Pet Tales

Gizmo, a people-loving pit bull, eager to please

San Luis Obispo County Animal Services shelter volunteer Ellen Perryess shares the story of Gizmo, a people-loving pit bull:

Often we’re looking for something and can’t remember its name. It’s the whatzit, a thingamajig or some gizmo that’s just right for the job.

At the San Luis Obispo County Animal Services shelter, someone lost a one-of-a-kind Gizmo and never came looking. Which is amazing, because this Gizmo is equipped with many of the dog skills people want. He’s easy to walk, loves to play ball, is motivated to please — for love or snacks — plus he’s up on popular commands including “sit,” “shake,” “stay” and “come.” He’s also working on “speak” and “down.”

Being an experienced dog — about seven years in the making — he appears to be housebroken and knows a thing or two about making people happy. Additionally, his cheerful grin and constant tail-wag lets people know how happy they make him.

Body type may be standing in his way. There are many pit bulls on the market, and lots of people assume they’re all the same. That’s why shelter volunteers encourage prospective adopters to meet a variety of dogs — regardless of breed, size or age — before deciding which is the right one for them because lifestyle, more than looks, determines the best fit.

Gizmo is ideal for a person or family looking for a loving companion who wants to please. Maybe the whatzit you need is Gizmo, because Gizmo sure needs you.

For more information about Gizmo (ID No. 210063), 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 a spay or neuter operation, basic vaccinations, a microchip, eligibility for a free veterinarian check, a new collar and ID tag. Cat adopters also receive a carrier.

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

Horse Emergency Evacuation Team to offer CPR training

9 a.m. Saturday 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 group assists in providing emergency services for large animals. For more information about HEET, or to volunteer, visit or call 466-7457.

Eighth annual Wine 4 Paws

April 9 and 10, Wine 4 Paws benefits Woods Humane Society in San Luis Obispo. Choose from more than 75 local wineries and olive oil producers. No advance tickets needed, print a free map from or pick one up at any participating winery during the event. For more information contact

Canceling kitten season

Woods Humane Society and San Luis Obispo County Animal Services are teaming up to offer $5 spay/neuter surgeries for cats belonging to San Luis Obispo County residents. Surgeries are limited, call 543-9316 to schedule an appointment. As surplus kittens flood area shelters, resources to provide care, veterinary treatment and adoption services are spread thin, and the risk of illness to all felines increases. Join the shelters’ efforts to cancel kitten season.

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

San Luis Obispo County Parks is 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 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.