Pet Tales

Game, gimpy Starla seeks a home

‘If homes were found based on having a gentle, happy nature, Starla would already have a home.

“Starla, a flat-coated retriever mix about 9 years old with a coat as soft as angora and a ready smile, loves to run and go for walks, though an old injury gives her a somewhat awkward-looking front foot.

“Not that this bothers Starla — she’s just happy to be alive.

“November is National Adopt-A-Senior-Pet Month.

“Starla has that mature-dog sensibility — active when you want a playmate, a couch potato when you want peace and quiet. A generous shelter visitor has paid half of her adoption fee; she’s just needs a home.”

— Animal shelter volunteer Ellen Perryess

For more about Starla, ID No. 171642, call the San Luis Obispo County Animal Shelter volunteer line at 781-4413 or visit www.slo

The shelter is at 885 Oklahoma Ave., off Highway 1 in San Luis Obispo.

The adoption fee — $75 for cats, $100 for dogs, plus a $20 county license fee for dogs if the adopters are San Luis Obispo County residents — includes spaying or neutering, basic vaccinations, a microchip, eligibility for a free veterinarian check, a new collar and ID tag, plus a carrier for cats.

Animal-related events

The Atascadero Horseman’s Club hosts its Toy Ride on Sunday. Groups will leave the Atascadero Mutual Water Co. Maintenance Yard for Hoover’s Beef Palace in Templeton every 15 minutes from 8 to 10 a.m.

New, unwrapped toys or clothes will benefit Toys for Tots. Cash donations will benefit Loaves and Fishes. For more information, call 466-5537 or 466-6626.

Susan Minker, her two poodles, Izzy and Mattie, and friend Jennifer Phillip are hosting a Poodle Party from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at the Olde Port Beach in Avila. Poodle owners and furry friends are invited. Call 528-5722.

Cambria’s Homeless Animal Rescue Team presents “Holiday Paws” on Nov. 20.

Photographer Megg McNamee will be taking pet and Santa photos.

Ceramic artist Carol Jean Attoe will capture paw prints in ceramic clay. Dogs must be on leashes, small animals in carriers.

To reserve a time, call 924-1731 or email

H.A.R.T. is at 1500 Main St., in Cambria. All donations are tax deductible and benefit HART.

The San Luis Obispo and Santa Maria kennel clubs will host an All-Breed Confirmation Show, Obedience Trial and Rally Nov. 20 to 22 at the Paso Robles Event Center, 2198 Riverside Ave. in Paso Robles.

Judging will run each day from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. or the close of the “best in show” competition.

A portion of the Nov. 20 and 21 entry fees will benefit local spaying, neutering and immunization programs. Dogs entered in show only — no others allowed on the grounds.

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