Pet Tales

Buddy, a special tabby, and her pal Friend, a gentle German shepherd, seek homes in San Luis Obispo County

Buddy, whose owner died, needs a special adopter because he has limited eyesight and needs to stay indoors

jvandersmith@thetribunenews.comOctober 31, 2012 

“Friend, Buddy, Pal — these are familiar pet names. They speak of the bond between humans and their animal companions. Pets with these names especially tug at your heart when their owners turn them in at the San Luis Obispo County Animal Services Shelter.

“Currently we have Friend and Buddy. Friend is a gentle German shepherd and Buddy is a big 10-year-old orange and white tabby. Buddy’s story is especially sad as his owner died and no relative or friend could take him.

“It’s not unusual for pets to come to the shelter due to the death of an owner, but it is avoidable. By talking with family and friends, pet lovers can create a safety net for their pet. Additionally, pet owners can identify a caretaker in their trust and provide financial assistance to help with future pet expenses.

“Buddy needs a special adopter because Buddy has limited eyesight and needs to be an indoor cat. Buddy negotiates familiar places well and once settled into a new home, he’ll enjoying giving and getting attention. To help Buddy find his special person, a good Samarian has paid half his adoption fee.

“The shelter is currently full of wonderful pets who have fallen on hard times. To help them all, the shelter is hosting an Adopt-a-Pet from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Cats and kittens will be out front ready for adoption. More cats and dogs will be inside waiting to meet their match.

“Be a friend: include your pet in your trust. Find a buddy: adopt.”

— Animal shelter volunteer Ellen Perryess

For more information about Buddy ID No. 187972, call the volunteer line at the San Luis Obispo County Animal Shelter at 781-4413 or visit

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.

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