Pet Tales

Patches and Sparkle: It’s a sibling kind of thing

Sparkle and Patches are 9-month-old cats. The brother and sister pair delight in engaging with people.
Sparkle and Patches are 9-month-old cats. The brother and sister pair delight in engaging with people.

San Luis Obispo County Animal Services shelter volunteer Ellen Perryess shares Patches and Sparkle, a feline brother-and-sister team.

It’s possible some people don’t alter their pets because they’re fascinated with exponential growth. They’re amazed that, on average, a free-roaming, unaltered female cat, in one year, will likely have three litters that result in 36 to 54 kittens. In just seven years, one female cat and her offspring can potentially produce 420,000 cats.

Sparkle and Patches are the result of unexpected exponential growth combined with good intentions gone awry.

Their family history is not unique: A couple of stray, unaltered cats appeared in a neighborhood, abandoned by their owner. A kindhearted person started feeding the cats but didn’t alter them. Soon, large kibble bills and ever more kittens created an overwhelming situation and something had to be done.

Hence Sparkle, Patches and more than 20 other cats that arrived at the SLO County Animal Services shelter.

Sparkle and Patches are uniquely marked, adorable 9-month-old cats who delight in engaging with people. Brother and sister are devoted to each other and would love to find a home to share. A generous person who wants Sparkle and Patches to stay together has paid one of the cat’s adoption fees if they’re adopted as a pair — it’s a two-for-the-price-of-one deal.

Currently, the shelter is struggling with too many dogs and cats. All are already altered — thus preventing any more unwanted litters — and each longing for a home. Bottom line, adopting and altering our pets saves lives.

For more information about Patches (ID No. 208885) and Sparkle (ID No. 208886), call the volunteer line at the SLO County Animal Services 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.

Meade Canine Rescue Holiday Party

Join volunteers, adopters and guests at a festive holiday party 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 6 at Meade Canine Rescue, 8598 Webster Road in Creston. Look for the sign and Christmas tree at the front gate. There will be live music, refreshments, Santa Claus and lots of canines. Shop for gifts, make a donation to a great cause. Meade Canine Rescue/Sanctuary is a registered 501(c) nonprofit that provides a safe haven for senior death row dogs taken from high kill shelters in California, so they may live out their remaining days with love and the dignity they deserve. Everyone is welcome. 239-4004.

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-cat in SLO

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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