Pet Tales: Adopt-a-Pet this Saturday

pettales@thetribunenews.comSeptember 6, 2012 

‘Summer is the season of highest uncertainty at the San Luis Obispo County Animal Services Shelter. Volunteers and staff worry about kennel space and celebrate each adoption and owner-pet reunion. We agonize over the hard-to-place pets and marvel when the easy-to-adopt puppy, small dog or kitten gets overlooked.

“Two kittens — Evan and Ella — and Doxie/ Chihuahua J.D. are perfect examples of overlooked shelter treasures.

“Evan (a brown tabby) and Ella (a Russian blue with tabby leggings and face) came to the shelter as week-old kittens. Now they’re 3 months old, people loving, enjoy other felines and get along with cat-friendly dogs.

“J.D. is adorable and only a year-and-a-half old. He loves people and enjoys other dogs.

“The abundance of homeless kittens, Chihuahuas and Chihuahua mixes is the likely reason why these little ones haven’t been adopted.

“To help shelter pets find homes, this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. adoption fees for dogs and cats will be half-off at the Animal Services’ “Kittenpalooza and Dogs, Too” Adopt-a-Pet on the front lawn of the shelter.

“Evan or Ella will be at the Adopt-a-Pet or call their foster person, Terry, at 771-9712.

“Though uncertainty is a given at the shelter, so is the abundance of loving pets waiting for a home.”

— Animal shelter volunteer Ellen Perryess

For more information about Ella, 185724; Evan, 185722; J.D., 187068, call the volunteer line at the San Luis Obispo County Animal Shelter at 781-4413 or visit www.sloanimal  .

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 $24 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 carrier for cats.

Animal-related events

Dog Splash Days at Templeton Community Park will be Friday to Sunday. Swim times are Friday from 1:30 to 3 p.m. for little or senior dogs, 3 to 6 p.m. for all dogs; Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for all dogs. Admission is $20, which includes a raffle ticket. Proceeds benefit Vineyard Dog Park in Templeton. Owner must bring paper proof of current rabies vaccination. To make a reservation, call 239-4437 or visit  .

Rattlesnake training

A rattlesnake avoidance training for dogs will be held Sunday in Paso Robles. During the daylong training session, Kent Beaman and Gina Gables will use live rattlesnakes that have had their mouths banded shut to prevent them from biting. The training will take place in a controlled environment, using a remote training collar system adjusted to each dogs’ individual temperament, personality and physical response characteristics. Space is limited and registration is $90 per dog. For more information or to register, visit

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