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SLO County animal shelter offering half-price adoptions this week

Kittens await adoption at the San Luis Obispo County Animal Services shelter in 2017. Paso Robles and Atascadero will rejoin a countywide agreement to build a new shelter.
Kittens await adoption at the San Luis Obispo County Animal Services shelter in 2017. Paso Robles and Atascadero will rejoin a countywide agreement to build a new shelter.

The San Luis Obispo County Animal Services shelter, which has been overflowing most of the summer, is offering half-price adoptions on all available animals through Saturday.

More than 100 stray and owner-surrendered pets are currently residing in the shelter, with more than 70 animals being cared for by volunteer fosters in their homes, Shelter Supervisor Andrea Liddie said in a news release.

“We have had a high number of owner-surrendered dogs, which is often the case at this time of year,” Liddie said. “People come back from vacation, start back to work or school and decide they need to give up their pet because they don’t have time anymore. This is also kitten season, so the shelter has many unaltered adult cats that have been caught roaming looking to breed.”

People interested in adopting are encouraged to visit the shelter, which is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. It also is open from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. Wednesday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

The shelter is located at 885 Oklahoma Ave. in San Luis Obispo.

Toby, a therapy dog who died in October, frolics with another dog during class. His owner, Daniel Freeman, a Morro Bay High School teacher, is raising money to train a new therapy dog.

Golden retrievers and their humans have a great time at the annual Goldens in the Park fundraiser for the San Luis Obispo nonprofit SLO County Golden Retrievers, which sponsors this event for community outreach services.

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