I’m wishing all of my readers — and their furry, fluffy, feathered and scaled friends — a safe and happy Thanksgiving.
“Things to be thankful for come easily to mind. I give thanks for those who come to the San Luis Obispo County Animal Shelter and adopt a homeless dog or cat. I’m endlessly thankful for the volunteers and staff who insure our county’s wayward pets are cared for seven days a week, holidays included.
“If you are reading this on Thanksgiving Day, volunteers and staff have been at the shelter since 8 a.m. Volunteers are in charge of TLC — dogs go for walks, get belly rubs or play fetch, while cats receive some additional love and attention. Yolanda is one of our shelter cats who appreciates the extra care.
“Yolanda is a big brown tabby with a sweet disposition. She’s so sweet she’s been named the volunteers’ pick for November. Yolanda is about 2 years old and always up at the front of her kennel hoping to catch someone’s eye.
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“Yolanda benefits from our county’s investment in animal welfare. She has been altered and, once adopted, will be microchipped and have all her initial vaccinations. I’m thankful for these investments because they help to reduce unwanted litters and contribute to disease control while increasing the likelihood that loved pets will be returned to their homes.
“Thanksgiving is also a time of hope — hope that individuals will vaccinate, alter and put ID tags on their pets. One by one, we all contribute to the welfare of our county’s dogs and cats.
“May all the homeless pets, such as Yolanda, find a home for the holidays.”
— Animal shelter volunteer Ellen Perryess
For more information about Yolanda, ID No. 171183, 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 spaying or neutering, basic vaccinations, a microchip, eligibility for a free veterinarian check, a 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to Pet Tales, c/o The Tribune, P.O. Box 112, San Luis Obispo, CA 93406.