Pet Tales

Meet Jax, a poodle mix at the SLO County animal shelter

Jax, a 4-year-old poodle mix, waits at the SLO County Animal Services’ shelter for a home.
Jax, a 4-year-old poodle mix, waits at the SLO County Animal Services’ shelter for a home. Courtesy photo

San Luis Obispo County Animal Services’ shelter volunteer Ellen Perryess shares Jax, a poodle mix who is hard at work growing his Einstein coat:

When Jax came to the SLO County Animal Services’ shelter, fleas had been tormenting him for a long time. The persistent itchiness had resulted in substantial fur loss and serious aggravation to his skin, requiring medicated shampoo.

Being a good sport, Jax submitted to weekly baths, which he has completed. He’ll soon be neutered and the slow process of growing out his coat has begun. However, because Jax’s condition had existed for quite some time before coming to the shelter, his coat at the base of his tail and back legs may come back a little, a lot, or not much at all.

Fortunately, Jax isn’t a vain dog and seems to believe in this age-old wisdom: Beauty is not what is seen on the surface but what dwells in the heart.

Not everyone applies this adage to their lives. So even though Jax is an engaging 4-year-old poodle mix who’s crate-trained, good with kids of all ages and walks well on a leash, adopters are passing him by and other dogs are finding homes.

Still, Jax doesn’t lose heart. Each day he’s ready to love the person he’s with and make every day a good one.

Jax is putting every effort into growing back his distinctive Einstein coat, but this will take some time.

Meanwhile, Jax is waiting for an adopter who sees beauty in what is possible and appreciates the immeasurable reward of helping a special someone to heal.

For more information about Jax (ID No. 952911), 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 $88 for cats and $115 for dogs. The adoption fee includes the annual license fee, 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, and the cats are tested for FeLV and FIV.

Pacific Wildlife Care’s Kids Summer Art Show

Kids up to the age of 17 are invited to enter an original picture of any of the following animals in its native habitat: pelican, hawk, owl or raccoon.

Selected entries from each age group will be displayed at the San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum and in Pacific Wildlife Care’s lobby. Entries can be drawn on the flier available at local Lemos Feed & Pet Supply stores, or on an 8  1/2 -by-11-inch sheet of paper.

Name and age must be included on all entries; only one entry per person. Any art medium is eligible.

Entries must be submitted to a local Lemos Feed & Pet Supply or the San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum by Monday. For more information, visit and click on the events tab and then “Kids, Do You Love Wildlife?”

Kittens ready for adoption

The Feline Network has many kittens available for adoption. Adopt-a-Cats are from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. most Saturdays at Petco in the Madonna Shopping Center in San Luis Obispo.

Kittens have been spayed or neutered, tested, vaccinated and are ready to go! You can see some of them online at, or call 805-549-9228, ext. 701, for more information about adoptable kittens. Adoption fee is $60 for one kitten and $80 for two.

The Feline Network’s central mission is to curb cat overpopulation, and they will assist with spaying and neutering stray cats as well as trapping feral cats that are seen living in San Luis Obispo, Morro Bay, Los Osos, and the South County areas, including Nipomo. Call 805-549-9228, ext. 704, or visit the website for more information.

Spay/neuter vouchers are available for people who need financial help and reside in these same areas. The vouchers are worth $60 toward a spay and $40 toward a neuter and can be redeemed at vet offices countywide. To obtain a voucher, call 805-549-9228, ext.707.

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

It’s kitten season again, and the Homeless Animal Rescue Team could use your help to match up kittens with loving forever homes.

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.

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.