We seek to achieve our goals by providing medical care and shelter to animals in need and subsidizing veterinary care to low-income families.
Saga Humane Society accomplishes their goal 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.
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:
Dr. Heather McGowan – President and Director of Humane Education/International Veterinary Medicine
Tula Ayuso – Vice President
Louisa Chiaramonte – Treasurer
Amy Lewis – Secretary
Kathy Marin – Director of Animal Well-Being
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 and Mission
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.
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.
Program’s Offered To The Community
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.
Saga Humane Society runs a vaccine clinic every time they receive donated vaccines. They provide a service to the community free of charge for those that are unable to afford proper services for their precious pets. A team from Saga Humane Society heads out with vaccines and products to preform physical examinations to ensure your pet is in the best of health to vaccinate. The premise behind this service is to improve the animal’s quality of life for families that unfortunately cannot afford it but wish to ensure the proper care for their pet.
A large and influential part of Saga Humane Society is the rescue run out of the humane society. The clinic holds many catteries inside the building and in the front yard as well as gated in runs for the dogs. Slightly down the road is an extension of the shelter called Fort dog.
After much work and dedication, the shelter was built on land purchased by the Humane Society, and lovingly named for its current residence. 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.
Animal and Human Well-being
The best way to deal with any emergency is to have a plan ahead of time and stick with it! Here are some things that you can do to get prepared for any storms heading our way:
All pet owners should have a kit for their pets, which should include:
- Supply of food for 7 days in an airtight, waterproof container
- Drinking water
- Bowls for food and water
- Vaccination records and physical description for each pet
- For dogs include–leash, collar and a sturdy carrier
- For cats include–litter and litter box and a sturdy carrier
It is also recommended that you:
- Keep your animals with you; if you must leave an animal outside, DO NOT leave him tied up!
- Place the pet emergency supply kit by the door so it is ready to go if you need to evacuate quickly
- Make sure your pet has visible identification on right now!
- Talk with a trusted neighbour who can care for your pets if you are away
If you are planning to take your pets with you if you need to evacuate, make sure that you have their rabies vaccination certificate. If you plan to leave the country with your pets, you must also have a health certificate issued by a veterinarian within 10 days of traveling. Keep in mind that if you plan to evacuate with your pets, you must do so early. Once emergency evacuation begins, animals are no longer able to travel on public transportation because the space is reserved for two-legged types.
Remember – be prepared in advance so that you and all your loved ones will be safe!
Report an Aggressive Dog
PLEASE REPORT ALL ANIMAL BITES TO SAGA AND THE POLICE!
Please call Saga at 226-3266 or San Pedro Police Department 226-2926
It is very important that we know the location of aggressive animals so we can contact the owners to educate them or pick the animal up and evaluate it in the case of strays or wild animals. In the case of multiple reports of aggressive behaviour by a pet, we will work with the police to ensure the animal is properly confined to prevent further injury to people, other animals or property. It is against the Laws of Belize to have an aggressive animal. Aggressive animals, especially dogs, often band together in packs and become even more aggressive, posing a risk to humans and animals alike, so it is vitally important you help us control them by reporting their location. If at all possible, take photographs and video of the dogs during the acts of aggression as proof of your claim. If you are bitten by an animal, try to catch it and bring it to Saga, without endangering yourself, of course! Enlist the aid of other people, try to find the owner, or call the police or Saga for help. The animal can then be tested for communicable diseases and put into quarantine as necessary. Animal bites are very serious wounds and can infect easily, posing potentially grave health risks to humans and animals, so it is VITALLY IMPORTANT to report all animal bites promptly! Please download a copy of this SAGA Citizen Incident Report – MASTER to report aggressive animals to Saga and the San Pedro Police.
What to do if you find Feral kittens
If you find feral kittens, first look for the Mother Cat! Take a step back and check if the mother cat is around. Chances are she is hiding, so stay back and watch the kittens from a distance. If the mother cat appears, contact Saga at 226-3266 or 630-4303 for information and assistance on trapping the feral cat family.
This will be a great help because mother cat is fully equipped to take care of these babies and also because we will be able to spay the mother cat.
Saga Humane Society Veterinary 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.
Help SAGA Humane Society Keep San Pedro a Safe Place for People and Pets
It is a sad fact that not all pets having loving owners who can care for them properly. Some have never had a home, some owners undergo changed living circumstances that make keeping the pet impossible, and there are many puppies born without proper consideration of who will be their life companion.
If you find yourself unable to adequately take care of your pet, if your pet has a litter, you can’t find homes for, or if you find a stray animal, please let Saga Humane Society help!
Pet Laws of Belize
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. The veterinary assistance comes mainly from volunteer veterinarians. 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
|DR. Visit =consultation||$25.00|
|Dog Spay – less than 1 year old||$100.00|
|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 Rabies 1 year||$10.00|
|Vaccination Rabies 3 years||$30.00|
MANY ADDITIONAL SERVICES AVAILABLE
Monday through Friday: 9am to 12pm, 1pm to 4pm
Saturday: 9am to 12pm
Appointments are preferred.
Please call 226-3266.