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We are Very Happy that Maximo got his FOREVER HOME. Here is a picture of him and his new daddy. Thanks for adopting from SAGA.


SAGA receives calls daily about animals that need their help.  Whenever a member of staff picks up the phone, they can only hope and pray for a happy ending because calls to SAGA so often have such a tragic beginning.  Such was the case when someone called to report that a small dog had been left tied to an abandoned shack in San Mateo without food, water or shelter.

No matter how long a person has worked for SAGA, they never get used to the horrific sights that sometimes greet them when they rescue a dog or cat that has been the victim of cruelty, abuse or neglect.  Cinthia’s condition was terrible and her pitiful state just made her rescuers want to weep.  She was starving, had a terrible case of Demodex – a non contagious skin disease – so was nearly bald, was dehydrated and suffering from the deadly disease, Tick Fever.

Very little is known about Cinthia’s history before coming into the loving care of SAGA Humane Society.  So her tale starts with them. Sometimes it can be difficult to decide whether or not a dog will survive after being subjected to such incredible suffering and it is often entirely up to the dog whether or not they will fight for their lives.   After a grueling two months of intensive care and treatment with SAGA, Cinthia proved that she was going to fight and not give up.

As she recovered and gained her strength, along came a couple, Matt & Katina Ewing.   It was love at first sight despite the challenge facing them because they just couldn’t afford to fly Cinthia to the USA at the time.  Inspired by Cinthia’s fight for life, they didn’t give up and neither did SAGA. After some fundraising, Cinthia headed off to her new home and her new life.

Normally, our tale would end here – but it doesn’t.  Two weeks ago Katia Marin and Heidi Sowards, SAGA volunteers, were attending a conference in Puerto Rico.   Who should they bump into but Katina and Cinthia.  It was a joyous reunion and many tears were shed, not because of Cinthia’s sad tale, but because of her amazing happy ending.  Doesn’t every dog and cat that SAGA rescues deserve a happy ending?  If you want to give a dog or cat a new life, please contact SAGA on 226 3266.













Playa (aka Sparky) and her best friend Moon (white and black, center) relaxing on the couch with friends to celebrate graduation from obedience school. That’s Pelican–also a Saga Alum–on the back of the couch.

In February 2009, we visited friends in Ambergris Caye, Belize. They foster dogs for Saga – the local humane society.  This year, they fostered a little beagle named Toby. Toby used to live at the Belize Yacht club, but his owner gave him up for reasons unknown.

My 6 year only daughter and I fell in love with Toby instantly. We talked
about getting a beagle for years and here was a sweet one who
needed a home.  The deal was sealed a few days later when we woke to find
him smack in the middle of our bed with his head on the pillow! That was
it – I woke up my husband and said we had to bring him home with us.

Adoption was remarkably easy.  We went to Saga Humane Society and they
prepared the rabies and health certificate.  They also advised quarantine
was not necessary for dogs being brought into Canada from Belize (Belize is
part of the Commonwealth).  I called the airline, made arrangements and we
flew home.

We’re so happy to have Toby.  I own my own business and he comes to work
with me every day as our mascot – a job he adores.  But when he’s off duty,
he’s simply our baby and a great addition to our family!