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Be the center of Duffy’s universe

The personable Duffy is housebroken and crate trained and likes to wrestle with old rags.
The personable Duffy is housebroken and crate trained and likes to wrestle with old rags.

‘Every day at a dog household begins with wagging tails and loving eyes; dogs know people are the center of the universe, and that’s enough for them.

“This is Duffy’s cosmology; he delights in loving those who care for him. Duffy’s an earnest boy who excels at being a lap dog, though he also enjoys entertaining people by doing battle with old rags, playing with other dogs or occasionally announcing a hummingbird sighting. He’s also housebroken and crate trained.

“If you’d like to meet Duffy, please call his foster mom, Judy, at 995-2456.

“Duffy’s in foster care because the shelter is overcrowded due to the myriad stray dogs with no identification tags and the steady flow of ownersurrendered pets. If we don’t have enough adoptions, reclaimed pets or foster homes, euthanasia is an undesirable necessity.

“Our shelter is commonly overcrowded during the holiday season. Thankfully, pet lovers can make their own pets more secure and reduce shelter overcrowding in the event that their pet becomes lost by:

Having visible identification such as a tag or a phone number on their pet’s collar.

Microchipping their pets.

“And if you’re traveling, make sure your pet sitter knows to check Animal Services if your pet is lost and give your pet sitter a letter giving Animal Services permission to release your pet to them.

— Animal shelter volunteer Ellen Perryess

For more information about Duffy, I.D. No. 187389, 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 $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 veterinary check, new collar and I.D. tag, and carrier for cats.

An open studio sale and fundraiser for Heaven Can Wait Equine Sanctuary will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at The Pewter Gift Horse, 4475 Traffic Way in Atascadero. Many items will be raffled. For more information, call 368-5702 or visit

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