Pet Tales

Holidays are often hardest time at shelter

‘It’s counterintuitive that the season of giving is often the hardest time of year for the animals at the San Luis Obispo County Animal Services Shelter.

“Hard in that adoptions decrease as holiday plans cause people to postpone adopting. Strays may increase because pet sitters may not know to check the shelter if one of their charges is lost.

“The shelter is colder, so volunteers and staff increase the number of blankets and many of our small dogs are sporting doggy jackets.

“Brewster is one such little dog. Brewster’s natural coat doesn’t keep him warm, additionally he’s underweight, so he has no fat layer to insulate him.

“Brewster’s an underdog and we’ll never know his full story. The people who found him said Brewster was scared of men, nippy and not housebroken.

“But volunteers and staff worked with Brewster with loving-kindness so now he appreciates giving and getting affection. He also appears to be housebroken.

“Every shelter cat or dog — big or small, heavycoated or not — wants a home for the holidays. So if Brewster doesn’t sound like your match, please consider one of our many other homeless pets.

“And if you can’t adopt and are traveling this holiday season, please have your pets microchipped or wearing ID. Also make sure your pet sitter has: the shelter’s website at www.slo  ; their phone number, 781-4400; and a signed letter to give Animal Services permission to release your pet to the sitter. That way, if your pet ends up at the shelter, it can still make it home for the holidays.”

— Animal shelter volunteer Ellen Perryess

For information about Brewster, ID No. 181374, call the volunteer line at the San Luis Obispo County Animal Shelter at 781-4413 or visit www.slo  .

The Animal Services shelter is at 885 Oklahoma Ave., off Highway 1 west of San Luis Obispo.

To see more shelter animals available for adoption, visit www.sloanimal  .

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, an identification microchip, eligibility for a free veterinarian check, new collar and identification tag and a carrier for cats.

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