Pet Tales

Love runs deep for pint-sized terrier mix

Lucy is a bright and friendly terrier mix with Yoda-like ears and a gentle disposition. She and other small dogs will be a part of the San Luis Obispo County Animal Shelter Lap-Warmer’s adoption event. Courtesy photo by Ellen Perryess.
Lucy is a bright and friendly terrier mix with Yoda-like ears and a gentle disposition. She and other small dogs will be a part of the San Luis Obispo County Animal Shelter Lap-Warmer’s adoption event. Courtesy photo by Ellen Perryess.

‘Lucy is a three-year-old, cute-as-a-button rat terrier/Chihuahua mix with spectacularly tall ears. Lucy is smart. She gets along with dogs and cats. Plus, she knows ‘sit,’ ‘quiet’ and will flop over on her back if you say ‘bang.’ Being small, Lucy’s a bit scared of heights, but she bonds deeply, loving to snuggle or walk leashless by your side.

“We know this about Lucy because she’s in foster care with a shelter volunteer.

“Fosters give a vital gift to many shelter animals. They help those who need to heal and reduce the euthanasia of companion animals when there’s no room at the inn.

“Right now, foster homes and the shelter are overflowing with small dogs, cats and kittens.

“To help with the overcrowding, shelter volunteers and staff are hosting a Lap-Warmer’s Adopt-A-Pet event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday on the front lawn of the shelter. To provide an additional boost, the adoption fee for cats — and all dogs weighing 25 pounds or less — will be reduced by $25 the day of the event.

“Be they large or small, there are lots of loving pets waiting to go home for the holidays, including Lucy, whose perfect day is spent with her person taking a pleasant walk, doing tricks for treats or snuggling on the sofa.”

— San Luis Obispo County Animal Shelter volunteer Ellen Perryess

For more information about Lucy, ID No. 171360, 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 located 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.

Animal-related events

Woods Humane Society will host a Holiday Open House from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

The event includes Pet Portraits with Santa, a feline painting studio, a $20 microchip clinic and a $55 Holiday Homecoming Adopt-a-Thon. There’s also a holiday gift workshop for the kids, holiday treats and goodies, shelter tours and an in-kind donation drive.

Wood’s Humane Society is located at 875 Oklahoma Ave. in San Luis Obispo. Call 805-543-9316 for more information, or visit www.woodshumane.org to see the organization’s holiday wish list.

The Kennels of Springdale is hosting a cat-and-dog toy drive for Wood’s Humane Society.

Drop off new or gently used toys, unopened treats, bedding, canned food and other pet supplies at 1731 Corbett Canyon Road in Arroyo Grande by Dec. 20. Donations will be received 8 a.m. to noon, or 3 to 6 p.m., seven days a week. Call 549-9832 for more information.

If you have a story or photos of your furry, feathered or scaly friend, please e-mail 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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