How you can help: A great gift to give or receive!

By Megan Gabel

For years the SPA has been operating at a significant monthly shortfall. We have around 100 resident cats and dogs (like Bonnie, Spot, Sasha, and Chester), all needing food, care, and shelter while they wait for homes. We focus on getting our animals adopted so we can take more off the streets, from people who have rescued animals and fostered them until we have room, from Ecología—there is never a shortage of homeless, needy animals. We run a low-cost clinic that benefits the San Miguel community. In doing our work, we rely on our committed staff and a cadre of dedicated volunteers. In 2011, the SPA was close to shutting its doors because it was running out of money. Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we were able to stay open. Since then, the SPA’s largest source of income has been bequests. These funds have been invested and are only withdrawn to keep us afloat. But those, too, will eventually run out unless we replenish them.

Perhaps now you can see why we work so hard at promoting fundraisers and seeking donations. We need your help and support, and there are lots of ways you can come to our rescue. We have previously written articles about sponsoring a doggy or kitty casita and the Remembrance Tree as fundraisers. Check the “How to Help” tab (Support Our Fundraisers) on the website for more information ( We haven’t mentioned another great idea: giving or receiving SPA donations as a gift.

Next time you have an anniversary or birthday or other special occasion, how about suggesting a donation to the SPA in lieu of gifts? The same idea applies to the holidays or to let someone know you are thinking of him or her during difficult moments. Instead of floundering around for that perfect something for an animal lover in your life, a donation in that person’s honor would be a wonderful solution. Not only will we send the person who makes the donation a thank-you note, but we will also notify the honoree of the gift and send best wishes.

It is simple to arrange for an In Honor Of donation. It can be completed through our website using PayPal (on the Support Our Fundraisers page). Or come to the SPA (Los Pinos 7, 152-6124) and provide details to finalize the gift. If you need more information, please email Thank you, San Miguel!

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