Pet Tales

Sweet, trusting cat Ellie longs for a peaceful home

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

Every homeless pet has their own complex story.

With owner-surrendered pets, we usually have some information about the twists and turns that bring a dog or cat to the Animal Services shelter. Ellie’s a good example.

Ellie’s a gentle 7-year-old kitty who trusts people and is likely to purr in appreciation for any attention. Her previous owners made sure Ellie received veterinary care, so when she developed urinary crystals, they fed her a vet-prescribed diet.

So it was sad, for everyone, when Ellie’s family could no longer keep her because their newborn baby appeared to be allergic to cats. They weren’t successful in finding Ellie a new home, so she came to the county shelter.

Due to her sweet personality, she was soon adopted. But there were five energetic children in the new home and Ellie was overwhelmed, so the parents regretfully brought her back to the shelter.

To help Ellie find her forever home, a caring shelter volunteer has paid half of Ellie’s adoption fee. Ellie also comes with her Science Diet prescription food to ensure her new family can readily transition her to an over-the-counter urinary-heath cat food.

Ellie’s longing for a peaceful home where she’ll be the loved and cherish. Ellie’s ready to grace windowsills, warm laps and — with effortless elegance — make her adopters wonder how they ever lived without her.

For more information about Ellie (ID No. 221036), call the volunteer line at the 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.

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