Pet of the Week – Pulguita – Adopted!

Peggy Brackett
By Peggy Brackett September 3, 2019 18:09

Pet of the Week – Pulguita – Adopted!

Meet Pulguita

Pulguita translates to “Little Flea” which is the perfect name for this itty, bitty, black, female Chihuahua pup.  Pulguita was rescued by a man who was riding his bicycle in Colonia Sánchez Celis near Avenida Rafael Buelna.  This was after an extremely heavy rain.  He found Pulguita in a puddle of water, completely soaked and trembling with cold and fear.  This Good Samaritan scooped up Pulguita and brought her directly to the shelter.

Pulguita is about 4 months old.  She arrived at the shelter malnourished and with fleas.  Pulguita has been treated for fleas.  It is necessary to be vigilant so she doesn’t develop skin issues from ticks, fleas or parasites.  She does not require a special diet.  Pulguita is very friendly and playful.  She likes to be with people and to be held. She is a perfect size lap puppy.  Pulguita is still too young for her spaying operation – especially because she is so tiny and is still recovering her health.  Even though she may have to return to the shelter for her spaying operation, Pulguita is ready for a Forever Home with people who will provide proper nutrition and medical care for this little pup.

Adoptions – Doggy Patitas and Kitty Coffee

This week one doggy and one kitty found their Forever Homes.

Patitas is a puppy that was left at the door of the shelter.  When he arrived, he was examined by our veterinarian and given deworming medication.  Patitas is a lucky pup.  Within just a few days of arriving at the shelter, he was adopted by a young man who wanted a companion for walking and playing.  Patitas will return for his neutering operation once he is old enough for the operation.

Coffee is a pretty gray, black and tan kitty.  She was adopted by a girl who wanted to find a rescue animal to bring into her home.  Coffee is already dewormed, vaccinated and sterilized and ready to enjoy this new Forever Home.  Both kitty and her owner left the shelter very happy.

Mazatlán’s FREE Spay and Neuter Truck – Programa Pro-Sanidad Mazatlán

This week, Monday through Thursday, Mazatlán’s FREE spay and neuter truck will be at El Ejido Barron in the plazuela. (town square).  This settlement is located just 6 kilometers from Estrella del Mar toward the airport.  The schedule is from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm.  People can take their pets for sterilization services for dogs and cats – both male and female animals; anti-rabies vaccinations; deworming of cats and dogs; and medicine for flea and tick control.  Remember that the location of the truck changes weekly and can be found on their Facebook page:

There is information available in English and Spanish about preparing your pet – for example, restricting access to food and water several hours before surgery.  Please share this information with friends and neighbors who might benefit from this FREE service.

A Heartwarming Story – Dog Shelter During Hurricane Dorian

Nearly 100 homeless dogs in Nassau, Bahamas were sheltered by Chella Phillips during Hurricane Dorian.  Voiceless Dogs of Nassau, the animal shelter she founded, lost power so Chella chose to take the dogs home with her.  Seventy-nine of the canines shared her bedroom.  Others were in the basement of the home.  Sick or nervous pups stayed in donated crates.  Chella played music and ran the air conditioning to help keep the dogs calm.

Like most places in the world, every island in the Caribbean has many, many homeless dogs.  What happens to these animals during horrific weather conditions??  They are left to fend for themselves before, during and after the storms.  Chella Phillips has worked tirelessly for almost 15 years – caring for more than 200 homeless dogs every year with very little help.  She provides medical care and relocates the animals in the United States.

One news agency reported that Chella Phillips story spread quickly and she has received almost $100,00 in donations in the past two days to help her continue her incredible work.

Returning to Mazatlán – How Can You Help??

It doesn’t seem possible that we are already in the month of SEPTEMBER.  Where did the summer go??  Although it is still VERY hot and VERY humid south of the border, the days are getting noticeably shorter and the evenings are really cooling off up north.  Very soon Snowbirds will be returning to Mazatlán for their annual stay of weeks or months.

As you prepare to return to Mazatlán, please consider ways that you can help the animal shelter, too.

Garage Sales and Dollar Store Shopping – When shopping at garage sales or dollar stores, please remember the animal shelter.  Many times, you can find good quality, new or lightly used collars, leashes and pet toys at bargain prices.  One volunteer bought the entire stock of poop bags from one Dollar Store and delivered them to the shelter.  Good quality pet supplies are not as readily available in Mazatlán or are much more expensive to buy.

Downsizing, Cleaning Closets – Are you downsizing or cleaning closets before you head south??  Please consider bringing your good-quality, lightly-used items to donate to the animal shelter bazaar.  The bazaar, which is located on the second floor of the shelter, sells clothing, shoes, household goods, kitchen supplies, sheets, towels and on and on.  During the summer months the level of donations declines dramatically.  The store needs more and more donated items for resale.  All sales proceeds are used to support the street animals of Mazatlán.

Be Creative – Can you sew??  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.  Youtube, Pinterest, Wikihow, Craftsy and many other do-it-yourself websites offer simple ideas and step-by-step instructions for making pet toys, blankets, vests and bandanas.  This is also a good way to involve kids and teach them the importance of giving to others.

Transportation of Donated Items – If you are flying back to Mazatlán, many airlines will allow you to bring one piece of (separately packed) humanitarian luggage per customer without any cost to you.  Check out the requirements as each airline has different regulations.

Share This Information – Please share information about Amigos de los Animales with all of your social media contacts.  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.  Sharing ideas, efforts and resources means we are able to help more of Mazatlán’s street animals.

What We Need Most Urgently

Today it is 90 degrees in Mazatlán with humidity of 65 percent.  Yikes.  While you are probably sitting in air-conditioned comfort, this is NOT THE CASE for the street animals of Mazatlán.  PLEASE remember to put out a big bowl of fresh clean water EVERY DAY to help these helpless animals.

As always, please consider donating pet food to the animal shelter – Purina Dog, Cat, Puppy and Kitten Chow will help feed our dozens and dozens of pets at the animal shelter in Mazatlán and at the cat annex at the ranch north of town.  We are also in need of more kitty litter boxes to accommodate our feline friends.

Thank you for supporting ADLA.

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 September 3, 2019 18:09