Pet Tales

Shelter pup is eager to be your ‘Shadow’

pettales@thetribunenews.comMay 8, 2014 

This week, San Luis Obispo County Animal Services shelter volunteer Ellen Perryess highlights a black Lab named Shadow and makes a plea for senior dog Milo, who is desperately in need of a forever home.

There are dogs with amazing occupations — assistance, detection, and search and rescue — but the majority are ideally suited for another specialized job: being an unfailing friend to humans. Shadow is one such Animal Services shelter dog.

Shadow aches for you to stop by his kennel, and with every fiber of his being, he hopes you’ll take him for a walk. And though he’s fired up to get out of his kennel, once on a walk, you’ll see he knows a thing or two. Shadow has leash manners, sits on command and, if given the opportunity, will lean contentedly against you.

Shadow’s ideal job is to be someone’s pal. So it’s hard to believe he’s been a backyard dog for the majority of his life.

Shadow’s a sweet, 4-year-old, neutered Labrador who loves to run, go for walks or chase a ball. At the shelter, he has some dog friends and, according to his previous owner, he’s good with kids of all ages. Shadow’s being overlooked, so to help him find a home, he’s in Animal Shelter Adoption Partner’s Train to Adopt Program, where he’s learning more.

Shadow has the skills to be someone’s devoted fan. He’ll give you an excuse to see every sunset, cheer you up when you’re down, and, if you tell him a secret, his lips will be sealed. Best of all, Shadow will remind you that there’s joy in the simplest of things, life is a miracle and that you are amazing.

Volunteers at the SLO County Animal Services shelter are still worried about Milo. Indeed, to give this sweet 10-year-old a break from shelter life, a volunteer, Tori, is temporarily fostering him.

Tori has found that Milo is an easy housemate. Milo loves all people and is content to wait patiently when left alone. He has some arthritis, so he’s content with short walks and belly rubs, and if you like doggy kisses, he’s happy to oblige.

Milo has all his shots, is microchipped, already neutered and comes with a free veterinary visit.

If your heart can accommodated a quiet senior dog, please call the volunteers at 781-4413, because Milo needs you.

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For more information about Shadow, ID No. 927501, or Milo, ID No. 142658, 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.

Horse adventures

Adventures with Horses’ spring sessions are from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Children ages 5 to 12 are invited to meet, greet, groom and walk calm and gentle equines. Children and their parents will enjoy learning about basic equine manners, body language, safety skills and round-pen activities.

Wear closed-toed shoes or boots. Events are at Heaven Can Wait Equine Sanctuary at 6275 Cerros Pioneros Way in San Miguel. Register at .

For information, call 368-5702 or visit

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