Pet Tales

These 5 puppy siblings have unique personalities — and they’re almost ready to be adopted

San Luis Obispo County Animal Services’ shelter volunteer Ellen Perryess shares the story of puppy siblings.

Puppies are a gift that remind us to rejoice in the simple. They celebrate the climbing of a single step and appreciate its descent as an act of courage. They can be transfixed in wonder by the discovery of a dry leaf.

Puppies are innocents at play in a worrisome world.

On Thanksgiving Day, five puppies were born at the county Animal Services’ shelter to a mother who was not yet a year old. Shelter staff — struggling with too many homeless dogs — were thankful when this young family went into foster care. While there, the puppies met many people to play with and discovered a boundless love for humans.

Nearly 2 months old, each has a unique personality — Humphrey is a can-do guy who’s already walking on a harness, the Professor is a ponderer striving to understand the world, Dora explores, Anya dances and Sammy communes with the flowers.

All of them want to find a family.

To ensure a good start in life, each puppy comes with initial shots — or a certificate when they’re old enough — and a microchip, and they are spayed or neutered. Additionally, adopters of these puppies can choose to have a free training consultation with dog trainer Karyn Heystee of KH Dog Training.

If you’d like to meet the puppies, please call their foster mom, Ellen, at 805-550-7577. They could be ready for adoption as soon as next week.

Puppies are bundles of joy and wonder, searching for people to love.

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The SLO County Animal Services’ shelter can be contacted at 805-781-4413 or 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.

If you have stories of your pet, or photos of your furry, feathered or scaly friend, send them to or Pet Tales, c/o The Tribune, P.O. Box 112, San Luis Obispo, CA 93406.