By Jackie Kellum
When this column is published, unless some kind of miracle occurs, the new 16% IVA tax on all pet food is in effect in January. This will affect the majority of people who have family pets, but it will have the hardest impact on Mexican families who have a very restricted income and budget. Those who have a cat / dog, or more, take pride in their pet and consider it an integral part of the family unit. Research has shown that adults who have a pet gain a positive effect, both physically and mentally. Families that have both children and a family pet usually gain a positive learning experience for their child as pet ‘ownership’ usually promotes self-worth, a sense of pride, compassion and responsibility which leads to good citizenship. If you have staff who takes care of your house, garden, etc., ask if they have a family pet. If they do, consider a holiday gift of some pet food for that pet family member – I know they will be touched by your thoughtfulness.
Anita and her volunteers would like to express a special Thank You! to those un-sung individuals, heroes/heroines actually, who go out of their way in their busy lives to provide assistance to animals in need. It is easy to walk by a problem and figure someone else will take care of it. Happily there are many un-named individuals who do take the time and effort to make a difference in a needy animal’s life by providing food and water, rescuing from an abusive/hazardous situation, providing foster care and adopting. Happy Holidays to All!