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For Nellie, a Forever Home at Last


By B. Lewis It will take a long time for me to get over the loss of Lucky, my beloved dog of many years. But life goes on. I managed to live without a canine companion for four weeks. I kept reminding myself of the kennel fees, the trips to Costco for food, the freezing-cold [...]

Meet Sassy


By Jayn Corral Sassy would be her name, the SPA volunteers knew upon meeting her. This young tabby came to here in mid-2018, after being chased by dogs into a family’s garage. The family could not keep her. Having been injured and traumatized, Sassy was not a happy girl. She bit the woman who caught [...]


REG SPA Harry and Cocoa

By Harry Burrus When we’d drive from Houston to Austin to play in the Texas Major Zone Tennis Tournament, we always stopped at the DQ in La Grange on North Jefferson. I enjoyed its soft-serve vanilla ice cream with a variety of choices for toppings, a sienna-colored one being a particular favorite. Cocoa’s markings, a [...]

Make Your New Year’s Resolution Kindness


By Jayn Corral The holiday season is behind us, and it is now “Resolution Season.” To make 2019 your best year ever, you probably have resolved to quit smoking, eat better, lose weight, exercise more, or make plans for that vacation you have been putting off. Personally, I don’t do resolutions anymore. Every day I [...]

The SPA’s January 2019 Pets of the Month

By Megan Gabel and Jayn Corral There is still time! Anonymous donors will match all new donations to the SPA through December 31 up to a total of US $3,000! To learn how you can and why you should help the SPA, San Miguel’s only no-kill shelter for cats and dogs, see or call [...]

Your Matching Donation Will Help the SPA!


By Megan Gabel News Flash: Anonymous donors will match all new donations to the SPA through December 31 up to a total of US$3,000! This means your donation through December 31 will be doubled! For an instant donation via PayPal, click the “Donate” button at or on our Facebook page, You may also [...]

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 [...]

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