Pet Tales: Several events are on tap for animal lovers of all stripes

When I heard about the pet food recall, I was immediately concerned for the health of my furry four-legged companions. Luckily we don’t use the recalled products, but many people do. Check your pantry for cans and pouches of "cuts and gravy"-style dog and cat food manufactured by Menu Foods.

A list of recalled products, along with product codes, descriptions and production dates, can be found on Menu Foods Web site,, or by calling 866-895-2708. If my animals had eaten the tainted food, I’d probably take them in for screenings.

Local events

The Equine Experience Trade Show will open at the Paso Robles Events Center on March 30 and run through the weekend. The show includes several clinics, a live horse auction, pony rides and Extreme Equine Experience featuring top trainers starting colts and competing for prizes. Tickets are $7 to $12 per day or $15 to $30 for a three-day pass; children under 6 are free. The events center is at 2198 Riverside Ave. in Paso Robles. For more information or a schedule of events, call 237-0011 or visit

Parks-4-Pups is celebrating the two-year anniversary of Heilmann Dog Park from 9 to 11 a.m. March 31. Coffee and birthday cake will be served and information on "responsible dog ownership" will be available. The group will also celebrate its park "angels" who are the volunteers that help take care of the park. Social dogs are welcome and rain cancels the event. The dog park is located on El Bordo Avenue in Atascadero. For more information, call 239-4437 or visit

Local humane societies will hold an adopt-a-pet event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 31 in Paso Robles. Woods Humane Society, North County Humane Society, Heaven Can Wait Horse Rescue and Second Chance at Love Humane Society will have cats, dogs and horses from their shelters at the event.

The event is a chance for people to see the animals and to start the adoption process. Holly Nero, adoption director for Second Chance at Love Humane Society, said people interested in adopting must fill out an application and pass a home check in order to adopt an animal. Dogs are spayed or neutered, have current vaccines, have had heartworm screening and are currently on a heartworm prevention program. The adoption fee is $150, although each humane society has its own adoption process and fees may vary.

Keller Williams Realty is sponsoring and hosting the event at their office at 13th and Spring streets in Paso Robles.

For more information about the event, call 434-3982 and leave a message.

A happy ending

Emily was a gentle, sweet, middle-aged German shepherd from Atascadero. Her longtime owners were moving out of the area, and they couldn’t take Emily with them, nor could they find anyone who would take her. So, with heavy hearts, they reluctantly brought her to the animal shelter.

Emily was a wonderful, loving dog, but, left in a kennel at the shelter, she became despondent and depressed. She was there about a week or two when a young couple, who had been searching for a German shepherd for their family, came to the shelter hoping to find just the right dog. They had just moved into a new home and could now have a dog.

At the shelter they met Emily and fell in love with her, as she did with them. In the process of filling out the adoption paperwork, the husband happened to notice that the prior owner’s address was in Atascadero. Disbelief and shock spread across the faces of the husband and wife. They were the new owners of Emily’s prior home, which meant that she would be going back to the home in which she had always lived.

If you have lost or found an animal or are interested in adopting, Animal Services is located at 885 Oklahoma Ave., San Luis Obispo.

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