Pet Tales

Lefty, a border collie mix, practices his skills as he waits at the shelter

Lefty, a two-year-old border collie mix, waits at the SLO County Animal Services shelter.
Lefty, a two-year-old border collie mix, waits at the SLO County Animal Services shelter.

San Luis Obispo County Animal Services shelter volunteer Ellen Perryess shares a story about Lefty, a border collie mix who’s looking for a job:

Lefty is a 2-year-old border collie mix that knows — in his heart of hearts — he was put on earth to do a job.

There’s little doubt he has the initiative and skills to do good work. When he arrived at the SLO County Animal Services shelter, he already knew the commands: sit, shake, down, stay, speak and roll over. He’s also accomplished at playing fetch — with ball or Frisbee — and romping with other energetic dogs. Additionally, he rides well in a car, is housebroken and walks well on a leash.

The thing is, he can’t do his job until some person tells him what it is. He’s hoping his skills will position him well to be someone’s agility, jogging, obedience and hiking buddy.

Recently, he’s displayed another marketable skill — child recreation coordinator. A young family came to the shelter and their very young children liked to play fetch with Lefty. He would patiently wait for them to finally throw the ball, and if they offered treats, he’d gently take the biscuits from their hands.

Just like the kids he played with, Lefty needs a family or person who will provide him with structure, a secure yard, daily mental and physical exercise and a comfortable bed near the people he loves.

For more information about Lefty (ID No. 211183), call the volunteer line at the animal services shelter at 805-781-4413 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.

Baby Shower and Kitten Cuddle

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Do you want to cuddle with a kitten or two? Mark your calendar for the North County Humane Society’s third annual Baby Shower and Kitten Cuddle.

To celebrate this occasion, the kitten area will be decorated and cookies, cake and “paw perfect” cupcakes will be served. To be entered into a drawing for a “thank you” gift basket, bring one of the following items for the kittens: paper towels, baby blankets, heating pads (no automatic shut-off) and kitten baby bottles, or make a donation toward the purchase of Breeder’s Edge kitten formula.

North County Humane Society, 2300 Ramona Road, Atascadero. 805-466-5403.

Paws to Read

11 a.m. to noon. Saturday. Visiting children can read aloud to a therapy dog. The dogs’ handlers are always present. Arroyo Grande Library, 800 W. Branch St. 805-473-7161.

$5 fix to prevent unwanted litters of kittens

Mayday, mayday! Help prevent unwanted litters of kittens and reduce cat overpopulation. For the month of May only, San Luis Obispo County residents can have their feline family members fixed for just $5.

This is made possible by a San Luis Obispo County Animal Services and Woods Humane Society partnership. Funds are limited, so call now to make an appointment. 805-543-9316, ext. 10. Only spots for male cats are left.

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.