This week, San Luis Obispo County Animal Services’ volunteer Ellen Perryess shares the story of Angel and Sassy:
Appearances can get in the way of a loving heart finding a home.
Angel is a good example. She arrived at the SLO County Animal Services’ shelter in January, but her boxer/Staffordshire heritage and graying muzzle likely stop prospective adopters from discovering the sweet dog within.
Angel is an affectionate 7-year-old mix who wants to please. She has good people-manners and takes treats gently from your hand. She knows the command “sit,” and — if you put out your hand — she’ll offer her paw for a shake. Angel likes to chase small critters so she needs to be an only pet; though if you have a rodent problem, she’d be glad to be captain of rodent patrol.
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Sassy is another long-timer who — though once featured in Pet Tales — has yet to find a home. It may be her big-boned, jowly appearance is an acquired taste, but her loving nature is true beauty.
People and belly rubs are still Sassy’s main joy, though her long time at the shelter is taking its toll and she’s now acquired an additional love — her rubber chicken toy. This squeaky is her security blanket that gives her the confidence to leave the kennels. Sassy’s not possessive of her chicken, she just needs it to feel secure.
Needless to say Sassy and her chicken are looking to be adopted together.
These two longtimers are each hoping for adopters who’ll see beyond appearance and find the loving dog they’ve been looking for.
For more information about Angel (ID No. 213360) and Sassy (ID No. 217760), call the volunteer line at the Animal Services’ shelter at 805-781-4413 or visit www.slocounty.ca.gov/aserv. The shelter is at 885 Oklahoma Ave., off Highway 1 in San Luis Obispo. Visit the website to see more shelter animals available for adoption.
The full-price adoption fee is $81 for cats and $105 for dogs, plus a $27 county license fee for dogs if the adopters are San Luis Obispo County residents. The adoption fee includes a spay or neuter operation, basic vaccinations, a microchip, eligibility for a free veterinary check within San Luis Obispo County and a new collar. Cats also are tested for FeLV and FIV, and adopters receive a carrier.
If you have stories of your pet, or photos of your furry, feathered or scaly friend, send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.