Pet Tales

Jake can barely see in one eye, and Sorbet was a stray. They need homes

This week, San Luis Obispo County Animal Services’ volunteer Ellen Perryess shares the story of Jake and Sorbet:

The San Luis Obispo County Animal Services shelter is experiencing a deluge of stray and owner-surrendered companion animals. Are you a pet-lover ready to step up, make a difference and adopt a four-legged family member?

To help out potential adopters, all shelter pets are half-off this Friday and Saturday.

The most overlooked pets are seniors and kittens who are 5 months or older. Jake is a great example of a senior dog, and Sorbet is a delightful and surprisingly overlooked teen kitten.

Jake doesn’t know he’s 12 years old. He embraces each day as a gift and each person as a new best friend. Though he has limited or no vision in his left eye, it doesn’t prevent him from running with the other little dogs or catching a treat on the fly.

Sorbet came to the shelter as a stray, yet it’s clear from her friendly disposition that this youngster was once someone’s kitten. Sorbet’s happy to be held, appreciates pets and longs to be a loving family member.

Give a homeless pet a fresh start — adopt.

For more information about Jake (ID No. 219814) and Sorbet (ID No. 220121), 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 full-price 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.

Dog Splash Days at Templeton pool

The Templeton Community Pool at Old County Road and Sixth Street will host the 11th annual Dog Splash Days event Saturday and Sunday.

The pool will open to dogs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The 10 a.m. Sunday session is reserved for small dogs (under 30 pounds) and senior or infirm dogs.

Swim sessions are scheduled on the hour and are limited to 20 dogs at a time. Dog life vests and floating toys will be provided.

Parks4Pups, a local nonprofit group, organizes the two-day event, and all proceeds benefit Vineyard Dog Park in Templeton. Last year, 250 dogs participated in the event.

To participate, dogs must be 5 months or older and adult male dogs must be neutered. Admission is $20 per dog per swim session, and event organizers recommend making reservations in advance.

For more information, visit or call 805-239-4437.

Cause for Paws fundraiser

The Homeless Animal Rescue Team in Cambria is having a Cause for Paws fundraiser raffle for its Guardian Angel Fund.

Local businesses, artists and Guardian Angel supporters have donated 47 raffle prizes. Contributions to the HART Guardian Angel Fund and 100 percent of proceeds from the Cause for Paws raffle are used only for medical care for cats and kittens when the costs exceed what can be handled by the HART general fund.

Raffle tickets are on sale through Oct. 28 at the HART office at 2638 Main St. in Cambria. You may also call 805-927-7377 to purchase tickets by phone.

Purchase one raffle ticket for $10 or three tickets for $25. Winning tickets will be drawn Oct. 28, and prize winners will be notified by phone and/or email.

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