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Adopting an Older Cat Can Be Rewarding

By Jayn Corral Sure, kittens with emerging personalities are playful, exuberant, curious, and challenging as we wait to see how they’ll turn out. But when you adopt an older cat, you know what you are getting. Older cats have developed their personalities. They are litter-trained. Although they are playful and fun, they are content to [...]

The SPA: What We Are and What We’re Not

By Megan Gabel One evening, a number of years ago, my husband and I found two newborn kittens under a tree behind our house. Not knowing any better, we tried to give them milk but didn’t have a dropper, so it didn’t work. We put them back outside, thinking that maybe the mother cat would [...]

Please Help Get Us Out of Here!

By Jayn Corral Tina and Delphi finally decided it was time to have a frank discussion with me. Tina spoke for both of them. “Don’t get me wrong. We think the SPA is a great place to be, especially if you were rescued from a horrible situation like we were, but for cats that are [...]

SPA September Pets of the Month


By Lynn Weisberg and Jayn Corral Tabby siblings Zoe and Zeus arrived at the SPA in late March 2018 at two months of age. Zoe, a lovely, curious young lady with blond highlights, will stay by your side until it is time to play or take a nap. Known as “the entertainer,” Zeus is always [...]

Sisters Who Lean On Each Other


By Megan Gabel In addition to having been SPA residents since June 2016, sisters Snowflake and Thunder (about 2-1/2 years old) and sisters Jazmin and Nuni (about 2-3/4 years old) have another thing in common. Each is bonded to her sister. When Thunder was adopted earlier this year, a depressed and lonely Snowflake stopped eating, [...]

Why Adopt an Adult Dog?


By Lorena Molina There are many benefits to adopting an adult dog like Nellie, Nube, Guera, or Cocoa. Adult dogs are generally quieter animals that do not require as much exercise or attention as a younger dog. They are past the chewing stage and so are less likely to go after your favorite slippers as [...]

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 [...]

Concentric Circles


By Harry Burrus Imagine a lake. I’m out there. Hovering. I have a stone in my hand. I drop the stone into the water. Concentric circles emerge, enlarge, and extend. Hold that image. Do a freeze-frame. Not of me hovering, but of those ever-expanding circles. The SPA takes care of approximately 100 cats and dogs [...]

Double Your Donation and SPA’s August Pets of the Month


By Lynn Weisberg and Jayn Corral Through July 31, all donations up to US$2,000 to the SPA’s Pet Food Money Bank will be matched! All funds raised will apply to the annual cost of feeding our 100 resident animals, including those in foster care. We have a ways to go to meet our goal of [...]

There’s No Such Thing as a Free Lunch (or Free Cat or Dog)

By Megan Gabel My Dad always said, “There’s no such thing as a free lunch.” I bet a lot of your parents said that to you as well. This adage applies to any opportunity to adopt a free cat or dog. No matter what someone tells you, responsible pet ownership costs money. Sure, it’s fun [...]

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