Pet Tales

Half-priced adoptions Saturday at SLO County animal shelter

San Luis Obispo County Animal Services’ shelter volunteer Ellen Perryess shares Sunny, a Pomeranian mix, and a shelter adoption discount that is hard not to take advantage of:

If you like cats and dogs but can have only one pet, Sunny may be perfect for you.

Sunny’s a 3-year-old Pomeranian mix who at times is both catlike and doglike. Like a cat, he’s reserved when meeting strangers, though — according to his foster mom — he’s “a small, gentle shadow” of a dog who follows those he loves. Additionally, he’s sweet, affectionate and rarely barks.

Sunny can be decidedly noncatlike. For instance, he loves going for walks on a leash and enjoyed his spa day at All Paws Dog and Cat Grooming, where he was bathed, brushed and blow-dried.

Like many sensitive pets, Sunny would prefer a quiet, adult household, though he’d be fine joining a family with other gentle, dog-friendly dogs. Questions? Call his foster mom at 805-423-1758.

Currently, SLO County Animal Services’ shelter is struggling with too many homeless pets. To encourage adoptions, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday all shelter dogs, cats and kittens are half-price.

When you adopt a shelter pet, you not only give that dog or cat a home, you also create a space for another in need. This Saturday you can adopt two for the price of one, one for half-price — or you can get the Sunny special, feline and canine together in one endearingly fluffy package, for half-price.

For more information about Sunny (ID No. A211804), 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. Adoption fees are 50 percent off on Saturday: $44 for cats and dogs (plus a $27 license fee for dog-adopters who 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, and the cats are tested for FeLV and FIV. The adoption fee for dogs includes the annual license fee for San Luis Obispo County residents (except this Saturday because of the adoption special). There is no license fee for cats or out-of-county dog adopters.

Pacific Wildlife Care Summer Youth Art Show

5 to 7 p.m. Friday. Original artwork will be on display from local youth depicting wildlife in its habitat. Hosted by Pacific Wildlife Care. The San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum, 1010 Nipomo St. 805-528-7116.

Vineyard Dog Park Student Art Competition Results

The winner of the Seventh Annual Student Art Competition is Ashley Rosilez, 14, of Atascadero. She submitted the winning illustration of a dog on a picnic along a country road with vineyards and a vintage VW bus.

The public judging took place at the California Mid-State Fair. Second and third place awards went to Lucas Smith of Atascadero and Hudson Mickey, respectively.

Rosilez will transfer and enlarge her illustration to the mural at the kiosk entrance to Vineyard Dog Park, replacing last year’s mural. Ashley will receive a $300 cash prize, expenses paid, community service hours and supervision by Brenda Thomason, a local professional artist, to complete the mural.

Park organizers will host an artist reception upon completion of the mural. For information about upcoming events, visit or call 805-239-4437.

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