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MONTHLY COOKOFF FUNDRAISER
Tuesday, May 13
HOSTED BY Carlo and Ernie’s Runway Bar
TICKETS GO ON SALE AT 6PM SERVING STARTS AT 6:30PM
ONLY $15 BZ TO SAMPLE ALL THE ENTRIES
THIS MONTH’S THEME: TEX MEX
VIP Table
Seating for up to 6
Only Two tables available
$25 BZ Per Person
No waiting in line for food Food will be served to you!
To reserve call Katia at 610 – 0992
To enter a dish, please call 610-0992. Your dish needs to
serve a minimum of 65 sample size portions. Please bring your entry to the venue location by 6pm on the night of the event.

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2013 Community Accomplishments –

Saga HS Clinic and Shelter- Saga HS operates a not for profit Veterinary Clinic in San Pedro that is open to the public. As well as a animal shelter, Ft. Dog for homeless dogs and cats available for adoption. There was a 36% decrease in adoptions from the shelter, as residents buying and importing “breed” animals to the island.

  • 12% decrease in shelter animals- With a 30% increase in animal care costs, and fewer owner surrenders the Saga HS shelter saw a decrease in animals in the shelter.
  • 150% increase in animals treated free of charge- With the economy still struggling, free services increased in 2013 to low income residents.
  •  216% increase in vaccinations- To control the spread of diseases distemper, rabies and parvo vaccines were given to low income residents at no charge.
  • CDV outbreak and Mobile Clinics-   After 22 cases of distemper had been seen at the Saga HS clinic, it was clear there was an outbreak in San Mateo. To prevent the spread of this highly contagious disease Saga HS held a Mobile Clinic Tuesday August 6 & 13 to the San Mateo area. Saga HS vaccinated 151 the area dogs and distributed antibiotics to affected dogs.  5 dogs were transported back to Saga HS clinic with advance symptoms of distemper and humanly euthanized. Vaccines were at no charge to low income residents or $10 for those who could afford to pay. Estimated cost to Saga HS was $2,000 which was subsidized through donations. Success was measured through a decrease in cases of CDV in San Mateo and the lack of the disease spreading to other neighborhoods.
  • Wildlife- Saga HS Veterinarian Dr. Baptist assisted operating on two different injured and sick marine turtles for the Ambergris Caye Marine Turtle Program. Lucky the Green and Flipper the Hawksbill both made a recovery and released back to the sea.

 

Operation SNIP – Saga HS 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.  The primary objective of comprehensive management program should be to keep the population of dogs and cats in a particular area down to a level where there is no need to destroy healthy and friendly animals, but without accumulating them in a shelter.

After analyzing the numbers, owner surrenders were averaging 422 animals per year in between 2009-2012.  43% of those surrenders were euthanized due to lack of homes, decreases in adoption rates or for adverse health reasons. SNIP efforts were concentrated on owned animals that were left to breed freely in backyards, only to be surrendered or turned loose to the streets as strays. SNIP was offered to owners for no cost in 2013 to increase owner participation.

  • 42% increase– 639 animals were sterilized through SNIP in 2013. The estimated cost to Saga HS was $32,000 which was subsidized through volunteers, grants, donations and fundraising efforts. Success was measured by a decrease of 26% in owner surrenders and a 27% decrease in surrender euthanasia.
  • Volunteer Vet- Dr. Don Tummons of Duck Hollow Animal Hospital in Uniontown, PA helped kick off Operation SNIP in March 2013 with 50 free spay/neuters. He returned for a week in July to help complete 75 spay/neuters for the month. Dr. Tummons and his assistant Mary Maykuth are superstars to Saga HS, as their volunteer their time and expertise and vacation time to come help the animals of Ambergris Caye.
  •  World Spay Day- 25 animals were sterilized in co-ordination with World Spay Day promoted by The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International. 
  • SNIP-a-thon- During the month of October Saga HS hosted two different visiting Veterinary groups Helping Paws Across Borders and Hopkins Belize Humane Society that provided 208 free spay/neuter clinics for the low income residents of Ambergris Caye in DFC and San Mateo. In addition to the free spay/neuters the teams did wellness check up’s, additional CDV vaccinations and parasite treatments. Success was measured by the high turnout of owners bringing their animals to the Mobile MASH Clinics, instead of requiring transportation to Saga HS Clinic.

 

 

Education- Saga HS provides a range of educational materials and press releases with information on the responsibilities of animal ownership, how to care for companion animals and the advantages of pet sterilization.  Community education is also accomplished through websites, social media, school visits and mobile clinics.

  •  William & Charlotte Parks Foundation Grant- was awarded for our public educational program. A portion will be used to make public service announcements on responsible pet ownership, SNIP for TV, radio and print media. The other portion will be used to fund an educational program in local school teaching children kindness and responsibility toward animals.

 

San Pedro Dog Control Orders- Saga HS, San Pedro Town Council and San Pedro Police Department worked together after complaints of dogs at large in public, defecating in the street and dog attacks to resolve the issues growing concerns due to uncontrolled dogs. The majority of offenders are owned animals that their owners allow on to the streets without a leash or supervision.  All three agencies came to an agreement in enforcing existing Belize Law Dog Act, through the San Pedro Dog Control Orders. These orders address which agency is responsible for each area a comprehensive dog management plans.

  • San Pedro Town Council– has the authority to license dogs, write tickets and assess fines to irresponsible dog owners for allowing their dogs to be at large in public without a leash, nuisance complaints, failure to pick up and barking complaints. This is all within their legal authority.  The enforcement will be rolled out in phases. Owners need to be made aware of their responsibility and potential fines under the law.
  • San Pedro Police Department- has the authority to take dog attack complaints, write tickets, assess fines, require owners to post warning signs or muzzle dog in public, and investigate vicious or savage dog reports for summery conviction, or to refer case to Magistrate for prosecution.
  • Saga Humane Society- has the authority to round up dogs at large that appear to be ownerless and without a collar for transport to the Saga HS shelter. A fine will be collected if dog is claimed by owner. Unclaimed healthy animals will be vaccinated sterilized and adopted. Saga HS investigates complaints of animal abuse and abandonment.

 

2013

Dogs Rounded Up: 170 (-5%)

Dogs Returned to Owner: 32 (-4%)

Euthanasia round up: 101 dogs (+2%)

Surrender (owner left at Saga): 266 (-26%)

Euthanasia of surrenders: 178 (-27%)

Adopted into New Homes:  108 (-36%)

Spayed/Neutered: 639 (+42%)

Parasite treatments: 321 (+184%)

Vaccinated: 503 (+216%)

Treated Free of Charge: 335 (+150%)

Total Euthanasia: 279 (-19%)

Average Animals in Shelter: 42 (-12%)

Saga Humane Society was founded in 1999, primarily to monitor and control the cat and dog populations on Ambergris Caye. Through assisted cost spay/neuter and adoption, humane education program. Saga improves the general health and well being of the domestic and wild animals, as well as the humans of the island.

Our mission at Saga Humane Society, a non-profit, non-governmental organization, is to prevent cruelty and replace it with kindness to all animals. We seek to achieve our goals by providing medical care and shelter to animals in need and subsidizing veterinary care to low income families. This is accomplished through the operation of the island’s only non-profit veterinary clinic, conducting ongoing spay/neuter and vaccination campaigns, animal adoption and public education programs. Our vision is to build a permanent animal clinic/education center in Ambergris Caye, Belize and continue working toward a long term solution to end animal abuse, neglect and overpopulation.

The Saga Foundation Limited, d/b/a Saga Humane Society is a Belize registered NGO and is a 501 (c)(3) organization; our US Federal Tax ID number is 31-1814113.

 

These girls wanted to make sure their beloved dog was well taken care of, so they brought her to the SNIP-a-thon.

These girls wanted to make sure their beloved dog was well taken care of, so they brought her to the SNIP-a-thon.

 

 

 

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Saga Humane Society would like to give a big Thank You to Bella Italia for hosting our Cook Off Italian/Pasta March 26.   There was an air of hungry eagerness as the Chef’s began to arrive with their pasta entries. It was a lively crowd that kept our raffle tickets sales busy. The new VIP tables for six sold quickly to Saga HS supporters Wolfgang Wind and Eisenberg family to enjoy. Thank you to everyone who attended to help support Operation SNIP, we consider you all Very Important People. It was a pleasant night for all that raised money for 25 SNIPs (spay/neuter) for low income residents.

After the votes were tallied the winner was Lasagna – Heather Smith. 2nd Place went to Tuscan Italian Soup with pesto toast- Nancy Nida from Fido’s.  3rd Place was Mama’s Classic Spaghetti & Meatballs – Rosa La Rosa.  The other fine dishes were: Macaroni & Cheese Balls with ranch dip and Chipotle – Luna Loca, Penne Pasta With Cheese Sauce – Carolina Mckay (sponsored by Michele Coldberg), Bacon Spaghetti – Bella Italia, Parmesan Chicken Pasta – Faride Lima. We are grateful to the Chef’s for their scrumptious entries, creativity and for their support.

We had some first-rate raffle prizes, Xtreme Geeks gift certificate, ABC Bar & Grill gift certificate, and a Black Orchid gift certificate. We value the charitable support from our local business community through their donations.

Such events would not be possible if not for the hard work of our volunteers. Thank you for your dedication; Rene Steinmetz, Iliana Paj, Heather Smith, Ingrid Lima, Judy Schreiner, Kathy Marin and Sandie Betz-Eisenberg.

Saga Humane Society would like to thank everyone for their continued support.

Bella Italia knows It’s Hip to SNIP!

 

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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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Join Saga Humane Society for Cook Off- Italian/Pasta at Bella Italia Wednesday March 26!

TICKETS GO ON SALE AT 6PM SERVING STARTS AT 6:30PM
ONLY $15 BZ TO SAMPLE ALL THE ENTRIES
THIS MONTH’S THEME: ITALIAN/PASTA!

VIP Table
Seating for up to 6
Only Two tables available
$25 BZ Per Person
No waiting in line for food
Food will be served to you!
To reserve call Katia at
610 – 0992

Mar 2014 Cookoff Flyer_1

 

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SAGA Humane Society would like to give a big Thank You to Brandy Deangelo and the entire staff of Luna Loca for hosting our Cook Off Appetizers January 22.    There was an air of cheerful enthusiasm as the Chef’s began to arrive with their delicious entries. It was a sellout crowd who were ready to eat and kept our raffle tickets sales busy. A new option was added, VIP tables for six that could be reserved in advance. These sold quickly to Saga HS supporters Wolfgang Wind and Cara Bray to enjoy. Thank you to everyone who attended to help support Operation SNIP. It was a pleasurable night for all.

After the votes were tallied the winner was Tostones (plantain chips with ranch chicken salad) made by Letty Hernandez. 2nd Place went to host Luna Loca with Monte Cristo Bites.  3rd Place was Feliz Bar’s with Pepperoni Pretzel Pockets.  The other fine appetizers were: Stuffed Chicken bacon tomatoes- Carolina Zapata, Fruity Chicken Salad wraps -Renee Steinmetz, Jalapeno Bread with sausage- Carolina Zapata. We are grateful to the Chef’s for their delicious entries, creativity and for their support.

We had some first-rate raffle prizes, Mata Rocks gift certificate, Castillo’s Hardware gift certificate, and a beautiful necklace. We value the charitable support from our local business community through their donations.

Such events would not be possible if not for the hard work of our volunteers. Thank you for your dedication; Rene Steinmetz, Iliana Paj, Heather Smith, Janina Canales, Letty Hernandez, Jacqueline Cervoni, Kathy Marin, Alice Corrigan and Faith Noel.

Saga Humane Society would like to thank everyone for their continued support.

 

Luna Loca knows It’s Hip to SNIP!

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Join Kelly McGuire and Saga Humane Society Tuesday February 11 @ Fido’s Courtyard.

  • Live in Concert
  • Auction with one of the World’s Best Auctioneer
  • Donation by Fido’s for Draft beer & wings orders
  • Raffle prizes

Support Operation SNIP , which will reach cats and dogs that will probably never see a vet in their lives.  The goal is a healthy population of cats and dogs who cannot  reproduce.

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Saga Humane Society is pleased to announce the first Cook Off for 2014, Appetizers! Join us Wednesday January 22 at Luna Loca to try all the excellent dishes.
VIP Table- No waiting in line for food, food will be served to you! Seating for up to 6. Only is one table available at $25 BZ Per Person.
To reserve call Katia at 610 – 0992

Bark Bark Meow!

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