Too Many Days at the SPA

From the SPA

By Megan Gabel

As a no-kill shelter, the SPA provides food, veterinary care, and a safe place for our cats and dogs (about 100) until they are adopted. Sometimes, that turns out to be a long-term commitment. Three dogs have been our residents for far too many days. To become part of a family, they each need a patient, understanding owner. You?

Güera has been waiting for a home for 2,369 days. Small/medium sized, she is a lovely dog, about 8-1/2, a little afraid of strangers and sometimes not too fond of other dogs. She has soulful, piercing, devoted eyes and a loving heart. When I’m getting ready to walk her, I peek around the corner until she sees me. She starts barking and jumping, but then, in slow motion, she rolls on her back, brings up her legs, and waits for me to give her some petting before we venture out.

Shy has been waiting for a home for 2,055 days. A medium/large black teddy bear of a dog, about 7, she’s affectionate, adorable and, yes, shy, afraid of cars, but now more open to making new human friends. She gets along well with other dogs and gathers courage to walk on the street if it’s with a canine buddy. When I first started volunteering at the SPA, she was the only dog that scared me, just by her looks and the fact that she backed away when I tried to take her for a walk. Now, she warms my heart. She has this way of taking little pitter-patter steps and prancing a bit as she runs up to play. I call her “Shy Bear.”

Susie has been waiting for a home for 1,882 days. About 7-1/2, medium/large, a lover of puppies and teenage dogs, she’s smart, alert, attentive, observant, strong, protective, and full of kisses (if you’re lucky). Sometimes, boys and men are not her favorites, but there are plenty of male volunteers she loves, so she’s selective. For a woman alone, she’d be perfect. Susie requires a hug before she goes for a walk, something we are glad to give her. When we return, she sits, patiently waits to catch small treats tossed to her from above, from the side, in front of her, it doesn’t matter the angle. She’s quite talented.

It’s difficult to do these animals justice on paper. We have spent time with them every day and have learned their little idiosyncrasies and how to deal with them. The love we get in return is well worth the time it takes to give them a chance. Check their videos on spasanmiguel.org [Adopt Me! (Dogs)] for insight into their personalities. Then please come to meet them at the SPA, Los Pinos 7, 152 6124, any day, Monday-Saturday, 11–2. While you’re there, how about donating to our Pet Food Money Bank? Get great satisfaction from knowing that ALL of the amount donated will be applied to a very basic expense: food. See our website spasanmiguel.org/how-you-can-help/pet-food-money-bank/ for more information.

 

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