Loreto’s Last Chance?
From the SPA
By Joan DiPiero
Five months ago, a male cat was rescued from the mean streets of Centro and named Loreto after his hangout location. At the SPA, we were shocked to see what this poor boy had endured during the years he was probably homeless. Emaciated and covered in urine, he was a mess with an abscessed mouth, rotten teeth, and a torn ear, yet he responded to our attention, immediately welcoming our petting hands. Over the next few months, with medical care for his anemia and mouth infection, dental extraction and cleaning, food, more food, and even more food, as well as countless hours of volunteer attention, this four-year-old made a remarkable turnaround. After gaining five pounds, Loreto now sports a luxuriant black and white longhaired coat, and with his tuxedo markings, he is one handsome guy.
However, this drastic improvement in his physical well-being has not been matched by strides in his emotional well-being. An extremely affectionate cat who loves to be petted and is happy to have the company of humans just sitting in the room with him, he has a tendency to suddenly bite a hand or an ankle. We have been working with him on this bad habit for months, but volunteers are limited to three hours a day of caring for all of our cats. To resolve this issue, we believe Loreto desperately needs to be in a home setting, where he can finally feel safe and secure. Is there anyone out there who’s willing to give this cat the chance he deserves? We are willing to waive the adoption fee for the caring person who is willing to save this sweet boy. (No children in the family, please. He does bite hard!) If you’d like more details, please call me evenings at 121 1380 or e-mail me, firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are extremely fortunate to have a wonderful group of volunteers at the SPA. People who work with Loreto genuinely love animals and help us in a variety of different ways. Without volunteers, the SPA could not exist. Our board members are volunteers. Our bookkeeper is a fabulous volunteer. We have volunteers who play with cats, kittens, and puppies and get exercise by walking dogs. Volunteers manage animal admissions to the SPA and oversee their care. One of our volunteers is a creative seamstress. Another is terrific in marketing. We have artists whose talents generate beautiful casita bones and fish and a touching Remembrance Tree. Our website, Facebook, articles for Atención, Paws & Claws, advertisements—all the work of volunteers. The list goes on and is multi-layered. We are thankful to have such devoted, skilled, and selfless people to help our animals and us. If you would like to become a volunteer, we’d welcome you at Los Pinos 7, Monday–Saturday, 11am–2pm, 152 6124, or contact email@example.com for more information.