Volunteering at Woods

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Becoming a Woods Volunteer

COVID-19 Announcement -

We are not hosting new volunteer orientations due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. Volunteers are a vital component to all that we do at Woods Humane Society and we ask that anyone who is interested in being notified when our Volunteer Programs resumes to fill out our Volunteer Interest Form below. Thank you for your interest and for wanting to support the life-saving work of Woods.

Welcome! 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.

Looking for Volunteer opportunities for KIDS and TEENS? Click Here!

Woods Humane Society is looking for volunteers


Individual Volunteers

How to Get Started

Fill out our online Volunteer Interest Form.  Within the next two weeks you'll 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.

YOUTH Volunteers

Woods offers interactive, supervised volunteer and community service opportunities for kids ages 6-18 through our Humane Education Program's Youth Volunteer Team (click to read more, and register!).
Foster Volunteers

Foster Volunteers take animals into their own homes on a short term basis who, for a variety of reasons, are not ready to enter our adoption program.  In Spring and Summer, we have many, many kittens not yet old enough for their spay or neuter surgery.  Throughout the year adult cats and dogs may also need to be fostered; they may be in need of medical care, socialization to overcome shyness, or behavior modification and training.  Want to help?  We have foster opportunities in both San Luis Obispo (cats & dogs) & Atascadero (cats only). Please click on the location where you would like to help, fill out our Foster Interest Form, and we’ll be in touch.

Community Service Hours for College Students and volunteer groups

To learn more about "Done in a Day Projects" for volunteer groups or ways to complete community service hours, click here.

Contact our Volunteer Coordinators
Woods Humane Society - San Luis Obispo
Catherine Armstrong at volunteer@woodshumane.org or (805) 543-9316 ext. 22


Woods Humane Society - North County
Email volunteernc@woodshumanesociety.org or (805) 543-9316 x 41

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