Pet Tales

Tiny ferals quickly settle into the house-cat lifestyle

pettales@thetribunenews.comJune 20, 2013 

Kittens Stan, left, and Gunner came to the county shelter at just a few weeks old and as motherless strays. They, along with other kittens, will be at an adoption event on Saturday.


‘Life is a fun adventure for wanted kittens, but if they’re homeless, the world is a big, scary place. For these tiny strays, animal shelters are often their best hope for becoming loved pets instead of scared feral cats.

“Stan and Gunner have an all-too-common story. Each came to the San Luis Obispo County Animal Services shelter at just weeks old and as motherless strays. Like many shelter kittens, they’re in foster care getting paws-on experience with the joys of being a household cat.

“Gunner enjoys playing with toys and being petted. He’s a medium-haired, black-smoke-colored cat whose silvery undercoat will increase as he matures. He’s going to be a gorgeous adult cat.

“Stan is a charming cream and brown tabby whose affectionate nature is apparent as he runs up to people and purrs in delight. He’ll be a joy to whoever adopts him.

“Like all SLO shelter dogs and cats, Gunner and Stan are already altered and therefore can’t contribute to our county’s pet overpopulation problem. And unlike unaltered cats, they’re less likely to roam, bite or spray.

“Gunner and Stan, along with many other kittens, will be on the shelter’s front lawn this Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. An added bonus: The nonprofit Animal Shelter Adoption Partners is offering $25 rebates for adoptions of two kittens, black kittens, or any adult cat.

“Gunner and Stan are on the path to becoming loving pets. Hopefully, this weekend, their paths will lead to lifelong homes.”

— Animal shelter volunteer Ellen Perryess

For more information about Stanley, ID No. 192399, or Gunner, ID No. 192757, call the volunteer line at the San Luis Obispo County Animal Services 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  .

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 a carrier for cats.

Morro Bay police K-9 walk Saturday

Friends of the Morro Bay Police Department will hold its K-9 Walk-a-Thon from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Morro Bay’s city park.

The event includes a 1K or 1.5K walk, police K-9 demonstrations, photo booth, adoptable dogs, contests and more.

Registration is $20.

For more information, call 772-6225.

Adopt a cat in SLO

The Feline Network holds cat and kitten adoptions from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday at the Petco in the Madonna Shopping Center in San Luis Obispo.

Cats and kittens are spayed or neutered, tested and vaccinated. Adoption fees are $60 for one or $80 for two. Free veterinarian exam included.

For information on adoptions, low-cost spay/neuter, help with feral cats, or to volunteer or donate, call 549-9228 or visit .

Free semi-tame mousers are also available.

Want a cat? Name your price at Woods

June is Name Your Own Price Month on cats older than 6 months at Woods Humane Society. Each adoptable cat is spayed or neutered, vaccinated and microchipped prior to going home.

Woods Humane Society is at 875 Oklahoma Ave., in San Luis Obispo. For more information, go to

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