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Make a big difference in Axel’s world — adopt him

All that Axel wants for Christmas is a good home.
All that Axel wants for Christmas is a good home.

Shelter volunteer Ellen Perryess shares this week’s San Luis Obispo Animal Services featured feline Axel’s story.

Axel was a kitten when he came to the shelter and, being a charming tabby, was quickly adopted. Sadly, being cute and friendly doesn’t guarantee a lifetime of love. And when his owner moved — perhaps thinking, “He’s a nice cat, he’ll find a home” — Axel was left to fend for himself.

Soon neighbors wondered who this little tabby was. Later they were hoping someone was feeding him. Finally — as Axel lost weight and neighbors increasingly worried about cars, predators and lack of food — someone called Animal Services.

Cute, friendly but now a year older, Axel is back at the San Luis Obispo County Animal Services shelter looking for a home.

Axel is a playful, curious boy who appreciates people; he reaches from his kennel with a beckoning paw for passersby to come and visit. And though he’s not one to let misfortune get him down, Axel, like all the shelter animals, wants a home.

This holiday season, you can make a difference for homeless pets like Axel. Animal Services’ ARF Fund Gift Cards are available so you can make a donation in your favorite petlover’s name. Adoption Gift Cards are also available; you prepay the adoption fee and the gift card recipient gets the joy of choosing the ideal pet.

Or make your own holiday brighter by adopting a shelter cat, dog, rabbit or guinea pig. Each will bring the gift of love and perhaps one day you’ll reminisce, “remember, that’s the year Axel came home to live with us.”

For more information about Axel, ID No. 188886, 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 $80 for cats and $105 for dogs, plus a $25 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.

Kitty wish list

The Feline Network of the Central Coast has sent Santa a kitty wish list in hopes that Santa and/or Santa’s helpers will send gifts to the Feline Network kitties still waiting for homes of their own. Kitty wish list includes: cat toys, cat beds, cat treats, Health-Wise dry cat food, Nutro Pro dry cat food, canned cat food, cat litter, cat carriers, cleaning supplies and paper towels. Items can be dropped off in the donation barrel at PETCO at the Madonna Plaza in San Luis Obispo or call 549-9228 to send a cash donation.

Cats also are available for adoption most Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at PETCO in the Madonna Plaza. Cats and kittens are spayed or neutered, tested and vaccinated prior to adoption. Adoption fee is $60 for one or $80 for two. A free vet examination is included. Volunteer opportunities are also available. For more information, visit

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