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Shrinking Violets

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By Joan DiPiero Most of our cat adopters decide on “The One” pretty quickly, usually choosing an outgoing cat who speaks “take me, take me” by either jumping on a lap, rubbing against a leg, showing a tummy for petting, or other dramatic moves designed to please. While we are thrilled by these adoptions, we [...]

Easy, Low-Maintenance Dogs

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By Megan Gabel Some SPA dogs would much rather keep you company while you’re gardening or watching TV than venture out into a big bad world of loud noises, cars, and strangers. Give them food, shelter, and a warm touch and they will each be your happy, loyal companion, and because they are older, less [...]

Providing For Your Pets


By Megan Gabel Let’s face it. We’re not getting any younger and probably not healthier as we age. We usually think we will outlive our pets, but what if we become ill or incapacitated or die first? Kittens like Dodi can live for 20 years. A dog’s average life expectancy is 10–14 years, but varies [...]


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By Joan DiPiero We’ve all heard the so-called conventional wisdom that cats are standoffish, aloof and independent. But cats, just like people, run the gamut of personalities, and at the SPA, we find most of our cats affectionate, with some absolute lap hounds and others demanding their share of petting. As far as interaction with [...]

SPA’s February Pets of the Month Are Full of Love


By Lynn Weisberg and Joan DiPiero Fawn-like in appearance with tiger-striped brindle coloring, brother and sister Cody and Abby are simply adorable. Almost six months old, they are both gentle, friendly with other dogs as well as people, and they give the best puppy kisses ever. Ideal pets! You won’t want to miss out on [...]

Saving Pedro – A Community Effort


By Megan Gabel On Saturday, November 19, Sandra Echeverria (a wonderful woman who rescues many dogs and cats) was driving along Calzada de la Estación and saw a very small dog running down the street. She managed to capture him and bring him to us. His fur was so matted that his eyes and ears [...]

Let’s Do Away with Misconceptions

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By Megan Gabel Before I began volunteering at the SPA, I thought that if I found a dog or cat and couldn’t provide a home for that animal, I could drop her off at the SPA and go on my merry way. Frankly, it wouldn’t have occurred to me to leave a donation—after all, I [...]

Holiday Leftovers

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By Joan DiPiero Now that 2016 has come to a close, I am grateful thinking about all 100-plus lucky SPA cats who found homes this past year. I can’t help but reflect on those left behind. Would you be surprised to know that at least two-thirds of our adoptions are our smallest kittens? Sure, they [...]

Welcome 2017 with an SPA Pet of the Month


By Lynn Weisberg and Joan DiPiero Balki and Zorro are our featured cats for January. Balki is a handsome, dignified black cat about one and one half years old, who graces us with his lap-sitting when he feels we’re worthy. Zorro, a long-haired black and white fuzz ball, believes we are worthy at all times [...]



By Harry Burrus Whatever Lola wants, Lola gets. Well . . . yes and no. Like her namesake Lola Montez, the Irish-born Spanish dancer who got what she aimed for, three-year-old Lola is dazzling on her feet, truly acrobatic, possessing magnificent agility maneuvers. My philosophy professor brother-in-law is big on meditation. He recently sent me [...]

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