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Atticus is a big dog looking for love

San Luis Obispo County Animal Services shelter volunteer Ellen Perryess highlights big dog Atticus, who is awaiting a forever home and someone to play catch with.
San Luis Obispo County Animal Services shelter volunteer Ellen Perryess highlights big dog Atticus, who is awaiting a forever home and someone to play catch with.

San Luis Obispo County Animal Services shelter volunteer Ellen Perryess highlights big dog Atticus, who is awaiting a forever home and someone to play catch with.

What is it about large dogs? For many, it’s their ambling walk, for others it’s their impressively big head — often it’s their sweet, understanding eyes.

Atticus is a big boy who’s looking for love. He’s an affectionate 3-year-old shepherd/Rottweiler mix who doesn’t understand how he ended up at the SLO County Animal Services shelter.

And though he’d prefer to be in a home, Atticus is not one to mope. He has a passion for playing fetch and is good at the game; he’ll chase his ball — full-out — for as long as you want to throw. He’s also committed to finding his ball; for him it’s nearly as much fun to search as it is to catch the ball on the fly.

Atticus has shelter dog pals that he likes to play with. He’s matched with similarly sized dogs so the play is always fun.

Atticus definitely likes the outside of the shelter better than the inside; this means his enthusiasm for going on walks may make him forget there’s a little human being at the end of his leash. Happily, Atticus is a pushover for a good back rub and if you hit the right spot he remembers how much he loves to be with people.

Big dogs have big hearts and Atticus is no exception; he responds well to affection, consistent direction, good treats, and praise.

Atticus is a big softy who’s ready to love with all his heart.

For more information about Atticus ID No. A203869, call the volunteer line at the San Luis Obispo County Animal 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.

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

Spay and neuter vouchers

The Feline Network has spay/neuter vouchers available for people who need financial help and reside in the city of San Luis Obispo, South County area or Los Osos and Morro Bay. The vouchers are worth $60 towards a spay and $40 towards a neuter and can be redeemed at vet offices countywide. To obtain a voucher, call 549-9228, ext. 707.

If you need help with feral or stray cat situations in the areas listed above, call 549-9228, ext. 704 or visit http://www.felinenetwork.org.

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