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Kittens Angie and Tony urge pet owners to spay, neuter their cats

Angie, left, a little brown tabby and Tony, a gray tabby, will be old enough for adoption in a few weeks at the San Luis Obispo County Animal Services shelter.
Angie, left, a little brown tabby and Tony, a gray tabby, will be old enough for adoption in a few weeks at the San Luis Obispo County Animal Services shelter.

San Luis Obispo County Animal Services shelter volunteer Ellen Perryess shares tabby kittens Angie and Tony:

Angie and Tony are in a quandary — if people love kittens then shouldn’t all kittens have homes? If the answer is that there aren’t enough homes, then these kittens wonder why people don’t spay and neuter their cats.

Though not even old enough to be adopted, Angie and Tony have hit on the solution to our county’s cat overpopulation problem — people need to fix their cats.

Angie’s a little brown tabby who despairs. She believes people just aren’t organized enough to get the job done. Most people seem to have good intentions — wanting to do the right thing — but somehow never get around to doing it. Next thing you know, there’s an explosion of unwanted kittens.

Tony, a can-do gray tabby, theorizes — with direct eye contact — that he can change the way people think. Stare into his eyes and his message is clear, “Alter your pet. Alter your pet.”

To help San Luis Obispo County residents heed Tony’s call, Animal Services and Woods Humane Society have teamed up so — while funds last — cat spays and neuters are just $5.

Call Woods Humane Society at 543-9316, ext. 10 for this first-come-first-served program.

Tony and Angie are among the first of this year’s kitten explosion and in a few weeks will be old enough for adoption. If you’d like to meet them now, call their foster mom at 534-1689.

For more information about Angie (ID No. 211666), or Tony (ID No. 211669) call the volunteer line at the animal services shelter at 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.

Horse Emergency Evacuation Team to host Trailer Rodeo

Horse Emergency Evacuation Team is hosting a trailer rodeo to help drivers improve their trailer towing, parking and reversing skills. The event will be at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Santa Maria Elks Unocal Event Center, 4040 Highway 101 in Santa Maria. The event is open to the public.

The CHP will discuss proper trailer lights, road safety and laws pertaining to trailers on the road.

HEET is a nonprofit organization with divisions in north and south San Luis Obispo County. HEET assists law enforcement in providing emergency services for large animals including horses, cattle, llamas and more. For more information, call 466-7457 or visit www.sloheet.org.

DogFest 2016: Dogs for Clean Water

Free festival with games, quizzes, demonstrations and vendors. Learn how to help keep water clean in local creeks. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at the Morro Bay City Park on Morro Bay Boulevard and Harbor Street. A dog show will be held at 11 a.m. — dog owners can sign up for the show when they arrive or email staff@mnep.org to reserve a spot. Prizes for Best Trick, Best Dressed and Best Dog and Owner Look-Alike.

All dogs must be on a leash and well-behaved. Contact 772-3834 or rpass@mbnep.org with any questions.

It’s blooming cats at the Homeless Animal Rescue Team

It’s springtime, and it’s blooming cats at the HART shelter. 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.

HART is at 2638 Main St. in Cambria. Call 927-7377 or visit www.slohart.org.

If you have stories or photos of your furry, feathered or scaly friend, please send them to pettales@thetribunenews.com or Pet Tales, c/o The Tribune, P.O. Box 112, San Luis Obispo, CA 93406.

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