Pet of the Week – Cats, Cats, LOTS of Cats

Peggy Brackett
By Peggy Brackett July 8, 2019 16:30

Pet of the Week – Cats, Cats, LOTS of Cats

Meet Our Cats – Lots and LOTS of Cats

It is time again to feature the myriad of cats that we have available for adoption at the animal shelter.  We have tabbys, black cats, white cats, calicos, long-haired and short-haired.  We have kittens and adult cats.  All of these cats and kittens are looking for loving Forever Homes.  And don’t forget our 2-for-1 cat adoption special.  Pay the adoption fee for the first cat, which includes the cost of sterilization and shots, and the cost for adopting a second cat is FREE.

This spring we opened the new cat annex at the ranch north of Mazatlán.  Approximately 50 cats were relocated to that large, open, free-roaming space.  That transfer allowed the staff to move the larger kittens into the Cat Condo area in the shelter building.  All of the cats in this area are sterilized, vaccinated and dewormed.  In addition, we have many, MANY kittens in smaller cages in different areas of the building.

The ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) estimates that almost 900,000 cats are euthanized every year in the United States alone.  That is almost 2,500 cats killed every single day.  It is estimated that 70% of cats entering animal shelters are euthanized.

A recent Mazatlán Facebook post from someone wanting to adopt a kitten received 55 comments with DOZENS of kittens available for give-away by local individuals.

The world is overrun by cats.

This is especially frustrating because there is a simple solution to this problem of overpopulation and the needless killing of so many innocent animals – spay, spay, spay, neuter, neuter, neuter.

Adoptions – Two Cat Adoptions – Cielo and Rayas


This week two cats found their Forever Homes.

Pretty white Cielo with the black spot on her forehead was adopted by a young couple.  This was the first pet in their household.  Cielo is a lucky kitty.

Rayas, which translates to Stripes, was adopted by a young mother and her daughter who loves cats.  The little girl was very excited to return home to play and have fun with her new cat.




Trap, Neuter and Return Programs

TNR programs begin with humanely trapping feral cats and transporting them to a veterinarian for sterilization.  If resources are available, the animal might also receive a health check and vaccinations.  After a feral cat has been spayed or neutered the vet should notch or tip the left ear so that it can be identified as a cat that has already been trapped and sterilized.  After surgery, the cat is returned back to its original colony.  Since the cats are no longer reproducing, the colony will gradually diminish in size.  By reducing or eliminating mating, fighting and wandering, TNR makes the colony more stable, limits the influx of newcomers to the colony, and improves the health of the cats.  Any available food will be eaten by the sterilized colony.  The colony will defend its territory and will keep other cats from moving in.  A stable, sterilized colony can be very useful for pest and rodent control on farms, near dumpsters or next to wooded areas.

Thankfully, there are many dedicated individuals and groups in Mazatlán who work tirelessly with TNR programs.  If you are interested in more information on TNR programs, please do a Google search for TNR articles and videos.  There is loads of information on-line that outlines the steps to take for safely trapping animals, which is the most challenging part of the TNR process.

At Amigos de los Animales, there are cat traps available for loan after the payment of a deposit of $500 pesos.  The $500 pesos deposit is refunded once the undamaged cat trap is returned to the shelter.   Contact the shelter for more details.

A Summer Reminder – HEAT KILLS

Summer is here with record breaking temperatures in many parts of the world.  Even Anchorage, Alaska reached 90 degrees F last week.  This is a reminder to never leave children or pets in a car in the heat – or even at cooler temperatures.  Per Jan Null, adjunct professor at San Francisco State University, children have died in cars with an outside temperature as low as 63 degrees.  The car becomes a greenhouse.  At 70 degrees on a sunny day, after a half hour, the temperature inside a car is 104 degrees.  After an hour, it can reach 113 degrees.

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, when temperatures outside range from 80 to 100 degrees, the temperature inside a car parked in direct sunlight can quickly climb to between 130 to 172 degrees.  Never leave your pet in a parked car when the outside temperature is above 70 degrees.  Not even with the windows open partway, not even in the shade, not even for a quick errand.  Studies have shown that leaving the windows cracked open a few inches makes little difference to the interior temperature of the vehicle when compared to a car with the windows fully closed.

Dogs and cats don’t sweat like humans.  They pant to lower their body temperature.  If an animal is inside a car, recycling very hot air, panting gives no relief, and heat stroke can happen quickly.  Heat stroke can permanently damage a pet’s health.  The change of only a few degrees to a dog’s normal body temperature can quickly result in coma, organ dysfunction, permanent brain damage or even death.

The following chart outlines how quickly disaster can happen.

What We Need Most Urgently

A weekly reminder – PLEASE put out a big bowl of fresh clean water EVERY DAY to help the street animals of Mazatlán.

Pet food, please.  At the shelter we are still in need of Purina Chow for all of our animals – dogs, puppies, cats and kittens.

Thank you for your support of 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 July 8, 2019 16:30