‘Free isn’t free if it comes with hidden costs — trial offers may result in expensive commitments or a ‘great loan’ may turn out to have payments you can’t make.
“The same is true for puppies and kittens — free isn’t free. You take your chances with free litters. These litters probably haven’t received vaccines to protect them from deadly diseases. With free kittens you likely won’t know whether the parents are positive for Feline AIDS or leukemia.
“Unaltered, your new puppy or kitten can create new litters in about six months; an unspayed feline can have up to five litters a year. Many unplanned litters — like these four kittens — end up at the San Luis Obispo County Animal Services Shelter.
“Thankfully our local animal shelters have healthy, altered and vaccinated pets. By adopting from these shelters, you get peace of mind plus the knowledge you’re reducing the risk of dogs and cats being euthanized because of lack of kennel space.
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“Kittens, cats and bunnies will be available for adoption this Saturday on the front lawn of the (San Luis Obispo) County Animal Services Shelter from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. You can also sign up for our ‘No Kitten Left Behind Program’ where you’ll be called when the type of kitten you want is ready for adoption.
“Sometimes by paying a little, you get a lot — vaccines, testing, microchipping and more. By adopting from the County Animal Services Shelter you also get the warm-fuzzy of giving the homeless a home.”
— Animal shelter volunteer Ellen Perryess
For more information about available kittens, call the volunteer line at the San Luis Obispo County Animal Shelter at 781-4413 or visit www.sloanimalservices.com.
The Animal Services 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 $23 county license fee for dogs if the adopters are San Luis Obispo County residents.
Colony Pet Fest
The Colony Pet Fest will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Violette Wings & Giftey Things, 5965 Entrada Ave., in Atascadero. Woods Humane Society and North County Humane Society will be present. The Humane Society will offer microchips for $15, and both societies will have animals available for adoption. Changala Winery will be pouring wine with all donations going to Wine 4 Paws.
There will also be art and food vendors, a Doggie Fashion Show at 11 a.m. and a Stoopid Pet Tricks contest at noon.
To enter or for more information, call 460-6868 or 471-3452.
Volunteers are needed to rescue and care for marine mammals. The Marine Mammal Center, a nonprofit that helps injured, sick and orphaned marine mammals will hold an introduction meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Morro Bay Community Center, 1001 Kennedy Way in Morro Bay. For more information, call 771-8302.