‘A puppy doesn’t make sense for most people’s lives. Puppies need seemingly endless amounts of attention and training. They need to be housebroken, learn what can be chewed on (e.g. puppy toys) and what cannot be chewed on (e.g. hands, shoes, furniture, etc). Puppies also need to learn to be a good friend to other dogs as well as meet a wide array of people to ensure they’re good citizens as adults.
“Natasha needs a family that’s willing to make this kind of commitment to her.
“Natasha was 1-week-old when she, her brothers and her mother came to the San Luis Obispo County Animal Shelter. Natasha’s mom is a lovely, well-socialized cattledog mix, which none of the puppies look like. It’s thought the absentee father is a Great Pyrenees.
“At 8-weeks-old, Natasha weighs 17 pounds. So she’ll likely be a Labrador-sized adult. Having grown up with her brothers, she’s on the road to being well socialized with other dogs. If she had her way, she’d meet every dog she sees.
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“Natasha loves the people she knows though is a bit shy with strangers. However with a little encouragement, Natasha is soon crawling onto the lap of a newfound friend.
“Puppies, especially little polar bears like Natasha, attract all sorts of adopters. The hope is someone, with the commitment and love to raise a puppy, will see in Natasha the dog they want for a lifetime.”
— Animal shelter volunteer Ellen Perryess
For more information about Natasha ID No. 179692, call the volunteer line at the San Luis Obispo County Animal Shelter at 781-4413 or visit www.sloanimalservices.com.
The Animal Services shelter is at 885 Oklahoma Ave., off Highway 1 in San Luis Obispo.
To see more shelter animals, visit www.sloanimalservices.com.
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.
Time to adopt a burro or wild horse
The Bureau of Land Management brings its Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Program to Santa Maria on Friday and Saturday. The BLM will offer 20 horses, mostly yearlings, and 10 burros for public adoption. Anyone interested can preview the animals from 8 a.m. to noon Friday. After that, animals will be available for a $125 adoption fee. Gates will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Elks-Unocal Event Center, 4040 S. Highway 101, Santa Maria. For additional information call -866-687-8264 or visit www.wildhorseandburro.blm.gov.
Best in Show event at Paso fairgrounds
The San Luis Obispo Kennel Club and Santa Maria Kennel Club will host an All-Breed Conformation Show at the Mid-State Fairgrounds in Paso Robles from Saturday to Monday. About 150 different breeds will be eligible to compete for Best in Show. Judging will begin at 8 a.m. and continue until 3 p.m. (or at close of Best in Show). SLOKC is donating a portion of the Sunday and Monday entry fee to local animal shelters. Due to AKC rules, only dogs entered in the show are allowed on the grounds. For more information, visit www.slokc.org or www.santamariakennelclub.org.
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