Pet Tales

Lost pets often show up at SLO County’s shelter

Sleepy, a small, gray tabby, is a calm, affectionate cat who is up for adoption at the county animal shelter.
Courtesy photo by ellen Perryess
Sleepy, a small, gray tabby, is a calm, affectionate cat who is up for adoption at the county animal shelter. Courtesy photo by ellen Perryess

‘It’s wonderful when a happy pet is reunited with its teary-eyed owner. But typically that doesn’t happen. Last year, only 13 percent of the 1,500 stray dogs and 4 percent of the 1,900 stray cats that arrived at the San Luis Obispo County Animal Shelter were claimed by their owners.

“Sleepy is one such misplaced family cat.

“Sleepy — so named by volunteers because of her calm disposition -— is a beautiful, small, gray tabby with arresting golden eyes. Everything -— her affectionate nature and comfort at being held -— indicates she was once a well-loved cat. But she has been here since May.

“Away from the shelter, I sometimes meet people who’ve lost their pets and they’re surprised to hear we have a county animal shelter. Or stranger still, they can’t imagine how their pet could end up there. Many speculate that their lost pet is so friendly that someone decided to keep it. Perhaps they should think again.

“If all pets had identification tags, they’d be returned to their owners instead of ending up at the shelter.

“Shelter-adopted pets come with a collar and are already microchipped.

Also, residents can have their cat or licensed dog microchipped at the shelter for only $20; tag coupons can be found at www.jtpnow.org.

“If Sleepy had been microchipped, she would be home right now. Instead, she arrived at the shelter unaltered with four 1-week-old kittens and no identification — thus contributing to an unhappy 2010 statistic.”

— Animal shelter volunteer Ellen Perryess

For more information about Sleepy, ID No. 167423, call the volunteer line at the San Luis Obispo County Animal Shelter at 781-4413 or visit www.sloanimalservices.com.

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 www.sloanimalservices.com.

The adoption fee is $75 for cats and $100 for dogs, plus a $20 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.

If you have a story or photos of your furry, feathered or scaly friend please e-mail me at pettales@thetribunenews.com or mail to Pet Tales, c/o The Tribune, P.O. Box 112, San Luis Obispo, CA 93406.

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