Pet adoption

Pet Adoption in SLO County: Dogs and Puppies Available Now

Dogs have an unshakeable belief in people.

We are leash keepers, car key captains, and treat purveyors. Like little children, they believe there’s nothing we can’t do.

Puppies reach adulthood in less than two years. It’s a frantic race to provide them — in this short period of time — with all the training and positive experiences they should grow into confident, people-loving dogs.

Additionally, puppy play dates are necessary so puppies learn to love dogs as much as you do.

At 1 year old, Heidi is a nice mix of puppy and adult dog.

She is a sweet, medium-sized dog with a coat similar to that of a German Shepherd, although she fits better into the category of “endearing puppies”.

In her short life, Heidi learned that people are fabulous and proved to be good with like-minded dogs.

Being a fan of humans, she joins the San Luis Obispo Animal Services Kennel Dog Choir, hoping someone will notice her.

Heidi loves to run just for fun, although she takes a notch for a ground squirrel, so she’s ideal for an active, cat-free home with a fenced yard.

Heidi has a solid foundation to become a fabulous dog and needs a loving family to help her become her best self.

Heidi believes in people. Now she needs a family to believe in her.

For more information about Heidi (ID number 279748), call the San Luis Obispo County Animal Services Shelter Volunteer Line at 805-781-4400 or visit The shelter is located at 885 Oklahoma Ave. off Highway 1 in San Luis Obispo.

Full-fare adoption fees are $81 for cats and $115 for dogs, plus a county license fee of $28 for dogs, if the adopters are San Luis Obispo County residents.

Adoption fees include a new collar, spaying or neutering surgery, basic vaccinations, microchipping, and eligibility for a free San Luis Obispo County veterinary checkup. Cats are also tested for feline leukemia virus (FeLV) and feline immunodeficiency virus, and adopters are given a carrier.

Adoption fees for some dogs, cats are half price

Summer often sees an increase in the number of dogs and cats that come to the SLO County Animal Services shelter. 2022 is no exception.

Unfortunately, adoption rates have declined, causing concern for shelter staff and volunteers.

To encourage people to bring home new four-legged family members, Animal Services is cutting adoption fees in half for dogs and cats that have been available for adoption for 14 days or more. That’s right – those fees are half off until June 15th.

To view all animals at the shelter, please visit

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