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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 Zumbathon® Charity Event

SAGA Humane Society
Zumbathon® Charity Event

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You might just have one cat or maybe even two.  They hang around, entertain the children and hopefully catch mice and rats.  They may be house pets, loved by the family for their personality and playful nature.  They might just be cats that aren’t really yours but you still put out food for them.  All of these cats are capable of having kittens and all of these cats are the reason that San Pedro now has an overpopulation of our furry feline friends.

Often people say ‘Oh I only let her have one litter’ or ‘I can find homes for them’ but if they knew the truth about cats and their amazing ability to reproduce, they would certainly think twice.  Just one unspayed female cat and her mate, along with their offspring will be responsible for producing over eleven million new cats in nine years.  Do we really want eleven million cats in San Pedro?

Cat overpopulation in San Pedro is bad news for people and cats.  Right now there are hundreds of stray and abandoned cats hiding in bodegas, alleys and only coming out at night to hunt, scavenge and reproduce.  These cats rarely live longer than two years as they succumb to injuries and disease.  They cause a nuisance by ripping open garbage, fighting and making noise as well as spreading infectious diseases.  They have no one to love them or care for them and that is the fault of the people who allowed them to breed and continue to breed.  Unfortunately, their irresponsibility has now become the responsibility of the community and SAGA Humane Society.

SAGA Humane Society is already overflowing with cats and kittens. Currently they have over 30 in their care and very few are being adopted.  If you walk around the Town in the evening, you’ll see many sad, sick and very skinny cats slinking between the golf carts and cars.  So, what can San Pedro do to stop it from raining cats?

Neutering and spaying are the only solutions.  These are very simple operations that can be performed by the veterinary surgeon and will not only prevent cats from reproducing but will reduce their risk of disease and injury.  If our community worked together, we could turn San Pedro into a place where all the cats and kittens have the homes and love that they need and deserve.

If you have a cat or kitten and you want to do the responsible thing, please contact SAGA about spaying or neutering.  If you are worried about the cost, let them know and they will do everything they can to assist.  If you know of a stray cat that has had kittens or is pregnant, please let SAGA know. To find out how you can help the cats of San Pedro please call SAGA on 226 3266.

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Ambergris Caye Marine Turtle Program and Hol Chan Marine Reserve has a program to care for sick, weak, and injured sea turtles. HCMR has been taking care of a juvenile hawksbill that was found near shore. The turtle clearly had an issue with its flipper. The front left flipper was either broken or it was born with a defect. As the turtle grew so did flipper creating a drag. In order to increase its chances of survival in the wild, after consulting with Dr. Paul Calle, veterinarian with the Wildlife Conservation Society the flipper was amputated. Dr. Calle along with local vet Dr. Orlando Baptist of Saga Humane Society Carried out the procedure. This procedure was very necessary because as the turtle grew the flipper was also growing creating a drag.

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Saga HS is pleased to announce another 25 animals have been sterilized through Operation SNIP the week of April 23, 2013. Saga HS staff went into local neighborhoods to collect animals to be brought to the clinic for the operation.

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Saga’s statistics for 2012 are as follows – these show that the animals allowed to breed freely in
private homes are a significant part of the problem of animal over population. People are letting
their animals have puppies and kittens. When they cannot or do not want to care for them, they
surrender them to Saga HS or let them out into the street.

Dogs Rounded Up :180
Dogs Returned to Owner: 33 (after payment of a fine)
Surrender (owner left at Saga): 359 Dogs and Cats
Euthanized: 346 Dogs and Cats, 99 were dogs from rounds ups
Adopted Out into New Homes: 168 Dogs and Cats
Spayed/Neutered: 451 Dogs and Cats
Vaccinated: 159 Dogs and Cats
Treated Free of Charge: 134 Dogs and Cats

Unwanted animals

Unwanted animals

 

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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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Saga HS is is pleased to announce the completion of 25 FREE spay/neuters this week through Operation SNIP. Island residents brought their cats and dogs to the clinic for the procedure. Helping out our own Miss Ingrid Lima in the surgeries was Joseph Morgan from Hopkins Humane Society. We would like to thank Changes in Latitude for housing Dr. Orlando Amir Baptist and Joseph during this clinic. We are fortunate to have such dedicated professionals helping Saga achieve it goals. It’s Hip to SNIP!

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