Pet Tales

Marty, a 5-year-old German shepherd, hopes for a home

San Luis Obispo County Animal Services shelter volunteer Ellen Perryess shares the story of Marty, a goofy German shepherd:

According to a recent poll, Labrador retrievers are the most popular dog breed in the United States. German shepherds come in second.

Having high standards for themselves, this news does not sit well with shepherds. They have a serious drive for work regardless of the task. Herding critters, capturing criminals, finding lost children or excelling at obedience — being second-best just isn’t in their nature.

Marty’s a 5-year-old shepherd who’s serious about enjoying life. An affectionate and playful guy, he runs with joy, rejoices on walks and delights in playing with toys. He has a happy, can-do attitude he’d love to share and knows he will be a great pet for the right person or family.

All dogs appreciate knowing how to be successful. This is particularly true of shepherds, who have a passion for rules and those who set them. Marty’s a goofy guy who hasn’t been given much direction in life and needs a loving leader to provide consistency, treats and praise. With such an owner, Marty will strive to please and devote himself to his person.

Regardless of polling numbers, German shepherds will always try harder, and Marty is campaigning to be someone’s top dog.

For more information about Marty (ID No. 209837), 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. Visit the website to see more shelter animals available for adoption.

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. Cats also receive a carrier.

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 is 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 at 725 Higuera St. in San Luis Obispo.

This spring, spay and neuter

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.

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.