Pet Tales

Sherbert will melt your heart

Sherbert the kitty has been at SLO County Animal Services shelter a very long time and needs a loving home.
Sherbert the kitty has been at SLO County Animal Services shelter a very long time and needs a loving home.

‘Out on his own, Sherbert didn’t have much of a chance for survival. When he arrived at the San Luis Obispo County Animal Services shelter he was in sorry shape — underweight, open wounds on his legs and an abscess on his head. Life can be tough even for a friendly cat.

“Thankfully Animal Services Shelter staff, with the help of the ARF Fund, were able to give Sherbert the medical care he needed.

“Sherbert’s a big orange tabby who’s battered appearance caused adopters to look the other way. Now his wounds are healed and his coat is growing out. All this outgoing and playful cat needs is an adopter who can see his potential and help him rediscover the joys of being a cat.

“Since Sherbert’s one of our longest-residing felines, and has cleared so many hurdles, he’s been chosen as one of the Volunteer Picks of the Month. This distinction means Sherbert is a special boy and his adoption fee is half off.

If you can’t adopt but want to help shelter animals such as Sherbert, you can make a tax-deductible donation to the ARF Fund. Checks can be sent to: SLO County Animal Services, ARF Fund, PO Box 4110, SLO, CA 93403.

“We’ll never know Sherbert’s whole story. But there’s always the wish for a happily-ever-after with Sherbert being a loved cat once more.”

— Animal shelter volunteer Ellen Perryess

For more information about Sherbert ID No. 190206, 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. 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.

Military dogs on film

“Always Faithful,” a documentary about U.S. Marine Corps dog teams on the front lines of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, will show at 6:30 p.m. today at the Park Cinemas as a fundraiser for Sherwood Dog Park of Paso Robles. A wine reception will be at 6:30 p.m. and the film begins at 7:15 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. For information, visit or call 239-4437.

Fleabag flea market

The Five Cities Dog Park Association will hold its annual garage sale to benefit the Elm Street Off-Leash Dog Park in Arroyo Grande from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 270-6364.

If you have a story or photos of your pet, email them to or Pet Tales, c/o The Tribune, P.O. Box 112, San Luis Obispo, CA 93406.