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Vineyard Dog Park in Templeton to celebrate 7th anniversary

Wally, a Great Dane, tries to get his stick back from Benny, a Welsh corgi, during the grand opening of the Vineyard Dog Park in Templeton in 2009.
Wally, a Great Dane, tries to get his stick back from Benny, a Welsh corgi, during the grand opening of the Vineyard Dog Park in Templeton in 2009. Tribune file photo

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

Vineyard Dog Park celebrates seventh anniversary

Organizers of Vineyard Dog Park will host a coffee social from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. March 12 to celebrate the seventh anniversary of the park opening. Dog park board members will serve free coffee, pastries and conversation. Rain cancels. New dog park visitors can get a park orientation and some tips on dog socialization.

At the social, register for the Eighth Annual Paso Robles Dog Jog to be held at Vina Robles Vineyards on April 16. Registration is $25 per dog and includes a dog event bandana, goody bag, lunch and wine tasting.

Vineyard Dog Park is at 1010 Semillon Drive in Templeton. For more information about San Luis Obispo County dog parks and upcoming events, visit or call 239-4437.

O’dopt a lucky charm

Woods Humane Society is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day by offering discounted “O’doptions” on all dogs and cats March 14 to 20. All dogs and cats are spayed or neutered, current on vaccinations and microchipped. Each O’doption includes a free veterinary health exam.

Anyone who “O’dopts” a dog or cat from March 14-20 will get to dig into a pot o’ gold for a mystery discount. Adoption includes a pair of tickets for the Great American Melodrama’s production of “A Dog’s Life.”

Visit for a complete list of available lucky charms. Woods Humane Society is at 875 Oklahoma Ave. in San Luis Obispo. 543-9316.

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.

Two North County Humane Society kittens need a special home

The North County Humane Society has two kittens who tested positive for FIV — the feline equivalent to AIDS. This means the kittens must live indoors only and live only with other cats that are similarly infected.

The kittens, Nemo and Nikki, are looking for homes. Cats with FIV may live long lives, but the shelter can’t provide a health guarantee. So these kittens are available with no adoption fee. North County Humane Society is located at 2300 Ramona Road in Atascadero. 466-5403.

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 the Fix-a-Feline certificate program at 549-9228, ext. 707.

If you are aware of stray or feral cats in your area, call The Feline Network at the number above for help with spaying and neutering. The Feline Network has a successful 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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