Pet Tales

A house full of love for half the adoption cost

Mango, like most adult cats, has been overlooked during kitten season. He is a neutered tabby with green eyes.
Mango, like most adult cats, has been overlooked during kitten season. He is a neutered tabby with green eyes. COURTESY PHOTO

‘Now is the time for all good pet owners (and wannabe pet owners) to come to the aid of our County’s homeless pets. The San Luis Obispo County Animal Services Shelter is brimming with dogs, kittens and cats!

“Whether you’re looking for a playful kitten, highlysocial adult cat, charming lapdog or devoted big dog, your new pet is waiting.

“To assist loving families in opening their homes to a new four-legged family member, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday all Animal Services’ canine and feline adoption fees will be half price — $37.50 for cats and $50 for dogs. This 50 percent-off adoption fee also applies to the shelter’s Templeton Farmers Market Adopt-a-Cat event from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

“More than a third of the felines on the shelter’s website are 2 or 3 months old and more kittens and pregnant cats are coming to the shelter every day.

“Mango is in the spotlight because adult cats are overlooked during kitten season. When the shelter becomes overcrowded, adult pets are the most at risk for euthanasia.

“Mango is a striking orange neutered tabby with white accents and green eyes. He loves to be petted. Like many of the shelter pets, Mango is homeless because his family fell on hard economic times and could no longer afford to keep a pet.

“Pets bring joy into our lives, help us to live longer and give us unconditional love. All they need is a loving home. Now is the time — half-off adoptions fees.”— Animal shelter volunteer Ellen Perryess

For more information about Mango, ID No. 159514, 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.

Visit its website to see more shelter animals available for adoption.

The adoption fee is $75 for cats and $100 for dogs, plus a $23 county license fee for dogs if the adopters are 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.

Dog behaviorist on ‘The Dog Whisperer’

Watch dog behaviorist Cheri Lucas, founder of Second Chance at Love Humane Society in Templeton, on “The Dog Whisperer” with Cesar Millan on Saturday on the National Geographic Channel. For more information about Cheri Lucas, visit

Helping dogs to avoid rattlesnakes

Rattlesnake avoidance training for dogs will be Saturday in Paso Robles.

Gina Gables, a professional dog trainer for more than 20 years, and Kent Beaman, with more than 20 years of experience studying the behavior and ecology of rattlesnakes, will lead the course. During the daylong training session, Beaman and Gables will use live rattlesnakes that have had their mouths banded shut to prevent them from biting.

The training will take place in a controlled environment, using a remote training collar system adjusted to each dog. Space is limited and registration is $90 per dog. For more information or to register, visit

Templeton park’s ‘Yappy Hour’

Vineyard Dog Park of Templeton will be unveiling the 2012 student mural, painted by eighth-grader Tracy Garcia of Templeton at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Coffee and pastries will be served.

Also, dogs and their owners are invited to a series of “Yappy Hour” events at Vineyard Dog Park. Dog park board members will be serving refreshments and appetizers from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays in August. Dogs off leash are invited.

Vineyard Dog Park is at 1010 Semillion Lane in Templeton. For more information, visit www.parks4   or call 239-4437.

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