The beautiful Reba, and her patchwork life

pettales@thetribunenews.comNovember 7, 2013 

Reba is a 5-year-old calico stray, but it’s clear she once was someone’s pet. She’s available for adoption at the county animal shelter.


This week, San Luis Obispo County Animal Services shelter volunteer Ellen Perryess introduces us to calico kitty Reba.

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul is unawakened.” — Anatole France

Caring for those that are lost, injured or abandoned is how the day begins and ends for animal shelter staff and volunteers. The rewards are many, and the heartbreaks genuine.

Helping pets such as Reba makes it all worthwhile.

Reba is a friendly, outgoing 5-year-old calico with gorgeous markings. She was a stray, but given her Rubenesque figure, it’s clear she once was someone’s pet. Though she has been at the shelter for a month, no one has fallen for her beautiful patchwork coat and heartfelt purr.

About 5,000 stray and homeless dogs and cats are taken to the San Luis Obispo County Animal Services shelter each year.

In recognition of all the good work animal shelters and welfare organizations do, all San Luis Obispo County Animal Services shelter pets will be half-price this Saturday at the Shelter Open House from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In addition to adoption fee discounts, enjoy shelter tours and learn about volunteering as well as opportunities to foster shelter animals.

Want to donate? Acrylic fleece blankets, Friskies canned cat food and monetary donations to the shelter’s Animals Requesting Friends (ARF) fund will be greatly appreciated.

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For more information about Reba, ID No. 195560, 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 a carrier for cats.

Pugsgiving party in Grover Beach

Central Coast Pug Rescue is hosting its aloha-style Pugsgiving fundraiser from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the La Sage Riviera Golf Course in Grover Beach. The event includes Hawaiian music, luau feast, local wines, beer, vendors, contests, silent auction and raffle.

Tickets are $40 and include a souvenir wine or beer glass. Proceeds go to the veterinary care of the pugs.

Tickets are available online at For information, call 978-5888.

Cat trappers sought

The Feline Network urgently needs volunteers to trap feral cats for spay and neuter. To volunteer, call Lynette at 556-0717 for the South County and Christine at 544-6138 for San Luis Obispo.

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