in 2013 Stasya Briggs and Mike Heiner bought and rebuilt a 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 euthanized 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
* organize 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!

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

* $100-200 will pay for a pet airfare

* $25-50 will pay for one sterilization

* $20 will pay for the vaccines

* $20 will feed a puppy for one month

Amigos de Los Animales

Amigos de Los Animales in Barra de Potosi, Gro, Mexico was founded in response to the overwhelming need of street animals for medical assistance, population control, and protection from maltreatment. The numbers of unwanted animals had grown creating needless animal suffering, damage to the ecosystem, and sometimes unhealthy living conditions for people and animals both.

in June 2014, Stasya and Mike of Hacienda La Rusa started a small spay and neuter program, every week taking dogs and cats to Zihuatanejo to get fixed, feeding, vaccinating, providing minimum medical care possible at the nearest vet office. For months they were operating without any support or donations, taking 3-4 dogs and cats weekly to get sterilized. The first donation  was accepted with gratitude and joy, allowed to take 8 more animals to get fixed.

Soon two more loving kind wonderful women, who were rescuing and helping stray and abused animals for years have joined.

Stasya, Mike, Debbie (something here to say about Debbie) and Karen ( of vacation rental Casa Caracol more info) have formed a group called Amigos de Los Animales which would hopefully have the ability to impact the lives of street dogs and cats with more success.

Amigos de Los Animales welcome new members and volunteers!

Whether you are a tourist or resident, please join in our mission to make this a world we can all live in together smiling and happy !

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