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

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!

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