Pet Tales

Little pup Rudy is quite an individual

Chihuahua Rudy, who has been at the county animal shelter since before Christmas, loves getting and giving attention.
Chihuahua Rudy, who has been at the county animal shelter since before Christmas, loves getting and giving attention.

‘It’s the stuff of science fiction, a perfect world where a master race clones another race. The inevitable happens: With so many replicas, the individual becomes disposable.

“Walking down the kennel aisles at the San Luis Obispo County Animal Services shelter, you might wonder whether you’ve stepped into that sci-fi novel. Even though there are a variety of dog breeds, it’s clear that chihuahuas and pit bulls are the current fad that continues to be replicated by some, only to be disposed of by others.

“Rudy wants to stand out. He’s a neutered, 2-year-old red chihuahua who came to the shelter as a stray before Christmas and has been waiting to find a home ever since.

“Rudy enjoys giving and getting affection. If given the chance, he’ll climb into your lap and stay for as long as you want him to. Rudy has many shelter dog pals and has harmoniously shared a kennel with a variety of small dogs. Rudy loves to go for walks and likes to meet new people; he’s just a good little guy.

“To find the right four-legged companion, it’s good to evaluate a dog on his or her own merits, because appearances only tell part of the story.

“The diversity of dog personalities at the shelter makes it clear that each one is an individual and not a clone. Each will make the perfect pet for some household. Maybe Rudy’s your perfect match.”

— Animal shelter volunteer Ellen Perryess

For more information about Rudy, ID No. 189541, 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 veterinarian check, new collar and ID tag, and carrier for cats.

A kitty for Valentine's

Through Saturday, Woods Humane Society is lowering feline adoption fees to $14 in celebration of Valentine’s Day. All cats are spayed or neutered, current on vaccinations, and microchipped. Woods is also offering microchip implants for dogs and cats for $20 per pet.

Woods Humane Society is at 875 Oklahoma Ave. in San Luis Obispo. For more information, call 543-9316 or visit

Wine Safari for Zoo to You

The Highway 46 West Wine Safari Weekend will be Saturday and Sunday. The event is a fundraiser for Zoo to You.

Purchase a passport for $20 and receive a free tasting at each participating winery and visit with a wild animal ambassador. For more information, visit http://www.paso46west

If you have a story or photos of your furry, feathered or scaly friend, send it to   or Pet Tales, c/o The Tribune, P.O. Box 112, San Luis Obispo, CA 93406.

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