Pet Tales

Two dogs that have spent too much time at the SLO animal shelter

Gunther is a boxer mix who loves people and toys.
Gunther is a boxer mix who loves people and toys.

October is Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog month, and San Luis Obispo County Animal Services volunteer Ellen Perryess kicks off the month with two shelter dogs in search of new homes:

Dogs can’t tell time. Whether you’ve been gone five minutes, an hour or a day — it’s forever to them.

Gunther’s a boxer mix who’s been earnestly looking for a home at the San Luis Obispo County Animal Services shelter for months. He’s a handsome boy with a brindle coat and an endearing boxer underbite. He loves people and toys, so it’s a treat when someone takes him for a walk and he gets to bring his toy with him.

Being a 6-year-old, he’s what many people are looking for: He knows commands, including “sit” and “down,” appreciates naps and, though Gunther gets along with mellow dogs such as himself, he prefers hanging out with people to rough-and-tumble dog parks.

Yet time drags on, and neither Gunther or shelter volunteers understand why he hasn’t yet found a home.

Mila, a new arrival, is a smart, energetic and affectionate diamond in the rough. She’s a gal of action who’s quickly gaining skills — learning to walk on a loose leash and discovering the joys of playing with other dogs. But kennel life is too confining for this energetic beauty. She longs to find an adopter who wants to help refine every facet of her personality.

There’s an array of timeless dogs and cats looking for homes. For Mila and Gunther — whether they have been waiting to be adopted for an hour or a month — it feels like multiple dog years to them.

For more information about Mila, ID No. 201598, or Gunther, ID No. 188576, 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, a new collar and ID tag, and a carrier for cats.

Here’s a look at upcoming pet-related events around San Luis Obispo County:

Dogtoberfest planned

Heilmann Dog Park’s Dogtoberfest will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Atascadero Lake Park. The event includes wiener dog and wiener wannabe races, vendors and nonprofit groups with giveaways and product information, animal adoptions, raffle, barbecue lunch and pet costume contest. Preregistration is $15, $20 day of race. Proceeds benefit Heilmann Dog Park in Atascadero. For more information, call 461-5749 or visit

Blessing of the Animals

A Blessing of the Animals will be from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Estero Bay United Methodist Church in Morro Bay.

Bring your cats, dogs, lizards and birds or a picture of your pet. The church is at 3000 Hemlock Ave.

For more information, call 772-7644.

Horse show planned

The Central Coast of California Arabian Horse Association will hold an Open All-Breed Horse Show on Oct. 19 at Cypress Ridge Farms at 4950 Davenport Creek Road in San Luis Obispo. Events include jumping, English, Western, trail, halter, showmanship and a spooktacular costume contest.

For more information, call 466-1138 or visit

Foxy Doxy donations

The Foxy Doxy Dachshund and Dog Rescue is seeking donations to purchase a used truck to help with transporting animals to and from adoption events as well as from San Luis Obispo County to the Bakersfield and Fresno areas to rescue dogs in high-kill shelters.

Donations can be sent via PayPal donation link at or by emailing Checks can be mailed to Foxy Doxy, P.O. Box 1213, Templeton, CA 93465.

Volunteers needed

El Chorro Dog Park needs volunteers to assist in park maintenance, participate in workdays and fun events, and to join the SLO-4-PUPS board.

SLO-4-PUPS is an all-volunteer organization that maintains the dog park with volunteer workers and donations. For more information call 528-5465 or visit

Adopt a cat in SLO

The Feline Network of the Central Coast holds kitten adoptions from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday at the Petco in the Madonna Shopping Center in San Luis Obispo.

Kittens and cats have been spayed or neutered, vaccinated, dewormed and tested for leukemia and FIV.

The adoption fee is $60.

For information on adoptions and low-cost spay or neuter in San Luis Obispo or the South County, and help with feral cats, call 549-9228.