Pet Tales

Cat siblings Oreo and Cupcake look for a sweet new home

This week, San Luis Obispo County Animal Services’ shelter volunteer Ellen Perryess shares the story of Cupcake and Oreo:

Never say never, because sometimes “never” does in fact happen. For Cupcake and Oreo, that moment came when they lost their home and became residents at the Animal Services’ shelter.

These two 13-year-old siblings had been much-loved indoor cats all their lives. They’re affectionate, declawed kitties who are trusting, gentle cats.

But their owner’s life was turned upside down, and so this brother and sister pair no longer have a home.

The timing couldn’t be much worse: Summer is when the shelter experiences a high number of stray and owner-surrendered pets, and then add to that the seasonal explosion of homeless kittens. Currently, foster families are full, and the shelter is becoming overwhelmed with kittens and adult cats.

Adopters make a huge difference. Adopting a shelter kitten, adult or senior cat creates an open kennel for another homeless feline.

From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, shelter cats and kittens will be on the shelter’s front lawn ready to meet prospective adopters. They’ll be spayed or neutered, microchipped and ready to go home with you.

And if you have space in your home and heart for two healthy, senior indoor-only cats, Cupcake and Oreo can be adopted together at the price of one. Because although the unimaginable sometimes happens, happily-ever-after endings are still something to believe in.

For more information about Cupcake (ID No. 218557) and Oreo (ID No. 218558), 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.

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