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Samantha, a gentle Chihuahua, searches for a new human

Samantha, a gentle 5-year-old Chihuahua, is looking for a new human.
Samantha, a gentle 5-year-old Chihuahua, is looking for a new human. Loretta Grodahl

San Luis Obispo County Animal Services shelter volunteer Ellen Perryess shares the story of Samantha, a gentle 5-year-old Chihuahua who’s looking for a new human:

Santa’s opinion is important, but Samantha knows being good is reward in and of itself. Such wisdom, in any species, is impressive especially when life hasn’t been easy.

Not so long ago, Samantha was homeless. Fortunately, she was adopted by a nice human and a senior Chihuahua named Dan. There she discovered that being part of a family is the greatest gift.

Then her beloved biped became ill — requiring such major surgery that his cherished pets couldn’t stay. With no other options, Dan and Samantha came to the SLO County Animal Services shelter.

Being outgoing, Dan has since found a family. Samantha, being a bit reserved, is still hoping someone will come for her.

Samantha is good with other dogs, enjoys going for walks and longs to find a caring person to love with all her heart. She has experience as a house dog — responds well to yummy treats — and is ready to put her skills back to work.

Unfortunately, adoptions decline during the holiday season and being the quiet sort, Samantha’s not having much luck finding a home.

If you’d like to see Samantha’s gentle nature, watch her YouTube video at, where she dons a Santa hat and lets the Christmas spirit shine.

If you’re home for the holidays, please consider adopting a homeless pet, because such an act of kindness makes all the difference in the world.

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good pet!

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For more information about Samantha (ID No. 132689), call the volunteer line at the Animal Services shelter at 781-4413 or visit The 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.

December Adoption Special at HART

December is “Bring Us Home During the Holidays” month at Homeless Animal Rescue Team (HART) in Cambria. All cats and kittens are available for a special adoption fee of $25. There are 60 cats and kittens available for adoption.

The special $25 adoption fee includes spay/neuter, up-to-date vaccinations, micro-chip, flea treatment and a post-adoption vet examination.

If you aren’t able to adopt, consider giving a Guardian Angel Certificate as a special holiday gift. The certificates are available in any amount of $5 or more. The recipient receives a printed certificate stating that you have made a donation in their name to the HART Guardian Angel Fund. Your gift will help save the life of a homeless cat or kitten in need of urgent medical care.

Guardian Angel Certificates can be purchased by calling HART at 927-7377, or by visiting the HART office at 2638 Main St. in Cambria, any Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. Learn more about HART at its website,, or follow the group on Facebook at “SLO HART.”

Adopt-a-cat in SLO

The Feline Network of the Central Coast has teenage and adult cats available for adoption. Adopt-a-cat sessions are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays at Petco in the Madonna Plaza Shopping Center in San Luis Obispo. The cats have been spayed or neutered, vaccinated and tested for leukemia and FIV. Many of the cats can be seen online at

This is the time of year to focus on spaying and neutering to prevent the birth of numerous litters of kittens in the spring. Trappers are urgently needed to help with the feral cat TNR (trap-neuter-return) program, especially in the South County and Nipomo, as well as in San Luis Obispo. Call 556-0717 in South County or 544-6138 in San Luis Obispo. For information on adoptions and low-cost spaying or neutering in San Luis Obispo or the South County, as well as help with feral cats, call 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.