This week, San Luis Obispo County Animal Services’ volunteer Ellen Perryess shares the story of Dally:
Dally was once a loved house-dog. She’d been taught her basic obedience skills, and her past owners say Dally likes to play fetch and swim. In her previous life, she lived with a dachshund, a couple of adults and three children who ranged in age from 6 to 17 years old — Dally loved them all.
Unfortunately, her family moved and couldn’t find a place that allowed dogs. So, Dally and her dachshund pal were surrendered to the Animal Services shelter.
To lessen their upheaval, kennel staff housed the pair together, though the dachshund was adopted and Dally was left alone.
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With all the loss, 2-year-old Dally abandoned her obedience skills and pulled on her leash as if she were trying to get back home.
All homeless pets rely on people to help them adapt to kennel life. The shelter has scheduled quiet times, so — like naptime for toddlers — dogs have predictable times when they can do what they do so well in a home: sleep.
Also, volunteers work to improve each dogs’ obedience skills. The training helps to reduce anxiety and reinforce the age-old canine/human bond. For Dally, this means she’s reconnecting with people, sitting for treats and appreciating the person who’s holding the leash.
Dally’s an exuberant gal who’s working on curbing her enthusiasm when meeting people and other dogs, so she’s ideal for a person looking for a loving and goofy canine pal.
For more information about Dally (ID No. 970851), call the volunteer line at the shelter at 805-781-4413 or visit www.slocounty.ca.gov/aserv. 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.
If you have stories of your pet, or photos of your furry, feathered or scaly friend, send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.