Pet Tales

Wine 4 Paws to benefit Woods Humane Society this weekend

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

Eighth annual Wine 4 Paws

Saturday and Sunday. 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 are needed; print a free map from or pick one up at any participating winery during the event. For more information contact

It’s blooming cats at the Homeless Animal Rescue Team

It’s springtime and it’s blooming cats at the HART shelter. From mid-April through mid-May, HART is reducing its adoption fee to $11 for all cats and kittens seven months or older. The adoption package includes spay/neuter and up-to-date vaccinations, together with a follow-up vet visit, bag of kibble, and HART ID tag and microchip.

During any season, senior cats and senior people often make ideal companions. HART’s Noble Senior Companion program matches senior citizens with senior “kitizens” (ages 8 and up), for no adoption fee.

HART is located at 2638 Main St., Cambria. Call 927-7377 or check out

Animals in Need Fund seeks donations for German shepherd Koda’s surgery

Animals in Need Fund is collecting donations for Koda, a 1 1/2 -year-old German shepherd rescue dog. Shortly after adoption, the new owners discovered that she had vascular ring anomaly, preventing solid food from getting into Koda’s stomach.

The problem is fixable with a $5,800 procedure at UC Davis. Between various organizations, $4,500 has already been raised. The family is seeking donations for the final funds. Donations can be submitted online at (select donate “in honor of”) or by mail to 525 Sandydale Drive, Nipomo, CA 93444 (Attn: Koda’s Case). For more information, contact 619-0588.

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. For more information, call 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

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