Pet Tales

Unseasonably high population in shelter

Shiloh is a gentle male adult cat looking for a home. 
Courtesy of Sandprints Photos
Shiloh is a gentle male adult cat looking for a home. Courtesy of Sandprints Photos

‘Worries about kennel space usually diminish in winter. However this winter, the shelter population looks like July, a notorious time for overcrowding. This is particularly worrisome because we’re headed into kitten and puppy season, which makes it harder for the adult pets to find homes.

“Shiloh is a good example of a cat we hope won’t be overlooked. He has a rich black coat, beautiful amber eyes and a gentle nature. Shiloh reaches out from his kennel for petting and rolls on his back for belly rubs. Sometimes when you pet Shiloh, he will reach up and gently touch your face as if to say ‘thank you.’

“With such behavior, you’d assume his family would be missing him. But Shiloh came to the shelter more than a month ago — a stray with one torn ear, a bobbed tail and no ID tag or microchip.

“With pregnant cats and dogs already arriving at the shelter, we’re hoping for more adoptions of adult pets like Shiloh to make room for the babies to come. Even though Shiloh is about 4 years old and a big boy, his true nature is that of a mellow kitten waiting for someone to love or to tempt him with a toy.”

— Animal shelter volunteer Ellen Perryess

Update on Shelly

The surgery for Shelly, who was featured two weeks ago, was a complete success, and she’s now ready for her lifelong home. Shelly’s a middle-aged yellow Labrador mix who loves to play fetch and has an infectious smile and a happy disposition.

For more information about Shiloh, ID A164155, 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 $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 spay or neuter, basic vaccinations, microchip, eligibility for a free veterinarian check, new collar and ID tag, and carrier for cats.