Pet of the Week – Chata – Adopted!

Peggy Brackett
By Peggy Brackett March 17, 2019 13:42

Pet of the Week – Chata – Adopted!

Meet Chata

Chata is a beautiful, female boxer doggy – about a year and a half old.  Before coming to the shelter, Chata was living in poor conditions in Colonia Hacienda Victoria.  A concerned neighbor called the shelter to say that Chata was always on the street.  She often went days without any food.  The owner did not care for her at all.  Two volunteers from the shelter went to the neighborhood and rescued Chata.  She had puppies at one time but they apparently died because of the poor living conditions.

Chata is recovering nicely at the shelter.  She is a quiet doggy – obedient and a bit downtrodden.  She enjoys going out for walks.  At this time Chata needs regular meals of nutritious food so her health will continue to improve.  Once Chata has her sterilization operation, she will be ready for a stable Forever Home – with proper food and attention that will allow her personality to shine.

Adoptions – Rosco, Blanca, Buli, Eddy and Luz

This week FIVE of our doggies found their Forever Homes.

Rosco is our 7 year-old Bassett Hound.  As older doggies often linger at the shelter for months, it is nice that Rosco found a Forever Home quite quickly.  He will live with a family that includes a ten year-old girl who loves animals – especially dogs.  She especially loves reading to Rosco and Rosco loves hearing the stories, getting belly rubs, going for walks and playing with his new companion.

Blanca was adopted by a young man who has other dogs at home.  He chose Blanca knowing that she is very nervous and afraid because of past abuses in her life.  This man hopes that with proper attention, Blanca will become more secure and will be happy with her new pack.

Buli was adopted by a woman who is pregnant.  She wanted to have the companionship of a puppy for herself and for her baby.  She chose Buli because she is quite small and very well behaved.

Eddy was adopted by an older man whose children are grown and out of the home.  Eddy is energetic and playful and will be good company for his new owner.

Luz was adopted by a young couple who do not have children.  They were eager to adopt a female puppy, who was very affectionate and had lots of energy.  Puppy Luz filled all those requirements and found her loving Forever Home.

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

Please remember the FINAL Mazatlán Rocks the Beach concert – is Monday, March 18th.  The concert will feature SIX favorite local bands.  The location is at SUMBAWA on the beach in the Golden Zone just north of Valentino’s.  Tickets for this event are $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.  Tickets will be available for purchase at the door.

New Rancho Cat Enclosure – Ready for Occupancy

Thanks to the tireless efforts of our volunteers, the new cat enclosure at the ranch north of Mazatlán is ready for occupancy.  As a test, several of the ranch cats, who normally roam free, were placed inside the enclosure.  They quickly found ways to escape to the outside of the building.  The escape holes were closed up and the cats then stayed inside the fenced area.

Inside the enclosure, plastic crates are stacked in various places and attached to the side walls in other areas for sleeping places for the cats.  We still need additional crates and more fleece or terry cloth cat blankets / beds to cushion the crates.  The dimensions for these are 11 inches x 18 inches and also 8 inches x 18 inches with ties on the sides so they can be attached to the crates.  Please contact the shelter if you have crates or blankets / beds to donate.

The cats will be fed at a long feeding station made of PVC pipe.  PVC pipe is also used for a watering station.

The large space still needs more scratching posts, cat toys and resting places / hidey holes.  All items need to be durable and easy to clean.  Please share your ideas for keeping the cats safe, comfortable and warm in their new living quarters.

Lucky Dog – A Testament to the Abilities of Shelter Dogs

Brandon McMillan is a forty-something year-old dog trainer and host of the CBS Saturday morning series, Lucky Dog.  This show premiered in 2013 and is still going strong.  In this weekly, half-hour, documentary-style program, McMillan chooses a special needs, shelter dog that has been deemed to be “untrainable”.  He then takes the abused, neglected and abandoned pup, rehabilitates and trains the dog and finds it a Forever Home.  Of course the process requires that the adoptive person or family be trained along with the doggy.  Many of the dogs become service and therapy dogs for the disabled.  The show highlights McMillan’s philosophy that what is broke can be fixed and that shelter dogs do not have to be throwaways.  You can watch full episodes of this inspirational family show every Saturday morning or on-line at

Our experience at ADLA has shown that dogs that spend time in foster care being socialized to a home environment and taught basic skills and manners are adopted more quickly.  This does not require the expertise of a professional dog trainer.  It requires patience and consistency.  If you are able to help by fostering a dog, please contact the animal shelter for details.

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 17, 2019 13:42