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September adoption special and artist reception

Ashley Rosilez, 14, submitted the winning mural design for the annual Vineyard Dog Park Student Art Competition. A reception for the mural unveiling will be held Saturday at Vineyard Dog Park in Templeton.
Ashley Rosilez, 14, submitted the winning mural design for the annual Vineyard Dog Park Student Art Competition. A reception for the mural unveiling will be held Saturday at Vineyard Dog Park in Templeton.

Here’s a look at upcoming pet-related events in San Luis Obispo County:

Coffee Social and Artist Reception

Vineyard Dog Park organizers will host a Coffee Social and Artist Reception from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Vineyard Dog Park, 1010 Semillon Lane in Templeton.

A new park mural painted by Ashley Rosilez, 14, will be unveiled. Ashley submitted the winning design as part of the annual student art contest sponsored by the dog park organizers. Her mural shows dogs enjoying a countryside picnic next to a retro Volkswagen bus that’s toting a surfboard on top.

It replaces the mural painted by last year’s winner, Santana Sanchez of Templeton.

The mural project is supervised by local professional artist Brenda Thomasen in her art studio in Templeton.

September Adoption Special at HART

Kick off the fall season by adding a new MVP — that’s Most Valuable Pet — to your family’s team.

Adopt Your New MVP is the national Best Friends Animal Society adoption event for September. As a Best Friends network partner, the Homeless Animal Rescue Team is offering a reduced MVP adoption fee throughout the month: $25 for all adult cats 9 months or older.

Check out the available cats online at or drop by the shelter at 2638 Main St., Cambria, open noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Cause for Paws Raffle

Local businesses, artists and HART Guardian Angel program supporters have donated 56 choice raffle prizes. Descriptions of the prizes are available on HART’s website at Tickets are on sale throughout the event and cost $10 each, or three for $25. Purchase tickets at the HART office, at the Cambria Farmers Market or Cambria Chamber of Commerce, or by calling 805-927-7377 or. Winning tickets will be drawn Oct. 29, and prize winners will be notified and need not be present to win.

HART’s Guardian Angel Fund is to be used only for special medical care that some of HART’s cats or kittens may need, such as costs above and beyond the fiscal scope of HART’s general fund. With the medical treatment made possible by HART’s Guardian Angel Fund, animals have the opportunity to live full and pain-free lives.

10th Annual Dog Splash Days of Templeton

Annual Dog Splash Days in Templeton will be held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 10 and 11 at the Templeton Community Pool at the corner of Old County Road and Sixth Street.

Swim sessions are scheduled on the hour and limited to 20 dogs at a time, and only dogs are allowed in the pool. Dog life vests and floating retrieval toys are provided. The 10 a.m. Sept. 11 swim session is reserved for small dogs (under 30 pounds) and senior or infirm dogs. Small and senior dogs also are welcome at all other swim sessions.

Dogs must be 5 months or older and adult male dogs must be neutered. Paper proof of current rabies vaccination must be presented at the registration table. Admission is $20 per dog per swim session, and advance reservations for a swim time are recommended but not required. Paid reservations can be made at or by mail at P.O. Box 795, Paso Robles, CA 93447. Include name, phone number and desired date and time for swimming. Checks should be made payable to Dog Splash Days. All proceeds benefit Vineyard Dog Park in Templeton.

A lawn area is available adjacent to the pool for spectators. For more information, visit or call 805-239-4437.

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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