Pet Tales

Bianca and Bella are affectionate pair of cats

pettales@thetribunenews.comMarch 27, 2014 

San Luis Obispo County Animal Services Shelter volunteer Ellen Perryess features foster kitties Bella and Bianca. Here’s what she says:

Research indicates, about 12,000 years ago, some wild cats took the first step toward becoming today’s house cat. These forward-thinking felines saw an opportunity in our new farming lifestyle — an abundance of rodents. As cats moved in, rodent populations dropped — and so a mutually beneficial relationship was born.

Today, cats are more than rodent-control operatives. Now they’re an integral part of our lives; more than one-third of U.S. households include a feline family member.

Being a household fixture doesn’t guarantee a place for every cat, though — if a kitten isn’t adopted when it’s a little fluffball will that kitten find a home?

This is Bella and Bianca’s dilemma. At 10 months old they’ve spent the majority of their lives as homeless SLO County Animal Services’ kitties.

Having been overlooked as kittens during the summer kitten season, their adoption prospects were poor. Thankfully a shelter foster introduced them to the delights of home life.

Bella and Bianca play well together and enjoy toys. Bella has a loud purr and Bianca loves the cat tree.

Having limited world experience, they’re shy when meeting new people, though patient and understanding folks can get them purring again. In time, Bella will claim your lap and Bianca will find her cozy spot. Adopt both and pay only one adoption fee. Call foster mom Alison to find out more, 540-1175.

About 12,000 years ago cats chose people. Now Bianca and Bella need someone to choose them.

Check out Bella and Bianca at

For more information about Bella and Bianca, 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.

Benefit garage sale

SLO-4-Pups is participating in the citywide Morro Bay garage sale, to raise funds for the El Chorro Dog Park, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 5 and 6 at 915 Mesa Street in Morro Bay. Volunteers are also needed to set up for the sale April 4. For more information or to volunteer, call 772-1971.

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