Pet of the Week – Cristiano – Adopted!

Peggy Brackett
By Peggy Brackett July 22, 2019 05:43

Pet of the Week – Cristiano – Adopted!

Meet Cristiano

Cristiano is a medium-sized, black, male doggy who looks like he may have some Dachshund in his family tree.  He has a large white patch on his chest and some white markings on his feet.  Cristiano is about a year old.  He – like so many of our intakes – was abandoned at the front door of the shelter.  Nothing is known about his background.  Cristiano is small in size and in very good health.  He has a quiet personality.  Cristiano does not require any special diet or medications.  After his neutering operation, he will be ready for placement in his Forever Home.

Please stop by the shelter to visit all of our adoptable dogs and cats, puppies and kittens.  We have many, MANY choices of animals waiting to find good homes.

Adoptions – Amanecer, Coffe, and Kitty Hamburguesa

This week we had 2 doggy adoptions and one cat found its new home.


Amanecer, which translates to Dawn, was adopted by a young couple.  The woman, especially, was very excited to be able to provide a good home to a rescue animal.


Coffe was adopted by a young woman.  She was searching for a friendly pup to be her companion for walks on the beach and other adventures.

Hamburguesa is a beautiful tri-colored cat.  She has been at the shelter for almost a year.  She could not join the other sterilized cats in the Cat Condo area, because she does not like other cats.  She also does not like dogs.  Hamburguesa is very affectionate with people.  A mother and daughter saw her profile on Facebook and decided to adopt this cat into their family where she can be the Reina (Queen).



Dog Licking – Yes or No??

Is a dog’s mouth cleaner than a human’s??  The answer is no.  Experts say that comparing a dog’s mouth to a human’s mouth is like comparing apples and oranges.  Researchers have found more than 600 types of bacteria in the mouths of dogs and more than 615 in humans.  Although there is some overlap, there are distinct differences, too.  For the most part, humans will not pick up diseases by coming in contact with dog saliva but can pick up many diseases by coming in contact with human saliva.  A dog’s mouth is not cleaner – but the germs it carries will not usually cause an illness in a human.

Why do dogs lick??

Dogs lick for several reasons.  The sweaty, salty taste of human skin is just plain yummy.  Dogs receive positive reinforcement for licking.  Humans will react by speaking to or petting them, which encourages doggies to lick again.

Licking is calming for most dogs.  The first sensation most puppies feel is their mother licking their fur after birthing.  Licking releases endorphins, which are hormones that reduce pain and increase pleasure.

Excessive licking can be a sign of allergies or another medical problem.  Address any medical issues with your veterinarian.  The solution might be as simple as changing the brand of your dog’s kibble.  Dogs that lick excessively may be overly anxious.  If this is the case for your pet, look for the causes of anxiety and eliminate them.  Always provide a safe space for your dog.

You have seen the things your dog sniffs and licks and eats.  There are bacteria and parasites in a dog’s mouth and intestines that can be transmitted to people.  Pets regularly lick their bottoms.  Any intestinal parasites may end up in your dog’s mouth and could be transferred to you through licking – occasionally causing illness.  This is especially problematic for babies, who do not have a well-developed immune system, and for others with compromised immune systems.  You may have second thoughts about putting your face too close to your favorite pet’s mouth.

There are many mental and emotional benefits associated with owning a dog.  This bond becomes stronger with more physical interactions – playing, petting, belly rubs and even the occasional doggy kiss – on the hand or the leg or the feet – but for safety’s sake – not on the mouth.

What We Need Most Urgently

Our mantra is – we need kibble; we need kibble.  Purina products for dogs, puppies, cats and kittens, please.  We have a lot of mouths to feed.

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

Thank you for your support.

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 22, 2019 05:43