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One Thousand Sterilizations in One Year


By Sudhir P. Amembal

Sudhir Amembal, who co-founded Amigos de Animales 15 plus years ago and steered it to its initial success, launched a personal campaign to fund 1,000 sterilizations in San Miguel de Allende over a 12-month period.

He and his wife, Kiran Puri, left San Miguel de Allende 10 years ago, to return here as full-time residents three years ago. An avid animal protection activist, he has been an advocate for animals since 1974. He served as president of several animal welfare organizations, including the Humane Society of Utah, Wasatch Humane, The Animals Voice, Psychologists for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, and the Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organizations. He facilitated the launch of, the website for the world’s leading independent online publication.

Upon returning to San Miguel de Allende, Sudhir decided to work on his own versus joining any of the established animal welfare organizations. He did this for a reason—he felt it would benefit animals a lot more if the sterilization campaigns were done without any infrastructure and without any overhead expenses.

He teamed up with Dr. Octavio Capitán Tovar, who, along with his assistant Paloma, did all the sterilization procedures. Dr. Tovar (known as Capi) is very well-known in the San Miguel animal community. Sandra Echeverria, a long-time animal lover, along with two of her colleagues volunteered their time on a pro bono basis in promoting the campaigns and assisting with all the logistics.

The procedures were done in various neighborhoods to include San Luis Rey, Ejido de Tirado, San Jose de Gracia, San Antonio del Baral, Mara Villas, Corral de Piedras, Puente del Carmen, Landeta, and Cieneguita.  The campaigns were launched on May 4, 2017; by the end of this June, over 1,000 dogs and cats were sterilized, averaging about 40 each campaign.

Sudhir will continue with his plans to work with Capi and Sandra to do another 1,000 sterilizations over the next 12 months. He will continue to do so with his own funds; yet, he appeals to the San Miguel de Allende community to assist in his efforts.

Anyone wishing to donate should either email him at or call him at +1 (503) 505-6653. He assures potential donors that every tax-deductible dollar received will go directly to fund the procedures.


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