Pet Tales

Shelter bunnies seek their somebodies

Clover, a Netherland dwarf rabbit, is one of the many bunnies up for adoption at the animal shelter.
Clover, a Netherland dwarf rabbit, is one of the many bunnies up for adoption at the animal shelter.

This week San Luis Obispo County Animal Services shelter volunteer Ellen Perryess highlights a batch of bunnies that are looking for forever homes. Here’s what Ellen has to say:

Everybody needs somebody, even if they’re small and easily overlooked in a crowd.

The SLO County Animal Services shelter has had a sudden influx of dwarf and lop-eared bunnies and each needs to find a loving home. Clover has offered to be our shelter’s bunny representative.

Clover is a Netherland dwarf bunny, which means she’s very small in size and has cute little ears. She’s just a year old and is cautiously curious about people when they come to visit her in her hutch. Though you can win her over if you offer her a treat, thus letting her know you’re a friend.

Rabbits make excellent indoor pets because they can be litter-box trained. Also, rabbits are good at grooming themselves. In these ways they’re much like having a cat, though because it’s in a rabbit’s nature to chew, they shouldn’t be left unattended, especially when electrical cords are at bunny height.

The adoption fee for a bunny is only $5 and if you don’t have a pet carrier, cardboard carriers are available for purchase.

Come to the SLO County Animal Services’ shelter and meet all the homeless rabbits, cats, kittens and dogs — because one of them is bound to be the loving family member you’ve been looking for.

As a wise crooner once sang, everybody needs some bunny sometime; at our county shelter, every bunny needs somebody now.

For more information about Clover ID No. 205673, 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.

In other pet-related news, a look at upcoming events around San Luis Obispo County follows.

Student art contest

The annual student art competition for Vineyard Dog Park is open to all students ages 12 to 18 who reside in the North County. The winner will receive a $300 cash award, all expenses paid, community service hours and art instruction from a local professional artist who will supervise the project. Contest entries must be received by Wednesday and the mural completed by Sept. 15. For more details, call 239-4437.

Name your price

Woods Humane Society is offering name your own price feline adoptions through June. All cats are spayed or neutered, microchipped, current on vaccinations and receive a free vet exam. Woods is at 875 Oklahoma Ave., in San Luis Obispo. To see cats (and dogs) available for adoption, visit