Pet Tales

Shelter kittens Smoke and Ash survived a wildfire. Now they need a home

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

When disasters strike, pets are one of the valuable treasures that can be lost.

Smoke and Ash are living proof. At just 5 weeks old, these Siamese-mix kittens came to the Animal Services shelter because of the Hill Fire east of Santa Margarita.

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Already struggling with an overabundance of kittens, shelter staff were thankful a foster family could take the kittens in.

Now 9 weeks old, it’s clear these blue-eyed kittens — with their black tails and cream-colored coats splashed with dilute fields of tan and gray — are going to be gorgeous adult cats. They also enjoy people, playing with toys and being with each other.

They’re a matched set, ideal for someone looking for indoor kitties. Being indoor cats is important because light-colored cats are at higher risk of skin cancer from sun exposure. And they’re already good pals who will keep each other company while you’re away from home.

An added bonus: If they’re adopted to the same household, they come with an adoption fee discount.

From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Smoke, Ash and a wide variety of other kittens will be on the shelter front lawn, with other cats and dogs inside — all of them eager to meet, greet and find a family to love.

Disasters happen, and pets need identification to be safe. All shelter dogs and cats are microchipped, and that chip and visible identification are the easiest ways to ensure your irreplaceable four-legged treasures have a way back home if they are lost.

For more information about Ash (ID No. 218646) and Smoke (ID No. 218648), 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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Feline Network has kittens up for adoption

The Feline Network of the Central Coast has kittens available for adoption and will hold Adopt-a-Cat events from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on most Saturdays at Petco in the Madonna Plaza Shopping Center in San Luis Obispo.

Kittens have been spayed or neutered, tested, vaccinated and are ready for their new homes. The adoption fee is $60 for one cat and $80 for two.

To see cats available for adoption, go to For more information, you may also call 805-549-9228, ext. 701.

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