Pet Tales

All shelter dog Kiko needs is kindness and love

Kiko has come a long way.
Kiko has come a long way.

San Luis Obispo County Animal Services shelter volunteer Ellen Perryess highlights shelter dog Kiko, who is ready for a new forever home with lots of TLC. Here’s what Ellen has to say:

Some pets have a better quality of life at the SLO County Animal Services shelter than they had in their previous lives.

Kiko is an excellent example. When he arrived at the shelter, the bald patches on his tail, abrasions on his muzzle, sores on his feet and the hitch in his get-along indicated a life lacking in TLC. Yet this earnest American Staffordshire terrier appreciates every kindness although it’s unlikely he’s received many in his eight years of life.

Kiko appreciates people and impresses them with his dog skills — he’s easy on a leash, knows the commands “sit” and “down” and enjoys giving and getting affection. He appreciates shelter staff’s efforts to address his years of neglect — his blood work is good, his wounds are healing.

Once he finds a home, a soft bed — accompanied with joint-support care and ample love — will set Kiko on the life-path he was meant to walk and in a few months his adopter will see remarkable changes — improved coat, greater mobility the rebirth of joy.

Kiko’s been waiting years to love someone who wants to love him back. With the basics — food, water, shelter and medical care — his body will heal. And with the immeasurables — love, kindness and someone he can devote his life to — Kiko will be whole.

For those who know the true worth of a dog, Kiko is waiting.

For more information about Kiko ID No. 147087, 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.

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