Pet Tales

Long-haired feline Daphne waits at SLO shelter for her forever home

San Luis Obispo County Animal Services shelter volunteer Ellen Perryess shares a story about Daphne:

There’s a leap of faith our pets can make that most humans would find impossible.

Yet at the SLO County Animal Services shelter we see it all the time. Lost and abandoned dogs and cats — scared, confused and sometimes in need of medical care — take a breath, a tentative step and then trust the caring strangers that offer them food, shelter and love.

We don’t know how many strangers Daphne has needed to trust in her life. We know in May she was a somewhat bedraggled cat who was found by a stranger. This good Samaritan took her to a veterinary clinic. Once Daphne was medically assessed, the veterinarian staff released her to an animal control officer who brought her to the county animal shelter where staff and volunteers settled her in.

At each step Daphne trusted, appreciated friendly head rubs and continued to hope.

Daphne’s coat is beginning to regain it’s natural beauty, she’s now spayed and has received the dental care she needed. She’s an approximately 8-year-old long-haired cat who has an easygoing disposition and aspires to be a full-time couch potato. Because of her sweet disposition — and being a bit older — half her adoption fee has been paid in memory of L. Lefevre.

Daphne leans into chin rubs, appreciates being brushed and is ready to leap into a comfy chair with a caring stranger who will love her forever.

For more information about Daphne (ID No. 211362), 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.

Canines at Cass, a dog-friendly event

Enjoy an afternoon spent with your dog walking in the vineyards, listening to music and having a snack. There will be an auction and raffle. 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Cass Winery, 7350 Linne Road in Paso Robles.

Tickets are $40 in advance, $45 at the door. All proceeds benefit nonprofit Meade Canine Rescue. For ticket information, contact 805-239-4004 or

H.A.R.T. June cat adoption special

The Homeless Animal Rescue Team (H.A.R.T.) of Cambria is having a cat adoption special. Throughout June, H.A.R.T. is reducing its adoption fee to $10 for all cats and kittens seven months or older.

H.A.R.T. is a network partner of the Best Friends Animal Society. This adoption special is part of a June nationwide promotion called “Is your dad man enough? This Father’s Day bring home a cat.” The H.A.R.T. cat adoption package includes spay/neuter and up-to-date vaccinations, together with a follow-up vet visit, microchip, bag of kibble and H.A.R.T. ID tag.

H.A.R.T. is located at 2638 Main Street in Cambria. The shelter is open for visitors Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. Call 805-927-7377 or visit to learn more about the available cats.

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