A Storied Past and Future
From the SPA
By Joan DiPiero
During the many years that I’ve worked with the SPA, our cat adoption numbers have doubled and now exceed 120 per year. While it’s been gratifying to see this increase, our real satisfaction comes from the personal stories behind the numbers.
Katie, our 17th adoption of 2016, was rescued from a feral dump site when it became obvious she was a friendly, socialized cat who was not accepted into the colony. One of our weekend volunteers who had no intention of adopting a cat, fell under her spell within minutes of meeting Katie. This is our ideal adoption scenario, a cat being adopted only nine days into her stay, allowing us to quickly free up space for another cat in need of shelter.
This speedy adoption was not the case with Louie, a cat who was adopted from the SPA as a baby, then returned to us two years later when, sadly, his owner moved and left him behind. This wonderful, mellow boy was traumatized and took out his anger on all the other cats, turning into a bully. We knew he was still the same sweet boy underneath, but convincing potential adopters that he would blossom once in a loving home took lots of patience and time. Fortunately, our dedicated volunteers gave Louie lots of attention for months until Louie received his reward– a wonderful life as an only child, our 93rd adoption of 2015.
While we celebrate these adoptions, we look forward to the time when our other feline residents will add a number beside their names. Perhaps Sheba, an abandoned calico, will appeal to someone patient enough to give this sweet girl time to feel secure again. Until that time, the SPA will fill that role. Maybe Sara, a quiet girl, will find a home with someone who will look beyond our flashiest cats and recognize her gentle ways. Because the SPA is a no-kill shelter, we are able to provide a home for Sheba and Sara and all our special cats, be it days, months, or even years.
Please come visit us to see what the SPA is all about—a caring, nurturing environment which provides a safe haven for up to 100 cats and dogs for as long as it takes to find their forever homes. Volunteer, adoption, and visiting hours are Monday-Saturday from 11-2, Los Pinos 7, 152 6124.