“Pancake could be feeling pretty sad and flat finding herself homeless at the San Luis Obispo County Animal Services shelter.
“But Pancake is keeping a positive attitude. She’s a five-year-old fluffy gray and buff jumbo cat who likes to meet-and-greet. And though Pancake has been at the shelter since mid-September she’s still hoping to find a loving family with a cozy couch.
“During the holidays there are a number of ways you can give the gift of helping homeless pets such as Pancake at the SLO County Animal Services Shelter:• Donate to the ARF Fund — Donations directly benefit the shelter dogs and cats. ARF gift cards are available for the pet-lover on your list.
• Give the Gift of Choosing a Pet — Adoption Gift Certificates pre-pay all adoption fees, so the recipient can choose the perfect pet.
• Adopt a Pet for Yourself — give a shelter animal a new life while opening a kennel for another homeless dog or cat.
“Tis the season to think of those less fortunate and to count our blessings. This year nearly 5,000 homeless pets came to our shelter, pushing us beyond capacity. But our hearts go out to counties where overcrowding is worse; in 2012 Fresno County animal shelters housed over 32,000 homeless pets.
“Being homeless, among so many, could make even Pancake flat. Thankfully — for all concerned — dogs and cats don’t have heads for statistics, but they do have hearts full of hope.”
— Animal shelter volunteer Ellen Perryess
For more information about Pancake ID No. 188313, 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 $24 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.
Animal related event: SLO-4-Pups is hosting a work party from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at El Chorro Dog Park off Highway 1 in San Luis Obispo. Volunteers will be spreading wood chips and general clean up. Bring gloves and a rake.
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