Pet Tales

Curtie, a sweet dilute tortoiseshell cat, waits for a family

Curtie, a petite dilute tortoiseshell cat, waits for a family at the San Luis Obispo County Animal Services shelter.
Curtie, a petite dilute tortoiseshell cat, waits for a family at the San Luis Obispo County Animal Services shelter. Ellen Perryess

San Luis Obispo County Animal Services shelter volunteer Ellen Perryess shares the story of Curtie, a petite dilute tortoiseshell cat:

The lives of pets are inseparably linked to the people they love. They throw their whole lot in with their biped families never anticipating the need for a contingency plan.

The whole-hearted way they settle into our lives is part of their beauty — they don’t concern themselves with doubts and what-ifs. They believe in love.

But what-ifs do happen and even the most tranquil of lives can be derailed.

Curtie is a beautiful, petite dilute tortoiseshell cat with amazingly soft fur. She has a sweet disposition — 15 years in the making — and gently appreciates human attention. Like all pets, Curtie expected her peaceful existence to be never ending but when the unexpected happened she came to the San Luis Obispo County Animal Services shelter.

Curtie’s a smart little cat and quickly adapted to the shelter environment even though her vision isn’t what it used to be. Due to her diminished sight, Curtie is ideal for an adopter looking for an indoor cat.

To help Curtie find a home, half of her adoption fee has been paid in memory of L. Lefebvre.

For those who recognize we are made better by the animals we invite into our lives, Curtie is waiting to grace a home with peace and tranquility.

For more information about Curtie (ID No. 210741), 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:

O’dopt a lucky charm

Woods Humane Society is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day by offering discounted “O’doptions” on all dogs and cats through Sunday. 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 through Sunday 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.

Cayucos Dog Bonnet Parade

Costumes encouraged and creativity highly welcomed, come dressed in your Easter best at noon on March 26 at Hardie Park, 310 B St., Cayucos. Arrive early to register. Suggested donation of $10 for the first dog, $8 for the second dog and $5 for three or more dogs. Parade raises funds for the Mutt Mitt Project.

Registration form available at Event hosted by the Lioness Club of Cayucos.

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. The kittens are available with no adoption fee. North County Humane Society is located at 2300 Ramona Road in Atascadero. 466-5403.

El Chorro Dog Park weekend vehicle fee

Beginning in April, San Luis Obispo County Parks will be selling an April through September Seasonal Pass for weekend use of El Chorro Regional Park.

Seasonal Passes are $30. Park users without a pass will be charged a vehicle fee of $3 on Saturdays and Sundays. Passes can be purchased at the kiosk located at the park entrance. El Chorro Dog Park Volunteers receive a free volunteer pass. For more information contact 235-5949 or

El Chorro Dog Park is located at El Chorro Regional Park along Highway 1 just outside of San Luis Obispo.

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.