When things don’t go our way, we can get angry or feel hopeless.
By living by example, our pets can often help us overcome our disappointments, forgive where others would not, and discover that we can handle the misfortunes that come our way.
Since arriving at the San Luis Obispo County Animal Services shelter in November, Sprinkles has shown an abundance of grace in the face of adversity and has a seemingly never-ending appreciation for human care – as evidenced by his enjoyment of being a cat leaning appreciatively into petting.
Being an already neutered and affectionate cat with beautiful markings, it was a shock when no owner came to claim Sprinkles, who is around 10 years old.
Unfortunately, there is evidence that his past has not been without challenges.
When Sprinkles arrived at the shelter, her right rear leg was broken, likely from being hit by a car.
Her damaged leg couldn’t be saved, but with predictable grace she adapted beautifully to being a three-legged cat, easily jumping off the ground into someone’s lap.
Additionally, due to being an outside cat, Sprinkles tested positive for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV).
FIV is not transmissible to humans, and kittens with FIV can live as long as those without the disease. However, FIV-positive cats should be indoor kittens living alone or with other FIV-positive cats.
Sprinkles lives in the endless possibilities of the present moment and awaits an adopter looking for a cat to help her see the beauty in every day.
For more information about Sprinkles (ID number 271966), call the San Luis Obispo County Animal Services Shelter Volunteer Line at 805-781-4400 or visit www.slocounty.ca.gov/aserv. The shelter is located at 885 Oklahoma Ave. off Highway 1 in San Luis Obispo.
Full price adoption fees are $81 for cats and $115 for dogs, plus a county license fee of $28 for dogs, if the adopters are San Luis Obispo County residents.
Adoption fees include a new collar, spaying or neutering surgery, basic vaccinations, microchipping, and eligibility for a free San Luis Obispo County veterinary checkup. Cats are also tested for feline leukemia virus (FeLV) and feline immunodeficiency virus, and adopters are given a carrier.