Pos­sum the dog has a silly name — and a se­ri­ous need for a for­ever home

The Tribune (SLO) - - Local - BY ELLEN PERRYESS AND MAR­I­ANNE SELINDH

If dogs ruled the world, things would be dif­fer­ent.

Re­frig­er­a­tors would be paw-op­er­ated and stocked with a never-end­ing sup­ply of meaty treats. Dogs would be li­censed to drive. And they’d never be named Pos­sum.

But dogs aren’t in charge. Here at the San Luis Obispo County shel­ter, we have a sweet se­nior dog named Pos­sum who, un­like his name­sake, isn’t noc­tur­nal and has a tail that’s com­pletely cov­ered with fur.

He’d rather get a belly rub than play dead when some­one ap­proaches.

In­deed, Pos­sum likes to do lots of things with peo­ple. He en­joys go­ing for walks and sit­ting on your lap, and loves be­ing pet­ted.

Pos­sum is also happy hang­ing out or play­ing with other small dogs.

Our Pos­sum is a nice, mel­low, ap­prox­i­mately 9-year-old Chi­huahua who longs for a home.

Be­ing older, he has the skills most adopters want. He knows the com­mand “sit,” ap­pears to be house­bro­ken, ap­pre­ci­ates nap­ping and is gen­tly af­fec­tion­ate.

Pos­sum is also very fit with a com­fort­able energy level that lets him en­joys both leisurely and brisk walks.

Some dogs might like to rule the world, but hon­estly they lack the or­ga­ni­za­tional skills to do a bet­ter job than peo­ple.

Pos­sum has no as­pi­ra­tions to rule. He’s happy to ride shot­gun and will be your de­voted, furry re­minder that, re­gard­less of how nutty the world gets, pup­pies are still cute and there’s one Pos­sum who will love you no mat­ter what.

For more in­for­ma­tion about Pos­sum (ID No. 229944), call the vol­un­teer line at the An­i­mal Ser­vices shel­ter at 805-781-4413 or visit www.slo­county.ca. gov/aserv. The shel­ter is lo­cated at 885 Ok­la­homa Ave., off High­way 1, in San Luis Obispo.

The full-price adop­tion fee is $81 for cats and $115 for dogs, plus a $28 county li­cense fee for dogs, if the adopters are San Luis Obispo County res­i­dents.

The adop­tion fee in­cludes a new col­lar, a spay or neuter oper­a­tion, ba­sic vac­ci­na­tions, a mi­crochip and el­i­gi­bil­ity for a free vet­eri­nary check within San Luis Obispo County. Cats also are tested for fe­line leukemia virus (FeLV) and fe­line im­mun­od­e­fi­ciency virus (FIV), and adopters re­ceive a car­rier.

HART CATS OF THE MONTH

Meet May’s Cats of the Month at the Home­less An­i­mal Res­cue Team (HART) in Cam­bria: Mickey and Buddy.

Mickey is a del­i­cate, li­lac-point Si­amese snow­shoe Manx. Buddy is a dark seal-point, long-tailed Si­amese.

Wake up in the morn­ings to Buddy’s long, ever-so­gor­geous deep seal-brown nose peer­ing down at you as he re­lin­quishes his curled-up po­si­tion and gen­tly re­minds you it’s time for break­fast.

Walk into the kitchen, tea cup in hand, along­side the pat­ter­ing of Mickey’s soft paws — as pure white as the snow that we al­most never get here on the Cen­tral Coast.

Both cats are sharp as a tack, know how to en­ter­tain and love cud­dles.

Light vi­brant purrs res­onate as you scratch Mickey’s white chin and stroke Buddy’s sable ears, while mar­veling at your luck.

Mickey’s three-tone fur, rang­ing from a del­i­cate light gray all the way to white, is softer than a chin­chilla’s, while Buddy’s smoky face and caramel fea­tures give him an aura of de­li­cious mys­tery.

A bonded pair, Mickey and Buddy are both 14 years old and are just be­gin­ning to ex­pe­ri­ence the early signs of chronic kid­ney dis­ease. They have a good prog­no­sis, and with some di­etary changes HART has started them on, they will do well.

Mickey and Buddy de­serve to find their for­ever home, to­gether.

Mickey is the more out­go­ing of the two, leap­ing from spot to spot on the cat tree, while Buddy likes to hang back and ob­serve, then purr con­tent­edly as you stroke him from head to the tip of his long tail.

They’ll put you in a trance and, be­fore you re­al­ize it, your tea has gone cold but your heart is full.

Mickey and Buddy’s adop­tion fees are waived for the month of May.

Dur­ing May, adop­tion fees for all cats and kit­tens are re­duced by 50%.

All of the HART cats and kit­tens look for­ward to meet­ing you. Please stop by and visit this beau­ti­ful cage-free shel­ter.

The shel­ter is lo­cated at 2638 Main Street in Cam­bria and is open Tues­day through Satur­day from noon to 5 p.m.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the Home­less An­i­mal Res­cue Team, visit www.slo­hart.org or fol­low HART on Face­book and In­sta­gram at HARTCam­bria.

HOLLI HAR­GROVE

Pos­sum, an adult Chi­huahua, is avail­able for adop­tion at the San Luis Obispo County An­i­mal Ser­vices shel­ter in San Luis Obispo.

MAR­I­ANNE SELINDH

Mickey and Buddy, two adult Si­amese cats, are avail­able for adop­tion at the Home­less An­i­mal Res­cue Team in Cam­bria.

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