Adoption fees reduced to $50 from March 18 through April 2 to make space for incoming animals

SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY — As many prepare for spring break vacations, Woods Humane Society is preparing for a flood of spring kittens and puppies in need of shelter by hosting a Spring Shelter Break adoption promotion from March 18 through April 2. 

All adoption fees are reduced to $50 (plus license fees for dogs and puppies) to encourage adoptions and help make space for the hundreds of animals it expects to take in over the coming months. 

“As temperatures warm, unaltered dogs and cats begin reproducing, which results in a deluge of young animals in need of food, shelter and medical care,” explains Woods Interim CEO Emily L’Heureux. “From April through December, we will take in around 800 kittens or more, many of whom are newly born, sick and in need of round-the-clock care.”

In anticipation of the annual rise in baby animals that stretches the shelter’s capacity to the max, L’Heureux hopes the Spring Shelter Break adoption promotion will help clear space and find loving homes for the animals currently available for adoption.

“Typically, when the busy travel and vacation season begins, we see adoptions slow down overall. By significantly reducing fees for two weeks, we aim to boost awareness and interest, while also removing some of the initial financial barriers to adopting.”

L’Heureux also notes that spring is a great time for locals to consider adopting, as warmer and longer days invite outdoor excursions with a dog. “A four-legged friend makes a perfect companion for spring break and beyond.” 

The Spring Shelter Break promotion runs now through April 2. All animals have been spayed/neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, licensed, and treated for parasites. Adoptions also include a voluntary 30 days of pet insurance and a free wellness exam at a local vet clinic.

Woods Humane Society is located at 875 Oklahoma Ave., San Luis Obispo and at 2300 Ramona Rd., Atascadero and is open to the public daily from 12 to 5 p.m., with adoption hours from 12 to 4 p.m. For more information about Woods, visit or call (805) 543-9316.