Pet Tales

Not-so-grumpy cat looks for love at SLO shelter

Although he may look intimidating, Sugar Bear has a soft touch and is looking for love.
Although he may look intimidating, Sugar Bear has a soft touch and is looking for love.

This week, San Luis Obispo County Animal Services shelter volunteer Ellen Perryess features senior cat Sugar Bear, who is waiting for a new home. Also, kitten season is here, and kittens are ready for adoption. Here’s more about Sugar Bear:

Sugar Bear is a 13-year-old Persian who arrived at the SLO County Animal Services shelter with his coat extensively matted, requiring a very close shave. This left him with a soft, cotton-like coat and no more mats pulling painfully on his skin.

And even though he came in a bit bedraggled, it’s clear Sugar Bear has been honing his people-loving skills. If you open his kennel door, he’s up at the front looking for pets and ready to share his rumbling purr. He likes people better than cats, so he’d like to be your only feline. Also, his previous owner had him declawed, so it’s important, for his safety, that he be an indoor cat.

It’s astounding how many once-loved cats are living at our county shelter and now, with kitten season heading toward its peak, so many of them are just months old.

To help cats and kittens find new homes, this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., dozens of fluffy little kittens and loving adult cats will be out on the shelter’s front lawn ready to find homes.

With our wide variety of cats ranging in age, coat and personality, some feline is bound to be your picture-perfect pet; maybe Sugar Bear — the not-so-grumpy cat — is your match.

For more information about Sugar Bear ID No. 199697, 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 a carrier for cats.