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Saga Humane Society was thrilled to have interns from UNC Wilmington helping out at Saga Humane Society this week. These wonderful volunteers are here on the island for 5 weeks student teaching in our local schools. While schools are on Easter Break, they have been walking dogs and painting fences at the clinic and kennels at Fort Dog. This program has been bringing students to Ambergris for the past six years . We are honored to be on their itinerary and hope to work with them in the future on humane education during their visits. Thank you interns, Dr. Catapono and Dr. Kabasko for helping in our community.
Bark Bark Meow for the UNC Wilmington Seahawks!

 

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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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HOSTED BY WET WILLY’S

Thursday, December 19

TICKETS GO ON SALE AT 6PM          SERVING STARTS AT 6:30PM

ONLY $15 BZ TO SAMPLE ALL THE ENTRIES

THIS MONTH’S THEME: COOK’S CHOICE!

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SAGA Humane Society would like to give a big thanks to Carlo & Ernie’s Runway Bar and their great staff for hosting our Cook Off- Rice Thursday November 21st.   The night turned out to be a lucky and dry day for the Saga HS and our supporters.  There was a great turnout of visitors and locals who enjoyed all the fine Rice dishes presented.  The event raised needed funds to cover the expenses to SNIP over 20 low income island pets.

After the votes were tallied Melt Café took 1st Place with Easter Wrap. 2nd Place went to Laura Sutton with Stuffed Rice Balls. 3rd Place was Cindy Firth with Shrimp Risotto. The other fine rice dishes were: Shrimp in Rice – Letty Hernandez, Turkish Rice – Carolina Zapata, Rice Pudding with Caramel Sauce – Runway Bar, Spicy Jamaica Rice- Carolina Zapata, Mushroom Carrot Rice topped with Caribbean Chicken. -Runway Bar. We are grateful to all the cooks for their entries and for their support.

We had some first-rate raffle prizes, Pepperoni’s Pizza gift certificate, Caliente gift certificate, Red Ginger gift certificate, and Picasso Spirits.  We appreciate the generous support from our local business community.

Such events would not be possible if not for the hard work of our volunteers. Thank you for your dedication; Rene Steinmetz, Carolina Zapata , Iliana Paj, Katia Marin, Janina, Jacqueline Cervoni, and Sandy Rigby.

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

Carlo & Ernie know It’s Hip to SNIP!

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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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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.
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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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Saga HS would like to give a sincere Thank You to El Fogon and every person involved in making Cook Off- Central America September 19 a festive and successful night.  Newly paved Trigger Street, country flags made for a celebratory atmosphere for a block party all provided by gracious hosts El Fogon for the evening. Money raised will be used for the October SNIP-a-thon. Saga HS will be hosting visiting vets to provide over 300 FREE spay/neuter for low income island residents.

 

All eight countries of Central America were represented with impressive entries into this month’s contest. After all the votes were counted Feliz Bar’s was the 1st prize winner for Pollo Encebollado – (Nicaragua).  2nd prize winner went to El Fogon for Tamales – (Belizean).  3rd prize Croquetas de res con queso – (Costa Rica) to Carolina Caldweld. The other delicious dishes were Pupusas (Salvador) from Pupuseria tipico Salvadoranio Restaurant , Chicken Quesadillas (Mexico) – Faride Lima , Stuffed Plantains w/ cream – (Honduras) Letty Hernandes, Patacones – (Panama) Carolina Caldweld, Boyos (Guatemalan tamales) – Patricia Rosalez.  We are very grateful to have the support of all those who entered. Thank you to dish sponsors Rene Steinmetz, Pampered Paws, Sew What, and Wolfgang Wind.
Local business generously supported the night with donations for our famous raffle and Tropical Sangria.  The raffle prizes were a Digicell (BTL) gift Basket and free 4G service cards, Carlo &Ernie’s Runway Bar gift certificate and wine from Premium Wine and  Spirits. Travellers Liquor donated brandy and Chef Chap Ross made the Tropical Sangria. We are grateful to these businesses that make a commitment to make a difference in our community.

The night was made possible by our hardworking volunteers. Thank you for helping make the night a triumph. Volunteers Rene Steinmetz, Sharon Metcalfe, Cindy Carlson, Jackie Cervonie, Janina Canales, Grant Crimmings, Sandy Rigby, Alan Soto, Omar Alavarez and Suzelie.

 

El Fogon knows It’s Hip to SNIP!

1st Place Winner Heather Smith of Feliz Bar for Pollo Encebollado - (Nicaragua)

1st Place Winner Heather Smith of Feliz Bar for Pollo Encebollado – (Nicaragua)

2nd prize winner went to Susanna Eiley,  El Fogon for Tamales - Belizean

2nd prize winner went to Susanna Eiley, El Fogon for Tamales – Belizean

Proud winner of a DigiCell gift basket

Proud winner of a DigiCell gift basket

Lucky winner of a week of FREE 4G service from DigiCell

Lucky winner of a week of FREE 4G service from DigiCell

Happy winner of a bottle of wine from Premium Wine and Spirits

Happy winner of a bottle of wine from Premium Wine and Spirits

Winner of a week of 4G service from DigiCell

Winner of a week of 4G service from DigiCell

Happy winner of 4G service from DigiCell

Happy winner of 4G service from DigiCell

Who's a happy winner of 4G service from Digicell?

Who’s a happy winner of 4G service from Digicell?

Heather Smith happy about her DigiCell 4G service card

Heather Smith happy about her DigiCell 4G service card

Saga HS loves our young supporters.

Saga HS loves our young supporters.

All our supporters should be so cute.

All our supporters should be so cute.

Winner of raffle for Carlo & Ernie's Runway Bar

Winner of raffle for Carlo & Ernie’s Runway Bar

Announcing the winners

Announcing the winners

A young volunteer drawing raffle tickets

A young volunteer drawing raffle tickets

Patacones - (Panama) Carolina Caldweld

Patacones – (Panama) Carolina Caldweld

Boyos (Guatemalan tamales) – Patricia Rosalez

Boyos (Guatemalan tamales) – Patricia Rosalez

The serving line at Cook Off Central America

The serving line at Cook Off Central America

Saga HS staff member Omar Alavarez and Suzelie help serve the delicous dishes.

Saga HS staff member Omar Alavarez and Suzelie help serve the delicous dishes.

The line forms to taste all the fabulous dishes at Cook Off Central America.

The line forms to taste all the fabulous dishes at Cook Off Central America.

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Cook Off Central America had a festive atmosphere with colorful country flags provided by El Fogon.

Cook Off Central America had a festive atmosphere with colorful country flags provided by El Fogon.

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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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