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Jellybean boys lost their home in a divorce

Littermates Cubby and Ozzy are at the county shelter.

-courtesy photo by Ellen Perryess
Littermates Cubby and Ozzy are at the county shelter. -courtesy photo by Ellen Perryess

“It’s hard to believe the Jellybean boys are still homeless; this is not for lack of charm. Cubby and Ozzy are delightful brothers who earned their nickname because of their licorice jellybean appearance, plus their unceasing sweetness. They smile whether on a walk, playing fetch or being with people.

“A divorce brought the brothers to the San Luis Obispo County Animal Shelter, and now this duo is counting on us to change their fortune.

“Life changes, such as divorce, are common reasons for an owner to surrender their pet to the shelter. Annually, about 20 percent of shelter dogs are owner-surrendered and though shelter volunteers and staff work very hard to place dogs and cats in new homes, when the number of pets exceeds kennel space there can be no guaranties.”

For people who can no longer keep their pets, here are some tools:

Post on Craigslist.

Place ads in local papers.

Check with family and friends.

Contact Woods Humane Society at 543-9316


Don’t offer a free pet. You want a committed, not an impulse, adopter.

Don’t wait too long. Don’t make the county shelter your only option.

Don’t let your pet become a statistic. Nationally, 7 million shelter dogs and cats are euthanized each year.

“Cubby and Ozzy don’t want to be a statistic, but they are a deal: two for the price of one. Double the sweetness at half the price.”

— Animal shelter volunteer Ellen Perryess

For more information about Cubby and Ozzy, ID No. 148771 and 148772, call the volunteer line at the San Luis Obispo County Animal Shelter at 781-4413 or visit

The Animal Services shelter is at 885 Oklahoma Ave., off Highway 1 west of San Luis Obispo.

To see more shelter animals available for adoption, visit

The adoption fee is $75 for cats and $100 for dogs, plus a $20 county license fee for dogs if the adopters are San Luis Obispo County residents.

The adoption fee includes spaying or neutering, basic vaccinations, an identification microchip, eligibility for a free veterinarian check, new collar and identification tag and, for cats, a carrier.

If you have a story or photos of your furry, feathered or scaly friend, email me at or mail to Pet Tales, c/o The Tribune, P.O. Box 112, San Luis Obispo, 93406.