Pet Tales

Betty will bring love into home

‘Dogs reflect their upbringing. If puppies receive guidance and love from a variety of people, they’re predisposed to be good with people throughout their lives. Additionally, puppies that have the opportunity to play with other pups are predisposed to get along with other dogs once they’re adults.

“Betty’s unknown owner must have given her such opportunities because Betty has a gentle disposition. She walks well on a leash and is gently affectionate. Betty’s fine with like-minded dogs, easy going and laid-back, but her first love is people.

“One would have thought Betty’s owner, having trained and encouraged her devoted nature, would have come to the San Luis Obispo County Animal Shelter to look for Betty, but no.

“Last year, less than 50 percent of San Luis Obispo County stray dogs were claimed by their owners. And cats fared far worse, less than 3 percent of cat owners came to the shelter to redeem their pets.

“Betty’s a lovely middle-aged shepherd mix. She has kind eyes that reflect an old soul. Betty’s been at the shelter for over a month and we’re not expecting her owner to show.

“Dogs often reflect the best in human nature: open to others, loving of family and devoted to those who care for them. Betty’s one such dog looking for a life-long home.”

— Animal shelter volunteer Ellen Perryess

For more information about Betty, ID No. 179878, 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.

Pismo clinic to host pet costume contest

The Pismo Beach Vet Clinic presents its free Halloween Pet Costume Contest from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

Registration will start at 12:30 p.m. with judging at 1 p.m. All pets are welcome. Categories will include: Best Pet Duo, Best Human and Pet Duo, Best Canine Costume, Best Feline Costume and Best Exotic Pet Costume.

There will be food, drinks, and prizes. A Haunted Clinic will be from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Admission is free, but all donations will benefit the clinic’s H.E.L.P. fund.

Pismo Beach Vet Clinic is at 990 Price St., in Pismo Beach.

For more information, call 773-0474 or visit

Horse trail competition in Santa Ynez Valley

The Santa Ynez Valley Arabian Horse Association’s Sage Hill Open Horse Competitive Trail Ride will be held Nov. 4 through Nov. 6 at Live Oak Camp off Highway 154 near Lake Cachuma.

Rider entry forms are online at or call 710-4471 or 688-2912.

If you would like to volunteer, call 710-4471 or e-mail to

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