Pet Tales

Shelter dogs, cats and rabbits wish to be home for the holidays

Gucci is one of many shelter pets that would love to be home for the holidays. Gucci’s great with other dogs, young at heart and a people-pleaser.
Gucci is one of many shelter pets that would love to be home for the holidays. Gucci’s great with other dogs, young at heart and a people-pleaser. Ellen Perryess

San Luis Obispo County Animal Services shelter volunteer Ellen Perryess shares how the holidays can be a hard time for shelter pets.

The holidays are fraught with perils for our pets: potentially poisonous people food, hazardous decorations, increased opportunities to get lost.

For shelter dogs and cats the risks are even greater.

Holidays are a notorious time for overcrowding at the SLO County Animal Services shelter.

Travel plans? Life changes? Whatever the reason, the shelter fills with stray and owner-surrender pets. Additionally, if pets are lost while owners are out of town, often they must stay at the shelter until their families return home. To make matters worse, fewer people adopt during the holiday season.

Brighten the holidays for companion animals. If you own a dog or cat, microchip your pet and have current contact information on your pets’ collars. If you’re traveling, provide your pet sitter with a letter allowing shelter staff to release your pet to your sitter.

Of course the most direct way to help is to adopt. Currently, our shelter has too many dogs, cats and rabbits. If the past is any indication, this overcrowding will continue through the beginning of the new year unless people tag, adopt and redeem.

Gucci is one of our canine long-shots. Even though he’s great with other dogs, young at heart and a people-pleaser, he’s unlikely to be adopted because he’s 10 years old and has a low-grade heart murmur. Watch Gucci and other shelter dogs at

For more information about Gucci (ID No. 208880), call the volunteer line at the SLO County animal shelter at 781-4413 or visit The shelter will be closed Friday because of the Thanksgiving holiday.

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.

Black Friday Adopt-a-Thon

Woods Humane Society is waiving adoption fees on all black-coated animals from Nov. 27 to Nov. 29. In a shelter, black-coated animals are often passed over for many reasons, making them about half as likely to be adopted as cats and dogs of other colors. All adoptable animals are spayed/neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. Visit to view available animals or visit the shelter any day from noon to 6 p.m. at 875 Oklahoma Ave. in San Luis Obispo.

Pets for Vets

Woods Humane Society has launched a new Pets for Vets adoption program. The program waives adoption fees for any active military, their families and veterans. The program is ongoing. The shelter is at 875 Oklahoma Ave. in San Luis Obispo. For more information visit or call 543-9316.

Adopt a black beauty in November

November is black cat adoption month at the Homeless Animal Rescue Team (HART) in Cambria. All black cats and kittens are available for a special adoption fee of $5. Black cats are often overlooked at shelters and have the lowest rate of adoptions of all cats. Go to HART to meet some wonderful black cats and kittens that are waiting for their forever homes. Tuxedo cats (black with white) are included in the special. Adoption fee includes spay/neuter, up-to-date vaccinations, microchip, flea treatment and a follow-up vet examination. HART is at 2638 Main St. in Cambria. Open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. Call 927-7377 or visit the Facebook page “SLO HART” or

Adopt-a-cat in SLO; volunteers needed to trap feral cats

The Feline Network has little kittens, teenage and older cats available for adoption. Adoptions are from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday at Petco in the Madonna Shopping Center in San Luis Obispo. All kittens and cats are spayed or neutered, vaccinated and tested for leukemia and FIV. The adoption fee is $60. For information or help with feral cats in San Luis Obispo or the South County, call 549-9228. Some of the cats are posted online at The Feline Network needs volunteers to trap feral cats for spay and neuter. Call 556-0717.

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