Pogo the 3-legged cat is looking for a lap to curl up on

pettales@thetribunenews.comMay 23, 2013 

Pogo is a 2-year-old cat at the San Luis Obispo County Animal Shelter.

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‘When delightful dogs and cats come to the San Luis Obispo County Animal Services shelter everyone asks, ‘Why?’

“Pogo is an excellent example. Pogo is a 2-year-old blue, possibly lynx point, Siamese mix. He enjoys the company of people and truly appreciates being a lap cat. In foster care, Pogo has proven himself to be good with other cats and able to hold his own with cat-savvy dogs.

“Due to this, it’s clear Pogo once had an engaged owner who helped him become a loving pet; yet when Pogo arrived as a stray, no relieved owner came to claim him. Worse still, when Pogo arrived at the shelter, he had a nearly useless back leg, making the chances of his adoption potential virtually nil.

“Sadly, Pogo’s leg couldn’t be repaired, leaving euthanasia or amputation the only options. Fortunately, community donations to the shelter’s ARF fund, plus generous help from the Edna Valley Veterinary Clinic, made Pogo’s surgery possible. Pogo — now three-legged — can run again and has rediscovered the endless joy of chasing a ping-pong ball. He’s now ready to find his lifelong home where he can be an indoor cat playing with toys or appreciating life curled up on the lap of his person.

“Please call his foster mom, Jane, at 771-9375 if you’d like to learn more about Pogo.

“Why a loved pet becomes a homeless stray is a mystery, and the long-term solutions are elusive. But from Pogo’s perspective, there’s an easy answer: Adopt me.”

— Animal shelter volunteer Ellen Perryess

For more information about Pogo, ID No. 191724, call the volunteer line at the San Luis Obispo County Animal Shelter at 781-4413 or visit 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 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, a new collar and ID tag, and a carrier for cats.

Upcoming animal-related events in San Luis Obispo County:

Pet rescue fundraiser

Emily’s Pad Pet Rescue is holding a fundraiser from 3 to 6 p.m. May 25 at 36 N. Ocean Ave. in Cayucos. The event will include wine, beer, snacks and a raffle. A donation of $15 will help with the care of special-needs animals. For more information, visit emilyspadpetrescue.org.

Walk/Run with Fido

The Fire Hydrant 5K is a dog-friendly course in Pismo Beach, which starts and finishes at Dinosaur Caves Park, on June 1. Participants can run or walk with their four-legged friends. Each participant will receive a T-shirt, pet bandanna and doggie bag.

The dog-centered expo will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the park. Sign up for doggie contests and enjoy dog demonstrations such as agility and flyball. Walk/run entrance fees are $25 before May 12, $30 after. To register for the race or contests, visit www.FireHydrant5K.com.

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