What We Do
With a budget of about $2.6 million and 18.5 full-time equivalent staff members, the Animal Services Division of the Health Agency provides animal care and control services in all areas of the County, including the seven incorporated cities (Paso Robles, Atascadero, Morro Bay, San Luis Obispo, Pismo Beach, Grover Beach and Arroyo Grande). The Division is comprised of three functional units: Field Services, Shelter Operations, and Humane Education.
What We Did in 2014
Animal Services Worked Hard to Reunite Lost Pets with Families
Animal Services worked hard to ensure the health, safety and welfare of domestic animals and the people of San Luis Obispo County in 2014.
The staff and volunteers at Animal Services maintained high customer service satisfaction ratings, a high live animal outcome rate, and addressed current animal welfare issues in SLO County.
The staff reunited many pets with their families using a variety of strategies to do so the field services team responded quickly to service calls, increased the shelter’s live-release rate, and provided public outreach and education programs to encourage responsible pet ownership practices.
In 2014, the average response time to animal service calls was about 20 minutes. In the field, animal control officers captured and secured aggressive or dangerous animals, investigated cases of animal abuse or neglect, responded to animal nuisances, and assisted injured or ill animals.
Meanwhile, the County operated the only open-intake animal shelter in the area, located at 885 Oklahoma Ave. in San Luis Obispo. The shelter takes in companion animals of all types regardless of physical condition or temperament. Admissions to the shelter are typically strays and animals relinquished by their owners. Kennel operations also include animal quarantines, medical care for stray animals, microchip identification, and rabies vaccinations.
But the Animal Services Division is also dedicated to educating the public. In 2014, the animal services team provided public outreach and education programs with a particular focus on teaching elementary-age students the values of responsible pet ownership.