Pet Tales

Big-hearted pup, at shelter for months, longs for loving home

Maybelline, a 6-year-old American bulldog, has been at the SLO County Animal Shelter for three months.
Maybelline, a 6-year-old American bulldog, has been at the SLO County Animal Shelter for three months.

This week’s San Luis Obispo County Animal Services Shelter featured pet is longtime resident Maybelline. Volunteer Ellen Perryess shares more about her:

Maybelline is a 6-year-old American bulldog who’s been in the SLO County Animal Services shelter for three months. She’s been there so long volunteers have a good idea what she might be thinking:

“It seems my appearance matters more to people than who I am, I am my heart.

“I love deeply and I don’t care who sees me loving those who are important to me. You can see what I mean by watching my slideshow at:

“If I have one weakness it’s squirrels. I lose all common sense around rodents. Truth is, I have a thin scar on my head from when I dashed under a barbed wire fence after a squirrel. It’s not the squirrel’s fault, I just couldn’t resist.

“I get along with other low-key dogs but, honestly, I’m all about loving the people who love me. I’m so tired of not having a home. I know I’m not for everyone, I’m big-boned — OK, I’m a big dog, but my heart’s just as big.

“Love doesn’t come without some uncertainty, but I can guarantee this: if you love me, I’ll love you with all I have.”

Every homeless dog has a match out in the world. Maybelline’s looking for someone who sees beauty in her big bones, pumpkin head and humongous heart.

Because love isn’t the box, it’s what’s found inside.

For more information about Maybelline ID No. 195084, 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.

Pet events

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

Wiggle Waggle Walk

Woods Humane Society hosts its Wiggle Waggle Walk for Woods beginning at 8 a.m. on Oct. 18 at Mitchell Park in San Luis Obispo. Event includes costume contest, blessing of the animals, one-mile walk and pet fair. Proceeds benefit Woods’ humane sheltering and veterinary care. Registration is available online at For more information, call 543-9316.

Upcoming horse show

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

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