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Written by Theresa-Marie Wilson

Theresa-Maria Wilson has been a journalist covering the North Coast and South County area for over 20 years. She is also the founder of Cat Noir CC and is currently working on a novel.

March 16, 2022

Free Pet Vaccines

Getting your pets vaccinated could be a lot easier this month. Woods Humane Society is partnering with national nonprofit Petco Love to give pets their best shot for a healthy life by hosting two free pet vaccine clinics this month on March 12 and March 26.

Petco Love established March as “National Pet Vaccination Month” to encourage pet parents to keep their pets up to date on vaccinations and will provide free DAPPv Canine and HCP Feline vaccines to Woods Humane Society for family pets in need. As puppy and kitten season approaches, pet exposure to contagious and deadly diseases – parvovirus, distemper, and panleukopenia – increases, but their risk of contracting these diseases is preventable with a simple vaccine.

Woods Humane Society aims to vaccinate 400 pets through this effort. The free vaccine event takes place on Saturday, March 12 and Saturday March 26 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at its North County clinic location (2300 Ramona Road, Atascadero). In order to participate, local pet owners must schedule a Wellness Appointment online in advance for one of the two available dates. Space is limited and subject to availability. The free DAPPv Canine and HCP Feline vaccines will also be offered to owned pets scheduled for low-cost spay or neuter appointments at Woods clinics during the month of March.

 “Thanks to Petco Love, we can offer these important vaccines at no cost to pet owners,” said Alessandra Belloumini, Woods Veterinary Services Manager. “We urge community members to take advantage of this free resource to help reduce the spread of disease and ensure the health and wellness of our community’s pets.”

The Give Pets Their Best Shot initiative makes crucial pet vaccines accessible to pet parents who may be experiencing financial challenges and assures that cost is not a barrier to protecting pets from preventable diseases.

“Treatment for these deadly diseases can be prohibitively expensive for many pet parents,” said Susanne Kogut, Petco Love President. “By providing free vaccines to those in need, we can help these pets live a healthy life. Through this national effort and our other Petco Love Care initiatives, we continue our 22-year history of strategic investments and innovation to end unnecessary pet euthanasia.”

National Pet Vaccination Month is a continuation of Petco Love’s 1 million free pet vaccine campaign, which has helped 400,000 pets to date. Fifty percent of participating pet parents surveyed reported their pets had never been vaccinated against these diseases. With Bissell Pet Foundation as an additional partner this month, Petco Love’s goal is to increase awareness and accelerate the distribution of vaccines.

To book a Wellness Appointment for one of the free vaccine clinics, go to Woods’ online booking system. For more information, go to www.SpaySLOCounty.com or call 805-464-5034. Learn more about Petco Love’s national vaccine effort and lifesaving impact at petcolove.org or freepetvaccines.org. 

New Dentist at Los Osos Family Dentistry

Dr. Sam Wolfe has joined Los Osos Family Dentistry.

Dr. Wolfe was born and raised in Boise, Idaho. He attended Boise State University where he studied biology and chemistry. Dr. Wolfe received his Doctor of Dental Surgery from Creighton University School of Dentistry. There, he was awarded the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology’s Horace Wells Award, as well as was inducted in the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honor Dental Society. Following dental school, Dr. Wolfe and his wife, Savannah, moved to the Washington, D.C. Metro Area where he practiced all aspects of family and cosmetic dentistry. 

In February of 2022, Dr. Wolfe and Savannah moved to the San Luis Obispo area, joining Los Osos Family Dentisry. They are both are excited to be back on the West Coast, especially because Savannah is a California native.

Dr. Wolfe performs all aspects of general dentistry and is a member of the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association, the Central Coast Dental Society, and the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology. He further continues to complete continuing education courses from topics ranging from minimal/oral sedation to Invisalign. 

Dr. Wolfe believes what makes a great dentist and dental experience is putting patients at ease, educating them and providing the highest quality dental work. Described as caring, easy-going and compassionate, his favorite part of the day is getting the chance to better know his patients and their dental needs.  

In his spare time, Dr. Wolfe likes to travel, read, and spend time with his family. Los Osos Family Dentistry is located at 2238 Bayview Heights Dr. Suite N. They can be reached at 805-528-4114. For more information, go to losososfamilydds.com.

Buen Dia Showcases New Work

After opening their doors one year ago in the heart of downtown SLO, Buen Dia, the creative design studio has more than 50 new photographs, illustrations and designs art prints. California-inspired prints are eco-friendly made from 100% cotton paper and printed using vegetable based ink. Customers can place orders directly on the Buen Dia website, in-store or over the phone. 

The design studio has traditionally created prints inspired by their travels and adventures around the country and through National Parks, but this new body of work reflects their recent move to the Central Coast with landscape photo prints of Montana de Oro State Park and Morro Rock hanging in custom solid wood frames. SLO themed watercolors made in collaboration with local artist and second year Cal Poly student Gaby Perez, pay tribute to the city’s history. 

Buen Dia is open seven days a week from 12-7 p.m. Visit the storefront nestled along the Creekside bridge and across from Sidecar and SLOMA. Photo by Buen Dia

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