Pet Tales

Pets can make fine tenants

‘For many people, finding a place to live is a challenge. This is especially true for would-be renters who own pets.

“Less than 10 percent of rental properties allow pets, even though pet owners will commonly pay more in deposits and rents. The lack of pet-friendly rentals is a concern because it’s estimated that 60 to 85 percent of renters own a cat or dog.

“Molly and Chevy are two dogs that lost their home because their family couldn’t find a rental that would accept dogs. This is unfortunate, because Molly and Chevy have excellent house manners. Both dogs are housebroken, quiet, good with other dogs, and love the company of people. In many ways, Molly and Chevy have traits that would make them ideal tenants if it weren’t for the fact that they’re dogs.

“Being a pair, it’s harder to find Molly and Chevy a home and this challenge has left them homeless since July. At one point Chevy was adopted by a kind person who could only have one dog. But the adopter regretfully returned Chevy to the shelter because Chevy pined for Molly.

“Molly and Chevy are accommodating, middle-aged, happy girls; I put them in the easy-keeper category.

“Molly and Chevy make the most of life and light up at the prospect of going for a walk or an opportunity to spend time with people. All they are lacking is a home.

— Animal shelter volunteer Ellen Perryess

For more information about Chevy and Molly, call the volunteer line at the San Luis Obispo County Animal Shelter at 781-4413.

The Animal Services shelter is at 885 Oklahoma Ave., off Highway 1 west of San Luis Obispo. To see more shelter animals available for adoption, visit

The adoption fee is $70 for cats and $95 for dogs, plus a $15 county license fee for dogs if the adopters are San Luis Obispo County residents. The adoption fee includes spaying or neutering, basic vaccinations, microchip, eligibility for a free veterinarian check, new collar and ID tag, and carrier for cats. • • •

Animal-related events in the county:

• Dogtoberfest and Wiener Dog Races are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Atascadero Lake Park. The event includes a pet costume contest and dog talent contest for best trick, best vocal performance, best tail wagging and best dog owner look-alike. There will also be raffle drawings, vendors with giveaways, demonstrations and barbecue. Race registration is $15; all other events are free. Proceeds benefit North County Dog Parks. For more information, visit or call 239-4437.

• El Chorro off-leash dog park celebrates its eighth anniversary from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 10 with games, raffle baskets, light refreshments and a “not so serious dog show contest.” There will also be a Canine Good Citizenship Test at 11 a.m. The cost is $15. Register before 11 a.m. or preregister by calling Karyn at 990-5944. All proceeds benefit the park, located off Highway 1 across from Cuesta College.

• A blessing of the animals will be from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 10 at the North County Humane Society, 2300 Ramona Road, Atascadero. For more information, call 466-5403 or visit

If you have a story and/or photo of your animal companions please e-mail to or mail to Pet Tales, c/o The Tribune, P.O. box 112, San Luis Obispo, CA 93406.