ATASCADERO — In heartwarming news for old dogs, The Grey Muzzle Organization has revealed its annual grant recipients, with Woods Humane Society emerging as one of the fortunate winners. Out of 370 applicants, Woods in San Luis Obispo was chosen as one of 90 animal welfare groups to receive a grant dedicated to supporting local senior dogs.

The Grey Muzzle Organization provided a total of $848,000 in grants to the selected groups, aiming to enhance the lives of at-risk senior dogs in various communities. Woods Humane Society has been awarded a $7,500 grant, enabling them to provide essential pre-adoption veterinary care to 18 senior dogs, aged seven years and older.

Emily L’Heureux, the CEO of Woods Humane Society, expressed her gratitude, saying, “This grant will help us give more senior dogs like 13-year-old Holly the essential veterinary care they need so they’ll be ready to go to their forever homes.” Holly, a lovable Bichon Frisé, arrived at the shelter with stage-two kidney disease and significant dental issues. Thanks to the grant, Woods was able to stabilize Holly’s kidneys with a prescription diet, perform a dental cleaning, and extract painful teeth, eventually finding her a loving home to spend her golden years in comfort and love.


The Grey Muzzle Organization, a national nonprofit, has been making a significant impact for the past 15 years, providing over $4.6 million in grants to support their vision of ensuring that no old dog dies alone and afraid.

Lisa Lunghofer, Executive Director of Grey Muzzle, praised the work of Woods Humane Society, stating, “Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we’re delighted to help deserving organizations like Woods Humane Society make a difference in the lives of dogs and people in their communities.”

Woods Humane Society, with its commitment to supporting senior dogs, has been facilitating adoptions with an affordable fee of $100, which covers a spay/neuter surgery, microchip, license, vaccines, parasite treatment, collar and Woods tag, temporary leash, and a free wellness exam with a local veterinarian.

To visit Woods Humane Society, the public can head to either of their locations at 875 Oklahoma Ave., San Luis Obispo or 2300 Ramona Rd., Atascadero. The shelter is open daily from 12 to 5 p.m., with adoption hours from 12 to 4 p.m. For additional information about Woods Humane Society, interested individuals can visit or call (805) 543-9316.