Cover photo courtesy of Jennifer Lawrence / Cover design by Alex Zuniga

Oct 19-29, 2023

Vol. 24, No. 34

Our first Pet Issue is chock-full of adorable furry friends who’ve won our inaugural pet photo contest, all for a good cause—each entry helped raise roughly $6,000 for local Humane Societies. Inside, get ready for some seriously cute close-ups, from golden labs and yellow ducks to dwarf rabbits and tabby cats [6]. Also in our Pet Issue, New Times’ Staff Writer Bulbul Rajagopal reports from the Central Coast reptile expo [8], and Staff Writer Taylor O’Connor talks with local shelters about fostering animals before adoption [9].
In addition, you can read about a Santa Maria development that includes a revamped firefighter memorial [4]; Surf to Summit landscapes at Gallery Los Olivos [32]; and why sparkling wine pairs particularly well with local oysters [36].

Pets on deck: Check out some of the cutest faces on the Central Coast

Featuring cuddly and captivating photo contest winners, a heyday for reptiles, and foster friends

By Sun Staff

Reptile rave

The annual Reptile Expo slithers through San Luis Obispo with exotic creatures, education, and enthusiasm

By Bulbul Rajagopal

Fostered friendship

Animal services providers highlight the benefits of fostering animals

By Taylor O'Connor



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