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Please Help Us Provide a Refuge for Cats and Dogs

By Megan Gabel

The SPA provides a safe place for its resident animals (around 50 cats and 50 dogs). We hope each will become part of a loving home; but for some, the possibility dwindles as the years pass. Twelve of our dogs have been with us for more than four years and four of our cats have been here for more than three years. Maybe the only family they will have is the SPA with love provided by our wonderful volunteers. A no-kill shelter, we will take care of our animals as long as they need us. They count on us and you to provide for them. With age, they may require extra care which costs more, as we imagine many of our supporters will likely understand.

Nellie and Martin are among those who will benefit from your generosity. Seven-year-old Nellie sits in a sphinx-like position, head up and alert, body relaxed, and waits her turn for a walk. She adores playing fetch with a ball and will tirelessly bring it back and drop it in your hand or at your feet, waiting for the next throw. She is a lovely dog—slim, medium-sized, and honey-colored, with a touchingly sweet, easygoing personality. She deserves a home other than the SPA.

Eight-year-old Martin was adopted unsuccessfully twice, but reacted each time as if he were having a feline nervous breakdown. Returned to the SPA, he regally greeted all his friends, posed dramatically in the middle of the room, and happily resumed grooming his luxuriant coat, eating, and fastidiously using the litter box. Fortunately, almost all our cats want to be adopted, but for cats like Martin, we are able to provide a lifetime of care.

For more than 37 years, the Sociedad Protectora de Animales de San Miguel de Allende has been the only no-kill shelter for cats and dogs in San Miguel. We average more than 200 adoptions annually. Our on-site clinic provides veterinary services for our animals and is open to the public. We offer education and community service opportunities to area children, helping to foster a love for animals in the next generation. None of this could happen without the financial help we receive through donations from you. We do not receive any government support. Our annual expenses average in excess of $2,000,000 pesos, despite our cost-saving efforts.

During the holiday season, please make a donation to the SPA. Donate online at or on our Facebook page (via PayPal). You may also donate: by Mexican or US check to “Sociedad Protectora de Animales de San Miguel de Allende, A.C.” (full name required) or by US check to “San Miguel Community Foundation” (for a US tax receipt, mark “for SPA”). Checks may be dropped off at the SPA, Los Pinos 7, 152 6124, or at any La Conexión location (mark envelope “SPA, PMB 18”). Please email with questions. All donations will be used to support our animals and to keep the SPA doors open. Thank you!


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