For those who are drawn to senior dogs and cats, the attraction is multifaceted. In seniors, a lifetime of charm has been honed to near perfection, and the fine, almost etched, white hairs around the muzzle and eyes are beautiful.
Noni is a small tortie whose graceful gait belies her 18 years. Shes a social cat whos comfortable meeting new people and likes making friends. Nonis years of experience have taught her to appreciate attention even in the bustle and noise thats practically constant at the San Luis Obispo County Animal Services Shelter.
Noni was one of anumber of house cats that came to the shelter when their owner could no longer provide for them. The majority of these cats have found new homes, but Noni continues to wait for a senior cat aficionado.
Senior pets, such as Noni, generally come with deeply ingrained house manners as well as an appreciation of a good nights sleep. As if these benefits were not enough, the nonprofit Animal Shelter Adoption Partners provides a $35 adopt-a-senior rebate for anyone adopting a county shelter dog or cat whos 8 years old or older.
Pets have a knack for living in the present and loving every moment. Its a lesson wed all benefit from learning. Senior pets take this ability to a higher level, and in a glance they express uncanny grace and an ageless ability to love.
Animal shelter volunteer Ellen Perryess
For more information about Noni, ID No. 190173, call the volunteer line at the San Luis Obispo County Animal Shelter at 781-4413 or visit http://www.sloanimalservices.com .
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 http://www.sloanimalservices.com .
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.
Wine tasting for Woods
Wine 4 Paws, a fundraising event for Woods Humane Society, will be held at more than 60 participating wineries throughout San Luis Obispo County on Saturday and Sunday. During the weekend, Wine 4 Paws wineries will donate a portion of their proceeds to Woods Humane Society. To see a full list of participating wineries and get a free printable passport and map, visit http://www.wine4paws.com.
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