Anita’s Animals … Where the Lost Are Always Home!

August 16, 2008

Anita's Animals Where The Lost Are Always Home Anita's Animals which is continually undergoing renovations to make it the best home for the animals that come here while temporarily awaiting a new "forever" home. Anita's Animals has progressed over the years from a small refuge for the lost, into a wonderful new home that is large enough to meet the needs of all the dogs and cats that come to her for a home.  puppies2   Some have been with her for years as they are considered unadoptable, while others await a new home and a new person to come into their life. Our latest member is Sandy, a 4 year old beautiful Golden Retriever. Sandy is very well balanced and quiet. He will be neutered and will have all his shots. He is a very loving dog and would make an excellent pet.   golden_retriever_4  Anita Strehlow moved to San Juan Cosala (a town along the North Shore of Lake Chapala not far from Ajijic) a number of years ago. Before moving there she visited the area and each time while visiting Ajijic and Chapala she noticed the large numbers of stray dogs and cats running the streets. Being an animal lover from an early age (She once smuggled a stray cat into her home hidden in her apron at the age of 7 so her Mom would not notice) and wanting to help, she became a Lake Chapala Humane Society volunteer. Some time later, deciding the society was too restricted in what they could do, she struck out on her own. With the help and support of her husband Jesus and daughter, Edelweiss, 16, they pick stray animals off the streets of Ajijic and Chapala and take them to their home. They are not only fed and cared for; the ones considered unacceptable for adoption become permanent boarders. No animals are put down unless the vet who donates his services insists on it. Anita’s Animals has approximately 140 dogs and cats more or less at any one given time. The cost of cat litter, medicine and feed comes to more than $4,000 pesos per month. (Approx. $400 US) The only help toward the caring and feeding of the animals comes from donations. To see some of Anita’s Animals visit the Wednesday market in Ajijic. You can’t miss her. Each week she transports big and little cages containing well cats and dogs, hangs a huge sign on the brick wall at the beginning of the market place, and gives away happiness in the form of little people in fur suits hoping for a permanent home. Anyone wishing to help, either by donation or adoption can drop by the market on Wednesdays.  Note: This article is an edited version of an article which originally appeared in the El Ojo de Lago magazine some time ago. http://www.chapala.com/chapala/ojo.html 

 

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