Climate Change Kittens?

By Joan DiPiero

We usually receive our annual collection of kittens starting in April, and by Labor Day most of them have gone to happy homes. This year, we had a kitten void until June, but once they started arriving, there’s been no letup, with a dozen arriving over the last few weeks. Maybe the weather has been so unseasonably warm that San Miguel’s felines extended their romantic tryst calendar, but all we know is that we have a plentiful supply of kittens available now. Here are a few highlights.

Lalo is a fuzzy pale-gray little boy with white paws and a fierce ability to play with everything, both meant and not meant to be a toy. With a petite frame, he believes he’s one of the big guys. Fritz is distinctive looking, a dark tabby and white longhaired boy who is both playful and loving. Gemma is a sweet tabby girl who was found wandering the streets and is happily engaged in playing with all her new friends. Reggie is an orange and white cupcake of a kitten. Pick him up and he starts to purr, always ready for snuggling. All of these kittens are about three months old, but we have some younger and some older, with every variety of color and personality. Please come by the SPA, Los Pinos 7, 152 6124 between 11 and 2, Monday–Saturday for a great selection. Remember that the cold weather’s coming and who better to snuggle up with than an adorable kitten or two?

We have a wonderful opportunity for you to give a cat or dog a second chance and yourself the joy of cuddling with a “temporary pet”—sort of like being a grandparent—have fun, knowing that ultimately you can send the grandkids home. We’re starting a foster program for emergency overflows, and we welcome your participation. Often, people who are leaving town can’t keep a pet where they live, or don’t have the resources to support an animal, find homeless cats and dogs. They need to surrender the cat or dog to the SPA, but we don’t have space. That’s why we want to establish a network of foster homes. We are fine-tuning the idea, but we anticipate (and hope) that the foster period will be short. If you are a full-time San Miguel resident and are interested in helping us foster animals until we have space to take them into the SPA, please email or call 152 6124.


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