Pet Tales

Tully, a good boy in training, looks for a lifelong mentor

San Luis Obispo County Animal Services’ shelter volunteer Ellen Perryess shares Tully, who loves to please and is working on his skills:

When Tully, a pit bull mix, arrived at the San Luis Obispo County Animal Services’ shelter, he was a 2-year-old puppy-at-heart. Like many youngsters, Tully lacked good manners, but his loving nature was easy to see. Still, if he was to become the good dog he was born to be, Tully needed guidance.

Thankfully, shelter volunteers have a knack for mentoring wayward dogs, and Tully loves to learn because he wants to please.

Through his shelter mentorship, he learned sit, down, stay and come.

Through field trips with one of his mentors, Tully has developed good car manners and has improved his leash-walking skills. On these trips, he rejoices in meeting people of all ages, delights in playing in water (be it fresh or salty) and continues to enjoy meeting other dog-friendly dogs.

When excited, Tully can still get rowdy and forget that it’s bad manners to jump on people, but, just like any kid, he’ll learn with consistency. After all, we’re all lifelong learners.

Mentors make all the difference in the world. For bipeds, there’s Big Brothers Big Sisters — For companion animals, there are our local shelters. To volunteer at our county shelter, call the volunteer line at 805-781-4413 for information.

If you want to become a lifelong mentor to a loving quadruped who’s a sympathetic listener and will try his hardest to be your very good boy, Tully’s ready to share all of life’s adventures with you.

For more information about Tully (ID No. 211406), 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.

Rancho de los Animales for the Disabled Inc. 33rd Anniversary Celebration

Rancho de los Animales for the Disabled Inc. is celebrating its 33rd anniversary with a horse show, pony rides, petting zoo, tractor tours and a barbecue.

The celebration is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at 2756 Green Place in Arroyo Grande. The horse show begins at 9 a.m. and continues until noon; from 2 to 3:30 p.m., there will be pony rides; and from noon to 1:30 p.m., there will be a barbecue. The event is free; barbecue is $6. Anyone interested in volunteering or sponsoring a class or high point award for the anniversary horse show celebration should contact 805-459-9083 or 805-458-6000.

Reading 2 Rover

Every Wednesday at 3 p.m., the Grover Beach Community Library offers a program called Reading 2 Rover. Caring Canines therapy-trained dogs and handlers visit the library to work with children who would benefit from reading practice outside the home or classroom. Reading to a dog promotes reading skills and builds self-confidence. Grover Beach Community Library, 240 N. Ninth St. 805-473-3457.

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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