What is SAGA?

Promoting Kindness and Preventing Cruelty to Animals

The Saga Humane Society was founded in March of 1999, mainly in response to the animal control measures used in Belize: strychnine-laced bait tossed onto the streets at night for any animal unlucky enough to be wandering around and hungry.  It was a time when no veterinary services were available in San Pedro.  A small group of women, one of them a medical student, banded together to do what they could to aid the suffering stray dogs on the streets.

The newly formed nonprofit animal organization started out in a little building across from Ramon’s Resort with a fenced-in yard. The front yard, to the chagrin of all the neighbors, served as the only animal shelter in Belize at the time.

After much work and dedication, a shelter was built on land purchased by the Humane Society, and lovingly called: “Fort Dog”. Fort Dog houses lost, unwanted, and homeless dogs and puppies who receive treatment and loving care until they are found an adoptive family. Fort Dog, in its current state, houses up to 40 animals at any given time. The Saga Humane Society Veterinary Clinic on Sea Star Street houses the Saga cattery where there are always plenty of kittens and cats looking for a loving home.

Saga Humane Society’s mission is promoting kindness and preventing cruelty to all domestic and wild animals. This is achieved first and foremost through the humane education program that Saga is working to implement within the community of San Pedro. Currently, education is spread via brochures, websites, articles in the local newspapers, and most importantly; word of mouth. Anyone who comes into the clinic with a new puppy or an old dog that is not current on its preventative medicine such as vaccines or heartworm treatment is educated on the importance of such treatments. Many of these people will pass this valuable information on to neighbors and family members who also have pets.

Volunteers and employees do outreach programs for members of the community who have animals that appear to be ill cared for, or that are not spayed or neutered and continue to have unwanted puppies or kittens.

Saga representatives inform these members of the community that their animal can be brought to the Saga Humane Society for low cost or subsidized veterinary treatment and surgery. Another important way we achieve our goal of education is by example. By adopting out healthy, vaccinated, altered (spayed or neutered) animals, many in the community can see how well a dog who receives minimal preventative care looks and behaves. It is obvious that a playful, strong, happy, shiny coated animal is preferable to a sickly, scruffy animal full of scars from fighting in the streets!

Saga Humane Society is governed by a volunteer board of directors made up of residents and non-residents of San Pedro:

Bob Richardson –  President

Tula Ayuso – Vice President

Louisa Chiaramonte – Treasurer

Amy Lewis – Secretary

Kathy Marin – Director of Animal Well-Being

Dr. Heather McGowan – Director of Humane Education/International Veterinary Medicine

Our work is performed by a small dedicated staff and a large number of volunteers.  We, at Saga, can always use a helping hand and always appreciate the generosity of visitors.  Saga Humane Society (The Saga Society Foundation Inc) is a USA registered non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization: EIN 31-1814113.  Check out the animals we have for adoption or some of our success stories on other areas of this site.

The animals and everyone else here at Saga thank you for your interest, and we always look forward to seeing or hearing from you!

Saga’s History

The Saga Humane Society was founded in 1999, primarily to monitor and control the cat and dog populations on Ambergris Caye. Through assisted cost spay/neuter and adoption, humane education program. Saga improves the general health and well being of the domestic and wild animals, as well as the humans of the island.

Saga’s Mission

Our mission at Saga Humane Society, a non-profit, non-governmental organization, is to prevent cruelty and replace it with kindness to all animals.

We seek to achieve our goals by providing medical care and shelter to animals in need and subsidizing veterinary care to low income families. This is accomplished through the operation of the island’s only non-profit veterinary clinic, conducting ongoing spay/neuter and vaccination campaigns, animal adoption and public education programs. Our vision is to build a permanent animal clinic/education center in Ambergris Caye, Belize and continue working toward a long term solution to end animal abuse, neglect and overpopulation.

Saga’s Role in the Community

Operation SNIP

 The Saga Five Year Plan: The Solution to the Pet over Population Problem on Ambergris Caye, Belize.

The average potlicker is a free agent whether a street or community dog. He or she does not really belong to anyone in particular but rather is part of the fabric of our community. If you’re an average potlicker on Ambergris Caye, it most often means that no person accepts individual responsibility for you but everyone agrees you live in the neighborhood. Potlickers have distinct territories and rely on specific food sources. Calling most potlickers stray is like calling gypsies homeless.

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Spay/Neuter Campaign

Do the right thing for your community, for you and for your pet!

There are far too many dogs in Belize that are not being cared for. If you are reading this, you obviously care about your dog and your community. Dogs are domestic animals — they depend on humans to care of them. When anyone decides to keep a dog they are promising to care for the dog properly, and to not allow the dog to become a nuisance.

In return, dogs guard our property, protect and play with our children and are loyal companions. Right now, in Belize, neutering and spaying is the most important thing any dog owner can do for their dog and their community, but some owners are worried. They hear stories that stop them from doing the right thing. This article has information about spaying and neutering so that you can make the best decision.

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Fort Dog

After much work and dedication, a shelter was built on land purchased by the Humane Society, and lovingly called: “Fort Dog”. Fort Dog houses lost, unwanted, and homeless dogs and puppies who receive treatment and loving care until they are found an adoptive family. Fort Dog, in its current state, houses up to 40 animals at any given time. The Saga Humane Society Veterinary Clinic on Sea Star Street houses the Saga cattery where there are always plenty of kittens and cats looking for a loving home.

Saga Humane Society Vet Clinic Services

Saga Humane Society operates the only non- profit veterinary clinic on the island of Ambergris Caye.

It is a full-service hospital in only two rooms, with a part-time veterinarian on site.  Pet owners can make appointments for wellness care such as spay/neuter surgeries and vaccinations, as well as treatment for illnesses or injuries.  Pets are also seen routinely on a walk-in basis, especially in cases of emergency.

We are constantly trying to improve the quality of medical care that we are able to offer.  At this time our only laboratory equipment consists of a microscope and a centrifuge.  Blood samples can be further analyzed by the human San Pedro Lab, and x-rays can be performed at Dr. Teresa’s Los Pinos Clinic with the assistance of Saga’s veterinarian.  We have an in-house pharmacy that for the most part is able to keep all the most important veterinary medications in stock, thanks in a large part to the generosity of volunteers, residents, and visitors.  Oxygen, IV fluids, and emergency drugs are available for critical cases.

If you are planning a trip to San Pedro and want to help please let us know.  We will tell you what our most urgent needs are at that time as these are always changing.  Currently, we are raising money for protective x-ray gowns, an IV pump, and an anesthesia machine.  Purchasing anesthesia monitors and an otoscope/ophthalmoscope set will be goals in the near future as well.

Saga’s veterinary clinic offers care at very affordable prices, and no animal is ever turned away due to the owner’s inability to pay.  The clinic also treats healthy and sick animals from the animal shelter.  All are dewormed and  vaccinated on entry, then treated for heartworm, fleas and ticks monthly.  Sick animals from the shelter are treated whenever possible, and only euthanized as a last resort.

Services and Fees

Clinic Hours

DR. Visit =consultation $25.00
Dog castration $75.00
Cat castration $50.00
Dog Spay – less than 1 year old $100.00
Cat spay $75.00
Female over 1 year $150.00
Dewormer  6 weeks old $5.00
Dewormer 2 month $10.00

 

Tick/flea treatment   2 month $10.00
Vaccination DHLPPv $30.00
Vaccination Rabies 1 year $10.00
Vaccination Rabies 3 years $30.00
Fecac vaccination $30.00
FeLeuk Vaccination $50.00

MANY ADDITIONAL SERVICES AVAILABLE

Tuesday through Friday:  9am to 12pm,  1pm to 4pm

Saturday: 9am to 12pm

Sunday and Monday:  CLOSED

Appointments are preferred. 

Please call 226-3266.

 

Services and Fees

DR. Visit =consultation $25.00
Dog castration $75.00
Cat castration $50.00
Dog Spay – less than 1 year old $100.00
Cat spay $75.00
Female over 1 year $150.00
Dewormer  6 weeks old $5.00
Dewormer 2 month $10.00
Tick/flea treatment   2 month $10.00
Vaccination DHLPPv $30.00
Vaccination Rabies 1 year $10.00
Vaccination Rabies 3 years $30.00
Fecac vaccination $30.00
FeLeuk Vaccination $50.00

 MANY ADDITIONAL SERVICES AVAILABLE

Clinic Hours

Tuesday through Friday:  9am to 12pm,  1pm to 4pm

Saturday: 9am to 12pm

Sunday and Monday:  CLOSED

Appointments are preferred. 

Please call 226-3266.