Pet Tales

Physical imperfections do little to deter perfectly adoptable cats

Hermes, who has a blemish on his right eye, is a friendly, playful cat in need of a good indoor home.
Hermes, who has a blemish on his right eye, is a friendly, playful cat in need of a good indoor home.

Most of the cats and dogs from San Luis Obispo Animal Services shelter featured in the Pet Tales column in 2013 found new forever homes. Here, shelter volunteer Ellen Perryess highlights cats Tripod and Hermes, who are also looking for new homes:

If the toys of Misfit Island worried you more than whether Rudolph got to pull Santa’s sleigh, this column is for you.

Many once-loved homeless pets aren’t perceived by adopters to be good enough because they aren’t physically perfect. Tripod and Hermes are two SLO County Animal Services shelter cats who are excellent examples.

Hermes, a 4-month-old neutered gray kitty, came to the shelter when he and his siblings were 3 weeks old. Once they were of age, his siblings found homes, but adopters left Hermes behind due to a blemish on his right eye.

It’s a shame because he has traits adopters are looking for: good with other cats, gets along with cat-friendly dogs, loves kitty toys and has good house manners. He’s a normal teenager — just one that needs to be an indoor cat because of his reduced vision.

We don’t know how Tripod, a lovely 3-year-old gray tabby with patches of white and calico, lost her front left leg. But we do know, once she knows you, Tripod enjoys playing with toys and being petted; she also likes other cats. And though, for safety reasons, the missing leg precludes her from being outside, it doesn’t prevent her from running up stairs, or hopping up on the sofa next to you.

If you’re interested, please call Hermes’ (530-320-3799) or Tripod’s (473-2505) foster families because these misfits don’t need special care. They — like everyone else — just need a loving home.

For more information about Hermes, ID No. 195095, or Tripod, ID No. 195979, 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.

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