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The Saga Humane Society would like to give our sincerest gratitude to everyone who helped in first of our October SNIP-a-thon clinics with Helping Paws Across Borders Oct.7-12. They were an international team of Veterinarians and Vet Tech’s who held Operation SNIP clinics at Saga Clinic, DFC and Caye Caulker. Helping Paws completed over 150 FREE spay/neuters and 200 vaccinations for our communities. The animals were sterilized, treated for internal and external parasites and vaccinated against disease. All items and services were donated to Saga HS and Helping Paws (USA NGO) by individuals to benefit San Pedro. San Pedro gains economically by having these visiting Veterinary teams. By sterilizing their pets, the community will become invested in the steps needed to control over population of domestic animals in San Pedro.

We appreciate these dedicated caring professionals for coming to assist the animals of Belize. Helping Paws worked with always changing conditions from a power outage, rain during our MASH clinic and even helped round up some strays. They even got a chance to help assist in an operation on Lucky a loggerhead turtle brought to Saga HS by Ambergris Caye Marine Turtle Program. Lucky had lost her back flipper to a shark bite. She was patched up and is now in recovery at the Hol Chan Marine Office. To continue the wildlife theme they stitched up a Wish Willie who had been attacked by a dog. We cannot say Thank You enough to these compassionate professionals.
Angie Cherry, Founder
Jennifer Cherry Scott , Co-Founder
Dr. Tom Parker
Dr. Adena Robertson
Dr. Cris Muldonado
Dr. Chante Wildgoose
Dr. Daniel Levenson
Jill Levenson
Nina Parker
Davis Davidson
Pat Anderson
Stephanie Gharst
Monica Watson
Mathew Wildgoose
A special Thank you to Mrs. Adaly Ayuso, for hosting our team during a MASH clinic in DFC at her residence. This was a tremendous help in bringing the medical teams to be closer to the animals and save the time and expense of transportation to the Saga HS clinic. We appreciate your generosity of spirit and commitment to your community.

We would like to give our Thanks to our local business community who helped sponsor this event and helped make these clinics such a success. It is with their support and donations that enable us to provide these services to our community. Please support those businesses that support their community.

 

Our staff, board and local volunteers were truly the best. They worked hard, helped immensely and we are lucky to have such dedicated supporters. It’s through perseverance like theirs that we are able to help our island animals. Thank you.

Dr. Orlando Baptist
Ingrid Lima
Noemi Castro
Omar Alavarez
Lacey Salinas
Gonzalo Salinas
Cindy Frith
Jacqueline Cervoni
Carolina Zapata
Marlon Calderon
Lori & Jim Prediger
Ashley Goehmann
Anna Hanna
Iliana Paj
Rosa La Rosa

The goal of Operation SNIP is to sterilize 75% of the island animals in 3-5 years. This will STABILIZE the pet population. In doing so, virtually NO PETS will be strays, wandering and breeding freely. No animals will be born that will not have Forever homes. Saga HS has pledged to raise money or bring visiting Veterinary teams to offer low cost or free spay/neuter, with a goal of 1,000 animals per year during this project. Contact us if you can donate your time or services to the worthily cause.

Helping Paws Across Borders KNOWS It’s Hip to SNIP!

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Saga Humane Society would like to alert the community of a Canine Distemper Virus (CDV) outbreak in San Mateo.  22 cases of distemper have already been seen at the Saga HS clinic. To prevent the spread of this highly contagious disease Saga HS will be doing a Mobile Clinic Tuesday August 6 to the affected neighborhood and will be vaccinating the area dogs. Vaccines will be at no charge to low income residents or $10 for those who can afford to pay. Saga HS seeks to raise $1000 to buy the vaccinations.  This will buy enough vaccinations for 100 animals.

To keep your dog safe make sure it is current on all vaccinations. Contain your dog within your yard and do not allow it to interact with unknown dogs. Puppies from three to six months old are particularly susceptible. CDV spreads through aerosol droplets and through contact with infected bodily fluids, including nasal and ocular secretions, feces, and urine, six to 22 days after exposure. It can also be spread by food and water contaminated with these fluids. The time between infection and disease is 14 to 18 days, although a fever can appear from three to six days after infection The virus is destroyed in the environment by routine cleaning with disinfectants, detergents, or drying. It does not survive in the environment for more than a few hours at room temperature (20–25°C), but can survive for a few weeks in shady environments.

Saga HS will keep the public updated on this situation.  If you suspect your dog has been exposed to CDV, seek veterinary medical care for your dog immediately.

Distemper in Dogs: Symptoms and Treatments [1] From Pet WebMD

Distemper is a highly contagious disease caused by a virus similar to the one that causes measles in people. Worldwide, it is the leading cause of infectious disease deaths in dogs,  All unvaccinated dogs are at high risk of infection.

Infected animals shed canine distemper virus in all body secretions. Inhaling the virus is the primary source of exposure. The highest incidence of the disease occurs in unvaccinated puppies 6 to 12 weeks of age.

Half the dogs who become infected with canine distemper virus show mild signs of illness or no signs at all. The overall health of the dog has a lot to do with how ill he becomes. The disease is most severe in dogs who are poorly nourished and ill-kept.

The distemper virus tends to attack brain cells and cells that line the surfaces of the body, including the skin, the conjunctiva, the mucous membranes of the respiratory tract, and the gastrointestinal tract. The disease takes a variety of forms. Secondary infections and complications are common, partly attributable to the immunosuppressive effects of the virus.

The first signs of distemper appear six to nine days after exposure, and in mild cases go unnoticed.

First stage is characterized by a fever spike of up to 103° to 105°F (39.4° to 40.5°C). A second fever spike is accompanied by loss of appetite, listlessness, and a watery discharge from the eyes and nose. These symptoms may be mistaken for a cold.

Within a few days, the eye and nasal discharge becomes thick, yellow, and sticky. The dog develops a pronounced dry cough. Pus blisters may appear on the abdomen. Vomiting and diarrhea are frequent and may cause severe dehydration.

During the next one to two weeks, very often the dog seems to be getting better but then relapses. This often coincides with the end of the course of antibiotics and the development of gastrointestinal and respiratory complications due to secondary bacterial invasion.

Second stage occurs two to three weeks after the onset of the disease. Many dogs develop signs of brain involvement (encephalitis), characterized by brief attacks of slobbering, head shaking, and chewing movements of the jaws (as if the dog were chewing gum). Epileptic-like seizures may occur, in which the dog runs in circles, falls over, and kicks all four feet wildly. After the convulsive episode the dog appears to be confused, shies away from his owner, wanders about aimlessly, and appears to be blind.

Treatment: Distemper must be treated by a veterinarian. Antibiotics are used to prevent secondary bacterial infections, even though they have no effect on the distemper virus. Supportive treatment includes intravenous fluids to correct dehydration, medications to prevent vomiting and diarrhea, and anticonvulsants and sedatives to control seizures.

The outcome depends on how quickly you seek professional help, the virulence of the distemper strain, the age of the dog, whether he has been vaccinated, and his ability to mount a rapid and effective immune response to the virus.

In some cases Euthanasia is the best when the dogs are suffering.

Prevention: Vaccination against canine distemper is almost 100 percent protective. All puppies should be vaccinated by 8 weeks of age. Brood bitches should be given a DHLPPv (distemper, hepatitis,Lepstoporosis,  Parvovirus and parainfluenza combination) booster shot two to four weeks before breeding.



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Puppy with Distemper

Puppy with Distemper

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Saga Humane Society aims to help reduce the problems associated with community and street animals on Ambergris Caye by introducing a pet population management program, Operation SNIP (Spay Neuter Initiative Project).  To reduce the breeding populations and reduce the number of street animals, 75-90% of all dogs and cats on the island will need to be sterilized in a 3-5 year time frame to be effective.  Saga HS has pledged to raise money or bring visiting Veterinary teams to offer low cost or free spay/neuter, with a goal of 1,000 animals per year during this project. The primary objective of comprehensive animal management program should be to keep the population of dogs and cats on Ambergris Caye down to a level where there is no need to destroy healthy and friendly animals, but without accumulating them in the Saga HS shelter.

To help us reach our goal of 1,000 animals for 2013 Saga HS is pleased to make available 75 free spay/neuters for the month of July. Dr. Baptist will be performing surgeries the second week of July.  Dr. Don Tummons of Duck Hollow Animal Hospital in Uniontown, PA will return to San Pedro July 15-26. Dr. Dr. Don helped Saga HS kick off Operation SNIP on his last visit in March 2013 in which he spay/neutered 50 animals.  He and his assistant Mary Maykuth are superstars to Saga HS, they use their own vacation time to come and help the animals of Ambergris Caye.

To help raise money and recognize our special guests join us Wednesday July 17, 2013 at Wet Willy’s Cantina for Cook Off- Summer Salads.  Tickets go on sale at 6pm, serving will start at 6:30.  Arrive early as tickets do sell out early.  Cook Off entries should be able to serve 60 sample portions.  There will be raffle prizes with all the nights’ proceeds benefiting Operation SNIP.

Take advantage of this limited promotion during July for free spay/neuter. Call for your appointment 226-3266

San Pedro knows It’s Hip to SNIP!

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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.

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When you take your dog into a public place, you must secure it with a leash and collar and pick up after your dog if it relieves itself.
Doo it! It’s the law.
Doo it!  Scoop it. Bag it. Trash it.

Doo it!
Scoop it.
Bag it.
Trash it.

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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.

 

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Keep your dog under control at all times.  No one deserves to be frightened or hurt by your dog.  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.
  • 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.

 

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.

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pow_izzie

Hi!  My name is Izzy!  I’m a little over a year old and I’m a very sweet and affectionate little girl.  My owners moved away and left me and my brother here at Saga.  We are so thankful to have been brought here, Omar is taking such good care of us until you come and adopt me (and hopefully my brother too).  Please come see us and all our friends at the Saga Humane Society today!

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KristaMoore

Saga would like to thank Krista Moore for her continued donations. The doggies at Saga really appreciate it!

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