Become A Woods Volunteer

Welcome and thank you for your interest in Woods Humane Society. We’re pleased that you’re thinking about joining our team. Volunteers play a crucial role at Woods – we could not accomplish our work on behalf of homeless animals without you.

Individual Volunteers

How to Get Started

Fill out our online Volunteer Interest Form.  You will then receive an email inviting you to an upcoming orientation.  At the orientation you will learn about Woods Humane Society and the many roles available for volunteers. You’ll also find out about the training required to work with our animals.

If you’d like to get an idea of some of our volunteer opportunities, check out ways that you can help.

Volunteers between the ages of 12 and 16 can help out at Woods Humane Society alongside a trained parent or guardian.

Questions?  Contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Robin Coleman at or 805-543-9316 ext. 22

Community Service Hours for Students and volunteer groups

Woods Humane Society welcomes participants with school community service hours to join us in helping to provide a premier level of care for the dogs and cats at Woods.

Elementary and Junior High and High School Student

Contact our Humane Education Coordinator, Jamie Relth at or 805-543-9316 ext. 13

College Students
"Done-In-a-Day" – special half-day project assignments for college groups, corporate groups or clubs often include helping with administrative tasks, making toys, organizing a fundraiser, deep cleaning, gardening, special projects or events. Time permitting we provide a quick tour and a hello to some of our animals.  Most often done-in-a-day opportunities do not include direct animal care or handling. The maximum number of people for these opportunities is 15.  Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate larger numbers.
Please email our Volunteer Coordinator, Robin Coleman at
Include in your email:
  • Your contact information
  • The name and a little information about your group - be sure to let us know if this is a youth group
  • The number of volunteers in your group
  • The date(s) you are interested in volunteering
  • How many hours you want to volunteer
  • Any limitations on the type of work you can perform
  • How you learned about this opportunity to volunteer

Groups are not required to attend orientation.

Students over 16 looking for ongoing opportunities to volunteer outside of school requirements should follow the link to the Volunteer Interest Form above.

We do not offer Court-ordered Community Service Hours

Opening Homes and Hearts to Homeless Pets
in San Luis Obispo County since 1955.