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Deciding to get a dog is a life changing decision for you and the dog and should never be taken lightly.  Dogs require at least a couple of hours of your time every day for feeding, grooming, exercise, training and play.  They need to be kept safely contained and on walks their poop picked up, bagged and placed in the garbage bin.  If you don’t have a fence, then your dogs should never be left unattended in your yard. Your dogs will be able to run away to poop in the street or in your neighbor’s yards, empty garbage bins making an unhealthy environment. They will learn bad habits like chasing children, bicycles or vehicles resulting in accidents or injuries.  Not only are you placing them in danger, but also could be causing nuisance problems in your community.  Unbelievably, some irresponsible dog owners blame vehicle drivers when their dog is hit by a car or cart, forgetting that it is their responsibility to keep their dog safe and off the streets. 

All dogs need a mental and physical outlet.  If dogs are not given enough physical and mental exercise they can develop behavior problems such as barking, chasing and aggression.  It is never acceptable to allow your dog to exercise itself.  Your dog is your responsibility, which means that whenever it is not contained on your property, it should be on a leash and under your immediate control. Otherwise, you are making your dog everyone else’s problem.  Even worse are those who leave the care of the dog to their children.  Children should never be left unsupervised with any dog, for any length of time, for any reason.  Almost all serious injuries caused to children by dogs happen when they are unsupervised.

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When thinking about getting a dog it is important to choose a dog based on temperament and personality to make sure that it fits in with your lifestyle.  Saga Humane Society always has plenty of ‘pretty’ dogs that people purchased on impulse without knowing anything about the breed and then couldn’t look after them.  When you commit to a dog you are committing for the rest of its life, 10-15 years.  That means that whatever your circumstances are and even if they change, your dog is still your responsibility.  So, even if you find yourself in a situation where you can no longer care for your dog, it is up to you to make sure you find it a new loving permanent home.  So many people get dogs and then thoughtlessly abandon them or force them upon friends and family members when they are no longer convenient, or even worse, abandon them when they move. Surrendering them to Saga HS is not the answer either. In the past two years 625 animals were given up by their owners to Saga HS and only 276 were adopted into new homes.

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Good and responsible dog owners make sure their dogs are healthy, up to date on their vaccinations, wormed regularly and given heartworm prevention medicine monthly.  Even more importantly, they have their dog neutered or spayed so as not to add to the problem of dog overpopulation that we already have on Ambergris Caye.  Every year Saga Humane Society rounds up, cares for and humanely euthanases hundreds of animals because of the irresponsible acts of those who refuse to have their animals neutered or spayed.  Saga Humane Society is a not for profit that solely exists through fundraising and donations, it receives no money from government for its service to the community.

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If you want to be a dog owner, be one to be proud of by being responsible by walking your dog on leash when off your property, Scoop that Poop and spay or neuter your dog.  Show that not only do you care about your dog but that you care about your neighbours and La Isla Bonita.

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Saga Humane Society would like to give our sincere Thanks to all of our supporters in the San Pedro Town community for helping to make our 10th Annual Halloween Party a fantastic success.  Thank you for your hospitality to our gracious hostess Charlene Woods and the amazing staff at BC’s Beach Bar. The beach was alive with the dynamic sounds of Valentino, aroma of delicious food and the sounds of giggling children.  It was a great day, despite the downpour and hurricane winds that blew the tents down.  Eventually the rain stopped, the sun came out and everyone had a howling good time. Our honored judges this year were Tamara Sniffin, Jan Brown, and Allen Soto.  They had a hard time deciding on the winners of the various Costume Contests. After much discussion the winners were announced. There was a tie for Cutest!

1st Cutest                                  Yankee as Pupcake                    Tula

1st Cutest                                  Bella as a Witch                         David and Benjamin

2nd Cutest                                  Pumpkin Princess                      Elsa

Scariest                                     Voshi as Zombie Dog               Siomarie

Best Team                                 Monsterish Dogs                      Monster High

 

Thank you to San Pedro Town Council for the use, delivery, setup of tables and tents.  The business community of San Pedro was very generous in their donations for our raffles, food and Silent Auction.  We would like to give our Thanks to our local business community who helped sponsor this event and helped make these events such a success. It is with their support and donations that enable us to continue providing services to our community. Please support those businesses that support their community. Please accept our humble gratitude.

DandE’s Frozen Custard & Sorbet Gift certificate

Pepperoni’s 16 in pizza-any kind

Licks Breakfast for 2

Spice It Up – Dinner for 2

Estels Breakfast or BBQ for 2

War Paint Gift Basket

Wet Willy’s Gift certificate

Wayo’s Gift certificate

Crazy Canucks Gift certificate

AJ’s Gift certificate

Castillo’s Hardware Gift certificate

Beauty Basket from Sandy

MELT Gift certificate

BOAZ 24 hr cart rental

Leslies Salon Free Hair Cut

ABC  Lunch

Mata Rocks Gift certificate

Picasso Spirits- Kahlua and Red Devil

Caliente’s Gift certificate

Red Ginger Gift certificate

DigiCell Phone cards

Zen Arcade– one free week of Yoga

Pet Master –Pet food and dishes

X-Treem Geeks Gift certificate

$200 Anonymous

$100 Anonymous

La Familia Tortillas

Three Brothers Store

Almaza Store

Dalia’s Store

One Stop Store

Big Tree Fruits & Vegetables

Quality Poultry

The Greenhouse

7-Eleven Store

Mark’s Store

Marina’s Supermarket

Lino’s Meat Shop

The Local Store

Caye Mart

Ritchie’s Supermarket

Lisa & Anthony Anderson

San Pedrano Store

El Dorado Store

Paradise Market

Maria’s Fruit Market

Wine de Vine

LC Distributors

Super Buy

La Divina Providencia

San Pedro Sun

Sunbreeze Suites 1 night double occupancy

Sunbreeze Hotel 1 night double occupancy

Captain Sharks Okuma Adult Rod and Reel & “Cars” Kid’s Tacklebox

Chuck and Robbie’s Dive Shop Snorkeling trip for 2

Scuba School Belize Snorkeling for 2 or One-Tank Dive or Resort Course

Mystical Adventures Half day Snorkeling for 2

Tanisha Tours Lamanai Ruins tour for 2

Searious Adventure Cave Tubing & Zip Line tour for 2

Mambo Chill Boutique Gift certificate

Go Fish Belize 1 hr. Fly Fishing lesson plus T-shirt and hat

Seaduced by Belize Trip to Cave Tubing & Xunantunich Mayan Ruins for 2

Conch Creative – Photo Session with 5 digitally enhanced photos + 1 ‘super’ enhanced art piece style portrait.

Tropic Air R/T Airline Ticket to Belize City Municipal

Victoria House  Dinner for 2

Blue Water Grill Gift certificate

A very special Thanks to all the volunteers who made this event possible. Our staff, board and local volunteers are truly the finest. They worked hard, helped enormously and we are fortunate to have such committed supporters. We couldn’t have done it without great cook Carolina Zapata. It’s through determination like theirs that we are able to help our island animals. Thank you all.

Kathy Marin                              Rebecca Coutant

Ingrid Lima                               Eileen Jamison

Renee Steinmetz                     Jackie Cervoni

Faride Salinas                          Iliana Paj

Sharon Metcalfe                      Ashley Goehmann

Allen Soto                                 Minor Perez

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Through the generosity of all the people and businesses listed above, and also of the people of San Pedro Town who attended this event, Saga will be able to continue offering services to our community through Operation SNIP. 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.

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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 HS is pleased to announce an October  SNIP-a-thon. During the month of October Saga HS will be hosting two different visiting Veterinary groups to hold free spay/neuter clinics for the low income residents of Ambergris Caye. In addition to the free spay/neuters the teams will be doing additional CDV vaccinations, and dog training sessions for public. The goal is to sterilize over 300 island pets during the month.
 
Helping Paws Across Borders will be in San Pedro Oct. 7-10. They will be bringing a team of 15 including Veterinarians, Vet Techs, and dog trainers.  This group will focus their efforts on the neighborhoods of DFC, San Juan and Downtown. Because of limited space at the Saga HS clinic, MASH (Mobile Animals Surgical Hospital)type clinic will be held in DFC at Mrs. Adaly Ayuso. This will allow the medical teams to be closer to the animals and save the time and expense of transportation to the Saga HS clinic. Helping Paws Across Boarders stated goal is to reach out to other countries and make a difference in the lives of abused and neglected companion animals. Supply medicine and medical equipment to local Animal Shelters. To educate local clinic volunteer’s in shelter medicine. Stop overpopulation of companion animals in undeveloped countries. Be available to assist in spay and neuter clinics when and where we might be needed. Interacting with the local children and making animal welfare educational material available to them.
 
Hopkins Humane Society will be in San Pedro Oct. 18-21. They will be bringing a team including Veterinarians and Vet Techs.  This group will focus on San Mateo.
More details to come.
October SNIP-a-thon

October SNIP-a-thon

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Happy Tails for Snowy she got her green card! Thank you Sybil Ledet Harrison for adopting a wonderful potlicker. Give her a good belly rub for us.
Wag Wag Wiggle.

Snowy.. One lucky potlicker.. Loving her wicker chair and being a Florida girl! Thanks for letting us adopt her!

Snowy.. One lucky potlicker.. Loving her wicker chair and being a Florida girl! Thanks for letting us adopt her!

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Happy Tails are wagging for Peanut, she found her Furever Home yesterday!! She will make her new family very happy, as she left a trail of broken hearts at Saga Humane Society.
Thank you Ms. Jacqueline Cervoni for taking these wonderful pictures of animals available for adoption and making a difference in their lives.
Wag Wag Wiggle for Peanuts!
Well it is a sad day for me but a happy day for Peanut. My little rescue dog whom I became so wonderfully attached to as a new home.........she was adopted yesterday - I will miss her very much and shed a few tears.

Well it is a sad day for me but a happy day for Peanut. My little rescue dog whom I became so wonderfully attached to as a new home………she was adopted yesterday – I will miss her very much and shed a few tears.

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7 months, 2 days, 23 minutes and 18 seconds……….counting the days till I can find someone who will take me home. I love to cuddle, romp and just have fun. Life will be great if we could share our days together…..just you and me, oh hey I like kids too. 226-3266

Sebastian

Sebastian

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Well hello there. I know what you’re thinking; you can’t believe how handsome I am….right!  Don’t be embarrassed, everyone says the same thing. So are you ready to take this handsome boy home? I hope so, because with my good looks and your love for me, we’ll make a great match. 226-3266

Jack

Jack

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