Pet of the Week – Chiquita – Adopted!

Peggy Brackett
By Peggy Brackett March 10, 2019 05:15

Pet of the Week – Chiquita – Adopted!

Meet Chiquita

Chiquita is a five-year-old, female, Chihuahua-mix doggy.  She is small, light tan in color, with beautiful, expressive brown eyes.  Chiquita lived with a family that included a son.  The son suffers from asthma.  Because of this health problem, his mother surrendered Chiquita and the family cat to the animal shelter.

Chiquita is very shy around strangers.  She is out of her comfort zone in the noisy, chaotic shelter and would do better in a quiet home.  Chiquita is very loving in a one-on-one situation.  She is in good health and does not require any medication or a special diet.  Chiquita is spayed and ready for adoption.  She will come out of her shell and will blossom in a calm, tranquil Forever Home.  Perhaps you have a quiet space and a calm environment for Chiquita in your home.

Adoptions – Laica (f/k/a Chapis), Wolf, Lesy, Yesy, Piston and Three Cats

This week was another good week for adoptions.  Five doggies and three kitties found their Forever Homes.

Laica – formerly known as Chapis – has been at Amigos for almost six months.  She was abandoned one morning, tied to a tree in front of the shelter, bleeding from her uterus, with a smelly, internal infection.  But all of that is in the past.  Now Laica is a strong, healthy, friendly pup.  She was adopted by a family of three who live on a small ranch outside of the city.  Laica will live in the house and have the run of the garden where she can be playful and expend her boundless energy.

Wolf was adopted by a member of the international community.  He first asked about the possibility of adopting a dog during February’s Mazatlán Rocks the Beach concert.  After visiting the shelter, this man chose to adopt Wolf because he is a very clever and affectionate doggy.

Black and white puppy, Lesy, was adopted by a mother and her young son.  They have never had pets before.  They chose Lesy because she is a sweet puppy and looks a bit like a cuddly teddy bear.

Yesy is a white and brown puppy.  She was adopted into a five-member family – lots of people to give her lots of attention.  There are other doggies in the home for Yesy to romp with, too – an ideal situation for a growing pup.

Piston is a beautiful black puppy.  He was adopted by a man who lives in the hills outside of Mazatlán.  This man wanted a gift for his children.  Piston is smart and affectionate and will have lots of space to run with his new human playmates.

Three cats – two adult cats living in the Cat Condominium, Lia and Muuy, – and one yellow, tabby kitten, Shester, were adopted into their Forever Homes this week.

We still have cats, cats, CATS galore.  This is a perfect time to visit the shelter to choose a feline companion or two or three to complete your family.

FINAL Mazatlán Rocks the Beach Concert – Monday, March 18th

This season’s FINAL Mazatlán Rocks the Beach concert will be on Monday, March 18th.  The concert, featuring SIX of your favorite local bands, 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.  Food will be available for purchase from European Sausage Kitchen and beer and other drinks will be for sale.  Tickets for a 50 / 50 raffle drawing will benefit two local charities, Amigos de los Animales animal shelter and Refugio de Mazatlán – a residential home for troubled teenage boys.  Doors open at 10:30 a.m. for those who purchase tickets prior to the day of the event.  The music begins at noon.  For more information, including ticket sales locations, please visitán-My-City-com-383055698379523/.

Zumba Women Still Toning and Giving Generously

Margaret Haynes’ Zumba toning class members raised ANOTHER $2,000 pesos in record time this month.  That is a total of $6,000 pesos to date and they are still going strong.  This FIT AND FABULOUS group of dancers is supporting the animal shelter while improving their health and well-being.  The money raised this round was used to buy buckets of kitty litter to keep our cats and kittens clean and healthy.  THANK YOU for your continued support.  What a positive influence this group has shown us – good health practices and charitable giving.

Be Aware That Xylitol is EXTREMELY TOXIC to Animals

Xylitol is a naturally occurring sugar alcohol found in corn, oats, trees, berries and other fruits.  The FDA approved xylitol as a food additive in 1963.  Although used as a sugar substitute for decades, the popularity of xylitol has increased exponentially in the past few years because it has a low glycemic index and reduces the formation of dental plaque on teeth.  Today xylitol manufactured commercially is mainly extracted from corn cobs.

Many foods and dental products contain xylitol including sugar-free gum, candies, breath mints, baked goods, pudding snacks, Jello, peanut butter, fruit drinks, jams, jellies, cereals, ketchup, protein bars, cough syrup, children’s chewable or gummy vitamins, mouthwash, and toothpaste.  Xylitol is also found in over-the-counter nasal sprays, laxatives, digestive aids, allergy medicines, prescription medications and liquids.  Even some products manufactured specifically for dogs, such as toothpaste, contain small amounts of xylitol.

Xylitol is EXTREMELY TOXIC to dogs.  Ingesting xylitol causes a rapid and massive release of insulin from the pancreas in dogs, causing hypoglycemia – a dangerous drop in blood sugar – that can destroy liver cells and is often fatal.  The outward symptoms that the pet may display include disorientation, acute weakness, staggering, panting, vomiting, collapsing and seizures.  If you suspect your dog has consumed xylitol or any other poisonous substance, seek help from your veterinarian immediately.  Depending on the amount of xylitol consumed, within 15 to 20 minutes, your dog might be comatose.  Although there is no antidote for xylitol toxicity, treatment with sugar supplementation, IV fluids, and drugs that protect the liver are beneficial.

To avoid any exposure to xylitol for your pet, READ PRODUCT LABELS CAREFULLY. The word “xylitol” may not be listed as a separate ingredient.  Beware of products with labels that include the terms “less sugar”, “artificially sweetened”, “natural sweetener” and “sugar alcohol”.  Err on the side of caution and keep all of these products out of the reach of your dogs and cats.

As always, thank you for supporting the animal shelter.

Please contact the animal 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 March 10, 2019 05:15