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Spring Kitten Fling

From the SPA

Hope, health, and homes for cats and dogs in need

By Joan DiPiero

The weather’s warmed up and once again, the SPA welcomes our annual arrival of “by-products” from the “Feline Free-for-all Follies” event held every year to mark Valentine’s Day in San Miguel. As usual, the participants were well-behaved for the most part, with only a handful of the more extroverted guilty of disturbing the peace. The group ostensibly cleaned up the party site, but just as years gone by, they are once again guilty of delayed littering, as evidenced by the more than two dozen kittens that have shown up here the last few weeks.

Picasso arrived innocently enough with his littermates and his somewhat embarrassed mom, Pixie, whose memories of the party are fuzzy because of the catnip fumes. Picasso is a really handsome white with black, fuzzy little guy, so a real looker must have charmed mom, despite her memory loss. Orson’s mom sent her four kittens to us, not sure how to explain to her gray tabby boyfriend the coincidence of having four very orange male babies who look exactly like neighbor rival male Gorgeous Ginger George. In any case, Orson is a charming cutie, playful and affectionate. Our next arrival was unique, perhaps a party prank gone wrong? Six adorable kittens were found in a rusted birdcage, seemingly nonplussed by their housing. Rescued by a cat volunteer after agreeing to return the birdcage to its owner, the kittens, when released, displayed an exuberance that hasn’t calmed down yet. Spunky and playful and snuggly, they display a range of colors, including sweet silver tabby Adelaide. Their mom prefers to remain anonymous.

I realize I am critiquing the moms of these babies, and I’d gladly talk about the male roles, but they remain hidden, since we’ve never had a daddy bring in his babies! In any case, we have a delightful group of playful kittens all waiting for a special home. Please visit us at Los Pinos 7, Monday–Saturday between 11 and 2, and experience the fun of Kitten World.

Please help us ensure that our Spring Fling kittens and all our resident cats and dogs (about 100) have food by donating to this year’s Pet Food Money Bank. Take advantage of this opportunity to do some good for San Miguel’s only no-kill shelter for cats and dogs. Reach into your hearts and pockets and contribute. Get great satisfaction from knowing that all of the amount donated will be applied to a very basic expense–food. Our goal is to raise 150,000 pesos/US$9,000, all of which will apply to the cost of food. See or contact us at or call our office at 152 6124 for details.


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