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We would like to thank Salt Lake City County Animal Services in UT for their contribution of supplies to keep Operation SNIP on track! Also Matt Beatty of Crazy Car Ads in Utah for another amazing donation of Saga HS banners and stickers. It is organizations and businesses like this that make what we do possible.

SLC Animal Service and Crazy Car add donations

SLC Animal Service and Crazy Car add donations


SAGA Humane Society and the San Pedro Town Board are working together to help dog owners be better neighbours and members of the community.  This article will help you to understand what you can do, as a dog owner, to make San Pedro a more beautiful, happier and healthier place for residents and tourists alike. Don’t forget that when you choose to get a dog, your neighbours have no say in that choice.

  • Neuter or spay your dog.  This will prevent them from spreading disease and from adding to the dog overpopulation problem we have in San Pedro. It will also make them healthier and more loyal.
  • Keep your dog under control and in your yard at all times.  No one deserves to be frightened or hurt by your dog.
  • When in public or on the street keep your dog on a leash. Do not let them roam free while you are at work, a bar or community festival.
  • Pick up after your dog in public if it poops. Scoop it, bag it, trash it.
  • All puppies are born with roundworms and there are other internal parasites that they can catch, such as tapeworms.  When a dog poops on the ground and has worms, there is a risk that someone could become infected.  For the health and safety of everyone, it is important to worm your puppies and adult dogs regularly.  There is a good reason it is an offence to allow your dog to poop in a public place and not clean it up immediately.  It is a health hazard to humans, especially children.
  • Make sure that your dog does not disturb garbage cans as this not only makes San Pedro look dirty, but is a health hazard.
  • Do not allow your dog to bark all night.  Everyone wants a good night’s sleep and it is unfair if you allow your dog to keep other people awake.
  • All dogs should be kept up to date with their vaccinations.  This will help to stop them from catching or spreading diseases.  Rabies is a very important shot to keep up to date as rabies can be transmitted to humans and is life threatening.
  • Fleas carry tapeworms, so making sure that you have effective flea protection for your pets is essential.
  • We all know how common ticks are, but they too transmit dangerous diseases, such as tick fever, to dogs.  Many beloved dogs die unnecessarily because the owners have neglected to protect their dogs from ticks.  Mosquitoes also carry the deadly heartworm and so it is very important that every dog is given heartworm prevention on a monthly basis.

To find out how you can be a great neighbour and to learn more about preventing, worms, fleas, ticks or if you want your dog neutered or spayed, please call SAGA Humane Society on 226 3266.


Saga Humane Society would like to offer our sincerest thanks to Karen Mielcarek, licensed zumba® fitness instructor for hosting a Zumbathon® Charity Event to raise money for Operation SNIP. Friday night May 26 saw enthusiastic participants at the San Pedro High School auditorium shaking their tail to the sounds of David Marin (DJ Habo). After working up a sweat for a great cause, there where raffles and healthy refreshments for sale.  Enough money was raised to SNIP 14 animals!

Thank you to Morning Show, Eiden Salazar, Kainie Manuel and David Marin for hosting Karen Mielcarek to promote this fun event. Thank you to the businesses that donated prizes for this event; Train Station,  Black Orchid Restaurant, Latitudes Café, The Baker, Caye Caulker Water Taxi and Wet Willies. Refreshments were provided by Bowen and Bowen for water, Mary Hawthorne, Coleen Creeden, Rhonda and Dee Dillon, and Wolfgang Wind.

Our deepest gratitude to our volunteers who helped make this event a success; Renee Steimetz, Janina, Danny Cann and Iliana Paj.

SAGA Humane Society Zumbathon® Charity Event

SAGA Humane Society
Zumbathon® Charity Event


You might just have one cat or maybe even two.  They hang around, entertain the children and hopefully catch mice and rats.  They may be house pets, loved by the family for their personality and playful nature.  They might just be cats that aren’t really yours but you still put out food for them.  All of these cats are capable of having kittens and all of these cats are the reason that San Pedro now has an overpopulation of our furry feline friends.

Often people say ‘Oh I only let her have one litter’ or ‘I can find homes for them’ but if they knew the truth about cats and their amazing ability to reproduce, they would certainly think twice.  Just one unspayed female cat and her mate, along with their offspring will be responsible for producing over eleven million new cats in nine years.  Do we really want eleven million cats in San Pedro?

Cat overpopulation in San Pedro is bad news for people and cats.  Right now there are hundreds of stray and abandoned cats hiding in bodegas, alleys and only coming out at night to hunt, scavenge and reproduce.  These cats rarely live longer than two years as they succumb to injuries and disease.  They cause a nuisance by ripping open garbage, fighting and making noise as well as spreading infectious diseases.  They have no one to love them or care for them and that is the fault of the people who allowed them to breed and continue to breed.  Unfortunately, their irresponsibility has now become the responsibility of the community and SAGA Humane Society.

SAGA Humane Society is already overflowing with cats and kittens. Currently they have over 30 in their care and very few are being adopted.  If you walk around the Town in the evening, you’ll see many sad, sick and very skinny cats slinking between the golf carts and cars.  So, what can San Pedro do to stop it from raining cats?

Neutering and spaying are the only solutions.  These are very simple operations that can be performed by the veterinary surgeon and will not only prevent cats from reproducing but will reduce their risk of disease and injury.  If our community worked together, we could turn San Pedro into a place where all the cats and kittens have the homes and love that they need and deserve.

If you have a cat or kitten and you want to do the responsible thing, please contact SAGA about spaying or neutering.  If you are worried about the cost, let them know and they will do everything they can to assist.  If you know of a stray cat that has had kittens or is pregnant, please let SAGA know. To find out how you can help the cats of San Pedro please call SAGA on 226 3266.

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Saga HS is pleased to announce another 25 animals have been sterilized through Operation SNIP the week of April 23, 2013. Saga HS staff went into local neighborhoods to collect animals to be brought to the clinic for the operation.



Saga HS would like to Thank everyone involved in making Cook Off- Pasta a winning night.  Sandbar was the host of the event April 24, providing live music was Tull Rea in a beautiful setting for tasting all the fabulous entries for the contest. Thank you Sandbar for hosting us and our supporters for a fun evening raising money for Operation SNIP. Funds raised this event will be able to cover 15 FREE spay/neuters for island pets.


Sanbar’s own Chef Chap Ross challenged all entries to see who’s Pasta would reign supreme.  Chef Chap was the winner with Baked Vermicelli with Roasted Tomatoes & Vodka Cream Sauce. Cori Sterrenberg placed 2nd with Penne Puttanesca.  While 3rd was  Black Orchid Restaurant Chef Hortense Gomez for their Mushroom Fettuccine.  Thank you to everyone who entered a dish, they were all truly delicious.


Local business generously supported the night with donations for our famous raffle.  Thank you Wayo’s Bar $100.00 Gift certificate, Premium Wine and Spirits for a bottle red wine, Tech Transylvania- 3 free movies or $30.00, Belize Express for (2) round trip tickets to Belize City, Lone Star Grill for $50.00 gift certificate. Thanks to our dish sponsors – Terry Fowler, Stacey Chesnick and Feliz Bar & Grill. Please support all of these businesses that support their community.

Thank you to our loyal volunteers who helped us. Raffle ticket volunteers – Faith Noel, Alice Corrigan and Misty,. Thanks to our helpers  Rosa la Rosa, Elena Choc, Renee Steinmetz, Geovanni Martinez and Iliana Paj .  Danny Cann and Carolina who cooked our sponsored dishes.

Everyone is learning, It’s Hip to SNIP!




Saga HS is is pleased to announce the completion of 25 FREE spay/neuters this week through Operation SNIP. Island residents brought their cats and dogs to the clinic for the procedure. Helping out our own Miss Ingrid Lima in the surgeries was Joseph Morgan from Hopkins Humane Society. We would like to thank Changes in Latitude for housing Dr. Orlando Amir Baptist and Joseph during this clinic. We are fortunate to have such dedicated professionals helping Saga achieve it goals. It’s Hip to SNIP!