Artful dog Dodger seeks a home

pettales@thetribunenews.comAugust 15, 2012 

To be so little in a large world, one would think Dodger would be scared, but not so. He’s downright brave.

Dodger’s comfortable with dogs much larger than himself, he enjoys going for walks — though he’s about the size of a fluffy slipper — and is content being held at dizzying heights in someone’s loving arms.

It’s good that Dodger is of stout heart because when he arrived at the San Luis Obispo County Animal Services Shelter, his fate was anything but assured.

Dodger, an 8-year-old Maltese, arrived at the shelter with a fractured back leg.

Fortunately, donations to our Animal Services’ ARF fund made it possible for Dodger to receive the medical care he needed. Doubly fortunate, Dodger could stay in a foster home while his leg healed. Now, Dodger is looking for someone to love him for the rest of his life.

If you’re interested in meeting Dodger, please call Judy at 995-2456.

If adoption isn’t an option but you’d like to help shelter dogs and cats, tax-deductible check donations can be sent to: SLO County Animal Services — ARF Fund, P.O. Box 4110, San Luis Obispo, CA 93403.

If you’re interested in fostering, please contact shelter supervisor Andrea Liddie at 781-4418. Fosters help out by bringing a dog or cat home when the shelter is too full or if one needs medical care.

— Animal shelter volunteer Ellen Perryess

For more information about Dodger, ID No. 183754, call the volunteer line at the San Luis Obispo County Animal Shelter at 781-4413 or visit www.slo

The Animal Services shelter is at 885 Oklahoma Ave., off Highway 1 in San Luis Obispo.

To see more shelter animals available for adoption, visit

The adoption fee is $75 for cats and $100 for dogs, plus a $23 county license fee for dogs if the adopters are San Luis Obispo County residents. The adoption fee includes spay or neuter, basic vaccinations, microchip, eligibility for a free veterinarian check, new collar and ID tag, and a carrier for cats. • • •

The Five Cities Dog Park Association (FCDPA) and the Arroyo Grande Parks and Recreation Department are holding a “Puttin’ on the Dog” event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Elm Street Park in Arroyo Grande.

There will be doggie contests, a doggie/owner parade, demonstrations, adoption opportunities, raffle, food and pet paraphernalia vendors, dog licensing, a barbecue and more. The proceeds will assist FCDPA in maintaining the off-leash dog park at the Elm Street Park.

For more information, call 550-5334 or visit

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