Pet Tales

Before you get that bunny, consider the care

‘Easter is Sunday and some people may be thinking about purchasing a cute baby bunny or chick to add to their children’s Easter basket.

“Before doing so, please do some research on owning rabbits and chickens. I have owned both rabbits and chickens, and like any other pets, they require lots of care.

“Many Easter rabbits and chickens end up in shelters — and with the San Luis Obispo County Animal Shelter already full, this will only put more pressure on the resources at the shelter. If you are thinking of adopting an animal, please visit the animals at the shelter.

“The San Luis Obispo County Animal Shelter is truly full of dogs. This makes no one happy, and everyone concerned.

“For the dogs, it means volunteers are spread thinner, so walks and one-on-one time is limited. A ‘no vacancy’ sign is not an option. More dogs arrive every day, and space has to be created either through adoptions, people coming for their pets, rescues or euthanasia.

“In times like these, the vulnerable dogs are those with lower kennel appeal; the aged, grooming-impaired and overstocked — typically Chihuahuas and pit bull mixes.

“Grooming wouldn’t seem a likely stumbling block, but it can be. When a dog comes to the shelter after months — if not a lifetime — of neglect, a quick bath and brush is unlikely to result in a makeover.

“Gretchen is one such dog. Gretchen’s a pleasure to walk, is good with the other shelter dogs and has a loving, playful personality. If it weren’t for her coat, she’d be a likely slam-dunk with potential adopters.

“Sadly, Gretchen’s owner probably never protected her from fleas, resulting in missing patches of fur and the development of secondary infections. And though Gretchen’s receiving the treatment she needs, her future — as with most shelter dogs and cats — depends on finding a home.

“If you’ve been thinking about adopting a dog, now is an excellent time, especially for a diamond in the rough like Gretchen.”

— Animal shelter volunteer Ellen Perryess

For more information about Gretchen, ID No. 128549, 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.

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.