Pet Tales

Pause and consider Paws for a Cause

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

Paws for a Cause — K9s for Veterans

A kickoff lunch for Paws for a Cause — K9s for Veterans will be at 11:30 a.m. March 11 at the Madonna Inn. The newly-formed charity works with New Life K9s to provide free service dogs to veterans in need — the dogs (some of which are rescue dogs) are trained by inmates at the California Men’s Colony. At the kickoff lunch, the California Central Coast Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America will introduce Paws for a Cause — K9s for Veterans. Lunch is $22 per person. Limited seating available, reserve a space by March 4. Call 710-0332 for more information about the charity, or to book a seat for the lunch.

Table 48 is going to the dogs (and cats) in March

All proceeds from sales at Table 48 in Mother’s Tavern during March will be donated to Woods Humane Society. Call 541-8733 to make reservations. Mother’s Tavern is located at 725 Higuera St. in San Luis Obispo.

Harloe Elementary collecting pet food donations

“Have a heart, save a pet” is the first event of Harloe Elementary School’s new outreach program. The program is partnering with the Feline Network of the Central Coast and Woods Humane Society to provide food for local cats and dogs. Throughout February, donations of wet or dry cat or dog food can be dropped off in a bin at the school’s office at 901 Fair Oaks Ave. in Arroyo Grande. For information, call 264-9256.

Find ‘The One’ this February at H.A.R.T.

The Homeless Animal Rescue Team is starting the year with a Valentine’s Adoption Special. All cats are available for adoption for only $14 through 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, consider purchasing a Guardian Angel Certificate Valentine, available in any amount $5 and over. Contributions to the Guardian Angel Fund are restricted and go specifically to relieving an animal’s suffering, helping to give them a full and pain-free life.

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

Fix-a-Feline in February

The Feline Network encourages everyone to spay and neuter their cats to help reduce overpopulation in San Luis Obispo County. The Feline Network can make spaying and neutering affordable for residents of the South County, San Luis Obispo, Morro Bay and Los Osos who need financial assistance. Call about the 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.

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