Pet Tales

Lois and Clark are two dogs at SLO Animal Services that need a home

Clark, a German shepherd mix, is all smiles. He is looking for a new home with his companion Lois, who is a Labrador mix.
Clark, a German shepherd mix, is all smiles. He is looking for a new home with his companion Lois, who is a Labrador mix.

San Luis Obispo County Animal Services shelter volunteer Ellen Perryess shares Clark, an oldie but goodie, and yes, he comes with a Lois.

Dogs have a knack for living in the present and patiently instructing humans on how to celebrate every moment. Age doesn’t prevent them from enjoying life, making them excellent role models for aging with grace.

Clark’s an excellent example. He’s an approximately 7-year-old German shepherd mix who has a seemingly unflappable happy disposition. Clark walks gently on a leash and is pleased to demonstrate his knowledge of basic commands such as “sit” and “down.”

Being a senior, Clark has a bit of arthritis, but he’s still all smiles; perhaps because he appreciates that traveling at top speed means missing out on many of the good things in life — such as marvelous sniffs or loving pets from a favorite biped.

Currently the SLO County Animal Services shelter has a bounty of senior dogs ready to tutor humans in the art of aging with joy. These furry bodhisattvas come in a variety of breeds — cocker spaniel, Labrador retrievers, Pomeranian, Chihuahua and more.

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If you appreciate having two dogs, Clark and Lois — a senior Labrador mix — came in together and would appreciate being adopted separately or as a pair. Because of a generous donation, you can adopt both for the price of one.

Not every human heart is open to adopting a senior dog, though most older canines have what people want from a dog: love, joy — an appreciation of a good nap — and enough furry wisdom to last a lifetime.

For more information about Clark, ID No. 207161, call the volunteer line at the San Luis Obispo County Animal Shelter at 781-4413 or visit

The Animal Services shelter is at 885 Oklahoma Ave., off Highway 1 in San Luis Obispo.

To see more shelter animals available for adoption, visit

The adoption fee is $80 for cats and $105 for dogs, plus a $25 county license fee for dogs if the adopters are San Luis Obispo County residents. The adoption fee includes spay or neuter, basic vaccinations, microchip, eligibility for a free veterinarian check, new collar and ID tag, and a carrier for cats.

Animal-related events in San Luis Obispo County

Blessing of the animals

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church will offer a blessing of the animals at 11 a.m. Saturday in Emerson Park in San Luis Obispo, across the street from the church. Bring your pets on a leash, stuffed animals and/or pictures of pets, endangered species, etc.

Refreshments will be served in the church’s parish hall after the blessing.

Cambria blessing of the animals

The Rev. Mark Stetz, pastor of Santa Rosa Catholic Church at 1174 Main St., Cambria, will host the blessing of pets at 11 a.m. Sunday. The brief annual ceremony is in conjunction with the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals since the 1300s, and is open to all and their companions.

Where appropriate, the critters should be on a leash or in a carrier.

For more information, call 927-4816.

El Chorro Dog Park’s 14th anniversary

El Chorro Dog Park in San Luis Obispo celebrates its 14th anniversary from noon to 3 p.m. Oct. 11.

Festivities include anniversary cupcakes, appetizers, beverages and doggie treats. Former park president and co-founder Ann Calhoun will be remembered with a tribute and the unveiling of her memorial bench at the park.

The event is sponsored by SLO-4-PUPS. For more information, call 543-7213.


Dogtoberfest will be held Oct. 17 in conjunction with Atascadero Colony Days from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Sunken Gardens at 6505 El Camino Real, Atascadero. Registration is from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The event includes wiener-dog races, wiener-wannabe dog races, a pet parade, raffles and a costume contest. Event proceeds benefit the nonprofit organization Heilmann Dog Park.

For more information, call 461-5749.

Cause for Paws raffle

The Homeless Animal Rescue Team Guardian Angel program is sponsoring a fundraising raffle, which began Sept. 1 and runs until Oct. 31.

Raffle tickets are available for purchase, one ticket for $10 or three for $25.

Tickets can be purchased at the HART office, 2638 Main St., Cambria, or over the phone at 927-7377.

All proceeds go will go to paying medical expenses for the cats and kittens of HART.

Adopt a cat in SLO

The Feline Network of the Central Coast has an abundance of cute kittens that need forever homes in order to make room for new kittens that need to be placed in foster care.

Kitten adoptions are from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday at Petco in the Madonna Shopping Center in San Luis Obispo.

Kittens and cats have been spayed or neutered, vaccinated and tested for leukemia and FIV. The adoption fee is $60.

For information on adoptions and low-cost spay or neuter in San Luis Obispo or the South County and help with feral cats, call 549-9228.