Pet Tales

Sweet Pea, a dessert-loving Jack Russell terrier mix, waits for a friendly adopter

Sweet Pea, a Jack Russell terrier mix, waits for a home at the San Luis Obispo County Animal Services’ shelter.
Sweet Pea, a Jack Russell terrier mix, waits for a home at the San Luis Obispo County Animal Services’ shelter. Courtesy photo

San Luis Obispo County Animal Services’ shelter volunteer Ellen Perryess shares Sweet Pea, a Jack Russell terrier mix:

The holiday season is often a challenging time at the SLO County Animal Services’ shelter, as the number of stray and homeless pets regularly exceeds the number of available kennels.

Shelter volunteers and staff especially worry about the dogs and cats who are frequently overlooked by adopters: seniors, unpopular breeds and ones with health issues.

Sweet Pea is an 8-year-old Jack Russell terrier mix who — though not tiny — seems too small for her kennel. And though the noise of shelter life makes Sweet Pea feel uncertain, she comes right up to her kennel gate to meet anyone who stops by.

She’s easy to walk, and her compact body, nub tail, can-do little legs and white-tipped ears just make you smile.

Sweet Pea embraces the motto “life is short, eat dessert first,” so her heart is easily won with yummy treats. Therefore, her ideal adopter will keep her dancing with occasional snacks but not let her overindulge.

To help Sweet Pea find a home, she’s had a dental cleaning and comes with an adopt-a-senior rebate.

All pet owners can help reduce the likelihood of shelter overcrowding:

1. Have your current phone number on your pet’s tag or collar.

2. Microchip your pet.

3. Give your pet-sitter written permission to redeem your pet from Animal Services.

Whether you are a pet owner or not, everyone can help by adopting. Because there’s no better place to find a loving pet than the SLO County Animal Services’ shelter.

For more information about Sweet Pea (ID No. 214597), 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.

Santa Paws

Santa Paws is coming to Heilmann Dog Park at 1100 El Bordo Ave. in Atascadero, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Bring your kids and pups and have photos taken with Santa Paws, $10 per photo. Holiday drinks and goodies will be served. All proceeds benefit Heilmann Dog Park. Rain cancels. For more information, call 805-461-5749.

Love Paws Fundraiser

The “HART Impressions: Love Paws” fundraiser will take place at the Homeless Animal Rescue Team shelter Friday and Saturday. Love Paws are custom ceramic sculptures of your pet’s paw print. Ceramic artist Carol Jean Attoe presses your pet’s paw into clay and kiln fires the impression to produce a stoneware piece. Both cats and dogs are welcome. A $25 donation is requested. Love Paws sculptures will be ready for pickup by Dec. 12.

Reservations are required; call HART to make an appointment. For photos and information, visit the HART website news/events page, or call the shelter at 805-927-7377.

Black Cat Adoption Month at HART

November is Black Cat Adoption Month at HART in Cambria. All black cats and kittens are available for only $5. Often overlooked at shelters, black cats have the lowest adoption rate of all cats. Help us change their luck! Come to HART to meet some wonderful black cats and kittens waiting for their forever homes. Black-with-white tuxedo cats are included in the special.

The $5 nominal adoption fee includes spay/neuter, up-to-date vaccinations, microchip, flea treatment and a post-adoption vet examination. With the holidays drawing near, adopting a beautiful black cat or kitten is a wonderful way to embrace the holiday spirit and gain a loving companion for many years to come.

Located at 2638 Main St. in Cambria, HART is open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. Call the shelter at 805-927-7377 for more information or visit the website at

Fall 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. Adoption fee is $60 for one kitten and $80 for two.

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