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Now is a great time to take home a new pet, animal services officials say

Posted at 4:16 PM, Mar 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-25 22:14:39-04

Local animal services agencies are seeing an increase in people wanting to adopt or foster animals during California's shelter-in-place order.

San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara County animal services are currently operating by appointment only for essential services.

San Luis Obispo County says they've seen an increase recently in animals being adopted out. Other essential services there include reuniting impounded animals with their owners and performing euthanasia for owned animals.

They are not in need of foster homes at this time.

However, in Santa Maria, animal services says the increase they've seen has been with the foster program.

People are able to call and make an appointment to come see the animals currently available to see if fostering or adopting is right for them.

Fosters are provided with food, bedding, toys and other needed items.

Even if the person decides the animal is not the best fit for their home, animal services says the information learned by the foster about the animal is helpful for future adoptees.

For more information, click here for San Luis Obispo County Animal Services and here for Santa Barbara County Animal Services.