Pet Tales

Shelter puppies looking for more people to love

pettales@thetribunenews.comJanuary 17, 2013 

‘It’s a big responsibility to bring puppies into the world, so unwanted litters should be a rarity. But, alas, this winter there’s been an explosion of homeless pups, many filling the kennels at the San Luis Obispo County Animal Services shelter.

“Holly, Star, Kiki and Belle are adorable puppies who arrived at the shelter when they were just days old. Their mom is a small Australian shepherd mix and her coloring is reflected in her two brown and white puppies. The other pups, being black and white, most likely take after their unknown father. All the puppies have webbed feet, so somewhere in their make up is a water dog. All four girls are affectionate, playful and love people.

“These beautiful puppies are now 8 weeks old and are already altered. Because of their early spay, they can’t create unwanted litters, and the chance they will develop mammary cancer is nearly zero.

“All four puppies are now looking for loving homes. Please call their foster mom, Ellen, at 550-7577 if you’d like to meet these wonderful pups.

“Raising a puppy, like parenting, takes commitment and time. But unlike parenting, if the job’s done right, your puppy can be the canine equivalent of a high school graduate in less than a year. And, with a bit of work, your puppy may be a valedictorian.”

— Animal shelter volunteer Ellen Perryess

For more information about available dogs and cats, 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.

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 neutering, basic vaccinations, microchip, a free vet check, new collar and ID tag, and carrier for cats.

Fashions help pets

A Save Our Tails Fashion Show, to benefit North County Humane Society, will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday at Best Western Colony Hall in Atascadero. The event includes fashion by Kelly’s Casuals, appetizers and wine. A $10 donation assists with the medical care, food, spaying/neutering and daily care of the animals at North County Humane Society. For more information, call 461-1800 or 466-5403.

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