The final chapter of Anita’s Animals has been written in a progress report submitted last week by Edelweiss Padilla Strehlow, the daughter of the shelter’s founder.
All of the cats and dogs once housed at the rescue facility in San Juan Cosalá have been adopted or placed elsewhere since its operation was closed at the end of July.
“These past five months have been pretty tough for everyone involved at Anita’s Animals,” Padilla says. “Being Anita’s daughter and having been directly involved with it all, I can now say that things just little by little started falling apart and then started falling back into place again.”
The shelter was created almost 20 years ago by German immigrant Anita Strehlow as a personal mission to rescue and encourage the adoption of homeless cats and dogs. The acceptance of animals was terminated in early June when Strehlow returned to her homeland to undergo treatment for a health condition. At that time she was caring for around 80 infant and adult animals.
A group of local animal lovers jumped in to form a transition team with the aim of taking over the shelter’s ownership and management. Unfortunately, the proposition never jelled. Padilla and a number of dedicated supporters henceforth began the arduous process of shutting down the project. Their prime task was to find permanent or temporary homes for each and every animal.