Summer means more pets at local animal shelters

pettales@thetribunenews.comJuly 3, 2014 

Squiggles needs a home to share his joyful attitude.


Friday is the Fourth of July and pet owners should take precautions to keep their furry friends safe. Loud fireworks and firecrackers can startle even the calmest of pets. Keep your pets indoors if possible, and remember to have ID tags on them in case they become lost.

If your pet is lost during the Fourth of July, please call the volunteer line at the San Luis Obispo County Animal Shelter at 781-4413 or visit Also make sure to visit the shelter to look for your pet. The Animal Services shelter is at 885 Oklahoma Ave., off Highway 1 in San Luis Obispo.

The Fourth of July will bring many new animals to the shelter. With the shelter already at capacity, the current residents need to find homes as soon as possible to make room for the animals that will be brought in this weekend. If you are thinking of adopting or fostering, please visit the shelter as soon as possible.

This week, Animal Services shelter volunteer Ellen Perryess features Squiggles:

Is the bowl half full or half empty? For dogs the bowl is always full unless it isn’t. For them, the present is all there is. SLO County Animal Services shelter dogs celebrate the present when they’re with people, playing with other dogs and going for walks. For them these moments constitute bliss.

Squiggles is an optimistic six-month-old dachshund mix who’s stubby-legged exuberance will make you smile — everything’s new, awe-inspiring and worth a looksee. Being just a kid, he’s looking for a human to share his joy and help him become a good canine citizen.

Is the shelter half-full or full? That’s not a dog’s concern, but it should be. During the summer, more pets are turned in by their owners or arrive as strays than during any other season. County shelters can’t refuse local pets — even if there’s no space — so being full is bad news.

But Squiggles knows people are the key to happiness. Plus, they’re lifesavers if they make sure their pets have visible ID and are spayed or neutered; and if they can’t keep their pets, they find them new homes.

Of course those who adopt are golden.

Squiggles and his shelter pals recognize the past is a dream and now is where forever begins. Each animal is waiting for that perfect moment when a loving someone comes to their kennel and invites them home. At that moment, life’s kibble bowl couldn’t be any fuller.

Squiggles can’t wait to jump in.

For more information about Squiggles ID No. 199720, 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, a new collar with ID tag and a carrier for cats.

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