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The Saga Humane Society would like to give our sincerest gratitude to everyone who helped in first of our October SNIP-a-thon clinics with Helping Paws Across Boarders Oct.7-12. They were an international team of Veterinarians and Vet Tech’s who held Operation SNIP clinics at Saga Clinic, DFC and Caye Caulker.  Helping Paws completed over 150 FREE spay/neuters and 200 vaccinations for our communities. The animals were sterilized, treated for internal and external parasites and vaccinated against disease. All items and services were donated to Saga HS and Helping Paws (USA NGO) by individuals to benefit San Pedro. San Pedro gains economically by having these visiting Veterinary teams.  By sterilizing their pets, the community will become invested in the steps needed to control over population of domestic animals in San Pedro. 

We appreciate these dedicated caring professionals for coming to assist the animals of Belize. Helping Paws worked with always changing conditions from a power outage, rain during our MASH clinic and even helped round up some strays. They even got a chance to help assist in an operation on Lucky a loggerhead turtle brought to Saga HS by Ambergris Caye Marine Turtle Program. Lucky had lost her back flipper to a shark bite. She was patched up and is now in recovery at the Hol Chan Marine Office. To continue the wildlife theme they stitched up a Wish Willie who had been attacked by a dog. We cannot say Thank You enough to these compassionate professionals. 

Angie Cherry, Founder   
Jennifer Cherry Scott , Co-Founder 
Dr. Tom Parker
Dr. Adena Robertson
Dr. Cris Muldonado 
Dr. Chante Wildgoose
Dr. Daniel Levenson 
Jill Levenson
Nina Parker 
Davis Davidson 
Pat Anderson 
Stephanie Gharst 
Monica Watson
Mathew Wildgoose 

A special Thank you to Mrs. Adaly Ayuso, for hosting our team during a MASH clinic in DFC at her residence. This was a tremendous help in bringing the medical teams to be closer to the animals and save the time and expense of transportation to the Saga HS clinic. We appreciate your generosity of spirit and commitment to your community. 

We would like to give our Thanks to our local business community who helped sponsor this event and helped make these clinics such a success. It is with their support and donations that enable us to provide these services to our community. Please support those businesses that support their community. 
San Pedro Town Council
Exotic Caye
Casa Amarillo
Ultimate Golf Cart
Carts Belize
Caribeña Enterprises
Bowen and Bowen
Coral Beach Realty
Gecko Graphics

Our staff, board and local volunteers were truly the best. They worked hard, helped immensely and we are lucky to have such dedicated supporters. It’s through perseverance like theirs that we are able to help our island animals. Thank you. 

Dr. Orlando Baptist
Ingrid Lima
Noemi Castro 
Omar Alavarez 
Lacey Salinas
Gonzalo Salinas
Cindy Frith
Jacqueline Cervoni
Carolina Zapata
Marlon Calderon
Lori & Jim Prediger
Ashley Goehmann
Anna Hanna
Iliana Paj
Rosa La Rosa 

The goal of Operation SNIP is to sterilize 75% of the island animals in 3-5 years.  This will STABILIZE the pet population. In doing so, virtually NO PETS will be strays, wandering and breeding freely. No animals will be born that will not have Forever homes. 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. Contact us if you can donate your time or services to the worthily cause.

Helping Paws Across Borders KNOWS It’s Hip to SNIP!
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Please Vote for the wonderful Miss Clara Lee Arnold. If she wins the money goes to our sister organization the Hopkins Humane Society! Please help support this worthy cause. Let's show some Saga love!
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Help Saga celebrate "Happy NO Father's Day" by donating
to our spay/neuter fund. Donations can be made through
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Hi! My name is Bella! I'm a boy but was given a girls name! I'm 11 months old and I am ready to go home with you today. I love other dogs and cats and am very affectionate with all people. I was brought to Saga by my owner who wanted me to have a better home than he could give me. Please come see me and all my friends at the Saga Humane Society today!
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Hi! My name is Chula. I'm here with my sister China but she wasn't in to having her picture taken today! We are 8 months old and have been at Saga for about six months now. We get along well with dogs and are very ready to go home with you today! Please come see us and all of our friends at the Saga Humane Society.
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This is the wonderful team from World Vets 2012! 58 animals fixed and healthy on the first day!! They are doing a great job of helping to control the pet population of Ambergris Caye, Belize. If you see them about town give them a warm San Pedro Shout Out! Let them know how much we appreciate the good works they do.
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February is Spay/Neuter awareness month, and February 26th is World Spay Day! Help Saga celebrating by making your appointment to have your or your neighbors animals spay/neuter for FREE! Call 226-3266 Tues-Friday to make your appointment. 
For every $1000 raised Saga HS can SNIP 30 animals, how can you help?

It's HIP to SNIP!
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Help Saga celebrate Happy "NO" Father's Day" by donating
to our spay/neuter fund. Donations can be made through
by visiting our website
It only costs $100 for us to be able to spay/neuter each animal.
Can you help us Fix San Pedro?
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SAGA Humane Society Says ‘THANK YOU’!

SAGA Humane Society would like to give a big ‘THANK YOU’ to Mike & Danielle the owners of AJ’s & (Average Joes) & their staff for hosting our monthly Cook-off Fundraiser held on Wednesday, May 23, 2012. What a night!
First, we had the battle of the North and the South bars…Scott Harnish & his staff from Palapa Bar & Grill and Mike & Danielle and their staff of AJ’s…we have not seen anyone bring their own kitchen…but Scott and the boys did!
We had a great night…we had 15 entries and a great crowd!! We thank everyone who entered a dish. The battle of the bars was close…but First Place went to Scott Harnish and his crew from The Palapa Bar & Grill with their Bacon with Maple & Chocolate Sinfully Fried. WOW!! It was great! And the crowd overwhelming voted for them! They took home a Nano IPOD. Second Place went to Laura Sutton with her Artichoke & Shrimp Dip. She took home a Oyster 3-Cup Mini Chopper and Third Place went to Letti Hernandez and her Cheesy Stuffed Potato. She took home a Hamilton Beach Juicer with accessories. The other entries who were all outstanding, and the votes were close were: Chicken Nuggets w/Honey Mustard BBQ – Wade the Gringo; Spinach Dill & Garlic Dip w/Homemade Bread – Joanne Frei; Pesto Pizza - Renee Steinmetz; Penguin (Olive) – Nancy Scott; Tropical Roll-ups – LouAnn LeClair; Plaintain Ball w/Peanut Butter, Bacon, Cheese & Onions – Brenda; TNT Shrimp – Kendra from Orange Walk; Slow Smoked (not fried) Chicken Wings – Palapa Bar; Jodie’s Smoked Fish Spread – Palapa Bar; Sausage Dip –Palapa Bar; Salt-n-Pepper Wings – AJ’s; Deep Fried Pickles – AJ’s.
We would like to thank the sponsors of the Raffle Prizes: SAGA Gift Basket which included toys, a Free Spay & Neuter, a Calendar and a t-shirt courtesy of SAGA Humane Society; $50BZ Bar Tab courtesy of Wahoo’s Lounge; Bottle of Champagne courtesy of Premium Wines & Spirits and a Snorkel Trip for (2) courtesy of Ecologic Divers. We appreciate and thank you for your donation and of your support of SAGA.
A thank you to our wonderful volunteers: Bill & Debra Millstead, Bob & LouAnn LeClair, Michael & Renee Steinmetz, Grant Crimmins, Katia Marin, Lori Purdy, Ingrid Lima, Aurora Valezques, Janina Caneles, Carolina Gonzalez, Letti Hernandez, Nancy Rountree and to our young volunteer Alice. SAGA appreciates the time you give to volunteer for a worthy cause.
Thank you to everyone who came out! The hosts were wonderful, the crowd was great – it was an enjoyable night for all! We’ll see you next month!!
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Cool Canines are Better than Hot Dogs

There aren't many things that everyone in San Pedro agrees about, but no one would argue with you when you say ‘It’s hot!’. It has been very warm the past couple of months and it looks like we may be in for a long and very hot summer. While we seek out the shade and drink ice cold drinks to cool us down, we need to remember that our furry friends feel the heat just like we do. The only difference is that they depend on us to provide them with shade and fresh, cool water.

Recently, a family in San Pedro suffered the tragic loss of their much loved dog. Why? Because they didn’t realise that dogs can suffer terribly in the heat. Their loyal pet followed them on a journey along San Pedro’s dusty roads one afternoon. He seemed enthusiastic to run and stayed with them as he often does on their journeys, running along beside them.

What this dog’s owners didn’t realise was that dogs often place their loyalty above their own health and welfare. They believed that if the dog became too hot or tired, he would rest or find a drink. Sadly, it was too late before they realised that their beloved dog had overheated and he died.

Remember that in the hot sun, your dog may be even more uncomfortable than you are. He’s wearing a fur coat, after all. It is best not to exercise your dog during the hottest hours of the day – between 11am and 3pm. If you have to take your dog out during this time, make sure that you give him breaks in the shade and have plenty of fresh drinking water available.

Dogs do not sweat like humans do, so they can become overheated very quickly. If your dog is panting, you know he’s hot. Make sure you provide shade for your dog during these hot ‘dog days’ of summer and have a plentiful supply of fresh water available to him at all times. Never leave him tied up in the sun.
Keep an eye out for the symptoms of heat stroke, which can include any of the following: heavy panting, dark red and dry gums, lying down and unwilling (or unable) to get up, collapse and/or loss of consciousness, thick saliva and dizziness or disorientation. If you think your dog has suffered from heat stroke, there are things you can do to help save your dog.

1. First, move your dog out of the heat and away from the sun right away.
2. Begin cooling your dog by placing cool, wet rags or washcloths on the body - especially the foot pads and around the head.
3. DO NOT use ice or very cold water! This can make the situation worse.
4. Offer your dog cool water, but do not force water into your dog's mouth.
5. Call or visit your vet right away - even if your dog seems better. Internal damage might not be obvious to the naked eye, so an exam is necessary

Have a cool canine – not a hot dog!

If you are worried about a dog that may be over heating or suffering from heat stroke, call SAGA on 226 3266 for further advice.
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SAGA Humane Society would like to give a big Thank You to Mojito Bar and Deona and her staff for hosting our monthly cook-off, ‘Appetizers’ on Wednesday, March 14, 2012. We had special guests for the night – a group of (14) professionals from World Vets who were here providing the community with a 3-day, free spay & neuter SAGA Humane Society would like to give a big Thank You to Mojito Bar and Deona and her staff for hosting our monthly cook-off, ‘Appetizers’ on Wednesday, March 14, 2012. We had special guests for the night – a group of (14) professionals from World Vets who were here providing the community with a 3-day, free spay & neuter clinic. Everyone was treated to fabulous entries by some of Ambergris Cayes best restaurants and home chefs.

Winners were: 1st place was won by The Hotel with their ‘Potato Skins’. There was a Tie for 2nd Place between our hosts Deona Pilgrim of Mojito Bar with their ‘Garnaches’ and Kate Corrigan of Crave Restaurant with their ‘Fish Cakes’. It was tough judging for all those attending.

We would also like to thank our other entries for their wonderful dishes:
Scotch Eggs – Mesa Café:
Vegetarian Mediterranean Quinoa – Cindy Ayala
Ham & Cheese Roll-ups – Gail Pencoff
Fish Pate – Joanne Frei
Crab Puffs – Nancy Scott
Asian Explosion: Honey Garlic Drumettes & Pork Stuffed Chicken Wings w/Gyoza Sauce – Sharon Metcalfe
Stuffed Wonton w/Sweet n Sour Sauce – Pineapples Restaurant
Chipotle Chicken Salad – Letti Hernandez
Cream Cheese Sandwich – Laura Sutton

Thank you to those who donated the Raffle Prizes and to the winners:
(2) Entrance Tickets to Marco Gonzalez Site
Courtesy of Paradise Villas & Mike Sides
Won by: Joanne Frei

(2) Lunch Box Specials
Courtesy of Island Dogs
Won by: Joanne Frei

Lunch for (2) at El Fogon
Won by: Gail Pencoff

Lunch for (2) at El Divino
Won by: Deona Pilgrim

Lunch or Dinner for (2) at Mojito Bar
Won by: Joanne Frei

Thank you to all the volunteers who helped make this event a success:
Cindy Ayala
Janina Canales
Kate Corrigan
Grant Crimmins
Ken Fellure
Carolina Gonzalez
Katia Marin
Bill Milstead
Lori Purdy
Allen Soto
Alice, Faith, Stephanie & Zulema

We also would like to thank those who donated funds to sponsor our local cooks for the last two months: Stacey Chesnick, Corrine Doctor, Jean Hecht & Bruce Klotz and Bob & LouAnn LeClair,

SAGA Humane Society would like to thank everyone for their continued support!
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World Vets to assist SAGA Humane Society in “Fix your dog to fix up San Pedro”.

SAGA Humane Society in its ongoing effort to help control the pet population in San Pedro is collaborating with World Vets to offer a FREE Spay & Neuter for pets in low income household’s, March 13-15, 2012. There will be an international team of Veterinarians, Vet Techs, Assistants and Veterinarian Students to offer FREE services to the community of San Pedro. This NGO states on their website “Our mission is to provide veterinary aid in developing countries and veterinary disaster relief worldwide.” This is the second year this wonderful organization has brought it’s much needed services to La Isla Bonita. In 2011 the team was able to Spay/Neuter over 50 animals. This year the goal is to more than double these numbers. Please give these exceptional volunteers a warm island welcome if you see them about town.

San Pedro is on an island, so it would be very easy, if everyone did their bit, to solve our dog problems. The simplest, kindest and easiest way to do this is to neuter male dogs and spay female dogs before they have the chance to have babies, or catch one of the deadly sexually transmitted diseases so common among dogs in San Pedro.

Neutered and spayed dogs are better pets, better guards, healthier, less at risk of disease and, more importantly, by having your dog neutered or spayed you are helping to make San Pedro a better, healthier and happier place for everyone. Do the right thing, get your dog neutered or spayed.

During this campaign March 13-15 SAGA HS will be in the community capturing stray animals to be brought in for Spay/Neuter surgeries. SAGA HS is now making appointments for FREE Spay & Neuter 226-3266.

If you can assist SAGA HS and World Vets during this time, let us know. We will need these volunteers and services to help: Patient check in, Bi-lingual interrupter, transportation of both animals and the Vet team to and from clinic, discount of lunches, stray animal capture and general assistance at clinic. Please contact SAGA HS at 226-3266 or email for details on how you can help. Fix your dog to fix up San Pedro!
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Promoting Kindness and Preventing Cruelty to Animals

The Saga Humane Society was founded in 1999, in response to the animal control measures used in Belize.  It was a time when no veterinary services were available in San Pedro.  A small group of volunteers banded together to do what they could to aid the suffering stray dogs and cats on the streets.

After much work and dedication, the first non-profit Veterinary Clinic and Animal Shelter was opened in Belize.  The Saga Veterinary Clinic houses the cattery where there are always plenty of kittens and cats looking for a loving home. “Fort Dog” houses homeless dogs and puppies who receive treatment and loving care.  Saga houses up to 60 animals at any given time, until they find a Forever Home.

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, with a veterinarian on staff.  Pet owners can make appointments for wellness care such as spay/neuter surgeries and vaccinations, as well as treatment for illnesses or injuries.  We have an in-house pharmacy has the most important veterinary medications in stock, thanks in a large part to the generosity of volunteers, residents, and visitors. Located at Sea Star Street, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. 

Foster Homes

Saga Humane Society sometimes is in need for Foster Homes for shelter animals that need a little more attention.  It may be orphaned or feral kittens, animals recovering from major surgery, or dogs needing one-on-one behavior rehabilitation. For animals who may need a break from the shelter environment, foster care provides a comfortable home setting that keeps them happy and healthy. SAGA will supply the food, medical costs and instructions on special care.   If any of you would like to be put on our list for future Foster Homes, let us know how you can help.

Requirements for Foster Homes are:

·         A safe and enclosed yard free of fleas and ticks.

·         If there are animals in the household they must get along with other animals.  Household animals also must be healthy, current on all vaccinations, and free of ticks and fleas.

If you have questions about pet adoptions, fostering or Saga Clinic email



If you love animals, but maybe aren't able to give one a home... there are other ways you can help! With the Sponsor an Animal Program you have the opportunity to have a "virtual pet" as well as support Saga Humane Society at the same time.  You can sponsor your favorite animal currently available for adoption.  

The average sponsorship is $50 a month, which is based on the average stay of an animal. The costs associated with a stay of an animal include: intake, vaccinations, spay/neutering services, vet services and the housing of the animal until it is adopted. On occasion, there may be an animal that needs special care due to an illness or injury.  Your sponsorship helps shelter an animal and assists in offsetting the cost of daily care for the companion pets that reside here throughout the year.  

Volunteer Opportunities

As a Saga volunteer, you are important to us! Volunteers help the shelter run smoothly, increase adoptions by being knowledgeable and friendly, and make our animals more comfortable and happier. Volunteering is important for the organization, the animals and the individual.

There is a world of opportunities for you to use your special skills to help homeless animals in our community. While we always need volunteers to help care for and socialize our shelter dogs and cats, assist with maintenance and carpentry projects, and help with special events.  If you love animals and can give us one shift per week, we can promise you good feelings and fun.

Or visit our web site to find out the latest Saga news.


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Sea Star St San Pedro, Ambergris Caye Belize, Central America