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Molly, a gentle Pomeranian mix dog, waits for a home

Molly, a gentle 12-year-old Pomeranian mix, is waiting at the San Luis Obispo County Animal Services shelter for a home.
Molly, a gentle 12-year-old Pomeranian mix, is waiting at the San Luis Obispo County Animal Services shelter for a home. Courtesy of Ellen Perryess

San Luis Obispo County Animal Services shelter volunteer Ellen Perryess shares the story of Molly, a gentle senior Pomeranian mix dog:

To be forever young is to be a dog. Every moment is ripe with opportunity, and this youthful nature never gives up on the possibility of miracles. Breakfast! A walk! A fallen ham sandwich!

Even homeless dogs at the SLO County Animal Services shelter have this faith. Most will spend at least part of their day at the front of their kennels waiting for someone to stop, look at them and say, “Yes, that’s the one I want to meet … maybe adopt.”

Molly is one such homeless dog. She’s a petite, 12-year-old Pomeranian mix who quietly waits to be noticed. This gentle girl appreciates receiving attention from people and interacts easily with other small dogs. Molly has lapdog skills and enjoys going for walks at an easy pace. This sweet girl is a bit overwhelmed by shelter life and would love to find a home.

It is the unique person who invites a senior pet into their home — even though these dogs and cats generally have the behavior owners want — along with years of love to give. To help Molly find that special adopter, a generous person has already paid half of Molly’s adoption fee.

We can learn so much from our canine companions. Because even though most people live seven times longer than their four-legged family members, dogs have discovered how to stay young at heart for a lifetime.

Watch Molly socializing with other dogs and a nice person at

For more information about Molly (ID No. A045560), 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.

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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.

Workday at El Chorro Dog Park

There will be a workday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 23 at El Chorro Dog Park at El Chorro Regional Park along Highway 1 just outside of San Luis Obispo. Volunteers will be spreading wood chips around the park to keep the mud down during rainstorms. Drinks and snacks will be provided. For questions, email

Volunteers needed to trap cats

The Feline Network needs trappers to humanely trap feral cats for spay/neuter in the South County, Nipomo and San Luis Obispo. Spaying and neutering is particularly important at this time of year in order to prevent the birth of numerous litters of feral kittens in the spring. Call 556-0717 in the South County or 544-6138 in San Luis Obispo.

If you would like information on low-cost spaying or neutering or if you need help with stray or feral cats in the South County or San Luis Obispo, call 549-9228.

Feline Network cats and kittens are cared for in foster homes because the organization does not have a shelter. To find out about the cats and kittens that are available for adoption, call 549-9228 or check All adoptable cats have been spayed or neutered, vaccinated, dewormed and tested for leukemia or FIV.

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