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Mystery Arrivals


By Joan DiPiero Our latest arrivals, Gypsy and Oz, probably didn’t have the foresight to predict that the SPA would welcome them with open arms. The decision was not altogether theirs to make, but as sometimes happens, all worked out for the best. A couple of weeks ago, our adult cats were making chattering noises [...]

A Dog Volunteer’s Day at the SPA

Steve & Apollo

By Steven Calkins Being a volunteer dog walker at the SPA a couple of times a week gives me a chance to see what I can do to help the few dogs I handle be well-behaved adoptable pets. The dogs have a fifteen to twenty minute walk out on the street with a volunteer walker [...]



By Megan Gabel Do you love cats and/or dogs, but adoption isn’t an option for you? How about joining our foster program? Fostering is ideal for people who love animals, but, for whatever reason, are unable to own one. It is a short-term commitment, so even if you are not a full-time resident, you can [...]

SPA Pets of the Month—September, 2017


By Lynn Weisberg and Joan DiPiero Just under a year old, sisters Cali and Cameron have tranquil, mellow personalities and would be easy keepers—no fuss, no drama, just nice cats who show no demands, yet enjoy attention. Cameron sports a tabby and white coat and meows when she wants her share of petting. Cali is [...]

Magnificent Moms


By Joan DiPiero Pixie, Winifred, and Carlotta share a common bond. All three came to the SPA with small kittens in tow, dedicated weeks to nurturing and caring for their little ones, watched all of their babies adopted, and then waited patiently hoping to find homes of their own. Unfortunately, the wait continues for these [...]

SMCF Donates Gas Anesthesia System to the SPA

Adriana doing surgery

By Megan Gabel The SPA is the proud recipient of a generous grant from the San Miguel Community Foundation (SMCF) for the purchase of a gas anesthesia system, something we never could have afforded to purchase on our own. Thanks to SMCF, we now are able to offer a safer alternative for anesthetizing animals undergoing [...]

Five Reasons for Owning a Cat


By Helen Dickson Besides experiencing the pleasure, affection, and playfulness a cat brings to your life, there are extra health benefits included for free:   1. Petting a cat reduces stress and anxiety and can lower blood pressure. 2. Having a cat has been shown to reduce the risk of stroke and heart disease. Non-cat [...]

Such Good Boys!


By Megan Gabel About 3 years old, Simba, medium-sized, is a lover, affectionate and eager for attention. He is always ready for a walk and welcomes some cuddling and belly-rubs upon return. He wants to get close and nestles under your arm. . Small/medium-sized Leo, is playful, affectionate, and greets you with pure joy when [...]

SPA Pets of the Month—August 2017


By Lynn Weisberg and Joan DiPiero Only three days left to take full advantage of the offer to match all donations to our Pet Food Money Bank up to US$2,000! All money raised will apply to our annual food cost. See Zara, a 6-1/2-month-old female, and Zeus, an almost one-year-old male, are truly lovely [...]

Terrific Leftovers!


By Joan DiPiero So many of our kittens arrive with their litter mates, and it seems there is always one left behind long after the others have gone. All of these leftovers are great cats who deserve a loving home. Aussie arrived with five siblings squished into a rusty birdcage. Now one year old, this [...]

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