SLO County Pet Adoption: Tortoiseshell Cat Now Available

Joplin is generous, affectionate and patient. And his time has come.

The tortoiseshell cat, who is less than 2 years old, is always ready to share his love.

That’s impressive considering she arrived at the San Luis Obispo County Animal Services shelter homeless, underweight and nursing seven little kittens.

Even with all this stress, Joplin was true to his nature.

Shortly after she and her kittens arrived at the shelter, a small, orphaned feline arrived who was unlikely to survive without support.

Finding a foster parent with bottle-feeding skills was considered, but with the high influx of kittens during kitten season, foster homes were scarce.

Fortunately, no host family was needed.

Joplin welcomed the orphan as one of his own. Although the new arrival seemed different from his littermates, feeding Joplin ensured that each baby received the love and attention they needed to thrive and ultimately grow to be confident and healthy.

Being adorable balls of fur, Joplin’s kittens were quickly adopted into loving homes.

But Joplin, who spent nearly three months at the shelter as a mother, is still looking for a home.

Now that her kids are gone, Joplin’s post-parental remake is moving forward. She has reached her normal weight and the natural shine of her beautiful coat is starting to shine.

Patient Joplin is waiting for a loving person or family to take her home.

She is happy to be a retired mom and is ready to thrive as a loving and devoted cat.

It’s time for Joplin to shine and finally find a home.

For more information on Joplin (ID No. 280457), call the San Luis Obispo County Animal Services Shelter Volunteer Line at 805-781-4400 or visit 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.

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