Pet Tales

Little pups, big on love, need welcoming laps

pettales@thetribunenews.comOctober 24, 2013 

‘When everything familiar is lost and uncertainty is your only companion, being small is hardly a comfort.

“Sadly — whether turned in by their owners or found as strays — many confused and uncertain little dogs find themselves at the San Luis Obispo County Animal Services shelter wondering what went wrong.

“And emotions run the gamut. Some little ones are so relieved to be somewhere safe they’re happy to hop up on to any welcoming lap.

“Nilla is one such pleased-to-meet-you pooch. This leggy, bouncy, 8-year-old loves to be held and believes people are the best thing on Earth. Nilla has a happy disposition, and her endearing underbite is priceless.

“In contrast, 1-year-old Bubby was shell-shocked when she arrived at the shelter; she didn’t know whom or what to trust. Fortunately, Bubby, like so many little dogs, was born to love and be loved.

“Knowing this, some shelter volunteers specialize in helping little dogs rediscover their calling, that of a loving lapdog. Thanks to these lapdog trainers, Bubby is longing to find a human companion to focus all her love and devotion on.

“There are dozens of little dogs waiting for homes. Watch Bubby and Nilla’s slideshow, which includes a few small dog party videos, at Or to join the party and become a shelter volunteer, call 781-4413.

“Adopt a shelter pet or become a volunteer, and give homeless pets the greatest gift of all: The certainty that they are loved.”

— Animal shelter volunteer Ellen Perryess

For more information about Nilla, ID No. 176010, or Bubby, ID No. 194187, 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.

To see more shelter animals available for adoption, visit

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 a carrier for cats.

Bless your animals

Methodist Ministries of Paso Robles is hosting a blessing of the animals from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Railroad and 10th streets. All pets must be in carriers or on leashes. A photo, collar or other item representing your pet is also welcome. Area shelters have been invited to bring adoptable animals. Call 238-2006 for more information.

Halloween for dogs

Howl’oween at Sherwood Dog Park will be from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at 290 Scott St. in Paso Robles. The event includes a pet costume contest, bake sale, family photos for $10, pet adoptathon, microchip clinic, coffee and hot cider. Proceeds benefit the dog park.

For details, call 239-4437.

Cat trappers needed

The Feline Network urgently needs volunteers to trap feral cats to spay and neuter. Volunteers are needed in Nipomo, other areas of the South County and San Luis Obispo.

The Feline Network provides traps and training.

A vehicle is needed to transport cats to and from trapping sites and vet offices. TNR (trap-neuter-return) programs have been implemented nationwide and have proven successful. To volunteer, call Lynette at 556-0717 for Nipomo and the South County and Christine at 544-6138 for San Luis Obispo.

If you have stories or photos of your pets, please send them to pettales@thetribune

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