Pet of the Week – Wera

Peggy Brackett
By Peggy Brackett January 6, 2019 15:47

Pet of the Week – Wera

Meet Wera

Wera is our first featured pet of 2019.  She was a street dog in Fracc. San Fernando and had at least one litter of puppies.  Some of the neighbors helped by feeding her.  Some of the neighbors were upset because there were so many dogs on the street.  One neighbor found homes for the latest litter of puppies and then brought Wera to the shelter.  Wera is a tan and white, medium-sized pup of mixed-lineage.  She is approximately three years old.  When Wera first arrived at the shelter she was malnourished and very scared.  She is still shy but now likes to leave her kennel for her twice daily walks.  She has a calm nature.  Wera has been spayed – so no more puppies in her future.  She has had her vaccinations.  She does not require any special food or medication.  Wera is now ready to find a safe, quiet Forever Home.

Adoptions – Toño, Estrella and Two Kittens

Toño was abandoned at the door of the shelter along with two other dogs a few weeks ago.  With good food, water and regular exercise and socialization, he recovered nicely.  This gentle-natured pup found a Forever Home this week with a caring family in Mazatlán.

Pretty, white Estrella (which translates to “Star”) was adopted by a woman who now has time in her life to care for a dog.  She chose to adopt a shelter dog to give her new pet a second chance for a good life in a caring home environment.

Two kittens were adopted this week.  A young family chose a white and orange kitten.  Two years ago the mother in this family volunteered at the shelter during her high school vacation to help paint pet cages.  When it came time to adopt a pet, she returned to the shelter to find the perfect kitten.

Another woman adopted a kitten as a companion for a cat she adopted from the shelter three years ago.  She reported back that the adult cat and new kitten are getting along very well.

Good Things Come in Small Packages

At the shelter we have several small doggies available for adoption – with some Chihuahua puppies coming very soon if all goes well with the mama-to-be.  There are advantages to owning small dogs – especially small dogs with big personalities.  One obvious benefit is that small dogs eat less – sometimes only a quarter cup of kibble a day instead of two to four cups of food for the big guys.  And smaller input means smaller output – which is a real bonus when it comes time to scoop poop.

Traveling by car with a small dog is easier.  Many hotels will only accept small dogs overnight in their rooms. When air travel is involved, it costs less to transport small dogs.  Currently, most major airlines charge $125 each way on domestic flights if the pet is small enough to fit in a carrier that will go under the seat.  Medium to very large dogs can cost several hundred dollars to transport, depending on the weight of the dog and the carrier, the distance flown and the airline.  WestJet Airlines recently increased their costs significantly for transporting pets – not a happy circumstance for snowbird pet owners or pet rescue organizations shuttling adopted pets to the States or Canada.

Small dogs (and cats) are better suited for smaller living quarters.  Motor home, tiny house, apartment or condominium??  No problem for a small dog.  They take up very little space.  Small dogs are easier to walk, easier to bathe and are less intimidating for most people.  Small dogs tend to live longer than the larger breeds.  Some small dogs have a life span of more than 15 years.

And the best reason to own a small dog…you can have a few of them all at the same time.


Monday – Happy Hour BINGO at Friends Diner in the Golden Zone Resumes

After a short break over the holidays, Happy Hour BINGO is back this week.  The games are held EVERY MONDAY at Friends Diner beginning at 3 p.m.  Net proceeds from the BINGO games benefit the animal shelter.  The cost per BINGO card is $50 pesos.  There are four “regular” games.  Then there is a final, Blackout game with a larger winning payout for an additional cost of $50 pesos per BINGO card.

Friends Diner is located in the Golden Zone – #300 Laguna.  This is one block west (towards the ocean) from Panama Restaurant and then 50 feet south on Laguna.  The telephone number is 913-6066.  Happy Hour at Friends is from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.  Come enjoy an adult beverage or two and dinner.

Please pass this invitation along to everyone you know who wants to have fun while supporting a good cause.

What We Need Most Urgently

We still need lots of kitty litter and Purina Cat Chow for adult cats and kittens (gatitos).  Please stop by the shelter to visit all of our adoptable pets.

Thanks for supporting Amigos de los Animales.

Please contact the shelter during business hours:

Amigos de los Animales
Phone: 669-986-4235

Shelter Hours:
Monday – Friday – 11am-2pm and 4-7pm
Saturday – 11am-2pm
Bicentenario Juarez #3
Colonia Francisco Villa (Colonia Pancho Villa)
Mazatlán, MX 82190

Peggy Brackett
By Peggy Brackett January 6, 2019 15:47