San Luis Obispo County Animal Services shelter volunteer Ellen Perryess shared the story of a mellow lap dog, Blacky, who needs some loving.
If you’re a scruffy little dog, who simply can’t take a good photo, it’s hard to get noticed at the shelter. It gets even harder when your wiry, low-maintenance, do-what-it-wants coat makes you perfect for being named something like McTavish or O’Doole — but, alas, your name is Blacky.
Still, with all these challenges, Blacky remains hopeful in an unimaginably earnest and loving way.
Blacky is a middle-aged Chihuahua mix, whose other parent blessed him with longish legs and wiry fur that regularly results in a mohawk running down the length of his back. The other half also gave him distinctive white whiskers and eyebrows that make him look older than he is.
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But if people look closer, they’ll see his youthful, sherry-clear eyes and adorable white-spotted feet. Free-spirited hair aside, Blacky’s a sweet boy who, appreciates every person spends time with him.
Blacky sees each visitor as a potential friend or beloved someone. He also enjoys playing with other small dogs, though he tends to avoid the big dogs — likely because he finds them intimidating or possibly worries that they might squash him.
Blacky’s an ideal dog for someone looking for a quiet and gently affectionate lap dog that enjoys going for walks and meeting dog-loving people.
It’s said that beauty is only skin deep. But for Blacky, the true beauty is what lies inside.
For more information about Blacky, ID No. A206918, call the volunteer line at the San Luis Obispo County Animal Services shelter at 781-4413, or visit www.sloanimalservices.com.
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The Animal Services shelter is at 885 Oklahoma Ave., off Highway 1 in San Luis Obispo. To see more shelter animals available for adoption, visitwww.sloanimalservices.com.
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 with an ID tag and a carrier for cats.
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From Sept. 1 to Oct. 31, the
’s Guardian Angel program is sponsoring a Cause for Paws fundraising raffle.
Raffle tickets are available for purchase: one ticket costs $10, or three for $25. Tickets can be purchased at the HART office, 2638 Main St. in Cambria, or over the phone at 927-7377.
All proceeds will go to paying medical expenses for HART’s cats and kittens.
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Early registration for the eighth annual Dog Splash Days, Sept. 12 to 13, at Templeton Community Pool is open. Admission is $20 per dog. Advance reservations are recommended.
For details, visit www.parks4pups.org.
This year’s event includes a raffle to benefit the Vineyard Dog Park in Templeton. Donations are needed for the raffle table.
For more information, call 239-4437.
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TheFeline Network of the Central Coast
has an abundance of cute kittens that need forever homes in order to make room for new kittens that need to be placed in foster care.
Kitten adoptions are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., every Saturday at Petco in the Madonna Shopping Center in San Luis Obispo. Kittens and cats have been spayed or neutered, vaccinated and tested for leukemia and FIV. The adoption fee is $60.
For information on adoptions and low-cost spaying or neutering in San Luis Obispo or the South County, and help with feral cats, call 549-9228.