San Luis Obispo County Animal Services shelter volunteer Ellen Perryess shares the story of Diego, a 5-year-old jack-of-all-trades Chihuahua:
This Saturday is a great day to bring a furry friend into your life.
Diego is a jack-of-all-trades. He’s a lover, a player and a pocket-pooch rolled up in one. He loves to go for walks, is a wizard at playing fetch and loves to snuggle. Shelter volunteers are scratching their heads wondering why his family didn’t come looking for him.
Sadly, 5-year-old Diego’s story is not unusual. The majority of our county’s stray pets are not claimed by their previous owners and almost solely rely on adopters for a new start in life.
Currently, there’s an abundance of dogs and bunnies at the SLO County Animal Services shelter.
To help them find homes, this Saturday they’re available for adoption at two locations. A wide variety will be at the shelter, plus a nice sampling of bunnies and pooches will be taking their love on the road to Lemos Feed and Pet Supply — 2085 10th Street, Los Osos — from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
In addition to hosting the Adopt-A-Pet, Lemos is helping adopters bring their new four-legged family member home by giving them 15 percent off most pet supply products. Also, when adopters make a $10 store purchase, they receive a free 3- to 6-pound bag of Natura pet food.
Diego has heard rumors that not everyone likes Chihuahuas. Though he doesn’t understand what “Chihuahua” means, he hopes someone will look into his eyes and love him forever.
For more information about Diego (ID No. 211171), call the volunteer line at the animal services shelter at 805-781-4413 or visit www.slocounty.ca.gov/aserv. 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.
Driven Dressage Festival will showcase horses
The Brass Oak Driving Society, a horse/carriage driving club, is having a Driven Dressage Festival at the Paso Robles Horse Park from 9 a.m. to 5:20 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Sunday.
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 805-467-9204 or visit www.brassoakdriving.com.
Cause 4 Paws Thrift Shop sale to benefit feral cats
Cause 4 Paws Thrift Shop is hosting a parking lot sale fundraiser 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at 4303 El Camino Real in Atascadero. Sale features a variety of items. Proceeds benefit the feral cat feeding programs in Atascadero and Santa Margarita.
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 7 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” (8 and older), for no adoption fee.
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 805-543-9316 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 at 2300 Ramona Road in Atascadero. 466-5403.
If you have stories or photos of your furry, feathered or scaly friend, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org or Pet Tales, c/o The Tribune, P.O. Box 112, San Luis Obispo, CA 93406.