Pet Tales

Dogs of all shapes and sizes await homes at SLO County animal shelter

San Luis Obispo County Animal Services shelter volunteer Ellen Perryess shares the stories of the lovable Rottweiler mix Cody and the young chihuahua Angelo, among the dogs waiting to be adopted:

The big, the small, the young, the old, the full-bred and the lovable mutt … every kind of dog comes to our county animal shelter.

Angelo and Cody are good representatives of this diversity. Adding to this, they also represent the most common ways dogs come to the shelter — one a stray, the other an owner-surrender.

Coming from the North County, Cody is a lovable Rottweiler mix who has spent his 14 years of life perfecting his dog skills. He enjoys walks — lumbering like the bear he is — knows his basic commands (including an adorable handshake) and loves to be with people.

Angelo is a young sprite of a chihuahua who was found in the city of San Luis Obispo. He’s an able-bodied lap dog, a happy leash-walker and a ball-chaser of considerable merit.

Each of these sweet dogs lost their home for reasons beyond their control. Cody’s owner couldn’t find a place to live that accepted dogs, and Angelo’s owner never came to the one place in our county that houses and cares for lost pets — the SLO County Animal Services shelter.

These two are excellent bookends for the diversity of dogs in our county and at the shelter. Whether you’re looking for a playmate or a bench warmer, hiking buddy or a fetching friend, it’s likely that your perfect canine companion is waiting for you.

Cody and Angelo — though very different dogs — hope their perfect matches are coming to take them home soon.

For more information about Angelo (ID No. 211753) and Cody (ID No. 138305), call the volunteer line at the animal services shelter at 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 an ID tag. Cat adopters also receive a carrier.

New art contest for dog lovers at this year’s Mid-State Fair

The California Mid-State Fair is hosting a new contest to find an artist to paint a mural at the entrance to Vineyard Dog Park.

Organizers of nonprofit Vineyard Dog Park of Templeton will award $300 plus expenses to a selected artist and painting in the fair’s public judging contest. The contest is open to ages 18 and younger.

The art entry must be suitable for enlargement to fill the outdoor mural dimensions of 4 feet by 7 feet. Deadline for submitting art is July 18.

Entries should incorporate at least one of the following elements: dogs and their owners in various activities, vineyards and hillsides, park amenities (trees, landscaping, Frisbees, tennis ball, swimming pool), native plants or trees, or wildlife (butterflies, birds, deer, etc.).

To register a painting, go to and click register; when prompted, select the Public Judging department and then Division 350 Class 1. The mural must be completed by Oct. 1.

For more information, contact 239-4437 or Vineyard Dog Park is at 1010 Semillon Lane in Templeton.

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

The Homeless Animal Rescue Team 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 at 2638 Main St. 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.

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.