By Jackie Kellum
This month is a very busy social time of the year. It‘s also a time to reflect on those who have special meaning in your life. They do not have to be a relative, but someone who has had a positive impact for you, be they two footed or four footed. Our family pets sometimes are our only family, who make little, if any demands. They do not look at you and see someone who has gotten older, acquired more wrinkles, maybe walks or talks a little slower, etc. They love you for you, and you alone. Please, be respectful of them and their future if something were to happen to you. They depend on you so make plans for them, and do not leave it to chance or another’s decision what will happen to them. Please see Anita’s website tab: Godparents.
There are many “unseen” people in our community, who quietly without fanfare, no pictures in the papers, go about their business doing kind things. Some help organizations in a variety of ways. Some help individuals they have encountered. These individuals 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” . Anita and her volunteers would like to thank all those who help others. Obviously animals are Anita’s focus. There are many who quietly feed hungry animals, pay to sterilize an animal to help stop pet over-population, and many unsung heroes rescue and take care of abused, abandoned, or injured animals. 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 thinking about adopting a dog into your family, it is easier than you can imagine. You can see a “ picture preview” of a potential new pet family member. Check out website: lakechapaladogcenter.com. This Lake Chapala Dog Center website has current and regularly updated photos of dogs and puppies available for adoption that are located at: Anita’s Animals, Vet. Pepe Magana and The Ranch. There also is a section that you can utilize to report a lost dog, or, post a notice about a dog you have found. They will help you with posting a picture for this website, if you do not know how to do it yourself.
If you have the desire or feel the need to exchange gifts at holiday time, try a new approach. Think about giving a donation to that person’s favorite charity in their name. It is a win-win-win situation. You will have done a kind thing by honoring that special person; you will have created a new way of helping, plus that charity also gets some needed help.
Please consider Anita’s Animals as one of those donation choices. If you did not get a chance to read the October Ojo Anita’s Animals column article, you did not see that it costs 21.4 pesos per animal, per day , to care for each cat/dog at Anita’s until a forever home has been found. The website Anita’s Animals has the ability to accept PayPal 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.
For more information about Lake Chapala visit: www.chapala.com