A warm and fuzzy opportunity: Become a cat volunteer in 2014

By Joan DiPiero

Promises, promises. Lose weight, quit smoking, learn something new, eat healthier. Tired of those old New Year’s resolutions? Consider a new New Year’s resolution, one that literally feels warm and fuzzy: volunteer to help socialize the loving cats and kittens at the Sociedad Protectora de Animales. This is one of those volunteer opportunities where you will receive more than you give. As a cat volunteer, you will pet, hold, and play with the kittens and cats —an easy job if there ever was one!

The SPA houses both kittens and adult cats until they are adopted. Socialization is an important part of the adoption process. Young cats who are given plenty of opportunities to socialize and play with different people and friendly cats will interact freely and happily as adults. They will enjoy being approached and touched and will make good pets. Adult cats, too, need socialization so they can fit easily in a home. We need volunteers to help us teach our feline friends how to get along with us and with each other.

Is 2014 your year to adopt? Check our cats and kittens at www.spasanmiguel.org or www.facebook.com/spasanmiguel Consider adopting an older cat— they spare you from many of the challenges of a kitten. Patience and a peaceful demeanor are the virtues of older pets like Pumpkin, Chuy, and Luis. Pumpkin, an orange and white male, is a playful and affectionate young adult who arrived at the SPA in mid-November, 2013 as a kitten. He will make a great companion cat if you already have a cat, or could be a solo lapcat for a new owner. Chuy, adopted as a kitten, was returned after her owner’s severe illness and has settled in well. Three years old now, this gray tabby is as sweet as she was as a baby. Luis, a charcoal-and-white-spotted boy, was brought to the SPA in mid-November, 2013 after being found homeless in the complex across the street. Luis quickly settled in comfortably with the other kittens and cats and is an affectionate boy.

Volunteer hours are Monday-Saturday from 11-2, Los Pinos 7, 152-6124. We always need dog walkers and volunteers to play with puppies too. Helping all our animals develop socialization skills is critical. You’re in for a treat. Spend some time with the SPA kittens, cats, puppies, and dogs and you’ll leave with a smile on your face and a heart full of love.


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