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It’s that time: Kittenpalooza

‘The purr that’ll be heard round the world is being sounded — kitten season is upon us. At one level this is a delight — there are few things as cute as a kitten. But when there are dozens of homeless kittens at the San Luis Obispo County Animal Shelter, it’s a concern. We have only so many kennels — regardless of the number of kittens and cats arriving — and kitten season goes on throughout the summer.

“Mac Monster is one of the many happy shelter kittens currently looking for a home. Mac Monster is a dashing 8-week-old gray and white kitten who is curious about the world; he loves to explore and play. His brother, Mr. Tibbs, is his counterpoint — laid-back and easy-going.

“Kitty personality-types run the gamut and will be represented when shelter volunteers and staff host a Kittenpalooza Adopt-A-Pet, this Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the front lawn of the SLO County Animal Shelter. All the kittens at the event will be altered, come with a cardboard carrier and ready to go home.

“Heed the call — be it for an adventurer or a couch potato — there’s bound to be a feline or canine that’s waiting to entertain you and fill your life with joy and love.

“A special notice to dog-lovers: the shelter is filled to the gills with dogs of all shapes, sizes and ages. If you’ve been thinking about adopting a dog, now’s a great time.”

— Animal sheltervolunteer Ellen Perryess

For more information about Mac Monster, ID No. 176037, or Mr. Tibbs, ID No. 176038, call the volunteer line at the San Luis Obispo County Animal Shelter at 781-4413 or visit

The Animal Services Division shelter is at 885 Oklahoma Ave., off Highway 1 in 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, a new collar and ID tag, and a carrier for cats.

Animal related events

HART will host a birthday bash and adoption event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

The event includes a picnic, book signing and reading with author Lee Wardlaw, love paws by artist Carol Jean Attoe, photos by Megg McNamee, cat costume contest, raffle prizes, music and animal welfare organizations. HART is located at 1500 Main St., Cambria.

For more information, email to

A “K9s For Felines” Dog Walk Around the Lake will be from 7 a.m. to noon on Saturday at the Atascadero Lake.

With a donation/registration fee of $25, you will receive a colorful bandana for your dog and a T-shirt for you. Also, get your pet microchipped for only $15.

All proceeds benefit the homeless cats at North County Humane Society. Register at the south end of the lake, in the picnic area. For more information, call 466-5403.

The Friends of the Morro Bay Police Department are holding a benefit K9 Walk-a-Thon from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Morro Rock in Morro Bay.

The event also includes police K9 demonstrations, food, beverages, adoptable dogs, dog carnival, prizes, contests, vendors and more.

The event will raise funds to help bring a police K9 to the Morro Bay Police Department. For more information, call 772-6225.

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