As my last week at The Tribune and writing the Pet Tales column comes to a close, I wanted to thank all of the readers for following this column, sharing their stories and helping to find homes for the homeless animals at the San Luis Obispo County Animal Services shelter.
I am happy to announce that newsroom assistant Danielle Ames has agreed to take over the column after I leave. She will continue to work with shelter volunteer Ellen Perryess to produce the featured shelter pets column every other week. You can reach Danielle at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
I’d also like to say a huge thank you to Ellen, who, for the past six years, has done an amazing job of deciding which animal to feature, writing engaging stories for each, and of course, taking the adorable photos to accompany the stories. I will miss working with Ellen and her passion to help the animals at the shelter.
This week Ellen has a call for foster families:
Summertime is when the SLO County Animal Services shelter is regularly overwhelmed by the number of homeless dogs, cats, puppies and kittens arriving at the shelter door.
Because no county stray or owner-surrendered pets can be turned away — even when the shelter is full — adoptable shelter dogs and cats are at risk to be put to sleep to make room for incoming pets. You can make a difference in shelter overcrowding by becoming a foster family.
Fostering provides temporary housing and care for shelter pets. Kitten fosters are especially needed at this time of year because, during the summer, so many unwanted litters of kittens are born in our county.
By providing housing, love and playtime, fosters make homeless kittens more adoptable. Ideally foster families will be available to foster more than one litter of kittens during the summer season.
Fostering is hugely rewarding because you know you made a lifesaving difference in our county’s homeless pet population.
For more information about becoming a SLO County Animal Services’ foster, call or email Andrea at 781-4418 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dog park social
Sherwood Dog Park will hold an evening summer social from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday. The dog park is at 290 Scott St., in Paso Robles. For more information, call 239-4437 or visit http://www.parks4pups.org.