SASY! Stop Animal Suffering, Yes! I love this group; not only what they do for the animals, but for their feisty and fun way of doing it – my kind of folks.
This year’s annual fundraiser took place at Quinta Salitral in Santa Ana, Costa Rica. Through the generosity of SASY supporters, there were tons of beautiful items donated for the cause. Soon after entering the grounds, my eye was drawn to the colorful artistic display of the unique items for sale. The Guatemalan boots beckoned. I strolled over, not wanting to appear eager so as to not alert the competition who may want to purchase these gems before I had a chance to grab them.
I had to rush off to slip into my “Lotus Girl” outfit and start selling tickets for the rides donated by Lotus owner, Andrew Pike.
Once ticket sales were done, and I could change back into being a guest, I raced to the display table. Yes! The Guatemalan boots were still there. They were hand-crafted with a beautiful floral design and my favorite part? The soles were made from old tires! They fit, I jumped for joy and went on to enjoy the rest of the activities.
The day started with a mountain hike complete with SASY souvenir walking stick, and continued with delicious food donated by local vendors, restaurants and individuals. There was a beautiful and talented belly dancer, activities such as horse-shoes, piñata bashing for both children and adults, craft beer, wine from Spain and Chile, and lively mingling among friends old and new.
Of course, none of this would be possible without the dedication and hard work of the founders and volunteers of this organization which has helped spay and neuter thousands of animals and raised awareness in the communities of Costa Rica. They are now expanding into Nicaragua with boundless energy and always a cheerful smile while giving selflessly to a worthy cause.
In spite of a light sprinkling it was a stellar day, enjoyed by young and old, and raised the much-needed funds to continue with spay-neuter clinics, awareness-raising education, and invaluable community service.
And I have a new pair of boots – magic boots at that. Who knows where they will take me?
For more information, to donate, or get involved please visit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/8700344677/