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Small dogs in need of big love at shelter

Chavo is one of many small dogs available for adoption at the San Luis Obispo County Animal Services shelter.
Chavo is one of many small dogs available for adoption at the San Luis Obispo County Animal Services shelter.

Chavo, and many other little dogs, are available at the San Luis Obispo County Animal Services shelter. Here’s what shelter volunteer Ellen Perryess has to say about Chavo:

Itty bitty dogs in great big kennels; it’s a wonder they aren’t swallowed up by the space. Then to be surrounded by dogs up to 10 times their size, each trying to catch the eye of a prospective adopter; is it any wonder little dogs get overlooked when some are only ankle high?

Chavo’s so small his kennel may appear empty. The adopters who do see him may pass him by because they want a younger dog (Chavo’s 8 years old) or the healed wound on one of his paws makes him look less than perfect. Yet he has so much to offer.

Chavo appreciates every kindness. He’s a quiet boy who excitedly waits at his kennel gate longing to be held or sit on someone’s lap. Though seemingly too small for a leash, he enjoys going for walks.

Little dogs love their people with the same gusto as big dogs and some share the same passion for playing fetch or going for car rides as their larger compatriots.

Currently, the San Luis Obispo County Animal Services shelter is struggling with overcrowding; about one-third of the population is little dogs. And no matter how small you are, space is space. So if you have room in your heart and home, there’s a wide variety of little and big dogs at the shelter. And if you’re looking for a little one with a big heart, Chavo promises he won’t take up much space.

For more information about Chavo ID No. 199830, call the volunteer line at the San Luis Obispo County Animal Services shelter at 781-4413 or visit http://www.sloanimalservices.com.

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 http://www.sloanimalservices.com.

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.

Dog park workday

SLO-4-Pups and the CCC will host a workday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at El Chorro Regional Dog Park, off Highway 1 in San Luis Obispo. Wear sturdy shoes and bring rubber gloves and a bucket.

Cat adoption special

During the month of August, Homeless Animal Rescue Team (HART) in Cambria is holding a cat adoption special. Cats, nine months or older, are $5 and are spayed or neutered, current on vaccinations, get free follow up vet exam and a free bag of kibble. HART is at 2638 Main St., in Cambria. For more information, call 927-7377 or visit www.slohart.org  .

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