Shelter Services & Adoptable Animals

Animal Services operates the only open-intake animal shelter in the County of San Luis Obispo. As an open-intake shelter, we are required to take in every domestic, household animal which comes through our doors. We do not turn away any animal because our shelter is full, nor do we turn away animals based on their age or breed.

Each year, thousands of lost and owner surrendered animals make their way through the shelter. Most of these are healthy, well-tempered pets looking to get back home, or perhaps looking for a new family. Our staff and volunteers also work hard to provide care for sick or injured animals found without an owner and to provide training and socialization for some of those shelter animals who may need a bit of help before finding a ‘forever home’.

While cats and dogs comprise the large majority of animals coming through the shelter, we regularly house a wide variety of other animals, ranging from rabbits, chickens, and Guinea pigs to parrots, pythons, and horses. For a look at what’s in the shelter right now, check out the following links.

Found Animals

 If you are looking for a lost pet, be sure to monitor our Found Animals page. Here, you can view a listing of all stray animals which have been brought into the Animal Services shelter, as well as animals which have been reported to us as found by members of the public. Be sure to check back frequently and to file a Lost Animal Report.

Animals Available for Adoption

Are you looking for an adoptable pet? Dogs, cats, and many other animals are always looking for a new home at the Animal Services Shelter. To view the listing of animals currently available for adoptions, check out our Adoptable Animals page.

Related Services

Animal Adoption
Report a Lost Pet
Report a Found Animal
Reuniting Stray Animals with Owners
Assistance Animal Identification Tags
Animal Euthanasia
Animal Bites, Quarantines, and Rabies Control
Commercial Animal Operation Permits
Dog Licensing
Hobby Breeder Permits
Humane Education
Multiple Animal Permits
Pet Microchipping
Custodial Impound

Related Forms & Documents

Lost & Found Report Form
Bite Report