Pet Tales

Los Osos woman searches for her cats, and peace of mind

Danielle Ames and Dante
Danielle Ames and Dante

Ninety-three-year-old Doris Williams in Los Osos wrote in about her two missing cats. Although we don’t typically publish letters about missing animals (that’s my disclaimer so this column doesn’t turn into the classifieds section), this one couldn’t help but melt my heart. This is what she wrote:

On July Fourth of last year, I fell in my front yard in Baywood and broke my hip in three places. I ended up in the hospital and therapy for one month. I had indoor-only cats and a friend took care of them during that time. Two of the cats went missing by the time I returned home. I worry about them.

I have since placed all of my cats in new homes through the North County Humane Society and am very thankful to them for responding to my emergency. I worry about the two missing cats every day and would like to know if someone has found and adopted them.

I hope they both have a good home. I do not want the cats back because I can no longer care for them because I cannot walk. I would just hope that someone has adopted both of them and that they are happy.

I am 93 years old and I hope someone can make my remaining years happy letting me know my cats are OK.

Snowflake is a small, all-white spayed female who loves people. Oscar is a neutered male black-and-white cat who is very mischievous. He loves lots of attention and will return lots of love.

Please call me at 805-528-2510 if you have seen or adopted either or both of these cats. I’ll be forever grateful!

Goldens in the Park

Noon to 4 p.m. July 9. Dog contests, dog/owner parade, demonstrations, dog adoption opportunities, pet and food venders and more. Event supports Woods Humane Society, Animal Shelter Adoption Partners (ASAP) and SLO County Golden Retrievers.

Free admission, all breeds welcome. Laguna Lake Dog Park, 504 Madonna Road, San Luis Obispo. For more information visit:

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

Kittens, Kittens, Kittens! Yes, it’s kitten season again, and the Homeless Animal Rescue Team (H.A.R.T.) could use your help to match up homeless kittens with loving, forever homes. Based on experience, they know that two cats or kittens are better than one. They play together, keep each other company while owners are away and, as a result, are more likely to stay out of trouble. It’s a big plus for the kittens and for their new family. So, throughout the month of July, adopt one kitten at H.A.R.T. and get 25 percent off the adoption fee for a second kitten.

Adoption fee includes spay/neuter, up-to-date vaccinations, microchip, flea treatment, a follow-up veterinarian examination, a collar and tag, and a starter bag of kibble.

If you have room in your home and your heart for a new kitten or two — visit H.A.R.T.

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.

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 805-239-4437 or Vineyard Dog Park is at 1010 Semillon Lane in Templeton.

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.