‘Almost every kind of creature comes to the San Luis Obispo County Animal Services shelter. Besides dogs and cats, the shelter has housed horses, emus, goats, reptiles, potbellied pigs, koi, rabbits and more.
“And though the diversity of species is impressive, it is often exceeded by the variety of dogs and cats. The feline standouts right now are our polydactyl cats.
“The word ‘polydactyl’ means extra toes, and Millie is one such big-footed cat.
“Millie’s distinctive for a number of reasons. First, there are her mitten-shaped feet. Next are her impressively long whiskers, and finally, she has a charming personality. Millie enjoys being held, having her belly rubbed or playing with toys.
“It’s hard to believe she hasn’t been adopted. I chalk it up to a high influx of felines, especially kittens.
“To reduce shelter overcrowding, volunteers and staff are hosting Kittenpalooza Adopt-A-Pet from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday on the front lawn of the shelter. Adoptions of all felines, regardless of age, will be half-off and will include basic vaccinations and testing for feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus. Cats will be microchipped, spayed or neutered, and eligible for a free veterinarian check; they come with a new collar, an ID tag and a cardboard carrier.
“Whether you have a soft spot for fluffy kittens, adorable pooches or something completely different, come to the shelter and fall in love. And if you fall for one of our cats — even one like Millie with her extra toes — it’s still 50 percent off at Kittenpalooza.”
— Animal shelter volunteer Ellen Perryess
For more information about Millie, ID No. 169862, call the volunteer line at the county Animal Services shelter at 781-4413 or visit www.sloanimalservices.com.
The shelter is at 885 Oklahoma Ave., off Highway 1 in San Luis Obispo.
To see more shelter animals available for adoption, visit www.sloanimalservices.com.
The adoption fee is $75 for cats and $100 for dogs, plus a $20 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, new collar and ID tag, and carrier for cats.
Wiener Dog races in Arroyo Grande
This year’s Arroyo Grande Valley Harvest Festival will feature Wiener Dog Races beginning at 1:15 p.m. Saturday.
Preregistration costs $5, or you can register from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday for $10.
This year, the race is benefiting Foxy Doxy Dachshund Rescue in Atascadero.
For rules and registration information, visit www.agharvestfestival.com.
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