I opened my e-mail this week to find several thank you notes from the volunteers at the San Luis Obispo County Animal Shelter with wonderful news that Patches and 16 of his furry friends found new homes over the weekend.
I also recently received an e-mail from Teri Howard, who enjoyed Meg Korgan’s story about adopting — and falling in love — with her first pit bull mix, Shirlee:
“Thank you for your wonderful article on Jan. 13, ‘It’s the pet, not the breed.’ I rescued my German Shepherd from Woods Humane Society in 2005. He was there for nine months and shaking like a leaf. I was going to be his last chance.
“Now I can’t imagine my life without him. I know many people who get the same breed over and over. It makes me sad because there are so many fabulous dogs that are not pedigreed. We have always had mixed breeds, and I firmly believe they make the best pets. And most of the time mixed breeds have the fewest health issues because they have not been overbred.
“I loved Meg’s story and her line, ‘my car turned into San Luis Obispo County Animal Services without my permission.’ I certainly hope your article will encourage people to make adoption their first option and also not think twice about adopting a mixed breed.”
Animal related events around the county
The Feline Network holds cat and kitten adoptions from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday at the Petco in the Madonna Shopping Center in San Luis Obispo. Cats and kittens are spayed or neutered, tested and vaccinated.
The adoption fee is $60 for one or $80 for two. A free vet exam is included.
For information on adoptions, low-cost spay/neuter or help with feral cats or to volunteer or donate, call 549-9228 or visit www.felinenetwork.org. Free semi-tame mousers are also available.
Wine 4 Paws, a fundraising event for Woods Humane Society, will be held at more than 50 participating wineries throughout San Luis Obispo County on April 9 and 10. During this weekend, the Wine 4 Paws wineries will donate a portion of their proceeds to Woods Humane Society. To see a full list of participating wineries and a get a free printable passport and map, visit www.wine4paws.com.
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.