forever homes for thousands of dogs and cats. But there, they do things a bit different.
"They're not stuck in kennels, they're not just kind of wasting away, they have interaction all day long," said Steve Kragenbrink of Woods Humane Society.

Their dogs can go inside and out, they have playtime with both people and other pups, they get walks with volunteers, go for training class, visit retirement homes... and go on play dates while they wait to find families.

"Dogs get to go out on hikes, to the beach, to the park on adventures, sometimes on sleepovers with volunteers, so really it's trying to maintain these animals in a kennel environment but providing them with mental and physical stimulation at every single opportunity that we have,"
said Kragenbrink.

Their cattery also puts kitty comfort at the top of their list.

"Our cats are not in cages at Woods Humane Society. They do live in a free-roaming cattery. They come and go as they please in an enclosed area and they all get a long fairly well, it's pretty amazing to see what happens," said Kragenbrink.

And if you've ever adopted an animal.. you know it's true... you get back so much more than you give.
"It's like falling in love," he said.

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