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SPA News: Pet Food Money Bank Matching Offer Plus July Dental Discount


By Megan Gabel Terrific News: Anonymous donors have agreed to match every donation in July to the SPA’s Pet Food Money Bank up to a total US$2,500!! Please help us take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to double July contributions. All money raised will be applied to the annual cost of feeding our resident animals [...]

Cat Talk

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By Jayn Corral Have you ever found yourself having conversations with cats, wondering what they are really saying? I have had cats all my adult life, and now with over 30 cat pals at the SPA I often catch myself having sustained exchanges with cats. “What? What do you want?” “No, we already had treats.” [...]

SPA Pets of the Month, July 2019


By Jayn Corral and Megan Gabel Our 2019 Pet Food Money Bank goal is 250,000 pesos (about US$13,500). How about making a donation today to apply to the annual cost of food for our cats and dogs (about 100 in all)? For more information, see A petite, black and white, two-year-old beauty, Chrissie was [...]

Three Irresistible SPA Cuties Are Waiting for Their Forever Home

SPA Cafe

By Megan Gabel Meet five-month-old brothers Café, Latté, and Mocha, adorable terrier-mix puppies ready for their forever homes. The boys are fun, playful, energetic, friendly, and eager for attention. By early afternoon, they’ve worn themselves out and transform into calm, gentle little boys. They are working on overcoming their insecurities while going for a walk [...]

Canine Distemper: Highly Infectious, Easily Prevented by Vaccination

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By Adriana Rivera In recent weeks, we have noticed a significant increase at the SPA clinic in the number of cases of Canine Distemper Virus (CDV), a highly contagious infectious disease of dogs. The disease spreads through direct contact (including sharing an infected dog’s food or water bowl) and air exposure (i.e., a cough, sneeze, [...]

The SPA’s Pet Food Money Bank—Please Deposit Pesos and Dollars Today!

Hungry Dogs

By Megan Gabel The Sociedad Protectora de Animales, known as the SPA, is San Miguel de Allende’s only no-kill shelter for dogs and cats, housing a combined average of 100 animals, often with even more in foster homes. We provide shelter, care (vaccinations, sterilization, medical treatment), and food for all of them until they become [...]

May 2019 SPA Pets of the Month


By Jayn Corral and Megan Gabel After taking a ride inside a truck engine from Centro to the campo, a kind soul rescued Tina in August 2016 at four months old. An affectionate tabby sweetheart, she enjoys lounging in the sun and having her fur brushed. She is independent and would prefer to have her [...]

Photography Class Visit to Animal Shelter Combines Academics and Good Deeds

Alyana with puppy Fresa

By Scott Umstattd Photography students from the local Victoria Robbins School recently visited the Sociedad Protectora de Animales (SPA) to photograph newly-welcomed puppies and contribute their photography to a good cause—publicizing adoptable puppies for the SPA. The visit was a field trip for the students and served to fulfill their photography assignment—“take pictures of moving [...]

The Saga of Nellie and her “Forever Home” Illustrates the Joyous Adventures of Pet Adoption

Nellie at home

By B. Lewis It takes a while for relationships to grow. Nellie, the dog I adopted from the Sociedad Protectora de Animales (SPA), and I continue to work on ours as I gradually learn her likes and dislikes. Nellie had remained for several years at the SPA before she recently came to live with me, [...]

Kairo’s Cancer Scare a Lesson about the Sun’s Potential Effects on Pets

Curious Kairo

By Jayn Corral Screams—not cries but screams—caused the Sociedad Protectora de Animales (SPA) staff to run to see what was happening. There, on the roof, was a street cat we didn’t know screaming for all it was worth. One of the male staff approached it and gently put it in a bag to take to [...]

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