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

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