Sage the upbeat bull terrier mix believes in fun. She’s looking for a loving family

Ellen Perryess

No matter how upbeat and positive a dog is, there’s no changing the fact that it can be hard to find a home.

Nationally, nearly 100,000 more shelter dogs and cats currently need homes compared to the previous year, according to Best Friends, a leading nonprofit animal welfare organization.

Sage is one of the dogs searching for a place to call her own.

A 4-year-old bull terrier mix who believes life is made for fun and love, Sage is the longest residing dog at the San Luis Obispo County Animal Services shelter.

Shelter staff and volunteers are doing what they can to keep her happy.

For instance, Sage is having fun learning her basic obedience skills. She loves practicing when volunteers take her and other shelter dogs to downtown San Luis Obispo.

These trips are a great opportunity for Sage to decompress and have positive experiences with mellow shelter dogs.

She also loves the trips because she’s thrilled to meet people, especially if they appreciate doggy kisses.

At the shelter, Sage finds joy playing her own version of fetch.

It begins with someone throwing the ball, followed by Sage madly dashing after it in what becomes a marvelous dance between dog and ball. It’s a spectacle that needs to be seen to be appreciated.

Sage is a wonderful, happy, loving dog who was born to be a marvelous companion to a wonderful, loving family.

Looking for a reason to smile each day? Call the shelter to make an appointment to spend some time with this entertaining girl.

How to adopt

For more information about Sage (ID No. 282757), call the volunteer line at the San Luis Obispo County Animal Services shelter at 805-781-4400 or visit The shelter is located at 865 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, and adopters receive a carrier.