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Maple and Timber


By Megan Gabel

I’d like to think that they were well-loved before their owners moved away and abandoned them. Because they are such good dogs, special and loving, it must have been a difficult decision, one made out of desperation.

These sisters stayed in front of what used to be their home long after they had been left behind, relaxing by the front door, waiting and depending upon the kindness of neighbors for food and water. Thankfully, two of the neighbors talked to us and then brought them to the SPA, thus saving the lives of these wonderful dogs and giving them a chance to become part of a family again.

Because of their deep, burnished brindle fur, with light stripes underneath a dark-colored background, we named them Maple and Timber. Medium-large and slim with beautiful faces, they are sweet, loving dogs. Timber is a little bit taller than her sister. About two years old, they both give exuberant kisses to let you know just how much they care. They are calm, friendly, and affectionate, although being injected into a shelter environment has not been an easy transition for them. They both walk well on a leash, but Maple needs more reassurances than Timber and turns around to get a pet and a hug. Each one will snuggle in your lap when you visit her in her casita, soaking up the attention that she serenely receives.

They are lovely dogs, and we hope they get adopted soon. Come and meet them and all our cats and dogs during our regular adoption hours, 11am–2pm, Monday–Saturday, Los Pinos 7, 415 152 6124. Our adoption fee for a dog or a cat is 500 pesos. For dogs, the fee includes all current vaccinations, deworming, sterilization, and enrollment in the Green Paw Pet Registration Program. For cats, the fee includes all current vaccinations, deworming, a feline leukemia test, and sterilization. Adoption kits are available to make the transition easier (200 pesos).

Yes, we are still promoting the SPA’s Pet Food Money Bank fundraiser and asking for your help! We’re almost there, but there is still a little ways to go to meet our goal (250,000 pesos/about US$13,500). Remember that all funds raised will be dedicated to the annual cost of feeding our cats and dogs. For more information, please see or write We would appreciate any contribution you are able to make. Thank you!


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