Pet Tales

Crazy-eye Smokey would still be a good pet


‘Nearly perfect sometimes is not enough. With so many pets to choose from, having a flaw can prevent a nice dog or cat from finding a home.

“This may be the case with Smokey —an elegant, smoke-gray cat with a coal-black nose. And though Smokey has arresting topaz eyes, they’re more unusual than most cats. Smokey’s right pupil — rather than being a vertical line — is round and is fixed in an upward glance.

“His unusual eye doesn’t bother Smokey nor does it require special care. Whatever happened to Smokey’s eye occurred before he came to the shelter; a blow to the head is the likely cause.

“He has a nice disposition that will endear him to most cat lovers; he’s a gentle cat who enjoys peek-a- boo or chasing a feathered toy.

“Smokey tends to stay at the back of his kennel because of the commotion of the shelter, though he appreciates being petted. He’s a curious cat, however. And if you have a cat toy, Smokey is easily tempted to play.

“Currently more cats are arriving than are being adopted; and those with physical imperfections are being passed over. Still nearly perfect cats, like Smokey, have a unique beauty all their own.”

— Animal shelter volunteer Ellen Perryess

For more information about Smokey, ID No. 165959, call the volunteer line at the San Luis Obispo County Animal Shelter at 781-4413 or visit www

The Animal Services shelter is at 885 Oklahoma Ave., off Highway 1.

Adoption fees are $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, collar and ID tag, and carrier for cats.

Animal related events

Pismo Beach Veterinary Clinic will host a special clinic from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday as part of a nationwide initiative to vaccinate dogs against the canine influenza virus, H3N8 and raise funds for NEADS/Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans. Area pet owners can participate in the fundraiser and have their dogs vaccinated at the same time. All donations will go to support NEADS.

A free physical examination and the first dose of the vaccine will be administered at no charge the day of the clinic. A follow-up inoculation will be needed. Appointments are recommended, but walk-ins will be accepted. The clinic is at 990 Price St., Pismo Beach. For more information, call 773-0474 or visit

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