Pet Tales

Kitties late in their nine lives need homes

pettales@thetribunenews.comApril 24, 2014 

Kitty is a quiet, older cat looking for a loving home.


San Luis Obispo County Animal Services volunteer Ellen Perryess is highlighting a group of senior kitties in search of new homes to spend their golden years:

Cats are said to have nine lives, though one badly-timed road crossing can use them all up. Fortunately — whether due to luck or being an indoor kitty — many cats live long lives with owners who delight in having 18-year-old or older feline friends.

So it’s a mystery why the SLO County Animal Services Shelter has an abundance of friendly 8-year-old and up felines.

See how beautiful they are at:

Long-haired seniors include Lady, a black and white tuxedo cat, Brittany, a black beauty, and Ralphie, a white cat with free-form black spots.

Short-haired seniors include Wiley, a declawed white cat with a dashing black beret-like spot, and two black cats — Reilly’s an affectionate, playful guy and Kitty, our featured cat.

Kitty lost her home when her owner died. She’s a quiet 10-year-old girl who appreciates being petted. Content to curl up in a cozy spot, she could easily be overlooked. Though Kitty’s brilliant golden eyes and cute three-quarter tail — that often wags when she walks — make her a standout. Having once been over-indulged, Kitty is a full-figured girl looking for a comfy home.

Our shelter dogs and cats are altered, current on shots and microchipped. Additionally, seniors come with an adoption-fee discount or a rebate; because even though they have nine, cats don’t want to spend any of their precious lives in a shelter.

For more information about Kitty ID No. 197928, 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.

Celebrate dog park anniversary

Hot Diggity Dog at Sherwood Dog Park from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday celebrates the dog park’s second anniversary. The event includes a chili cookoff, hot dog barbecue and hot dog toss contest for the dogs. Prizes will be awarded for Best in Show, People’s Choice and Best Mixed Breed. Sherwood Dog Park is at 290 Scott St. in Paso Robles. All events are free. For more information or to enter your favorite chili recipe, email  .

Wine tasting to benefit Woods

Wine 4 Paws, a fundraising event for Woods Humane Society, will be held at more than 75 participating wineries and olive oil companies throughout San Luis Obispo County. The event takes place Saturday and Sunday. During the weekend, the Wine 4 Paws wineries will donate a portion of their proceeds to Woods Humane Society. To see a full list of participating wineries, and get a free printable passport and map, visit  

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