Pet Tales

Plenty of kittens, small dogs at SLO shelter

This past weekend, San Luis Obispo County Animal Services Shelter volunteer Ellen Perryess asked me whether we could run a shelter pet column this week because of the overabundance of kittens and small dogs, including last week’s featured dog, Chavo, at the shelter and in foster care. If you are thinking of adopting, please stop by the shelter and visit the cats and dogs that are available. Here’s what Ellen has to say:

This little unnamed kitten has been at the SLO County Animal Services shelter for a month — a third of her life. And it’s not for lack of caring that she hasn’t been named; there are just so many kittens arriving that no one can keep up. And this little girl tries her best; she comes right up for attention and often peers out beyond her kennel doorway to see what the real world is all about.

This animal overabundance isn’t isolated to kittens. This year, stray and owner-surrendered little dogs have been coming to the shelter in record numbers.

To help community members find a new four-legged family member, this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., all small-breed dogs (35 pounds and less) and kittens (2 to 6 months old) will be half price. Also, if an adult cat catches your eye, ask a cat volunteer about other special deals.

Even with discounts, all shelter cats and dogs are already altered and have all of their shots or come with vouchers for the shots once they’re old enough; felines come with a cardboard carrier, and dogs come with a new collar.

Home is something you long for, even if you’ve never had one. A home is where the heart is, and a name means you finally belong.

For more information about white kitten ID No. 200180 or other animals, 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.

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.

Pup party at the park in Morro Bay

Pups in the Park will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Del Mar Park in Morro Bay. Activities include K-9 demonstrations, SLODOGS agility, fly ball and obedience demonstrations, information about pet first aid and healthy pet checks, photography, vendors, a picnic for $3, a raffle with prizes and more. The event is sponsored by Morro Bay Pups and benefits the Jody Giannini Family Dog Park.

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