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Scruffs, a loving cat on the mend, waits at SLO County Animal Services’ shelter

Scruffs’ coat and eye are on the mend as he waits at the San Luis Obispo County Animal Services’ shelter.
Scruffs’ coat and eye are on the mend as he waits at the San Luis Obispo County Animal Services’ shelter. Courtesy photo

San Luis Obispo County Animal Services’ shelter volunteer Ellen Perryess shares Scruffs, a loving cat who is on the mend:

The unexpected is what to expect at any animal shelter — and our SLO County Animal Services’ shelter is no exception.

Between the summer flash flood of kittens and the more than doubling of our shelter dog population because of the recent seizure of 46 dogs in need, shelter staff and volunteers are working hard to ensure all critters under their charge are well-tended, comfortable and receiving the medical care they need — even seniors like Scruffs.

When Scruffs arrived at the shelter as a stray, he’d likely been living rough for a while. His coat was unkempt, his left eye was swollen and he was very thin. His appearance belied his kindly demeanor; Scruffs appreciates every kindness and is content to be held, and his quiet, steady purr makes it clear he hasn’t forgotten how nice it is to be loved.

Sadly, at most county shelters, cats like Scruffs wouldn’t receive medical attention and therefore never would make it to the adoption floor.

Happily, because of the care he’s received at our shelter, Scruffs now eats with gusto and is putting on needed weight. Additionally, his coat and eye are improving — though we’re certain he’d be much happier recovering where he has access to a comfy chair and sunny window in a loving home.

The unexpected brings both both hardship and celebration to the shelter. It all depends on who walks through the door.

Scruffs and the other shelter pets are waiting for the wonderful to happen — to be adopted.

For more information about Scruffs (ID No. 212722), 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 $81 for cats and $105 for dogs, plus a $27 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 veterinary check within San Luis Obispo County and a new collar. Cat adopters also receive a carrier and are tested for FeLV and FIV.

Mardi Gras for Paws

The fifth annual Animals In Need fundraiser is 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Edwards Barn in Nipomo, 1095 Pomeroy Road. There will be dinner, drinks, entertainment, live and silent auctions, and a dessert auction.

Tickets are $55 per person and are available at

Animals in Need Fund is a nonprofit organization created to address the growing need to rescue, treat and place ownerless cats and dogs in the greater South County.

Vineyard Dog Walk and Barbecue

11 a.m. Sunday. Wine-tasting dog walk through the vineyards with Keith Kelsey and Winemaker Jac Wyn Jacobs. After the walk, enjoy music, wine, cider and a barbecue.

Tickets are $35 and available at, under the events tab. Kelsey See Canyon Vineyards is at 1947 See Canyon Road in San Luis Obispo.

Proceeds benefit the animals of Woods Humane Society and will be directed toward the shelter’s Crystal Fund.

Applebee’s dinner aids Paws for a Cause

Applebee’s will donate 15 percent of the meal cost to Paws for a Cause for anyone who presents a coupon and dines from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Coupons are available online at and must be presented (either printed out or on a phone) at the door. The fundraiser will take place at the following stores: Applebee’s San Luis Obispo, 305 Madonna Road and Applebee’s Paso Robles, 2341 Theatre Drive.

Paws for a Cause provides service dogs to veterans with PTSD at no cost to the veteran.

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.

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