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Saga Humane Society says Thank You!

Saga Humane Society would like to thank everyone for their generous support of our Easter Fundraiser April 24, 2011.  The festivities were held at Caribbean Villas with our gracious hosts Graham & Ruth Veralls.  Without the help of our volunteers and generous donors, this event would not have been possible.
Road Kill Bar $50.00 Bar Tab
George’s Kitchen Breakfast or Lunch for two – $30.00
My Secret Deli Dinner for two
Polo’s Golf Cart Rentals (3) Hour Golf Cart Rental
Wahoo Lounge $50 Bar Tab
Mojito Bar & Grill $50 Bar Tab
Belizean Arts Statue Caribbean Sand Woman
Fido’s Dinner for two
Santiago Acosta Gifts Garifuna Doll
Bowen & Bowen Ice & cooler
Sergio – Mousepad Tables & Chairs

rie Caroll & Gecko Graphics Event printing
Pampered Paws Flea Bath

Pampered Paws Full Groom Faride Lima Easter Gift Basket
Red Ginger/Caliente/OR Blue Water Grill Dinner for two
Mar de Colores Hair Salon $50 Gift Certificate
Wild Mango’s Lunch Wild Mango’s Dinner
DandE’s Custard $20 Gift Certificate
Tanisha Tours Trip for (2) to Lamani
Destination Paradise Dive Shop Stuffed Eagle Ray
David Marin DJ
Tamara Sniffin Flyer design

Dr. Mark & Joan Johnson 300 Toothbrushes

Bacab Eco Resort wrist bands
Susie Quist Cookies
Laura Sutton Cupcakes
Mary Hawthorne Cupcakes
Alan Soto Face Painting

Mary Pugh

Laura Sutton
Nancy Roundtree
Jan Ahlman
Renee SteinmetzBruce Pickering
Cindy Ayala
Hendrik Oosthuizen
Susie Quist
Beth Hart
Ninfa Juan
Eileen Jamison
Saga Staff:
Lori Purdy
Grant Crimmins
Ari Trejo
Kathy Marin
Ingrid Lima
Coleen Creeden
Lillian Marquez

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.


A big SAGA THANKS to Dr. Barbara Willhouse and all our friends at The Lexington Boulevard Pet Hospital in Sugarland, Texas (! Your generous donations are so very much appreciated, and we and the animals of San Pedro are thankful for your support!

Thank you Dr.Pla for your generous donations!!


The Board Members and Staff of SAGA HUMANE SOCIETY would like to take a moment to extend a big THANK YOU to all of those who participated in and donated at the Annual 2010 Halloween Fundraiser and Costume Party at BC’s ~ a good time was had by all and Saga was able to make money to support all the vital services for stray animals that only Saga provides (like an animal shelter, response to abuse and neglect calls, and humane animal population reduction).

A Special Thanks to all the following generous donors of prizes and funds:
Ak’bol Resort
Amigos del Mar Dive Shop
Aquarius Salon
Ashley’s Store
Asian Garden Spa
Belizean Arts
Blue Iguana Restaurant
Blue Water Grill
Capricorn Restaurant
Captain Sharks
Carts Belize
Castillo’s Hardware
Caye Winds Resort
Celi’s Restaurant
Chuck & Robbies Dive Shop
D’Sea Convenience Store
El Divino Restaurant
Estel’s Restaurant Go Fish Belize
Island Buzz Café (at BYC)
Lazy Croc BBQ
Leslie’s Salon
Lily’s Treasure Chest Rest.
Mata Chica Resort
Mickey’s Restaurant
Moncho’s Carts
Moondancer Boutique
Palapa Bar
Pampered Paws
Paradise Gallery & Frame Shop
Pepperoni’s Pizzeria
Pineapple’s (Ramon’s Village)
Planet’s Pizza
Red Ginger Restaurant
Rendezvous Restaurant
Sail Away Café
Seaduced Tours Sol Spa
Sunset Grill
Suya Tours
Tackle Box Bar & Rest.
Tech Transylvania (videos)
The Gallery of San Pedro
The Train Station
Toni’s Café Paradise
Top Notch Boutique
Tropic Air
Victoria House Resort
Wayo’s Bar
Wild Mango’s Restaurant
Wine de Vine
Jay and Alaine Siem, Casa Coral
Matt & Bonnie (Mr. Joe’s Store)
Rick Paley & Family (George’s Ktch)
Rebecca Berlin (Emerald Mine)
Thanks also to our Distinguished Judges Her Worship Mayor Elsa Paz, Honorable Minister Manuel Heredia, and Lady Dixie Bowen, to Eiden Salazar our Costume Contest MC, BC’s, Sylvia Eiley, Mary Pugh, and Maya and Colette of Conch Creative! Please forgive us if this list is incomplete for lack of space! We appreciate EVERYONE who helped us at the Fundraiser and through the years.
NOW MORE THAN EVER SAGA NEEDS YOUR MONETARY SUPPORT – please help Saga Humane Society continue to make a difference for the animals in need here in San Pedro.

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:


In February 2009, we visited friends in Ambergris Caye, Belize. They foster dogs for Saga – the local humane society.  This year, they fostered a little beagle named Toby. Toby used to live at the Belize Yacht club, but his owner gave him up for reasons unknown.

My 6 year only daughter and I fell in love with Toby instantly. We talked
about getting a beagle for years and here was a sweet one who
needed a home.  The deal was sealed a few days later when we woke to find
him smack in the middle of our bed with his head on the pillow! That was
it – I woke up my husband and said we had to bring him home with us.

Adoption was remarkably easy.  We went to Saga Humane Society and they
prepared the rabies and health certificate.  They also advised quarantine
was not necessary for dogs being brought into Canada from Belize (Belize is
part of the Commonwealth).  I called the airline, made arrangements and we
flew home.

We’re so happy to have Toby.  I own my own business and he comes to work
with me every day as our mascot – a job he adores.  But when he’s off duty,
he’s simply our baby and a great addition to our family!