“Ever been awakened by a late-night cat fight or the unearthly yowl of a female cat in heat? Don’t curse the cats, curse the owners who haven’t altered their pets.
“Loss of sleep is just the beginning of our woes when it comes to unaltered dogs and cats. Stray moms with babies and owner-surrendered litters greatly contribute to overcrowding at the San Luis Obispo County Animal Services shelter.
“Todd’s life tells the tale. He was one of the nearly 1,000 homeless kittens that came to the shelter last year. Being a handsome and friendly manx, Todd was adopted and life was good; his affectionate nature made it easy for Todd to successfully share his life with children and other cats.
“Unfortunately, Todd’s now homeless and back at the shelter because his owners are moving.
“Having pets altered is simply a good idea. Being altered means no lusty yowling and reduces the likelihood of spraying in the house. Altered pets are also less likely to roam or to bite. Additionally, altered dogs and cats won’t develop some forms of cancer.
“Don’t lose sleep worrying about homeless pets, adopt. Todd’s a proven house cat with kid and cat experience. Also, all Animal Services dogs and cats are altered so you can rest easy knowing your new family member won’t be contributing to pet over-population.
“And if your dog or cat isn’t fixed, spay or neuter your pet now thus earning a well-
deserved good night’s sleep.”
— Animal shelter volunteer Ellen Perryess
For more information about Todd, ID No. 181492, call the volunteer line at the San Luis Obispo County Animal Shelter at 781-4413 or visithttp://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 http://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 events in San Luis Obispo County:
Horse camp for kids
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Adventures with Gentle Horses children’s camps will be from 9 a.m. to noon April 6 at Heaven Can Wait Equine Sanctuary. Children ages five to 12 will learn basic equine manners, body language, safety skills and round pen activities. Heaven Can Wait is at 6275 Cerros Pioneros in San Miguel. Cost is $25 per child; for families, $15 for the first child, $10 for the second. For more information or to register, visit http://www.prcity.com/recreation.
Fundraiser for dog park
El Chorro Dog Park will hold a fundraising garage sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 6 and 7 at 915 Mesa St., in Morro Bay. All proceeds benefit the dog park. Donations of items for the garage sale are needed. To donate or for more information about the garage sale, call 543-7213, 528-5465, or 772-1971.
Wine tasting for Woods
Wine 4 Paws, a fundraising event for Woods Humane Society, will be held at over 60 participating wineries throughout San Luis Obispo County on April 13 and 14. During the weekend, the Wine 4 Paws wineries will donate a portion of their proceeds to Woods Humane Society. To see a full list of participating wineries and a get a free printable passport and map, visit http://www.wine4paws.com.
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