Pet Tales

Having a pet can make for healthier living

Annie is a happy 4-month-old kitten ready to improve your life.
courtesy photo by Ellen Perryess
Annie is a happy 4-month-old kitten ready to improve your life. courtesy photo by Ellen Perryess

‘Longer, healthier lives are half-off this Saturday when you adopt a dog, cat or kitten at the San Luis Obispo County Animal Shelter.

“Twenty-plus years of research indicates pets lower blood pressure, lessen anxiety and boost immune systems. Additionally, studies show kids growing up with furry pets have lower allergy and asthma risks; infants are less likely to develop pet allergies and eczema.

“Annie is a delightful prescription for a healthier life. She’s a high-social 4-month-old black and white kitten who’ll brighten your day. Annie’s playful with people and other cats. Annie’s a talker who saunters with her tail held at full mast.

“Annie’s happy disposition stands in counterbalance with her difficult start in life — she arrived at the shelter orphaned, yet too young to be without a mother. Fortunately, in a nurturing foster home, Annie grew to be the healthy, happy kitty she is today.

Just-what-the-doctor-ordered dogs, cats and kittens will be available for adoption this Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wonderful felines, including Annie, will be out on the shelter front lawn waiting to meet their match. Inside the shelter, more cats and dogs of all sizes will also be waiting to help you live a healthier life.

“Dog and cat adoptions include spay/neuter, all initial shots, microchip and for cats a cardboard carrier.

“Adopt this Saturday, and the fee will be half-price.

“Live longer and happier by giving a homeless pet a new lease on life — love ’em, adopt ’em.”

— Animal shelter volunteer Ellen Perryess

For more information about Annie ID No. 178058, 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 $23 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.

Animal events

Heaven Can Wait will host a children’s equine event from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Kids will learn equine body language and safety skills, meet the horses, watch round pen activities, read horse-related books, draw, color and take photos.

Heaven Can Wait Horse Sanctuary is located at 6275 Cerros Pioneros Way in San Miguel. The cost is $16 and $12 for siblings. For more information, call 769-6260.

El Chorro Regional Dog Park and SLO-4-Pups are celebrating its 10th anniversary and expansion from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

The day includes a dedication ceremony for the expansion of the park, complimentary barbecue, cake, treats for the dogs and educational exhibits including Canine Good Citizen Testing. The dog park is located at El Chorro Regional Park off Highway 1 in San Luis Obispo.

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.