A longtime fan of anything with claws, feathers, fur or scales, I’m excited to be taking over Pet Tales. And I’ve made myself promise to not adopt every animal featured in the column. Only every other one!
As far as my own animal crew goes (at the moment), I have two goldfish — Jesus and Chuck Norris — which I rescued from the tanks of Wal-Mart to use in a high school prank. They survived, and have lived many, many years beyond their sell-by date.
My slowest critter is a very sociable sulcata tortoise named Splendiferous, who gets a steady diet of sunshine, grass and strawberries. She was given to me when she was a baby, and considering that they can live to be more than 100 years old, I will be willing her to my grandchildren one day.
Here comes Oliver
San Luis Obispo County Animal Services shelter volunteer Ellen Perryess highlights the heart-melting kitten Oliver, and an adopt-a-kitten event set for Saturday.
“Every kitten is a story waiting to be told. Whether an adventurer, a romantic or a couch potato, each is waiting to become a family member and for their story to unfold. Right now, an impressive variety of homeless kittens are living at the (San Luis Obispo) County Animal Services shelter.
“Take Oliver. He’s an adventurous boy who loves to perch on the highest spot in the cat tree. He’s a confident boy who’s the top cat when he plays with other kittens. He’s so confident that he even delights in playing with cat-friendly dogs.
“Yet, Oliver has a purr you can hear across the room — and once he’s played himself out he appreciates some quiet time curled up with a person to love. Oliver’s an orange tabby with white markings, who’s the perfect match for someone looking for an affectionate, can-do kitten.
“Oliver and dozens of other kittens will be on the front lawn of the (San Luis Obispo) County animal shelter from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. All felines, regardless of age, come altered and micro-chipped. The adoption fee includes a cardboard cat carrier, initial basic vaccinations and FELV/FIV testing. Kittens that are too young will receive free vaccinations and tests when they are of age.
“Too many homeless kittens never get to have their full story told. Adopt a shelter kitten and be entertained as kitty adventures become a part of your family lore.”
For more information about Oliver (ID No. 206060) and other animals up for adoption, call the volunteer line at the San Luis Obispo County Animal Services shelter at 781-4413 or visit http://www.sloanimalservices.com.
The Animal Services shelter is at 885 Oklahoma Ave., off Highway 1 in San Luis Obispo.
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 services, basic vaccinations, a microchip, eligibility for a free veterinarian check, a new collar and ID, a tag and a carrier for cats.
Pup party at the park
Pups in the Park will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Del Mar Park in Morro Bay. Activities include K-9 demonstrations, SLODOGS agility and obedience demonstrations, vendors, a $3 picnic, Meade Canine Rescue with dogs available for adoption, a raffle with prizes and more. It is sponsored by Morro Bay Pups, and benefits the Jody Giannini Family Dog Park.