By Jackie Kellum
We are coming to the end of this year and preparing for the next. This might be a good time to reflect on those happy memories that we have shared with our long-time friends and hopefully friends we have recently made. Also it’s a time to think about our pets, especially those who have left us and remember the good memories and happy times they brought to our hearts. This is also a perfect time to re-affirm our commitment to our living pets by preparing for their care in the event that we as their ‘parents’ are no longer able to care for them. Anita’s Animals website, has a tab called: Pet Godparents. The purpose of this tab is to utilize a form that can be filled out online, printed and posted in a prominent place within your house. This form details info about each pet, their individual care, where and who is to take care of them in case of an emergency. Do not leave this responsibility to others to make decisions about your loving trusting pet companion.
There are many “unseen” people in our community who quietly, without fanfare or pictures in the newspapers, go about their business and do kind things. Some help organizations in a variety of ways, such as paying for schooling, volunteering with charitable fund raisers, making food donations ,while others help individual persons or families they have gotten to know. These ‘givers’ in our community take charity to it’s finest conclusion – doing a good thing without expecting or requiring heaps of praise… they do it for the “right reason”. Obviously animals are Anita’s focus. There are many who regularly feed hungry animals as they see them, support feral cat colonies, volunteer time and money to spay-neuter community events, volunteer at shelters, etc. Anita and her volunteers, would like to thank all those who help others, both human and animal in our community. Many famous people have spoken about the relationship of animals and humanity, this is a good example: If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men. – St. Francis of Assisi .
If you are going to have a celebration gathering or party, please consider asking your guests to bring a donation for an animal shelter, in lieu of a hostess’ gift. This donation can be in the form of money or a food donation. With the holidays fast approaching many people are already starting to worry about finding the ideal gift for that special person. You can eliminate that concern. Think about making a donation to a charity you like or prefer, and make a donation to that organization in the name of that special person. You will have honored that person, and done a good thing as well. Please consider Anita’s Animals as one of those donation choices. If a cat or dog arrives without proof of vaccination, it costs 200 pesos for each new animal. If they have not been spayed-neutered, that is an added 500 pesos. Plus, it costs 26.4 pesos per animal, per day , to care for each cat/dog until a forever home has been found.
Anita’s website – www.anitasanimals.com – has a PayPal account for donations. You can also stop by the Wednesday Ajijic open-market and make a donation of kitten/cat or puppy/dog food, or cash at Anita’s booth to help her continue her rescue work that she has been doing for over twenty years. Happy Holidays and wishing you a Healthy and Joyous New Year !
For more information about Lake Chapala visit: www.chapala.com