Pet Tales

Time for ghosts, goblins and gorgeous black cats

pettales@thetribunenews.comOctober 10, 2013 

Westie, who’s up for adoption at the county shelter, is quite a little panther. The 2-year-old purrs when petted and enjoys the company of other felines.


‘When Halloween comes around, things that go bump in the night aren’t the only concerns for your pets. Trick-or-treaters in spooky costumes may cause your dog or cat to bolt outdoors. And eating Halloween candy, especially chocolates, can be a health risk.

“Halloween is a particularly risky time for black cats.

“So in this season of goblins and ghouls, it’s important to keep your black cats indoors, especially at night. And because there is an abundance of homeless black cats, now’s a great time to visit the San Luis Obispo County Animal Services shelter, where all black cats come with an ASAP Adopt-a-Black-Cat rebate.

“Consider Westie. He’s a small, friendly, midnight-black cat who is 2 years old, neutered and has a velveteen coat. Westie is a social kitty who purrs when being petted and enjoys the company of all the felines he’s met at the shelter.

“To help all the shelter cats find homes, the following Cat Adopt-a-Pets will be held Saturday:

• Arroyo Grande Lemos, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

• San Luis Obispo County Animal Services shelter, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• Templeton Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to noon.

• Paso Robles Boot Barn, 1 to 4 p.m.

Talk with a volunteer about possible discounts.

“Jack-o’-lanterns and black cats are lovely emblems of Halloween. And whether they’re masquerading as miniature, pettable panthers, or touchable velvet black cats like Westie, they will add magic to your life.”

— Animal shelter volunteer Ellen Perryess

For information about Westie, ID No. 194595, call the volunteer line at the San Luis Obispo County Animal Shelter at 781-4413 or visit See Westie’s slideshow at

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.

Dog park fundraiser

Morro Bay Pups is sponsoring Pups in the Park, a fundraiser for the Jody Giannini Family Dog Park, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Del Mar Park in Morro Bay.

There will be fly ball and dog agility teams, and a visit with Morro Bay Police Department’s K9 Officer Stephanie Pipan and her dog, Xello. Dogs on leash are welcome.

Strut Your Pup

El Chorro Dog Park’s 12th anniversary celebration will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at the park off Highway 1 in San Luis Obispo. Strut Your Pup will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the last parking lot near the Botanical Gardens to El Chorro Dog Park. Entry fee is $5. Dogs receive a bandana and treat at the end.

There will also be a hot dog barbecue and cake to honor the volunteers.

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