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Sisterly Love

By Megan Gabel Sisters Snowflake and Thunder are medium/large black beauties, almost a year old. Their personalities and appearances are very similar. Both are smart, playful, sweet, and friendly. They are full of love and quick to give kisses. They enjoy going for walks and are also content to sprawl in your lap and relax. [...]

Girls’ Club

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By Joan DiPiero Calico and tortoise-shell cats, not a breed but a color type, are always female (with very few exceptions). Right now, at the SPA, we have perfect examples of all four types—calico, tortoise, and dilute versions of each. Madeline, a black, orange, and white calico sweetheart, is a mellow 2-year-old mama who prefers [...]


REG SPA Miss Nube

By Harry Burrus When I look at Nube, I am propelled into the Klondike—Yukon Territory. I hear the mushers call out their commands: “Gee!” “Haw!” “On By.” But wait, I am in the high desert plateau of the Bajío. No snow. No sleds. I do hear other dog walkers saying, “Leave it!” Déjalo! Nube, however, [...]

SPA Pets of the Month, March 2017

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By Lynn Weisberg and Joan DiPiero Tasha and Hermes, young teenage cats, are ready for loving homes. Tasha, an eight-month-old female, white with black distinctive markings and a sweet inquisitive expression, is always eager for lap time and affection. A lovely boy with a creamsicle and white coat, Hermes, a little under a year old, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]


REG SPA Cali and Tina

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 [...]

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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