Pet of the Week – Rosco – Adopted!

Peggy Brackett
By Peggy Brackett February 17, 2019 15:31

Pet of the Week – Rosco – Adopted!

Meet Rosco

Rosco is a seven-year-old, male Bassett Hound – a breed we rarely see at the shelter.  Rosco was surrendered to the shelter by his owner – an elderly man, who was no long able to care for him properly.  Rosco is medium-sized.  He has a very calm personality and likes to play.  Rosco does not need a special diet or any medications.  As soon as he has his neutering operation, Rosco will be ready to find his Forever Home that will take him well into retirement.  He still has lots of years left in his short little legs.

Adoptions – Rocco, Angie, Tribilyn and Three Cats            

This week three doggies and three cats found their Forever Homes.

Rocco, a black and white, English Bull Terrier, was adopted by a young man with energy enough to match Rocco’s high energy needs.  Rocco is very playful and requires a lot of activity so he will be calm.  Rocco also needs a patient and firm hand so he will improve his manners and socialization skills.

Angie, a female, pit bull mix, was adopted by a young woman, who has the time and space to give this doggy a good home.  Angie has a sweet personality and will be very protective of her new family.

Tribilyn was adopted by a young man, who was accompanied to the shelter by his mother.  They were looking for a pet that would be a good companion animal to the whole family.  After meeting Tribilyn, they knew he was the perfect choice for them.

Three cats – all tabby cats of different sizes – found their Forever Homes this week.  Tabby cats have distinctive patterns of stripes, dots, lines and swirling patterns in their fur coats.  They also have a pretty pronounced “M” patterned mark on their foreheads.  One adult tabby was adopted from the Cat Condo area and two younger cats from the individual cages were chosen.  All of the kitties will enjoy the extra space and attention in their new homes.


Progress on the New Cat Enclosure at the Ranch

Progress continues on the new cat enclosure at the ranch north of Mazatlán.  Last week was dedicated to a major clean-up of the space.  This week volunteers spent time on Saturday treating and painting the lumber that will be used to build the framework for the wall that will complete the enclosure.  The wooden framework will be used to support galvanized fencing and an access gate.  If you would like to volunteer to help construct and / or furnish this large space with cat furniture and toys, please call the shelter during business hours and leave your contact information.  Many hands make light work – as the saying goes.

Last Call for February’s Mazatlán Rocks the Beach Concert

On Monday, February 18th, the second of three Mazatlán Rocks the Beach concerts will be held at SUMBAWA in the Golden Zone located on the beach just north of Valentino’s.  Tickets for this event are just $250 pesos.

The line-up of bands includes Adiccion, ZAZ 2.0, The Beggars Banquet, Gringos Locos, Kannon, KraKen and Cloakas Rock.

Food will be available for purchase from European Sausage Kitchen and there will be beer and other drinks for sale.

TWO 50 / 50 raffle ticket drawings benefit Amigos de los Animales animal shelter and Refugio de Mazatlán – a residential home for troubled teenage boys.  The two charities will split one-half of the raffle ticket sales proceeds.

Doors open at 11 a.m. for those who purchase tickets prior to the day of the event.  The concert begins at 12:30 p.m.  For more information, please visit

Tickets will be available for purchase at the door.

High Season for Puppies and Kittens

Recently a VERY PREGNANT dog was dropped off at the shelter and last week she gave birth to TEN (yes, TEN) puppies.  Unfortunately, two itty, bitty runts of the litter did not survive the first 24 hours, but the remaining EIGHT are doing very well.  At a week old, these tiny, little bundles of fur do not even have their eyes open.  If Mama Doggy is in the kennel, the puppies are as close to her as possible.  When she has a little break outside of the kennel, the puppies are snuggled up with one another – making it hard to see where one body begins and another one ends.  At this early stage of their lives, their immune systems are not developed and they are susceptible to many illnesses and parasites, which is why they are kept separate from other dogs and most humans.

There is nothing more adorable than a tiny puppy or kitten.  But the fact of the matter is that there are MILLIONS of unwanted dogs, puppies, cats and kittens in the world.  Pet overpopulation is a HUGE problem in every country.  If you are a pet owner, please have your pet spayed or neutered and encourage your family, friends, neighbors and acquaintances to do the same.  If you are ready to add a pet to your household, please adopt an unwanted animal from a shelter or rescue organization.  Adopt, don’t shop.  You may well be saving that animal from being euthanized.  Be a responsible owner and commit to care for your adopted pet for its entire lifetime.  These simple actions will go a long way toward decreasing pet overpopulation.

Bridget and Leah – Two Super Supporters Go Shopping

Bridget and Leah are both Super Supporters of the animal shelter.  In the past they have adopted dogs and taken them home to Canada, paid for medical expenses, transportation costs and pet and cleaning supplies.  During this year’s vacation visit, they delivered a huge bag of pet coats, beds and blankets.  Bare tiles in the pet kennels become very cold during the winter months – even in tropical Mazatlán.

This week Leah and Bridget went above and beyond – shopping for and paying the total cost of a brand new, heavy-duty washing machine for the shelter.  This generous donation came at a perfect time as the current (used) washing machine, which has been repaired several times, was refusing to spin the water out of the daily loads of towels, blankets, coats and sweaters.  A huge “MUCHAS GRACIAS” to Bridget and Leah for improving the lives of animals and  supporting the work of Amigos de los Animales.

King Wins Best in Show

This week in a very different canine world – far, far away from the realities of life for Mazatlán’s street animals – a wire fox terrier named King won Best in Show at the 143rd annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show held in Madison Square Garden in New York City.  King, whose show name is GCHB CH Kingarthur Van Foliny Home, won out over more than 2,800 other dogs representing more than 200 different breeds.  The annual costs of training, travel, grooming and show expenses to compete in these events can add up to tens of thousands of dollars.  Oh what we could accomplish at the animal shelter with the availability of that level of luxury and resources.

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 February 17, 2019 15:31