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As we watch the changes in San Pedro we all get to know that with progress comes the good and the bad.  Unfortunately it is often our furry friends who end up paying the toll.  Freeway is a good example of this.

Recently taxis have been allowed to cross the bridge to the part of the island north of the cut.  Dogs who live in town grow up around taxis and learn how to stay safe and out of the way as they pass.  But for dogs north of the cut, taxis are a new and unknown danger.

Freeway grew up footloose and fancy free at a resort on the north side of the island because his owner lived and worked there.  He had not seen many taxis in his lifetime and because he was neglected by his irresponsible owners, he was just allowed to wander around on his own.  This had been safe enough until the taxis were allowed to cross the bridge.

Poor Freeway didn’t know anything about how to stay out of the way and before long he was run over.  Sadly, his owners didn’t care enough for him to take him to SAGA and have his injury treated.  So, his foot got worse and worse, leaving him in pain and suffering – only able to hobble around on three legs.  Luckily for Freeway, some kind tourists took pity on him and brought him to SAGA.

It was too late for Freeway and he ended up paying a very high toll.  Because his injury had been left so long without medical attention, part of his foot had to be amputated.  The worst part about this is that if his owners had been responsible and cared for him the way they should have, he probably would have recovered fully.

But there is good news.  Freeway is getting better and with the love and attention of the SAGA staff and volunteers, he will soon be looking for a new home with people who truly love and care for him.

If your dog is injured or if you see an injured animal that has not been cared for, make sure to get help.  You might just save them from paying a very heavy price.

Freeway’s foot
Freeway feeling better

For information on how you can help sick, injured or neglected animals or if you’re interested in adopting Freeway or any of his friends, please contact SAGA on 226 3266.


The San Pedro SAGA Humane Society has been providing humane services to animals of San Pedro since it was founded in March of 1999. Among the services provided are: dog patrols to pickup strays, dangerous, diseased, mistreated/abused, abandoned or injured animals; respond to complaints of dog attacks, dog fights, noise nuisance and other negative interactions between animals, provide free rabies shots for all animals, provide free or low cost medical treatment to animals of individuals who may otherwise not be able to afford it; serve as a shelter where homeless or mistreated animals may receive food and treatment as well as serves as an adoption agent to animal lovers among other services.

SAGA’S journey to acquire a full time veterinarian started in April of this year. In June, committee members saw an approaching end to their struggle when a temporary conditional permit was issued to Dr. Lauren Henkel (Veterinarian). This permit allowed Dr. Henkel to provide veterinary services to strays, suffering animals and pets belonging to underprivileged owners. While the Humane Society was offering veterinary services, the terms of the permit were unclear as to what would qualify an individual as being “underprivileged”.

After a 23-week process, the San Pedro SAGA Humane Society is extremely happy to report that Dr. Henckel received her unrestricted, permanent license to practice at the SAGA Humane Society Clinic on Saturday October 2nd, 2010. Dr. Henckel is excited at the opportunity to provide services to ALL residents of San Pedro and their pets. SAGA offers monthly specials to its patrons. For the month of October, being the month of Halloween, SAGA is offering discounted spays and neuters to all cats, and at no cost for black cats. The community is also invited to start planning for SAGA’s annual Halloween Bash. Details of this activity will be released as it becomes available.

The SAGA Board would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to the people of San Pedro and everyone who signed their petition, Facebooked and posted on message boards in support of SAGA, with special thanks to Minister Manuel Heredia, Minister Rene Montero, Dr. Miguel DePaz, Ms. Iraida Gonzalez, Humane Society International, Eileen and Dan Jamison at Dande’s, Phil and Marie of Gecko Graphics, Colette Kase of Conch Creative, Marty Casado of, Mr. Nano Guerrero of SP Town Council and Mayor Elsa Paz, Ms. Tillett of the Health Dept., Tom and Val Gilbert, and the dedicated SAGA Staff Dr. Lauren Henckel, Ingrid Lima, and Noami Castro.

The SAGA Humane Society and Veterinary Clinic is open Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 am – 12:00 noon and 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm. On Saturdays, SAGA is open from 9:00 am – 12:00 noon. In addition to veterinary services, SAGA is available to render assistance with adoptions, surrenders, abuse/neglect reports and other animal issues. SAGA’s Clinic is closed on Sundays and Mondays. For more information and to make an appointment, please call 226-3266, and for emergencies, SAGA may be reached at 660-4303.

San Pedro Sun


Save Your SAGA Humane Society

For 10 years the SAGA Humane Society has provided valuable services to the Town of San Pedro and now it may be forced to close.  Please Act NOW.

Over 75% of the money needed to provide the community with a Humane Society comes from the veterinary clinic SAGA runs, which provides both free and for-charge care.  It is this income that pays for all of the other services.  NOW, the SAGA veterinary clinic may be forced to close, putting the entire Humane Society at risk and out of business.  If SAGA cannot employ a full-time vet, we cannot generate the income to offer all the many free and low-cost services we currently provide. 

This is what SAGA does for you and the animals of San Pedro: 

* Dog Patrols to pickup stray, dangerous, diseased, maltreated, abandoned or injured animals.

* Responds to complaints of dog attacks, dog fights, noise nuisance and other negative interactions between the animal population and humans.

* Provides free rabies shots for all animals.

* Provides free or low cost medical treatment for animals belonging to those suffering financial hardship.

* Provides a shelter to house, feed and treat the homeless or mistreated animals of San Pedro.

* Provides animal adoption services, providing many local families with much loved pets and guard dogs.

* Assures that all people who want to adopt are able to provide good care for the animal.

* Assures all animals placed for adoption are spayed or neutered and have been given a clean bill of health with all shots up to date.

* Provides free or low cost spays & neuters to help prevent overpopulation.

* Provides humane euthanasia when appropriate and eliminate the need for the Town Board to use poison as an alternative.

* Provides educational programs to help the people of San Pedro learn how to care for a healthy, happy pet.

If you want to help, please contact SAGA urgently to sign their petition to save this very valuable service to the community before it is too late.  Petitions can also be signed at Lime, Pampered Paws, Coral Beach Realty, Pelican Properties and Dandi’s Frozen Custard. For 10 years we have helped San Pedro.  We need your help now.

Contact The SAGA Humane Society:

Coconut Drive, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize, Tel: +501 226 3266, Email: