Fresh water for dogs—keeping our furry friends hydrated
By Kirsten Michel
As temperatures rise, public access to water for dogs walking around town becomes more and more necessary. While it may be possible for some people to overlook street dogs in need of water, food and basic needs, many pet dogs accompanied by their owners on walks in and about the city can become thirsty as well. Often, dogs are not permitted in stores where they could gain access to water, and street dogs are shooed away for simply walking too close to a store or person.
An animal lover and community member recently shared the story of a street dog named León, who, after going for a long time without access to water, was treated by Dr. José Estrada for a large bladder stone related to dehydration. León could have died, simply because he was unable to find fresh water to drink. With the recent articles and letters to the editor regarding animal abuse, please let’s not add “denying water to animals” to the seemingly growing list of animal neglect and abuse cases in San Miguel de Allende.
A simple solution is water bowls. Thanks to the kind-hearted contributions from local community members, dogs will now have access to fresh water in San Miguel de Allende. La Biblioteca is among one of thirteen places that will be offered stainless steel dog water bowls, purchased with non-solicited donations from Casa Angelito, Nancy, Nan, Olivia M and Ruby Joy’s Saucy Company. The water bowls will be officially offered to the 13 businesses and organizations by a local SMA resident, along with an official letter containing details about the” Fresh Water for Dogs” community effort in San Miguel. This effort was inspired by the many thirsty dogs in San Miguel, the “Fresh Water for Dogs” project in Sayulita, started by part-time residents River and Diamond Jameson (http://www.elsayulero.com/story/water-water-everywhere-wheres-drop-drink) and the great work of the folks at SayulitAnimals (www.sayulitanimals.org).
You can help dogs by putting a water bowl outside of your home and keeping it filled with fresh water everyday. There are many creative ways to do this, including simply cutting a plastic bottle in half, filling the bottom half with water and putting it out on your front porch/step.
In addition to the “Fresh Water for Dogs” efforts, if you are an animal lover in San Miguel, you are welcome to attend gatherings for Animal Lovers every Monday at 6pm at Café Contento (Hernández Macías 72) and every Tuesday at 10am at Café Santa Ana (La Biblioteca, Insurgentes 25). At these gatherings, the floor is open to discuss anything having to do with animals in San Miguel. Bienvenidos to the multicultural community collaborating and cooperating with compassion, concern and care for all animals in San Miguel! All ages, cultures, backgrounds, etc. are welcome. Together we can make a positive difference for the protection, care and lives of animals in San Miguel. It’s a “we” thing! Please do not bring dogs, unless they are official service dogs.
“We need, in a special way, to work twice as hard to make all people understand that animals are fellow creatures, that we must protect them and love them as we love ourselves. We cannot hope to have peace until we respect everyone…respect ourselves, respect animals and all living things…” Cesar Chávez
Regulations for the Protection and Care of Animals in SMA—April 18, 2011.
Animal Map SMA – community-built information sharing site for any and all information regarding animals in San Miguel, https://www.facebook.com/groups/AnimalMapSMA.