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Saga Humane Society says Thank You!

Saga Humane Society would like to thank everyone for their generous support of our Easter Fundraiser April 24, 2011.  The festivities were held at Caribbean Villas with our gracious hosts Graham & Ruth Veralls.  Without the help of our volunteers and generous donors, this event would not have been possible.
Road Kill Bar $50.00 Bar Tab
George’s Kitchen Breakfast or Lunch for two – $30.00
My Secret Deli Dinner for two
Polo’s Golf Cart Rentals (3) Hour Golf Cart Rental
Wahoo Lounge $50 Bar Tab
Mojito Bar & Grill $50 Bar Tab
Belizean Arts Statue Caribbean Sand Woman
Fido’s Dinner for two
Santiago Acosta Gifts Garifuna Doll
Bowen & Bowen Ice & cooler
Sergio – Mousepad Tables & Chairs

rie Caroll & Gecko Graphics Event printing
Pampered Paws Flea Bath

Pampered Paws Full Groom Faride Lima Easter Gift Basket
Red Ginger/Caliente/OR Blue Water Grill Dinner for two
Mar de Colores Hair Salon $50 Gift Certificate
Wild Mango’s Lunch Wild Mango’s Dinner
DandE’s Custard $20 Gift Certificate
Tanisha Tours Trip for (2) to Lamani
Destination Paradise Dive Shop Stuffed Eagle Ray
David Marin DJ
Tamara Sniffin Flyer design

Dr. Mark & Joan Johnson 300 Toothbrushes

Bacab Eco Resort wrist bands
Susie Quist Cookies
Laura Sutton Cupcakes
Mary Hawthorne Cupcakes
Alan Soto Face Painting

Mary Pugh

Laura Sutton
Nancy Roundtree
Jan Ahlman
Renee SteinmetzBruce Pickering
Cindy Ayala
Hendrik Oosthuizen
Susie Quist
Beth Hart
Ninfa Juan
Eileen Jamison
Saga Staff:
Lori Purdy
Grant Crimmins
Ari Trejo
Kathy Marin
Ingrid Lima
Coleen Creeden
Lillian Marquez

As we watch the changes in San Pedro we all get to know that with progress comes the good and the bad.  Unfortunately it is often our furry friends who end up paying the toll.  Freeway is a good example of this.

Recently taxis have been allowed to cross the bridge to the part of the island north of the cut.  Dogs who live in town grow up around taxis and learn how to stay safe and out of the way as they pass.  But for dogs north of the cut, taxis are a new and unknown danger.

Freeway grew up footloose and fancy free at a resort on the north side of the island because his owner lived and worked there.  He had not seen many taxis in his lifetime and because he was neglected by his irresponsible owners, he was just allowed to wander around on his own.  This had been safe enough until the taxis were allowed to cross the bridge.

Poor Freeway didn’t know anything about how to stay out of the way and before long he was run over.  Sadly, his owners didn’t care enough for him to take him to SAGA and have his injury treated.  So, his foot got worse and worse, leaving him in pain and suffering – only able to hobble around on three legs.  Luckily for Freeway, some kind tourists took pity on him and brought him to SAGA.

It was too late for Freeway and he ended up paying a very high toll.  Because his injury had been left so long without medical attention, part of his foot had to be amputated.  The worst part about this is that if his owners had been responsible and cared for him the way they should have, he probably would have recovered fully.

But there is good news.  Freeway is getting better and with the love and attention of the SAGA staff and volunteers, he will soon be looking for a new home with people who truly love and care for him.

If your dog is injured or if you see an injured animal that has not been cared for, make sure to get help.  You might just save them from paying a very heavy price.

Freeway’s foot
Freeway feeling better

For information on how you can help sick, injured or neglected animals or if you’re interested in adopting Freeway or any of his friends, please contact SAGA on 226 3266.


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!