BELOW: Sheila Smith, an animal care
attendant, plays with Chico, a 5-year-old
German shepherd, in one of the center’s 20
outdoor areas. The outside of the shelter
also has space for group play and a large
walking area for staff and volunteers to
exercise and socialize adoptable dogs.
Chico was brought to the shelter in February
2017 because his owners were moving and
couldn’t bring him along, a common reason
animals are surrendered. He came with no
vet records, but staff discovered that he
suffers some discomfort from hip dysplasia
and can be tense around other animals.
Chico needs to be adopted by someone
who has a big yard or lives in a rural area
and doesn’t have other pets in the home.