Chicha was born around 2006 and lived the first few years of her life as wild woman on a coffee plantation, raising her kids and surviving. Once rescued, she was brought to NSA by Dr. Kogel's connections and has enjoyed her early retirement, being fed and spoiled at NSA. Everyone loves her stoic presence as she meanders around campus, nudging you to pet her before flopping on the floor for a nap. Her fierce loyalty to Luis and Heather is admirable (and scary at times), and her strong tail wagging makes you wonder how her tail can speak so loudly of joy and contentment while her expressions remain consistently bored.
Shakira was adopted as a puppy around 2007 by Quincho, an NSA student at the time. After being spoiled into misbehavior, Shakira attended her own therapeutic doggie boarding school and came back with better behavior and a purpose - to guard and protect NSA students (probably inspired by her German Shepherd genetic roots); she can be found wherever the largest group of students is convened. There is no one more depressed during Aventura weeks when students are not on campus. She jumps excitedly and licks lots of toes upon the students' return. In her free time, she loves barking at squirrels, possums, and monkeys.
Spy was adopted in 2012. Already an old man (he's about 15 or 16 now in 2019), he was a bit set in his ways and it took 3-4 years for a couple of students to tame him into behaving like a gentleman. Currently, Danny is Spy's favorite student and he'll even let Danny dress him up in tee shirts and handkerchiefs for special events. He enjoys following Danny around, peeing on plants, sleeping in his "alcove" and begging for food during meal times. He struggles to see and hear much, but his sense of smell is still in tact, so watch out, delivery men! He may be old and crusty, but he WILL bark at you!
Estrella is the latest addition to our four legged posse. But she hasn't fully committed. When her favorite staff (Diana) isn't around, we often find her roaming the streets outside, looking for new doggie friends... until it's time for dinner and sleeping. :)
Suede was the first cat adopted in 2018. She moved in to the roof of the dorms and students immediately started feeding her. She is now the most spoiled, most loved cat on campus. She enjoys her "queen cat" status and will let anyone and everyone pet her.
2018 brought another roof-dwelling cat to campus - named OwCat because she used to howl in the middle of the night and drive our students nuts. At first, students begged us to get rid of her, but quickly they feel in love with her mangled ear and her "cat talk." She has found a special friend in Thomas who consistently lets her into his dorm to sleep on his bed!
MamaCat is the smallest (and wildest) cat of all. In 2018, she heard the neighborhood buzz about NSA letting wild cats come live on campus. So, she brought her pregnant belly to campus and gave birth to her 4 kittens in a tire. She nursed them to health and watched as NSA staff gave her kittens homes. She decided to stay at NSA herself and enjoys climbing through rafters and trees to chase (and capture) birds and mice.