rescue, feed, carel foster, adopt

rescue, feed, carel foster, adopt
in 2013 Stasya Briggs and Mike Heiner bought and rebuilt beautiful bed and breakfast in Barra de Potosi, Gro, Mexico, Hacienda la Rusa. The property's purpose started to alter when Stasya and Mike rescued abandoned newly born kittens.

Inspired by the example of Playa Blanca residents, Donna & Shelley Juss and LaRae, who have been helping animals for a few years;
Stasya and Mike have started an animal welfare project Amigos de Animales of Barra de Potosi. from 2013 till 1016 Mike's and Stasya's hard work resulted in 700 animals sterilized and dozens and dozens rescued , fostered and adopted.
in 2016 Shelley Juss joined Amigos de Animales and ever since, two passionate ladies Shelley and Stasya have been tirelessly working on rescue, sterilizations and education

what Shelley and Stasya do :

* we pick up dogs & cats, take them to a local vet or SPAZ, pay for sterilization, return them back home or street
* we organize and pay for low cost or free spay and neuter programs and clinic
* we rescue, foster, treat, feed and vaccinate stray, hurt, abandoned animals
* we take animals we cant save to be euthanised and we stand by their side, providing last comfort
* we look for ways to transport animals up north where they have better chances to find a loving home

what you can do:

* donate, donate, donate - this project is supported by Stasya , Shelley and Mike and kindness of your donations
* organise a fundraiser or event of any kind to raise money to support the project
* foster or adopt or transport an animal up north, believe me, its easy!

Donations are greatly appreciated and needed regularly!
Please, check the box to send your life saving gift monthly !

* $200-300 will take a pet to the states or canada

* $100-200 will pay for a pet airfare

* $25 will pay for one sterilization

* $20 will pay for all the vaccines

* $20 will treat menge for one month

* $15 will pay for a food for one month

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Amigos de Animals de Barra de Potosi May 2014 - May 2016

Amigos de Animals de Barra de Potosi
May 2014 - May 2016
celebrating 2 years of Amigos de Animales hard work !
608 dogs and cats were sterilizes in Barra de Potosi and neighboring communities
72 dogs and cats were adopted by local Mexican families
18 dogs and cats were rescued , transported and adopted in US and Canada
Amigos de Animales of Barra de Potosi and Baja Spay and Neuter Foundation organized 2 free and low cost sterilization clinics, which resulted in 100 animals sterilized during 3 days clinic in October 2015 and 252 animals sterilized during one week clinic in April, 2016 .
numerous dogs, puppies, cats and kittens were fed, vaccinated, treated for fleas, ticks, mange etc
This huge work could never be done without you , your support, your donations, your efforts , transporting , fostering , adopting ... YOU are our true heroes - Amigos de Animales !
thank you, Stasya Briggs
Hacienda La Rusa
Amigos de Animales

Friday, July 8, 2016

New Life

hola ! my name is Tiburon.

I used to live on the street , nobody cared for me, people would throw rocks a me. I had to hunt, dig through the trash, fight the dogs for a piece of food. I have scars all over my body, they look awful, but no worries, they healed fine...

Last year, these people at Hacienda la Rusa have tricked me! They put a fabulous piece of cheese in a trap, I could not resist the smell, and they caught me! oh believe me you - I fought and I fought hard! But eventually I got tired and they got me sterilized, no big deal though, it didn't hurt...

They kept me overnight, fed me and cared for me. I loved it!

I came back to these people and started to live in their yard. They feed me and pet me. I don't want to go back to the streets. I want to find my family. I want to cuddle. I want to sleep on my person's lap.

Stasya and Mike , who sterilized me and take care of me, can't keep me, they have many dogs cats and their cats don't really like me.

And I so badly want my own family ! please, adopt me !


Sunday, March 13, 2016

Miracles Happen !!!

Sometimes miracles happen! 

To all my friends and friends of the friends "thank you all, for sharing and caring!"

thanks to your loving generous kind hearts - one more miracle happened- Betsey Boo Bellingham will go to Bellingham, WA! 

Maxine Krafft thank you for paying for sterilization 

Shelley Juss thank you for making it happen, putting all the pieces together and non stop support, and encouragement and inspiration 

Dave Steckler and Mari thank you for transporting Betsey to Seattle on April 2 , every single time, you transport animals , foster, find homes, adopt thank you !

Danielle Baker thank you thank you thank you !
You found a home for Betsey! You are an angel with heart of gold ! 

Aly Robinson thank you for adopting Betsey ! Shout out to a fabulous couple opening their hearts and home to a little scared baby !

Donna Juss and LaRae Baker thank you for everything, thank you for starting animal welfare movement on playa Blanca, thank you for giving me a chance to meet these amazing young women , your daughters, who can move the mountains and change the world !

Friday, March 4, 2016

Second Animal Spay & Neuter clinic April, 2016 !

Happy to announce our second Animal Spay and Neuter clinic organized by

 Hacienda la Rusa , Barra de Potosi and
 Baja California Spay and Neuter Foundation

For Barra de Potosi, los Farallones, playa Blanca, los Achotes, colonia Aeropuerto, Los Llanitos. Clinic will be held during second part of April, exact dates will be confirmed later.

Clinic will be held :

2 days in Barra de Potosi
2 days in Los Achotes
2 days in colonia Aeropuerto


- monetary donations for air transportation, food, medicine and supplies
- Volunteers to help before, during and after the clinics
- Accommodations in or close to Barra De Potosi : a room , a bungalow or a house !
- Transportation vehicles : truck or SUV or a car with a driver

 Goals :

To bring minimum 3 vets, 3 assistants and anastjesyologist

To sterilize minimum 300 animals

During our free spay and neuter clinic in October of 2015, we had 1 vet and 100 animals sterilized.

Donate directly to Amigos de Animales de Barra de Potosi and Playa Blanca here

Donate directly to Baja California Spay and Neuter Foundation, please, important - make a note for Barra de Potosi clinic

To donate in cash, to volunteer , organize a fundraiser , or help in any other way, please, email me Thank you!!! Stasya Briggs

Friday, January 22, 2016

sponsor a dog and a cat to get sterilized !

Sponsor a dog and a cat to get sterilized !
Please, check the box to send your life saving gift monthly !

Adopt ... Foster ... Donate ... Educate ...

*** If you can’t adopt, foster ***
*** If you can’t foster, sponsor ***
*** If you can’t sponsor, donate ***
*** If you can’t donate, educate ***

Please, check the box to send your life saving gift monthly !

... In rescuing animals, I lost my mind but found my soul ... Our little guy is on the way to Canada! We are grateful, crying, happy... Thank you !

Posted by Stasya Briggs on Friday, January 22, 2016

Friday, January 15, 2016

sometimes life is beyond wonderful

Please, say a quick gratitude prayer for my heroes from USA & Canada & Mexico who transport, foster and adopt ,...

Posted by Hacienda La Rusa on Friday, January 15, 2016

Monday, January 11, 2016

it was a good week

It was a good week in my neck of the woods - last night I came back home with 2 pups. Do you remember the dogs who were...

Posted by Stasya Briggs on Saturday, January 9, 2016

Rescue Mission

These are not criminals , but all they get is a death penalty for just being born... at the wrong time... at the wrong...

Posted by Stasya Briggs on Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Collecting Funds for the next clinic !

Thank You and Congratulations !

This year, second annual yard sale was such a great event.   It was so touching to see local people excited and happy, buying things they wanted and needed at the great price, and us,  volunteers, all working together, talking to locals, encouraging,  laughing, explaining what we do and for what causes, showing bird guides, playing with kids and having lots of fun. 

Thank you all , each and everyone , one more time for your support, one way or another, the whole community, beach and village got involved and participated, donating , volunteering, promoting.... 

The Last Best Beach : what a great place to live )))

Have a magical day, 


P.S. Help us collect funds for the next clinic:

        Donate Online with your credit or debit card!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Second annual Yard Sale to raise funds to continue spay and neuter project !

Amigos de Animales will be hosting a second annual yard sale fundraiser to raise funds to continue spay and neuter dogs and cats in Barra de Potosi, Playa Blanca, Farallones, Cuacayl, los Achotes , los Llanitos.

December 5, starts at 9 am - till 12 pm in front of Hacienda La Rusa in Barra de Potosi.

YARD SALE DONATIONS ARE NEEDED -  we need old stuff you don't need any more !

Drop off locations

  • Hacienda la Rusa in Barra de Potosi

  • El Refugio 

  • Restaurante Casa Arcadia in Zihuatanejo

         (on the malecon between the museo and the plaza del artistas)

if you are remodeling or fall cleaning or coming back from up north, think of the Yard Sale. Use this opportunity to clean out your basement, closet or attic! Check your kitchen, bathrooms and bodega, there must be things of a value for someone, bring them in!

Hot items are shoes , fishing gear of any kind and condition, old tires, not working appliances will sell too because people will try to get working parts. We all go thru a few coffee makers , microwaves etc etc a year because of the rust humidity and power surges, someone will want them. Old towels, sheets, plates, cups, lamps ... And many more etc

During the whole year, you can bring your donations to hacienda la Rusa for the next year sale.

Zihuatanejo , Ixtapa, Troncones residents and guests, animal lovers, please, help us if you can!

If you are willing to participate - yes! We need volunteers to help transport donated items, set-up and take down, staff the garage sale.

All proceeds from the yard sale will go towards Spay and Neuter project

For more information about donations or the yard sale, contact Stasya Briggs

MX 755 113 2224
US   253 777 4373

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

100 dogs and cats were sterilized during Free spay and neuter clinic

Spay and Neuter Clinic photo report.

4  people team arrived from Rosarito BC , Mexico : Robin, Rod, vet Rebecca, Alex. They were assisted by volunteers, Jim and Carolyn Mcintosh, Carol Romain, Debby Perkins, Matt and Christian and me. Laurel with Matt, Zoe and Gary, Carol and Doug , Isabel Pais cooked and hosted guests for meals, delicious gourmet dinners were made , which would satisfy the most demanding tastes. My workers, Jesus and Yogi, Laurel's worker Frank and Donna's housekeeper son Axle, were helping with animal transportation and anything what was needed.

 Team stayed at my place, Hacienda La Rusa, during the clinic, and at las Palmas for their 2 days post clinic vacation - thank you Jason. Karen and Richard , Casa Caracol, have their house available to Amigos de Animales all the time when needed, thank you.

 Laura Kelly, thank you for offering accommodation at your place, next time I will definitely accept your offer. Daniel , playa Calli, thank you for offering to volunteer , hopefully next time. Barbara and Ian offered to pay for one of the dinners, thank you guys. Laurel, thank you for giving me a hand any time I needed it and thank you for taking care of their dinner at las Brisas.

 Barbara and Gunner, Bob and Jane Nagel, Kathy Brown, Donna, Karen and Peter, Robin and Rick, Sharon Marriott, Laurel , Ken and Luisa, thank you for your kind support - donations. It was extremely helpful. We ran out of fashion show money mid summer and all the preparations for the clinic were out of my pocket and your help was beyond valuable.

 Guys, this clinic was a big deal. It was, of course, a huge deal for me - I was not alone fighting this battle, there were these incredible people, my neighbors, offering help , working hard together for a good cause, for their community.

 What was more important - It was a big deal for the community.

We had fun, entertaining animal welfare classes at local schools and meetings with people from the village. People were lining up early in the morning with their animals, playa Blanca , Farallones, Los Llanitos, Los Achotes, Cuacayl ... We had visitors from San Jeronimito and Petatlan, asking to organize a clinic for their communities.

None of this would happen without your help. I am honored to be part of this community.

Work does not stop here. First, we have a list of about 50 people and their pets, who want to get their animals sterilized, they came to the clinic, but we were full. We will be taking those to Spaz to get fixed as soon as possible.

Sterilization is about 200 - 300 pesos per animal. Hacienda la Rusa will be covering part of these expenses and it would be great to have donations coming!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Campana de Esterilizacion Gratis

Next week, Baja California Spay Neuter Foundation is coming to Barra de Potosi, Guerrero!

Free Animal Spay and Neuter clinic will be held Oct 15-16-17

Hurray ! Thank you, guys! We are ready and we are waiting!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Spay-Neuter clinic in Barra de Potosi in October

Finally after months and months of searching, we found a small team of amazing people willing to come and set up a Free Spay and Neuter clinic!!!

Vets  from Spay and Neuter Program in Rosarito , Baja California are coming for one week, October 13-20.

Hacienda La Rusa will provide accommodations for their stay and room for the surgeries.

Dear friends and neighbors, home and business owners , even if animals welfare is not your priority, please consider participating in this or other events, small controlled population of clean, healthy and happy animals will always positively affect your business and your life.

If you'd like to donate your place for the week of 13-20, a dinner , lunch , happy hour or a sightseeing tour of any kind, please, do !!!

What we need the most is volunteers !!!

We need people to help register new patients, pre and post op, information and promotion.

Contact me if you are here in October and willing to participate in this initiative.

If you cannot participate, but would like to send us some pesos - please , do ! )))

I am excited and worried beyond possible ))) thank God, people who are coming are real pros, and I hope there will be enough friends and neighbors willing to help, and it is going to be a great life changing experience!!!

Thank you, Stasya and all Amigos de Animales
please, call or email or stop by !

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Puppies and kittens for adoption!

Wherever you are, in Mexico or Canada or USA, 
we can find a way to get your new adopted furry child to you!

Please, consider, adopting a pet from Barra de Potosi, Gro, Mexico , 
we don't have animal shelters here, we don't have a humane society, 
there is no network of foster parents, it's just us and our little rescues.

Please, think about adopting a kitten or a puppy, give these cute innocent babies a chance to live a great life with wonderful parents, hugs, love and food every day and a security of a forever home !