Pet Tales

Steps you can take if your pet goes astray

In light of the ongoing saga about Annie, who was lost by her owner and subsequently adopted by another family, San Luis Obispo County Animal Services recommends that pet owners microchip and ID tag their animals. Annie’s original owner hadn’t done that.

Shelter volunteers suggest pet owners take the following steps if their pets become lost:

• Be persistent!! Often, people will keep a lost pet at their house for an extended period before turning it into the animal shelter.

• Call the Lost Cat & Dog Line at 781-4407 every day. The recording gives a complete list with descriptions of animals brought in during the preceding 24-hours. Call each day after 6 p.m. for the most recent recording. • Go to the animal shelter. Only you can positively identify your pet. Check the shelter at least every 72 hours. Unlicensed dogs and cats are only required to be held for five days before they can be adopted or euthanized.

• Check the Animal Services website at

• Send a notice to your local newspaper or radio station. Shelter volunteers can give current information to participating stations and papers.

• Create fliers with your pet’s description (include a picture if possible). List sex, color, tags, collars or distinguishing characteristics, the area lost, and your contact information. Post the notices on bulletin boards, the Animal Service’s Lost and Found Board, along with other humane organizations, schools, and nearby neighborhoods.

• If you have recently moved, leave notices with neighbors in both neighborhoods, and check with agencies in both areas.

• If you have lost a purebred dog, check with the volunteers for current Breed Rescue Clubs.

• Make sure information is on file for your dog’s license and rabies tags are current.

• If your animal has been microchipped, make sure the company has your current information. Check your neighborhood frequently on foot and at night. If your pet was lost in an unfamiliar area, it will only come out when it is quiet.

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The animal shelter is overflowing with cats and dogs. If you are thinking about adopting, visit the shelter at 885 Oklahoma Ave., off Highway 1 in San Luis Obispo.

Animal-related events in the county

There will be a flag dedication ceremony and artist reception at Vineyard Dog Park at 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

The Templeton chapter of the American Legion will honor the new flagpole that was donated to the park.

The park’s new mural, painted by the winner of the Vineyard Dog Park Student Art Competition, Templeton High School student Luke Taylor, will be unveiled.

You can also sign up in advance for Dog Splash Days happening Sept. 10 through 12.

Vineyard Dog Park is located on Vineyard Drive in Templeton. For more information, call 239-4437.

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Woods Humane Society will host a Viva Paws Vegas Feline Adopt-a-thon from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

All cat and kitten adoption fees will be $21. Adoptions include spay/neuter, vaccinations, microchips, cat carrier and entry into a raffle.

Woods is located at 875 Oklahoma Ave., in San Luis Obispo. For more information, call 543-9316 or visit

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Heaven Can Wait Equine Rescue and Sanctuary presents a tribute concert featuring Neil “Faux” Diamond at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

The evening includes live music, dancing, wine tasting and dessert pairings. Bring a blanket and/or lawn chair.

Donation is $25 per person pre-event or $30 at the gate. Heaven Can Wait is located at 6275 Cerros Pioneros Way in San Miguel. For more information, call 712-3109 or 368-5702.

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