Pet Tales

Cayucos to host Easter Dog Bonnet Parade

More than 20 shelter bunnies have found homes; just 14 bunnies await new families.

However after Easter, this number will likely grow because of bunnies given as gifts to people who don’t want a new pet, said San Luis Obispo County Animal Services shelter volunteer Ellen Perryess. She advised that if you’re looking to give a bunny, make it chocolate.

Marty, the 5-year-old German shepherd who stole the Pet Tales spotlight a few weeks back with his goofy demeanor, is still looking for a family.

The affectionate, playful shepherd comes with an Easy-Walk harness because he walks well in one. Perryess, who has an enormous soft spot for Marty, is happy to talk with anyone about the lighthearted canine. She can be reached at 550-7577.

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

Cayucos Dog Bonnet Parade

Costumes encouraged and creativity highly welcomed. Come dressed in your Easter best at noon Saturday 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 is available at Event is hosted by the Lioness Club of Cayucos.

SLO-4-PUPS board meeting

2 p.m. Thursday at El Chorro Dog Park. Learn how the park is maintained and meet other park users and their dogs. Snacks will be served. The dog park is located in El Chorro Regional Park along Highway 1 just outside of San Luis Obispo. For more information contact

Table 48 is going to the dogs (and cats)

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.

Horse Emergency Evacuation Team to offer first-aid and CPR training

9 a.m. April 2 at Woods Humane Society, 875 Oklahoma Ave., San Luis Obispo. The session will offer Red Cross training in first aid and CPR. Training is open to HEET members and the group welcomes new members. The nonprofit assists in providing emergency services for large animals. For more information about HEET, or to volunteer, visit or call


Two special 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, were born on Christmas Eve and 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.

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