Tornado of life changes hits not-so-wild Wiley the cat

pettales@thetribunenews.comFebruary 27, 2014 

Wiley came to live at the San Luis Obispo County animal shelter after his longtime elderly owners had to move into a care facility. He likes being petted and enjoys the couchpotato life.


This week, San Luis Obispo County Animal Services shelter volunteer Ellen Perryess spotlights Wiley:

Children and pets often are the hardest hit when unexpected life changes happen. Having no say and relying on those they love, the change can sweep through their lives like a tornado, plucking them up, spinning them around and dropping them far away from what they once knew and loved.

Wiley’s a kitty whose life had been a simple one. There was the elderly couple he loved, and the house that was his world; anything new came through the front door. According to Wiley’s human relatives, he welcomed everyone: children, other cats and even dogs. Wiley loves getting attention and has perfected his couch-potato skills.

Eleven years of blissful simplicity ended when Wiley’s loving owners had to move into a care facility. Wiley now resides at the San Luis Obispo County Animal Services shelter, awaiting a new home.

Though shell-shocked by the changes, Wiley still appreciates being petted and — if a kind stranger asks him — will come to the front of his kennel to peer out into this strange new world.

Wiley, like all the shelter’s dogs and cats, has all his shots, is altered and is microchipped. Having been an indoor cat, his house manners are excellent. Additionally, he comes with an ASAP adopt-a-senior rebate.

Protect those you love from the unexpected by planning for their long-term care. And if you have room in your home for a gentle soul — who’s not in Kansas any more — consider adopting Wiley.

For more information about Wiley, ID No. 197623, 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 carrier for cats.

Spring animal camp

Woods Humane Society will hold an Animal Action Camp for students ages 12 to 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily March 24 to 28. Camp costs $250 and includes a daily healthy snack, field trips, camp shirt and all supplies for the week. Spots are filled on afirst-come, first-served basis.

For details, call 543-9524.

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