By Carol Deal
Several weeks ago, I visited the SPA, thinking I might adopt a kitten with which to share my life. My two dogs are primarily outside pets, so it was appealing to have a furry presence with which to spend the evenings.
Upon arrival, I was very efficiently told about the process and questioned about my purpose in desiring a kitten and about the general conditions of the atmosphere that my new companion would experience. I was impressed with the interview, sensing that the SPA truly wanted to find good matches for their homeless ones. Then I was taken to the individual areas where the cats were separated primarily by age. Since I wanted a kitten around six months old, we entered a clean, well-equipped enclosure with seven or eight kittens. The volunteer told me about them, how long each had been there, their individual personalities, and their habits. I began to notice two kittens who were almost continually playing with one another. I was told that although they were not siblings, they were most certainly best friends. One was Nicky, a beautiful and elegant Siamese, and the other was Minnie, who was quite a bit smaller and multi-colored. I was told that she had been the runt of the litter and that she had been ill for the first few weeks she was there. It felt very good to understand their backgrounds and it was a delight to watch them interact. I spent more than an hour with the kittens with no sense that I needed to rush. The volunteers were quite wonderful.
By the end of the hour, I felt that having them both would be the best thing to do! A few days later, I brought them home. Within hours, I felt that they were very comfortable in their new surroundings and were inquisitive and loving. I attribute this to the dedicated attention they received from all of the caring volunteers at the SPA.
Now, I cannot imagine daily life without my beautiful companions. They continually delight me with their antics, calm my spirit, and curl up with me in the evening while I read or just relax.
If you are looking to adopt, I recommend you visit the SPA at Los Pinos 7, 152-6124. I am very grateful to the staff and volunteers at the SPA for providing such good service, both to their wards and to the adopters.