Pet Tales

Pick a new friend from the summer kitten crop

pettales@thetribunenews.comSeptember 11, 2013 

Vinnie and Pepe are among dozens of kittens who need a home.


"Apparently, it’s not enough for kittens to be lovely, mellow and affectionate; but the situation is in black and white: Vinnie and Pepe are still homeless.

“And they’re not alone, the San Luis Obispo County Animal Services shelter and foster families have many kittens. This summer’s kitten crop has been so abundant, even with dozens and dozens adopted, more than 100 kittens 5 months and younger are still waiting for homes.

“Each is unique. For instance, Vinnie and Pepe have one-of-a-kind markings. The spots on Vinnie’s face might have been applied with a flick of a paintbrush, while Pepe’s cap appears to be drawn on. Both kitties have remarkably soft fur.

“These affectionate 3-month-old boys enjoy playing with toys, people and each other. They’re easygoing and would be fine being adopted together or separately.

“Having excellent house manners and mellow dispositions, they’re well-suited as indoor cats. This is good because, like all white cats, Vinnie and Pepe are vulnerable to skin cancer. Additionally, regardless of coloring, indoor cats are safe from cars and predators.

“To see their slideshow, go to To meet them, call their foster mom at 534-9784.

“Saturday’s adopt-a-pet events are at:

  • Arroyo Grande Lemos from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • SLO County Animal Services shelter from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Templeton Farmers Market from 9 a.m. to noon.
  • “Talk with a volunteer about possible discounts.
  • “It’s in black and white, an array of homeless kittens are waiting for life to begin.”

— Animal shelter volunteer Ellen Perryess

For more information about Vinnie (ID No. 194174), Pepe (ID No. 194141), 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 $80 for cats and $105 for dogs, plus a $25 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.

Equine parade awards in A.G.

California Central Coast Draft Horse Riders and Friends Troupe (CCCDRAFT) will sponsor this year’s Arroyo Grande Valley Harvest Festival equine entry awards.

A stall plaque will be awarded to the best entry in each of the five equine categories: Working Western, Junior Equestrian, Costume Class, Animal-Driven Vehicle and Posse.

The parade will be at 10 a.m. Sept. 28 in downtown Arroyo Grande. Entry deadline is Sept. 13.

For an application, visit For more information, call 474-0788 or email

Wiener Dog Races

Wiener Dog and Wiener Dog Want-to-Be races will take place during the Arroyo Grande Harvest Festival on Sept. 28. Check-in is from 9 a.m. to noon, races begin at 1:30 p.m. in the Heritage Square Park. Proceeds benefit Foxy Doxy Rescue. For more information and to register, visit

Horse-driving lessons

An introduction class to horse and pony driving will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 28.

The class will include demonstrations with horses, ponies and minis. Bring a harness and carts, no horses. Participants should bring a lunch.

The class, presented by the Brass Oak Driving Society, is at Overlook Driving Center, 7755 Feenstra Road in Paso Robles. Cost is $20.

For more information, call 237-8476.

Adopt a cat in SLO

The Feline Network of the Central Coast 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 fee is $60 for one or $80 for two, and a free vet exam is included.

For information on adoptions and low-cost spay or neuter, and help with feral cats, call 549-9228 or visit

Free semi-tame mousers are also available.

If you would like to volunteer or donate, visit the website or call 549-9228.

Meet Vinnie and Pepe

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