Pet Tales

Bullmastiff Tanker says all cats half-off at SLO County Animal Services’ shelter

San Luis Obispo County Animal Services’ shelter volunteer Ellen Perryess shares information on Tanker, a bullmastiff, and Polly, a kitten with bonus toes:

San Luis Obispo County Animal Services’ shelter is full of extremes — the big and the small, the mature and the young, the playful and the contemplative.

Tanker and Polly are good examples. Tanker is a 6-year-old bullmastiff, a breed that weighs upward of 130 pounds.

He’s not a dog looking for a lot of exercise, although he appreciates going for walks, and he likes to play ball when he’s in the mood. Tanker’s heritage is that of a guard dog, so he’s reserved when meeting strangers, though once he commits his heart, it’s a long-term deal.

Polly came to the shelter weighing a little more than a pound. She was so small she’d fit in the palm of your hand, but her tiny bonus toes (she’s polydactyl) made her mitten-like feet stand out.

Now a sweet 12-week-old kitten, Polly shyly meets strangers. Once comfortable, she loves to play and be held; she also enjoys the company of other cats and cat-friendly dogs.

Tanker really wants to be adopted, but he worries about Polly and the explosion of cats and kittens in need of homes.

So Tanker’s encouraging all feline lovers to come to the shelter Saturday between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., when kittens, teen, adult and senior cats will be half-price.

For more information about Tanker (ID No. 922727) or Polly (ID No. 213121), call the volunteer line at the animal services’ shelter at 805-781-4413 or visit The shelter is at 885 Oklahoma Ave., off Highway 1 in San Luis Obispo. Visit the website to see more shelter animals available for adoption.

The adoption fee is $81 for cats and $105 for dogs, plus a $27 county license fee for dogs if the adopters are San Luis Obispo County residents. The adoption fee includes a spay or neuter operation, basic vaccinations, a microchip, eligibility for a free veterinary check within San Luis Obispo County and a new collar. Cat adopters also receive a carrier and are tested for FeLV and FIV.

10th Annual Dog Splash Days of Templeton

Annual Dog Splash Days in Templeton will be held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Templeton Community Pool at the corner of Old County Road and Sixth Street.

Swim sessions are scheduled on the hour and limited to 20 dogs at a time, and only dogs are allowed in the pool. Dog life vests and floating retrieval toys are provided. The 10 a.m. Sunday swim session is reserved for small dogs (less than 30 pounds) and senior or infirm dogs. Small and senior dogs also are welcome at all other swim sessions.

Dogs must be 5 months or older, and adult male dogs must be neutered. Paper proof of current rabies vaccination must be presented at the registration table. Admission is $20 per dog per swim session, and advance reservations for a swim time are recommended. Paid reservations can be made at Include name, phone number and desired date and time for swimming. All proceeds benefit Vineyard Dog Park in Templeton.

A lawn next to the pool is for spectators. For information, visit or call 805-239-4437.

September Adoption Special at HART

Kick off the fall season by adding a new MVP — Most Valuable Pet — to your family’s team.

Adopt Your New MVP is the national Best Friends Animal Society adoption event for September. As a Best Friends network partner, the Homeless Animal Rescue Team is offering a reduced MVP adoption fee throughout the month: $25 for all adult cats 9 months or older.

Check out available cats online at or drop by the shelter at 2638 Main St., Cambria, open noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Cause for Paws Raffle

Local businesses, artists and HART Guardian Angel program supporters have donated 56 choice raffle prizes. Descriptions of the prizes are available on HART’s website at Tickets are on sale throughout the event and cost $10 each, or three for $25. Purchase tickets at the HART office, Cambria Farmers Market or Cambria Chamber of Commerce, or by calling 805-927-7377. Winning tickets will be drawn Oct. 29, and prize winners need not be present to win.

HART’s Guardian Angel Fund is used only for special medical care that some of HART’s cats or kittens may need, such as costs above and beyond the fiscal scope of HART’s general fund. With the medical treatment made possible by HART’s Guardian Angel Fund, animals have the opportunity to live full and pain-free lives.

Kittens ready for adoption

The Feline Network has many kittens available for adoption. Adopt-a-Cats are from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. most Saturdays at Petco in the Madonna Shopping Center in San Luis Obispo.

Kittens have been spayed or neutered, tested, vaccinated and are ready to go.

You can see some of them online at, or call 805-549-9228, ext. 701., for more information about adoptable kittens. Adoption fee is $60 for one kitten and $80 for two.

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