SPA to the rescue

By Marilyn Peterson

Hilton, an eight-month-old handsome cat, was rescued with a capitol R. He was chiseled and pulled out from behind a fireplace under falling mortar and bricks. Although injured, infested with fleas, deathly thin from malnutrition and generally feeling sick, Hilton gradually got better at the SPA and then had surgery to correct a leg defect. Volunteers came up with the funds and the SPA vet, Dra. Roxanda Godoy teamed up with Dr. Estrada, a local veterinarian, to make it happen.

Hilton has recovered nicely, but will always have an interesting gait, which slows him to a casual walk. He stays grounded and is not a jumper, curtain-climber, or sofa-shredder. He needs less attention than most, but still is affectionate and enjoys his lap time for warmth and comfort. Hilton doesn’t talk, not one word. SPA volunteers believe he would be happiest as a single cat and ruler. He would only reside in a dog family if it was the right match.

One-year-old Havana’s street smarts and gentle nature enabled her to survive among a pack of dogs while SPA volunteers stepped in to feed her and provide veterinary care until she reached the top of the waiting list. Neighbors confirmed she didn’t have an owner and because Havana is so special, we swooped her up and delivered from her desperate life of scavenging and abuse.

Havana entered “Basic Training” which consisted of living at two different kennels for three weeks before she recently entered the SPA. Havana walks beautifully on and off leash and is learning to trust her new human friends. She is not an Alpha dog and prefers you lead the way.

Havana is healthy, a dainty eater, and agile with a compact physique. She is happy to sit on a rug chewing a rawhide or playing with her teddy bear. She “goes with the flow” and possesses an uncanny calmness. For all the horror she’s lived through, there is not a growl in her body. She is as sweet as the Argentine dulce de leche cookie she is named after.

Meet Havana, Hilton, and their friends at the SPA any day, Monday-Saturday, between 11–2 at Los Pinos 7, 152-6124. Adoptions (350 pesos) include spaying/neutering, vaccinations, and deworming. Sterilization is a prerequisite to adopt an SPA animal. In honor of World Spay Day (February 25), the SPA committed to provide eight free sterilizations to pets of needy owners.

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