Pet Tales

Romeo, a delightful teen cat, seeks loving family to adopt him

“When it comes to cats, ‘delightful’ and ‘teenager’ aren’t a contradiction in terms. Six-month-old felines have the qualities we love in kittens and adults; they’re playful like kittens and have good house manners like adults. Also, their personality is developed so you can better assess their compatibility with your lifestyle.

“Romeo’s an excellent example. He’s a handsome teen who’s a proven people-lover. Romeo stands up on his hind legs and politely taps on his foster mom’s legs to ask for attention. He loves being held, is good with dogs and has a well-developed purr.

“Romeo and his siblings were 6 weeks old when they were found in a haystack in the North County. They’re now delightfully social and looking for homes. To meet Romeo and his dog-friendly litter mates, please call their foster mom Annette at 234-5755.

“Due to lack of adopters, numerous summer kittens are now teenagers. Fortunately, many are in foster homes resulting in more shelter kennel space and an opportunity for the foster feline to develop good house manners.

“To help Romeo and other homeless cats find a home, call San Luis Obispo County Animal Services. Cat adoption fees will be half off from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday. Romeo and his siblings — along with late-season kittens, many teenagers and adult cats — will be out front of the shelter (with dogs and more cats inside) available for adoption.

“Homeless dogs, cats, kittens and delightful teens, like Romeo, are hoping this weekend will be the beginning of their happily-ever-after story.”

— Animal shelter volunteer Ellen Perryess

For more information about Romeo, ID No. 183909, 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.

The adoption fee is $75 for cats and $100 for dogs, plus a $24 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 related event

In honor of St. Francis, St. Barnabas Church in Arroyo Grande will bless animals Sunday at 9:30 a.m. in the courtyard, and for those animals who are comfortable in a church setting, at 10 a.m. in the church. St. Barnabas Church is at 301 Trinity Ave. in Arroyo Grande. For more information, call 489-2990.