If Holly were a person, she’d be the first to admit she’s made mistakes. She’d sigh deeply, pause, then take another bite of her doughnut: “When my owners said to me, ‘you’re too young and cute to spay,’ I should have known they didn’t have my best interests at heart. Even when they made me get this ear job but, really, there wasn’t anything I could do about it.”
Then there were the boy dogs, followed by litters of puppies.
Holly was stuck on a path to nowhere, and when her world inevitably collapsed, she was living on the street and her future was bleak. Still, hope is found in some of the most unusual places.
For Holly, she found it, along with a safe haven, at the SLO County Animal Services shelter. Holly’s an endlessly cheerful, low-to-the-ground, 5-year-old Staffordshire terrier. She’s a petite gal — weighing about 40 pounds — who’s playful, affectionate and loves to go for walks.
Holly’s making every effort to use her time at the shelter to turn her life around. Thanks to community support, she’s now spayed, learned some dog skills, and has discovered that boy dogs can be just friends.
Even though Holly didn’t receive the guidance she needed in her youth, she’s ready to start again. Holly believes in herself and the possibility of a bright future — all it takes is a loving family to welcome her home.
— Animal shelter volunteer Ellen Perryess
For more information about Holly, ID No. 205186, call the volunteer line at the San Luis Obispo County Animal Shelter at 781-4413 or visit http://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 $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, basic vaccinations, microchip, eligibility for a free veterinarian check, new collar and ID tag, and carrier for cats.
Here’s a look at upcoming pet events around San Luis Obispo County:
Dog park workday
SLO-4-Pups and the California Conservation Corps will hold a workday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at El Chorro Dog Park. Volunteers will be spreading wood chips and doing general cleanup. Wear sturdy shoes and bring gloves and tools. El Chorro Dog Park is off Highway 1 in San Luis Obispo.
Saturday summer social
Vineyard Dog Park will hold a Saturday Summer Social from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Coffee and pastries provided. Vineyard Dog Park is at 1010 Semillon Lane in Templeton. For information, call 239-4437.