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The SPA Advocates



By Jayn Corral

Early this year, I became the cat advocate at the SPA when my predecessor moved to the US after serving superbly in that role for many years. I had observed her over the years on my regular visits to volunteer with the cats and kittens, so I understood the tremendous responsibilities that came with that volunteer position.

The SPA’s dog advocate has similar responsibilities. There are challenges and celebrations and, above all, decisions to be made. Sometimes the decisions are controversial and criticized and, too often, involve life and death.

People repeatedly ask the SPA for help to save animals in need. But as a no-kill shelter, the SPA faces space and financial limitations. Adoptions are the only way we can make room to accept animals, and we rely upon donations to underwrite their food and care. The advocates determine whether new animals like Pau and Pancho can be admitted to the SPA; oversee and schedule vaccinations, sterilization, and other medical requirements for all our animals; monitor their diets, work with other volunteers to help socialize the animals; and provide input about adoptions. In addition, the dog advocate walks dogs, does a little training, and must also consider how the dogs are grouped with other dogs.

In the next few months, the SPA dog advocate will be moving to the US, leaving that volunteer position open for someone willing to dedicate time to help the dogs at the SPA. Could that person be you? For more information, please call 152-6124 or write

Please also help us feed all our animals by contributing to our Pet Food Money Bank. We have not yet met our goal to raise 250,000 pesos, 100 percent of which will be applied to the annual cost of feeding our 100 cats and dogs. Some of our aging cats and dogs need special food designed for older animals. Even younger animals have health conditions that require a unique diet. As a result, we’ve had to switch some of our residents from our regular, economy-priced food to different options. Animals in foster care usually are on special diets. These combined factors have caused our food costs to greatly increase. To learn more about donating, please see our website at or contact the SPA, Los Pinos 7, 152 6124.


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