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.
Estrella moved in around 2018 to join our four legged posse, and her cute underbite wins everyone over. She's definitely the feistiest of all of our pups, and she hasn't fully committed to NSA either! When her favorite staff (Diana or Catalina) are not around, we often find her roaming the streets outside, looking for new doggie friends... until it's time for dinner and curling up in her doggie bed. :)
Luna joined our family on October 4, 2019. After Spy's passing, the students begged for a "new puppy." But knowing how a new puppy with 32 "masters" would turn out, we decided to contact our local adoption rescue foundation and ask for an already-grown (enough) good-sized dog (to hold her own with rough housing boys!) who was social, friendly, and needed a good home. Our "dog committee" went to meet her, and they fell in love. She has lots of licks and lots of energy - we are happy to welcome her!
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. She's considering weight watchers to lower her belly... nah, just kidding. She'll keep luxuriating in her voluptuous surroundings without worrying. We love her no matter what!
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." Ezra honored her with a painted mural on a dorm, and 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.
And... Rest In Peace, our dear pets who blessed us with their presence...