Pet Tales

How to keep cats from killing songbirds

First off, a big hurrah to the woman who visited the San Luis Obispo County Animal Services shelter last Saturday, The Tribune in hand, to take feline brothers Eric and Teddy home. I hope she’s enjoying her newfound furry companions!

Secondly, Carol Tucker from Templeton wrote to address the issue of domestic cats killing songbirds.

I’d like to join her in imploring cat owners to assume responsibility for their cats. Adding something as simple as a bell to your cat’s collar can help songbirds avoid becoming snacks. Quieter options include colorful collars and bibs designed to catch a songbird’s eye.

Whatever your cat’s fashion sense, just make sure it doesn’t include feathers.

Here’s a look at animal-related events in San Luis Obispo County:

Half off on shelter adoptions

Joan Carter is 560 dog years old and still giving. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, she will be at the SLO County Animal Services shelter with her checkbook and pen in hand.

To celebrate her 80th birthday, Carter will be writing checks to pay half of all shelter animal adoption fees on that day.

For anyone looking to add a new furred or feathered family member, visit the shelter and celebrate Carter’s love of life and animals by welcoming a new pet.

The shelter is located at 885 Oklahoma Ave. in San Luis Obispo. For questions, call 781-4400.

Bowling for Cats fundraiser

North County Humane Society is hosting a bowling fundraiser from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday to raise money for cat care. The event is $30 per person at Paso Bowl, 2748 Spring St. in Paso Robles. To sign up, call 466-5403.

Cause for Paws raffle

The Homeless Animal Rescue Team Guardian Angel program is sponsoring a fundraising raffle through Oct. 31. One raffle ticket costs $10, and three costs $25. Tickets can be bought at the HART office, 2638 Main St. in Cambria, or by phone at 927-7377. All proceeds will go toward paying medical expenses for HART’s cats and kittens.

Adopt a cat in SLO

The Feline Network of the Central Coast has an abundance of cute kittens that need forever homes in order to make room for new kittens that need to be placed in foster care.

Kitten adoptions are from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday at Petco in the Madonna Shopping Center in San Luis Obispo. Kittens and cats have been spayed or neutered, vaccinated 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 805-549-9228.

If you have stories or photos of your furry, feathered or scaly friend, please send them to or Pet Tales, c/o The Tribune, P.O. Box 112, San Luis Obispo, CA 93406.