Pet Tales

Someone needs to give Patches a home

‘Star-crossed in love is the story for many shelter animals; however, Patches continues to have high hopes.

“Patches is a fun-loving little caramel and white Chihuahua mix who is a consistent runner-up for adoption at the San Luis Obispo County Animal Shelter. He’s the class clown, gets along with all the shelter dogs and is happy even though he’s the shelter’s longest residing small dog.

“Patches’ enthusiasm for life radiates from him. To see him bound after a tennis ball and carry it back — though his head’s hardly bigger than the ball itself — is a sight to see. He dances and spins at the front of his kennel hoping to catch your eye, though after a quick jaunt, can be happy on your lap getting a belly rub or giving you kisses.

“Patches’ ideal match would be a person looking for an active small companion who will make them laugh.

“To help all the lovelorn dogs and cats at the shelter, volunteers and staff are hosting a Sweetheart Adopt-a-Pet from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday on the front lawn of the San Luis Obispo County Animals Shelter. Charlotte Rushton of Sandprints Photography will be on hand to create free 5x7 portraits of all the newfound sweethearts from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Rain checks for photos will be given for adoptions that day after 1 p.m.

“Regardless of how homeless dogs and cats come to the shelter, they never stop believing in the restorative power of love.”

— Animal shelter volunteer Ellen Perryess

For more information about Patches, ID No. 172039, call the volunteer line at the San Luis Obispo County Animal Shelter at 781-4413 or visit www.slo

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.

If you have a story or photos of your furry, feathered or scaly friend please e-mail or mail to Pet Tales, c/o The Tribune, P.O. Box 112, San Luis Obispo, CA 93406.