Opening Homes and Hearts to homeless dogs and cats in San Luis Obispo County since 1955

San Luis Obispo, CA   |
GuideStar Charity Check


EIN: 95-2058587


Woods Humane Society vows:
To serve, protect, and shelter homeless companion animals
To place animals in humane environments
To promote responsible pet ownership, provide humane education, and reduce pet overpopulation
To celebrate the human/animal bond

Ruling year info


Interim CEO

Emily L'Heureux

Main address

875 Oklahoma Ave.

San Luis Obispo, CA 93405 USA

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Subject area info

Animal welfare

Population served info

Children and youth


NTEE code info

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Woods Humane Society works toward providing a safe environment for homeless companion dogs and cats. Our goal is to reduce euthanasia through vibrant animal transfer and adoption programs.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Veterinary and Surgical Services

Woods Humane Society shelters over 3000 cats and dogs each year.  While at Woods, each animal receives a health exam and any needed treatments, including vaccinations and is spayed or neutered.  Additionally, Woods provides spay and neuter services for other organizations in the county.  In 2018, 4630 surgeries were performed at Woods.

Population(s) Served

Over 3000 cats and dogs call Woods Humane Society home each year.  In addition to food and shelter, each animal is nurtured and loved--dogs receive a professional behavioral assessment and training.  Careful attention is paid to the characteristics and personality of each animal so that they can be appropriately matched with a suitable adopter.

Population(s) Served

Woods Humane Society's Humane Education department recognizes that a future without pet overpopulation, homelessness, abuse, neglect and other animal welfare issues begins with our children.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

We work with shelters in neighboring counties to reduce euthanasia and expand our adoption program

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our first priority is to place as many animals into new, loving homes as we can, saving even more lives.

During 2015/2016 fiscal year we shifted our focus from providing services primarily for those in our own county to serving as a regional resource.

We began collaborating with shelters and rescues in neighboring counties to regularly transfer homeless animals into our facility — 636 during the course of the year. As they arrive we make sure they're healthy, vaccinated, microchipped and spayed or neutered; we address any behavior issues to ensure they're ready to join a family. Then we harness the power of social media to quickly find them homes, clearing our kennels so we can bring in even more pets from communities where their chances for adoption are slim.

To facilitate the flow of more animals through our shelter we have streamlined our procedures and added additional staff where necessary. We have worked to strengthen relationships with other animal rescue organizations so that together we can maximize available resources. We have developed new strategies to reach out to our community members and they have responded by opening their homes and hearts to homeless animals and through generously donating to support our work.

Between July of 2015 and June of 2016, we found homes for 1,759 cats and dogs, a 53.6% increase over the previous year. 614 additional lives saved!

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 3.97 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 4.6 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 18% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of WOODS HUMANE SOCIETY INC’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$379,196 -$464,058 $1,627,931 -$1,835,440 $149,099
As % of expenses -11.6% -13.9% 50.8% -47.7% 3.6%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$625,380 -$724,019 $1,364,486 -$2,094,606 -$96,472
As % of expenses -17.8% -20.1% 39.3% -51.0% -2.2%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $3,031,303 $3,163,321 $4,261,317 $3,676,478 $3,651,961
Total revenue, % change over prior year -26.5% 4.4% 34.7% -13.7% -0.7%
Program services revenue 23.4% 22.7% 17.9% 23.5% 21.7%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 9.6% 7.2% 1.4% 4.7% 7.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 11.0% 11.9% 0.7%
All other grants and contributions 62.3% 69.7% 69.7% 60.0% 70.7%
Other revenue 4.7% 0.4% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $3,276,531 $3,348,660 $3,205,380 $3,847,761 $4,130,470
Total expenses, % change over prior year 13.4% 2.2% -4.3% 20.0% 7.3%
Personnel 52.8% 53.3% 51.3% 51.4% 55.7%
Professional fees 0.1% 0.1% 2.8% 2.8% 2.2%
Occupancy 0.0% 3.4% 3.6% 3.9% 4.3%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 47.1% 43.2% 42.2% 41.9% 37.8%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Total expenses (after depreciation) $3,522,715 $3,608,621 $3,468,825 $4,106,927 $4,376,041
One month of savings $273,044 $279,055 $267,115 $320,647 $344,206
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $30,917 $437,673 $0
Fixed asset additions $557,180 $0 $275,614 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $4,352,939 $3,887,676 $4,042,471 $4,865,247 $4,720,247

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Months of cash 5.0 6.5 4.2 2.2 2.2
Months of cash and investments 34.4 33.4 45.3 30.5 28.6
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 33.9 31.4 37.9 25.5 24.0
Balance sheet composition info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Cash $1,369,546 $1,827,003 $1,123,215 $719,321 $768,617
Investments $8,012,660 $7,500,759 $10,980,752 $9,049,010 $9,074,133
Receivables $13,778 $8,958 $38,501 $36,088 $17,782
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $7,430,824 $7,440,321 $7,554,461 $7,651,183 $7,721,728
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 25.7% 28.9% 29.8% 32.9% 35.7%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 1.5% 4.4% 3.7% 1.4% 1.5%
Unrestricted net assets $14,773,345 $14,049,326 $15,413,812 $13,319,206 $13,222,734
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $1,449,676 $1,490,697 $1,434,083
Total net assets $14,773,345 $14,049,326 $16,863,488 $14,809,903 $14,656,817

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Interim CEO

Emily L'Heureux

Interim CEO Emily L’Heureux has been a lifelong advocate of adoption and community service, stemming from her early years of fostering rescue animals. She is passionate about connecting with, inspiring and empowering generous supporters and animal lovers to fuel the life-saving and transformative work of animal welfare. As Director of Development during a time of unprecedented fundraising challenges, Emily led Woods Humane Society to receive increased donations and community support crucial to funding its operations, fulfilling its mission, and performing up to 3,000 adoptions per year. In addition to her tireless work for homeless animals, Emily currently serves as Vice President of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (San Luis Obispo chapter), is a founding Board Member of Junior League of the Central Coast, and is a member of the South County YMCA Advisory Committee.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990


Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 04/05/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Jo Campbell

Kandy Noel

Marcia Torgerson

Autumn Clark

Bruno Giberti

Lisa Adams

Cory Karpin

Jen Melton

Scott Bloom

Ty Green

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/14/2023

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