Pet of the Week – Sombra

Peggy Brackett
By Peggy Brackett April 7, 2019 20:52

Pet of the Week – Sombra

Meet Sombra

It has been a long time since we have seen a skin infection as severe as Sombra presented.  Sombra, which translates to “Shadow”, is a female, black lab mix doggy – about a year and a half old.  She was found in Urias – a poor colonia outside of Mazatlán on the way to the airport.  Sombra was brought to the shelter by some Americans who thought her skin had been burned.  The skin condition was not a burn – but was a severe infestation of scabies.  Sarcoptic mange in dogs, also known as scabies, is caused by the Sarcoptes scabiei mite, a highly contagious skin parasite.  The mites burrow into the skin and cause severe itching.  The result is the formation of scabs and hair loss, which is why Sombra has large patches of missing fur.

Despite her extremely uncomfortable skin condition, Sombra is a very affectionate doggy.  She loves attention from the staff and volunteers at the shelter.  The treatment plan for scabies will be a several-weeks-long process as the crusty skin must be gently treated with medicated shampoo at least once a week through the life cycle of the mites.  Scabies is very contagious, so Sombra must be isolated from the other dogs.  Also any towels or bedding that she comes in contact with must be thoroughly cleaned with hot water and bleach.  Prognosis is very good that Sombra will have a complete recovery.  It will take many weeks before her fur grows back nicely.  She is in a nurturing environment and will do well at the shelter.

Adoptions – Chata and Rayo

There were only two recent adoptions at the shelter – Chata and Rayo.

Chata, a pretty, female boxer doggy, was adopted by Barbara, one of our volunteers who regularly walks dogs.  After her adoption, Chata was diagnosed with the tick-borne disease, Ehrlichiosis.  Thankfully Barbara and her family and their veterinarian are providing medical treatment to Chata before her trip north of the border late next month.

Rayo was adopted by Americans who will give him a good home and lots of attention, too.

FOOD GRADE Diatomaceous Earth – Natural, Low Cost Flea and Tick Control

Ticks and fleas are very common problems in Mazatlán’s tropical climate. Commercial flea and tick collars and medications are expensive.  In addition, the strong, commercial chemicals in these products may cause adverse reactions for many animals – especially those with weakened immune systems.  Parasite control for pets SHOULD NOT BE OPTIONAL.  Preventing fleas and ticks makes pets and pet owners more comfortable and can even save lives.

FOOD GRADE Diatomaceous Earth (FGDE) is an inexpensive way to control internal and external parasites in cats and dogs.  FGDE is made from tiny, fossilized aquatic organisms called diatoms.  When crushed to a fine powder and examined under a microscope, the silica pieces look like bits of broken glass.  When insects, parasites or larvae come in contact with FGDE, the sharp edges cut the skeleton and dry out the pests, killing them within one to seven days.

For internal parasites, the FGDE is sprinkled on the animal’s food and ingested.  For external pests, including ticks and fleas, the FGDE powder is applied from head to toe, including legs and belly, and brushed into the fur. FGDE sprinkled on the pet’s bedding will kill the fleas and ticks lurking there.  When using FGDE be careful NOT TO INHALE the fine powder as you don’t want silica particles in the lungs.

FGDE also has many beneficial uses for human animals as well.  Do your own detailed research on Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth to see how this inexpensive powder can benefit you and your pets.  FGDE is available in many pet stores, from veterinarians and, of course, from

Zumba Dancers – Final Tally

This week we received a final donation of SEVEN large bags of cat food from Margaret Haynes’ Zumba class members.  This dedicated group of women donated their class fees all season to Amigos de los Animales and supplied the shelter with buckets and buckets of kitty litter and more than a dozen large bags of cat and kitten food.  A big THANK YOU to all involved for your dedication to health and charitable giving.  Have a wonderful summer and we hope to see you back next season.

Mazatlán Snowbirds – How to Help during the Summer Months

The Snowbirds are flying north.  Many of us spend several months in Mazatlán during the winter, but return north for cooler weather in the summer.  While you are north of the border, there are still many ways to help the street animals of Mazatlán.  Here are just a few:

Money Always Fits – Please visit our website to make a donation –  At the top of the page, click on “English” and choose “Donate” from the drop down menu. At the top of the second page, please click on the yellow “Donate” button and follow the prompts to make a donation through your PayPal account or with a credit card.

Go Shopping – Do you love to go to garage sales??  Please remember the animal shelter when you are out looking for bargains.  Donations of collars, leashes and lightly used items for resale in our bazaar are always welcome.  If you are flying back to Mazatlán, many airlines will allow you to bring one piece of humanitarian luggage per customer without cost to you.  These items must be separately packed.  Check out the requirements as each airline has different regulations.

Be Creative – Are you crafty??  Use fabric remnants, old t-shirts, jeans, blankets and towels to create homemade toys and bedding for the shelter animals.  Sew several “ADOPT ME” vests or bandanas for our pets to wear at adoptions fairs and special events.  A quick Google search on “how to make pet toys, blankets, etc.” will give you lots of ideas.

Share This Information – Please share information about Amigos de los Animales on all of your social media sites.  Someone in your network wants to make a donation OR adopt a pet OR hold a fundraiser OR help with a spay and neuter clinic OR help with website design OR… OR… the list goes on and on.  Combining efforts and resources means we are able to help more of Mazatlán’s street animals.

Thanks to all 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 – 1    1am-2pm and 4-7pm
Saturday – 11am-2pm
Bicentenario Juarez #3
Colonia Francisco Villa (Colonia Pancho Villa)
Mazatlán, MX 82190

Peggy Brackett
By Peggy Brackett April 7, 2019 20:52