animals moved into our new Adoption Center in late 2006 · photo by Richard Labunski

Holly, a gorgeous, long haired, black and white cat was constantly overlooked as she hid in her cage in our old facility. When we moved Holly into our new Adoption Center, she came out of her shell immediately! Within days, Holly was adopted!

The day of her adoption, Pudgy, an adorable American Bull Terrier mix, walked out to the car with her new family. But before Pudgy got in the car, she turned and pulled back towards our Adoption Center with her tail wagging. It was her special way of saying thanks for her “New Leash on Life.”

We moved into our Adoption Center, above, in 2006 and have maintained an astonishing adoption rate of 90%! Our Adoption Rate accounts for every paw that crosses our threshold, not just those in our Adoption Center, as we strive to find forever homes for each pet. Today, we are so pleased that success stories like Holly’s and Pudgy’s are the norm. They are made possible by this awesome new facility and donations earmarked for our “New Leash on Life” Fund.

My, how far we’ve come! OSRAM-Sylvania’s donation of an acre of land allowed us to expand to two full-service buildings: our Adoption Center and a Receiving Center. A “New Leash on Life” fundraising campaign began as we meticulously researched the most progressive designs, features and materials for the animals. With the support of our community, the Adoption Center was built and our original building was transformed into a Receiving Center for incoming pets.

The Adoption Center is filled with hope, fun and love as happy purrs and wagging tails greet you. Dog feature rooms are so cozy; you may just catch our adoptable dogs snoozing with classical music in the background. 11 Dog Play Yards allow for plenty of fun and exercise. 5 special Cat Rooms offer special interaction with our feline friends – free of cages. When you enter a Cat Room, you can sit and play with happy cats. Natural light and custom built fixtures provide for play and exercise. Our Adoption Center is filled with progressive features that help us keep things clean and sanitized for the animals.

Our Receiving Center is an unsung hero! We can now spend the quiet time necessary with incoming pets, who are often scared or confused. We have the space to nurture them as we evaluate their health and temperament. Each new pet remains separated until we know they pose no health risk to pets in the Adoption Center. We can now contain contagious diseases that have devastated animal facilities across the nation. We are so grateful to report that our adoptable pets remain happy and healthy here, for as long as they need, until they find their special, forever home!

Our Board of Directors negotiated a low-interest loan with Community Trust Bank to pay for this amazing facility.  The “New Leash on Life” Fund continues to need your support to reduce the debt. Once the loan is paid off, the Fund will remain as a means to pay for routine maintenance, repairs and future improvements.

You may think of visiting a “shelter” as a sad experience, and may have not visited us for this reason. We invite you to join us in replacing the word “shelter” with the words “Adoption Center” when you think of the Woodford Humane Society as it best reflects our success for so many animals. We truly can offer a “New Leash on Life” and we hope you come out to experience it.

Please help give a “New Leash on Life” for future pets like Holly and Pudgy, as well as the 1,300 animals we expect this year. Or, consider including our “New Leash on Life” Fund in your will. Sponsorships are available and are recognized with special signs.

Please scroll farther down this page to view pictures of our new facility!


Naming And Sponsorship Opportunities Available:
  • Cageless Cat Colony  $5,000

  • Cat Recovery Room  $2,500

  • Cat Colony Playground  $1,500

  • Dog Feature Room $5,000

  • Dog Play Yard $2,000

  • Dog Play Yard Fencing $1,000

Make a donation now!

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Give the gift of comfort! 

You can donate a Kuranda dog bed for our new Adoption Center at a discounted price! It is one of the best gifts you can give a homeless pet!

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