The Santa Maria Valley Humane Society is pleased to announce a grand opening celebration for the new adoption center and spay/neuter clinic on Thursday, June 5th. A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 5pm celebrating this extraordinary accomplishment for area animals. Members of the public are invited to stop in for a tour at 1687 W. Stowell Road in Santa Maria anytime between 5pm and 8pm. In recognition of the project’s greatest contributor, a member of the Woods family will hold the honor of cutting the ribbon on the new Edwin and Jeanne Woods Family Animal Care Complex.

The new adoption facility was designed to house significantly more animals and more comfortably serve the community with the goal of making adoption the number one choice for people looking to acquire a pet.

“If we can dramatically increase the percentage of people that choose adoption vs. buying their new pet, Santa Barbara County has true potential to become a ‘no kill’ community,” explains Jill Tucker, SMVHS Executive Director.

The Humane Society’s new clinic was also designed to help save lives by providing twice the capacity to perform spay/neuter surgeries.

“We are deeply grateful to the Woods Family and to all of the generous contributors in our community that helped make our dream a reality,” said Claire Sheehy, SMVHS Board President. “The Dan Blough Construction team did a fabulous job building this new facility and we are proud to share it with our community.”

For more information about the organization or this open house event, please call (805) 349-3435 or visit

The Santa Maria Valley Humane Society was founded in 1981 as a privately funded 501 c3 entity.  After about 25 years of operating at their facility on Black Road, the organization relocated the adoption program to the new facility on West Stowell Road in late October 2013. The Santa Maria Valley Humane Society has placed over 10,000 animals in loving homes.  In 1998, the Society built and opened a clinic facility in order to offer low cost spay and neutering performed by local veterinarians.  The Humane Society is a “no kill” adoption facility and is committed to helping the community find safe, loving homes for unwanted pets and to reducing the population of unwanted animals through its spay and neuter education program.  A large volunteer team works in conjunction with paid staff to care for the animals, educate the community, and raise funding and awareness for this important community service.