Pet Tales

Meet Peanut, Butter and Jelly: Kittens waiting for their forever homes

This week, San Luis Obispo County Animal Services’ volunteer Ellen Perryess shares the story of Peanut, Butter and Jelly, as the shelter overflows with cats and dogs:

Something has to give when the San Luis Obispo County Animal Services’ shelter is as full as it is now.

Frightened strays were brought to the shelter because of fireworks, and pets were surrendered because of life changes. Plus, there’s the summertime explosion of kittens.

Volunteers and staff are fostering shelter pets, but this is a stop-gap solution. Adoption is the best way to create kennel space, so from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, adoption fees will be half-off for all dogs, cats and kittens.

Peanut, Butter and Jelly are our poster kittens. They were brought to the shelter when they were 5 weeks old, too young to be without their mother. Fortunately, a foster took these little ones into her home and made sure they got the nutrition and love they needed to thrive.

This Saturday, Peanut, Butter and Jelly will be on the shelter front lawn ready to find loving homes — along with dozens of other already spayed and neutered kittens.

Not looking to add a kitten to our life? From chihuahuas to huskies, from youngsters to seniors, there are wonderful shelter dogs and cats longing for a loving family.

For more information about Peanut (male tabby, ID No. 218533), Butter (female tabby, ID No. 218530) and Jelly (male black smoke, ID No. 218534), 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. Cats also are tested for FeLV and FIV, and adopters receive a carrier.

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