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Ellen Perryess, Volunteer 

SLO County Animal Services

NEW TIMES: Do you need of volunteers?

PERRYESS: We’re always short handed—to walk dogs, keep cats company, and help socialize animals.


NEW TIMES: How often do you rescue animals?

PERRYESS: We’re obligated to take in all stray animals, though you can drop off unwanted animals for a small free.


NEW TIMES: Why do animals arrive at the shelter?

PERRYESS: Strays that aren’t licensed by their owners; only one third are redeemed.


NEW TIMES: How can people help if they’re not able to volunteer?

PERRYESS: If you own a pet, get it licensed, spayed, and neutered.


volunteer, is it hard to avoid adopting animals?

PERRYESS: Volunteers have the option to foster animals and find them a home.


NEW TIMES: What are the most unusual animals the shelter has encountered?

PERRYESS:  Emu’s, pot belly pigs, a variety of snakes, birds, hamsters, rats; a Chameleon once.


NEW TIMES: Do volunteers need training?

PERRYESS: We hold training sessions every other Saturday. Call 781-4413 if you’re interested.

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