Pet Tales

Larry the kitten, a 4-month-old late bloomer, looks for a family

Larry is a 4-month-old buff and white kitten.
Larry is a 4-month-old buff and white kitten. Laura Hughes

San Luis Obispo County Animal Services shelter volunteer Ellen Perryess shares the story of Larry the late bloomer:

Being a late bloomer can be a real problem; you’re always just one step behind everyone else.

Kittens born in August are true late bloomers. When they’re old enough to be adopted, human families are getting ready for back-to-school night, and no one’s thinking about adding a feline family member.

So the weeks pass, and late-summer kittens don’t find homes.

Larry is a 4-month-old buff (a creamy, shaded orange color) and white late bloomer who’s still growing and has a wonderful kitten curiosity about the world. A bonus for being a little older, Larry has mastered a lot of life skills — he has good house manners, gets along with other cats, loves playing with toys and, though initially shy, he appreciates sitting on someone’s lap and being petted.

If you’d like more information about Larry, call his foster mom at 674-8664.

Living where we do, we’re fortunate that all SLO County Animal Services dogs and cats are altered before going to new homes so, for these critters, unwanted litters can’t happen. Also, early spay and neuter of kittens reduces or prevents many unwanted cat behaviors, thus taking the terrible out of the teen.

This Saturday, Larry and his siblings will join other charming homeless cats in front of the SLO County Animal Services shelter from 1 to 4 p.m. They’ll all be ready to meet, greet and find a loving home.

Late bloomers are beautiful, love is in the air and Larry is hoping to be your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day.

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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.

Here’s a look at upcoming pet-related events happening in San Luis Obispo County:

Follow-up workday at El Chorro Dog Park

After the success of the last El Chorro Dog Park workday, a few wood chip piles remain and some work in the small dog park need to be finished. A follow-up work day is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 7 at El Chorro Regional Park along Highway 1 just outside of San Luis Obispo. Refreshments will be served. For more information contact

Find ‘The One’ this Valentine’s Day at H.A.R.T.

The Homeless Animal Rescue Team (H.A.R.T.) is starting the year with a Valentine’s Adoption Special. Treat yourself or your special valentine to the sweetest gift ever! Adopt a cat or kitten from H.A.R.T., where we know you can find “The One.” All kitties are available for adoption for only $14 throughout February. The adoption package includes spay/neuter, up-to-date vaccinations, microchip, a bag of kibble, a follow-up vet exam and a H.A.R.T. ID tag.

If now is not a good time to adopt, then consider purchasing a Guardian Angel Certificate Valentine. It will give the recipient two special gifts: a lovely printed certificate stating that you have made a donation in their name, and the good feeling of knowing that this gift will help save the life of a homeless animal. H.A.R.T. Guardian Angel Certificates are available in any amount $5 and over. Contributions to the Guardian Angel Fund are restricted and go specifically to relieve an animal’s suffering, giving them the opportunity to live a full and pain-free life. What could be sweeter than that?

Visit H.A.R.T. at 2638 Main St. in Cambria, open Tuesday through Saturday from noon until 5 p.m., or call 927-7377. To learn more about H.A.R.T., visit or follow them on Facebook at

Film showing to benefit Sherwood Dog Park

Parks4Pups is hosting a special film showing of the documentary “Sit Stay Ride: The Story of America’s Side Car Dogs” at 6 p.m. Feb. 10 at Park Cinemas, 1100 Pine St. in Paso Robles. The event begins with a “Yappy Hour and Wine Social” with wines, popcorn and soda available for purchase. Film showing at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $12 in advance through Feb. 9, $15 at the door. Advance tickets are available at, or by check payable to Parks4Pups, P.O. Box 795, Paso Robles 93447.

Event proceeds benefit the maintenance fund for Sherwood Dog Park of Paso Robles, a nonprofit organization.

The Feline Network encourages owners to spay and neuter their cats

The Feline Network encourages everyone to spay and neuter their cats. It is the time of year when females become pregnant. Please help reduce the overpopulation of cats in our county. The Feline Network can make spaying and neutering very affordable for residents of the South County, San Luis Obispo, Morro Bay and Los Osos who need financial assistance. Call about our Fix-a-Feline certificate program at 549-9228, ext. 707.

If you are aware of stray or feral cats in your area, contact The Feline Network at 549-9228, ext. 704, for help with spaying and neutering. The Feline Network has a successful TNR (trap/neuter/return) program. Adult cats are humanely trapped, spayed or neutered and returned, where they are cared for and fed. Kittens are rescued and socialized in foster homes until they are ready for adoption. Trappers are needed in the South County, San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay. Without enough trappers, the group can’t respond to all of the stray cat situations that arise. Call 556-0717 in the South County or 544-6138 in San Luis Obispo.

To learn about cats or kittens that are available for adoption, call 549-9228, ext. 1, or check the website at All adoptable cats have been spayed or neutered, vaccinated, dewormed and tested for feline leukemia and FIV.

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.