Pet of the Week – Lia

Peggy Brackett
By Peggy Brackett March 24, 2019 18:44

Pet of the Week – Lia

Meet Lia

Lia is a lovely, female doggy, who has some Golden Retriever in her lineage.  She is about two years old and of medium size.  Lia was found under a car in Colonia Jaripillo – giving birth to a litter of FIVE puppies outside in the cold morning air.  Eduardo, the owner of the vehicle, contacted the shelter.  One of the shelter volunteers went to her location and brought Lia and her newborn pups to the shelter.  It was apparent that Lia had no family looking for her.

Lia seems to enjoy the relative calm and safety of the shelter.  She is sweet and friendly with people and loves to go for a walk.  She is less friendly with other dogs and is protective of her pups.  Her overall health is improving quickly – recovery from birthing the puppies and from living out in the rough.  Lia is receiving supplements to her regular food since she is nursing the puppies.  She is resting and sleeping every chance she gets.  Once the puppies are weaned, Lia will be spayed and ready to find a secure Forever Home.

Adoptions – King, Malinche, Belen and Molly

This week FOUR of our doggies found their Forever Homes.  Unfortunately no cats were taken.

Puppy King was adopted by a family that includes a young woman who loves animals.  This young woman convinced her mom that King was the right puppy for their family and they adopted him on the spot.

Blond puppy Malinche was adopted by a family of three, where the mother wanted a companion animal that was loving and playful.  Malinche’s brown eyes and soft, terrier coat won them over.  Malinche will receive good care and a lot of attention from this close-knit family.

Belen is a small light brown and black pup.  She was adopted by a man who wanted a small breed dog as a companion for his young son.  Belen is not large or aggressive and will be a good playmate for this child.

Molly was adopted by a couple with a young son.  They visited Molly previously but were not able to adopt at that time.  They returned to the shelter this week and found Molly still available.  The woman liked Molly’s behavior around children, her ability to walk well on leash and decided that Molly was the perfect addition to their family.

Mazatlán Rocks the Beach – The Results

Many thanks to Simon Lynds for organizing another great year of Mazatlán Rocks the Beach concerts.  Two local charities, Amigos de los Animales animal shelter and Refugio Mazatlán, a residential home for troubled teenaged boys, each received more than $35,000 pesos this season from a portion of MRB ticket sales, the raffle of a beautiful baseball-motif quilt donated by Linda Hannawalt, and proceeds from several 50 / 50 raffles held during the concerts.  The VERY GENEROUS winner of the 50 / 50 raffle at Monday’s concert, Wayne from Kenora, Ontario, donated half of his winnings – more than $7,000 pesos – back to the two charities.  Thanks to all who supported Mazatlán Rocks the Beach, ADLA and Refugio Mazatlán.  We all benefitted from your generosity.

A Mexican City Works to Improve the Lives of Street Dogs

Soledad de Graciano Sánchez is the second largest city in the Mexican state of San Luis Potosi with a population of about 235,000 people.  About 1.2 million people live in the city of San Luis Potosí and the surrounding metropolitan area, which includes Soledad de Graciano Sánchez. According to figures from animal protection organizations and the Ministry of Health, there are 300,000 – THREE HUNDRED THOUSAND!!!!! – stray dogs in the greater Potosí metropolis that are in need of basic care.  Instead of ignoring the problem, the city of Soledad de Graciano Sánchez is joining forces with its dog-loving citizens to provide some relief for homeless dogs.

One of the first programs initiated in 2019 by the city and a local citizen’s group, Respuesta Ciudadana (Citizen Response), is “Come Dog”. “Come” in Spanish means “eat”.  The city installed 15 food dispensers in public areas around the city.  The dispensers are made of PVC pipe.  The pipe is filled with dry food – 60% paid for by donations and 40% paid for by the city.  Volunteers from the Respuesta Ciudadana group ensure that the dispensers are filled regularly.  Approximately 100 pounds of kibble are dispensed each week.

In January 2019, the city of Soledad de Graciano Sánchez also introduced an ambulance, called “Ambudog”, which is Mexico’s FIRST ambulance solely dedicated to the care of cats and dogs – both street animals and pets living in homes.  Veterinarians staffing Ambudog offer FREE healthcare including vaccinations and spay/neuter services.  The hope is that these free services will help reduce the number of homeless animals and stop the spread of deadly diseases among the population of street animals.

Much like Mazatlán’s FREE spay and neuter truck, Programa Pro-Sanidad Mazatlán, the programs found in Soledad de Graciano Sánchez are helpful but are not adequate to eliminate pet overpopulation and the proliferation of unwanted street animals.  But these efforts show that there is an awareness of the problem at the CITY-level – the beginning of a trend that may lead to more energy and resources being spent to benefit homeless animals.  Poco a poco.

Additional information on Mazatlán’s FREE spay and neuter truck program, including their hours of operation and upcoming locations, can be found at https://www.facebook.com/Programa-Pro-Sanidad- Mazatlán -710138112381188/.

Thank you for supporting the animal shelter.

Please contact the animal shelter during business hours:

Amigos de los Animales
http://www.amigosdelosanimalesmzt.com/
Phone: 669-986-4235

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

Peggy Brackett
By Peggy Brackett March 24, 2019 18:44