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Large dogs looking for new homes as animal shelter on the Central Coast reaches capacity

Woods Humane Society

It’s a busy time for many animal shelters in our region, with many reporting they’re full or nearly full.

Last year, it seemed that almost everyone decided to get a dog during the pandemic.

But animal shelters in our region now are reporting they are struggling for space.

Jamie Relth at Woods Humane Society in San Luis Obispo says they’re pretty much full, and it's the same story across the region.

"We are pretty much at capacity with our dog kennels," she told KCLU.

"We have about 60 kennels available and most, if not all, of those are full.

"These dogs, regardless of their size, are loving sweet adorable animals who are eager to please and be your best friend," she said.

Founded in 1955, Woods Humane Society is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to the humane care of homeless dogs and cats in San Luis Obispo County. 

Caroline joined KCLU in October 2020. She won LA Press Club's Audio Journalist of the Year Award in 2022 and 2023.

Since joining the station she's won 10 Golden Mike Awards, 5 Los Angeles Press Club Awards, 2 National Arts & Entertainment Awards and a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Writing.

She started her broadcasting career in the UK, in both radio and television for BBC News, 95.8 Capital FM and Sky News and was awarded the Prince Philip Medal for her services to radio and journalism in 2007.

She has lived in California for eleven years and is both an American and British citizen - and a very proud mom to her daughter, Elsie.