Fall is a season for celebration along the Central Coast, and Atascadero once again treated people to a grand celebration of Atascadero’s history and heritage.  This year’s Colony Days was a huge success, in part, due to the beautiful weather.

The parade provided fabulous entertainment and activities and socializing in the Sunken Gardens.  My hat goes off to the Colony Days committee, who work hard every year to showcase not only Atascadero’s history, but the great community Atascadero is today.  In addition, I congratulate this year’s royalty, Dan and Romona Phillips, who were presented as the 2022 King and Queen during the annual Colony Days Tea.

Another Fall success was the grand opening of the new County Animal Shelter.  Atascadero partners with SLO County on the Animal Shelter, while animal services are provided to the City of Atascadero by the County.  The project was first proposed almost eight years ago when it was discovered that the County’s old animal services building needed repairs.

The County was using a building built in 1970 for a much smaller animal population, which needed modernization.  Additionally, some terrific non-profits in our County do an excellent job of rescuing and placing stray and unwanted animals.  However, the County is responsible for providing services for stray, unwanted, abused, or dangerous animals who need housing, including farm, exotic, and injured animals.  Unfortunately, building a new facility that could accommodate the growing number and variety of animals required years of construction.

I am happy to say that on September 21, we celebrated the facility’s grand opening with an official ribbon cutting.  SLO County Animal Services cares for more than five thousand animals annually and will now have an updated facility to care for them in.

The address of the new Animal Services facility is 865 Oklahoma Avenue in San Luis Obispo.  Services include animal adoption, surrender, microchipping, and euthanasia.  To make an appointment for services or get more information, call (805) 781-4400.  Be sure to check out the County’s new Animal Services Center.

It is an honor to represent you as your 5th District Supervisor.  Feel free to contact me at my office at (805) 781-4339.


Debbie Arnold

5th District Supervisor


5th District Supervisor, Debbie Arnold

Debbie Arnold moved to San Luis Obispo County in 1973 to attend Cal Poly, she fell in love with both her husband, Steve, and the farming and ranching values that had been a part of the Arnold family way of life for more than 5 generations. While raising two children, she owned and operated a small business in Atascadero for more than 17 years. She then had the privilege of advocating for local families as a Legislative Aide at the County Supervisor’s office and as a San Luis Obispo District Representative for the State Senate. During these years, she worked with a broad range of community groups and interests, bringing people together to solve problems. Debbie Arnold now serves as the 5th District Supervisor for San Luis Obispo County.