Pet Tales

Tips to ensure a pet’s safety this holiday

‘It’s hard to imagine losing a kitten as delightful as Sierra and not checking the San Luis Obispo County Animal Shelter. But the fact remains — Sierra, a seal-point Siamese mix, arrived at the shelter and no one has claimed him.

“Sadly, beautiful cats and kittens fill the shelter and its foster homes. More than 90 kittens — including Sierra — are in foster care.

“Sierra is a playful and affectionate 5-month-old kitten. He rolls over on his back to play and is happy to be held in your arms. Sierra is good with other cats and seeks out people. If you’re interested in adding Sierra to your family, call Sierra’s foster mom, Jane, at 771-9375.

“Shelter overcrowding is a risk during the holidays. Families travel, leaving loved pets at home. If a pet is lost, the pet-sitter may not check the county shelter; if they do, but the owner hasn’t left written permission, that dog or cat is in for an extended stay.

“Additionally, the shelter is closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Strays will continue to come to the shelter, though no adoptions or family-pet reunions can occur.

“To ensure a happier holiday, make sure:

1. Pets have visible identification and/or are micro-chipped.

2. Pet-sitters have shelter phone numbers: 781-4400, and for the daily animal update line, 781-4407.

3. Pet-sitters have a note so your pet can be claimed.

“Best of all, adopt a homeless pet, such as Sierra, and give yourself the gift of love.”

— Animal shelter volunteer Ellen Perryess

For more information about Sierra, ID No. 172466, call the volunteer line at the San Luis Obispo County Animal Shelter at 781-4413 or visit

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

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 carrier for cats.

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