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Home for the Holidays


By Joan DiPiero While most of us have everything we really need and have no desire to join the hordes of frenzied holiday shoppers consumed with buying, it is still nice having some presents that add enjoyment to our lives—like a nice fluffy soft shawl or a furry throw to warm those cold nights. The [...]

SPA Shelter’s Adoption Fee Goes Up, But So Does What You Get


By Megan Gabel This past year, the SPA determined it necessary to change the protocol for our resident animals and expand our already extensive protection even more, far exceeding what others offer here in San Miguel de Allende and even in the United States. We had a feline leukemia scare that caused us to segregate, [...]

SPA’s Holiday Pets of the Month


By Megan Gabel and Jayn Corral Mitzy and her daughter, Bailey, are at the top of the list for new volunteers because they are eager to go for a walk and do well on a leash—no pulling. Both are small/medium-sized, sweet and friendly dogs. When the mood strikes, they wrestle and play with each other [...]

Adopt a Senior Dog from the SPA


By Megan Gabel Did you know that November is “Adopt a Senior Pet Month”? Let’s expand the US tradition into Mexico! Consider opening your heart to a senior pet. At the SPA, we have a number of senior dogs who would be loyal and affectionate pets such as Shy (9-1/2), Güera (almost 11), Rita (almost [...]


Harry and Miny

By Harry Burrus She gets excited when she sees me approaching her casita. When she breaks into a smile, she has chipmunk cheeks. She stands, places her paws on my chest, and I put on her harness. She insists on a foreplay massage before we ascend the steps. I don’t object. Miny is a lovely [...]

Save Money at the SPA!

Dra. Adriana Rivera & Brandy

By Megan Gabel The SPA’s on-site clinic and our full-time veterinarian, Dra Adriana Rivera (shown here with Holly, a puppy, and Brandy, a kitten), offer lower-cost, high-quality health care for your pets. We are able to meet your pet’s needs, from conducting routine exams and providing vaccinations to diagnosing and treating medical issues with your [...]

So Many Different Ways to Get Involved with SPA Cats!


By Jayn Corral Are you thinking about adopting a cat or kitten? Visit the SPA to enjoy the beautiful, playful, healthy cats and kittens like Rio, Pau, and Wilma, all ready for their forever homes. Check them out on our website ( and then come and meet them in person. If you long for a [...]

Apollo and His Voice


By Harry Burrus Apollo is a handsome three-year-old. His namesake was an Olympian deity in classical Greek mythology, recognized for many traits, among them, having a poetic voice. In writing, finding your voice is one of the hardest things to do. When that happens, one is more relaxed and creative. One is more complete. It [...]

SPA’s October Pets of the Month Are Treats

By Megan Gabel and Jayn Corral Maya, a medium-sized beauty, is a sweet, affectionate, and happy dog with gorgeous, haunting eyes. About 3-3/4 years old, she enjoys going for a walk, stopping to turn around for a hug every few feet. Chips, about 4-1/2, is energetic and eager to please. Quick to learn, she is [...]

Adopting an Older Cat Can Be Rewarding


By Jayn Corral Sure, kittens with emerging personalities are playful, exuberant, curious, and challenging as we wait to see how they’ll turn out. But when you adopt an older cat, you know what you are getting. Older cats have developed their personalities. They are litter-trained. Although they are playful and fun, they are content to [...]

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