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Steve Kragenbrink 

Community programs director

New Times: The Woods Humane Society has a limited admissions policy. Under what circumstances may people deliver animals?
Kragenbrink: We're the private organization in San Luis Obispo as opposed to public. If you have an animal you can call us up and make an appointment or bring them in. We put them in a behavior assessment for four days and the animal either passes it or it doesn't. If they don't pass we call up the owner and say come pick it up.

New Times: How are the animals cared for? Can they exercise?
Kragenbrink: Cats are in a communal environment, They can go indoors and outdoors. We have volunteers who come in and brush and groom them and socialize with them. For dogs, we have two large kennel rooms with kennels that accommodate one dog each. They are let out three times a day. They go in large playgroups to get exercise. Our volunteers train them in the kennels.

New Times: Does the Woods Humane Society depend on volunteers?
Kragenbrink: We need volunteers for behavior training and obedience training. We also have volunteers come in and they get to take a dog on an adventure. We give them relief from the stressful kennel environment. People who can't have a pet can have all the joy and fun of one without needing to be responsible 24/7.

New Times: Does Woods offer neuter and spade services?
Kragenbrink: We don't have the ability at this time to provide a low-cost spade and neuter program to the general public. We are guaranteeing that 100 percent of dogs and cats from the county facility will be fixed before they go home. We also work with the feline network. HART is another group we work with.

New Times
: Does the Woods Humane Society have any upcoming events or promotions?
Kragenbrink: We have a big fundraiser coming up in October. It is called the Wiggle Waggle Walk for Woods.

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