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Catching Up with Carlitos, the Fountain Cat

From the SPA

By Randy Hummel

Three years ago, a feral San Miguel kitten dropped into our lives, literally. Suffice it to say that a four-week-old runt of the litter fell off a ten-foot property wall into a large fountain that was in the yard of a home we were renting. Yes, he was sinking, not swimming. Yes, we fished him off the bottom. Yes, he made it, and we kept him warm and safe and fed him for a few weeks until he was a little stronger. Yes, we became very attached.

What to do with that tiny little soul we named Carlitos was a conundrum. Over the previous months and years we had downsized for a big life transition. We had sold, gifted, or stored everything that wasn’t necessary for a nomadic lifestyle. We had arrived in San Miguel with what was left. That included suitcases, backpacks, and two thirteen-year-old littermates we had rescued as kittens in Chicago.

What to do? Of course, we could not take on a third cat (we thought), so we asked our landlord for help. She knew someone at the SPA and she arranged to have him accepted there. We could not bear to take the little guy in ourselves, so our landlord took him for us. It was for the best, and we knew it was a no-kill shelter and he would be safe. So why were we crying? It still seemed like we did the right thing until we decided a few days later to visit Carlitos at the SPA “just to see how he was doing.” We made the adoption official the next day.

Little Carlitos (renamed Chuckie) is now a handsome, healthy, loving three-year-old boy, and we could not be happier with our decision. Chuckie is now an avid traveler, the joy of our daily life, and the star of our traveling band. The moral of the story is that if you think you don’t have room in your house, your heart, or even the back seat of your road-trip car for another cat, think again, or ask us, or just ask Chuckie.

While Chuckie was only at the SPA for a short time, his stay was a good one. There are lots of cats (and dogs) to adopt from the SPA, Los Pinos 7. Adoption hours are 11am–2pm, Monday–Saturday. Help the SPA raise money to feed their resident animals (about 100 cats and dogs) by donating to the Pet Food Money Bank. Donations in July will be matched up to US$1,500 so please contribute now!

For more information, see call the office at 152 6124.


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