Pet Tales

Cause 4 Paws Thrift Shop seeks donations to aid animals

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

Cause 4 Paws Thrift Shop collecting donations to benefit animals

Cause 4 Paws Thrift Shop in Atascadero is collecting dog and cat carriers, towels, blankets, dog clothing, leashes, collars, dog and cat food and other animal-related items for use in local shelters and for the homeless community with animals. Items can be dropped off at the thrift shop at 4303 El Camino Real, Atascadero.

Donations are also being accepted for the shop’s parking lot sale, which will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 1 to raise money for feral cat feeding programs in Atascadero and Santa Margarita. Donations of items to be sold in the store also are being accepted. Sales benefit local spay and neuter programs.

For information, call 466-0100 or visit

Driven Dressage Festival

The Brass Oak Driving Society, a horse/carriage driving club, is having a Driven Dressage Festival at the Paso Robles Horse Park on April 30 and May 1.

There will be a variety of carriage driving classes that showcase the versatility of a horse, pony, or mini doing dressage or driving through cone obstacles. Spectators are welcome to attend at no charge. For information, interested parties can call 467-9204 or visit

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 visit

Animals in Need Fund seeks donations for Koda’s surgery

Animals in Need Fund is collecting donations for Koda, a 6-month-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 “in honor of”) or by mail to 525 Sandydale Drive, Nipomo, CA 93444 (Attn: Koda’s Case). For more information, contact 619-0588.

Working to cancel 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, so the kittens are available with no adoption fee. North County Humane Society is located at 2300 Ramona Road in Atascadero. 466-5403.

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