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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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Saga HS is pleased to announce an October  SNIP-a-thon. During the month of October Saga HS will be hosting two different visiting Veterinary groups to hold free spay/neuter clinics for the low income residents of Ambergris Caye. In addition to the free spay/neuters the teams will be doing additional CDV vaccinations, and dog training sessions for public. The goal is to sterilize over 300 island pets during the month.
 
Helping Paws Across Borders will be in San Pedro Oct. 7-10. They will be bringing a team of 15 including Veterinarians, Vet Techs, and dog trainers.  This group will focus their efforts on the neighborhoods of DFC, San Juan and Downtown. Because of limited space at the Saga HS clinic, MASH (Mobile Animals Surgical Hospital)type clinic will be held in DFC at Mrs. Adaly Ayuso. This will allow the medical teams to be closer to the animals and save the time and expense of transportation to the Saga HS clinic. Helping Paws Across Boarders stated goal is to reach out to other countries and make a difference in the lives of abused and neglected companion animals. Supply medicine and medical equipment to local Animal Shelters. To educate local clinic volunteer’s in shelter medicine. Stop overpopulation of companion animals in undeveloped countries. Be available to assist in spay and neuter clinics when and where we might be needed. Interacting with the local children and making animal welfare educational material available to them.
 
Hopkins Humane Society will be in San Pedro Oct. 18-21. They will be bringing a team including Veterinarians and Vet Techs.  This group will focus on San Mateo.
More details to come.
October SNIP-a-thon

October SNIP-a-thon

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Saga Humane Society 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.  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. The primary objective of comprehensive animal management program should be to keep the population of dogs and cats on Ambergris Caye down to a level where there is no need to destroy healthy and friendly animals, but without accumulating them in the Saga HS shelter.

To help us reach our goal of 1,000 animals for 2013 Saga HS is pleased to make available 75 free spay/neuters for the month of July. Dr. Baptist will be performing surgeries the second week of July.  Dr. Don Tummons of Duck Hollow Animal Hospital in Uniontown, PA will return to San Pedro July 15-26. Dr. Dr. Don helped Saga HS kick off Operation SNIP on his last visit in March 2013 in which he spay/neutered 50 animals.  He and his assistant Mary Maykuth are superstars to Saga HS, they use their own vacation time to come and help the animals of Ambergris Caye.

To help raise money and recognize our special guests join us Wednesday July 17, 2013 at Wet Willy’s Cantina for Cook Off- Summer Salads.  Tickets go on sale at 6pm, serving will start at 6:30.  Arrive early as tickets do sell out early.  Cook Off entries should be able to serve 60 sample portions.  There will be raffle prizes with all the nights’ proceeds benefiting Operation SNIP.

Take advantage of this limited promotion during July for free spay/neuter. Call for your appointment 226-3266

San Pedro knows It’s Hip to SNIP!

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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.

  • 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.
  • Keep your dog under control and in your yard at all times.  No one deserves to be frightened or hurt by your dog.
  • When in public or on the street keep your dog on a leash. Do not let them roam free while you are at work, a bar or community festival.
  • Pick up after your dog in public if it poops. Scoop it, bag it, trash it.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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 wants to say a BIG Thank you to Cara Dalton, Teena Davis and Mary Maykuth. Cara donated the money for our Operation SNIP collars, Teena brought them to us and Mary got us a great price. Now each animal helped through Operation SNIP will be given these green collars to wear with pride. Be on the look out, this week the wonderful Dr. Orlando Amir Baptist and Miss Ingrid Lima were able to SNIP (spay/neuter) another 25 animals! Good job. San Pedro is learning It’s Hip to SNIP!

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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 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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