Pet of the Week – Lady

Peggy Brackett
By Peggy Brackett January 7, 2020 14:57

Pet of the Week – Lady

Meet Lady

Happy New Year – Feliz Año Nuevo to everybody.  The best that the new year and this new decade has to offer to you and your family and friends.


For this first week of 2020 we highlight Lady, a medium-sized, female, black doggy with white markings on her chest and tummy.  She is a lab mix – about a year and a half old.  Lady was abandoned in the garbage storage closet next to the front door of the shelter on a Sunday morning.  She appears to be in good health, although she is a little thin.  Lady does not require any special diet or medication.  She is an active pup and will bark at strangers who approach her kennel.  Lady is scheduled for her sterilization operation next week.  She will be a loving pet for her adoptive family.


Adoptions – Two Puppies

This week, two puppies found their Forever Homes.

One puppy, a Chihuahua-mix that will be named by its Canadian adoptive family, was left in a bucket outside the shelter about two weeks ago along with its two littermates.  All three puppies had a skin condition that is being treated with medication.  The adoptive family was searching for a smaller pet that would travel easily back to Canada.  They received medication and instructions so they can continue skin treatment for their new pup at home.

Acorn is another puppy that was abandoned at the shelter door on Christmas Day, along with his two littermates.  His two littermates are named Marshmallow and Cookie and are still available for adoption.  Acorn was chosen by a family including a teenaged daughter and a younger child.  This pup will receive a lot of love and attention from his new family members.

NO Monday Happy Hour BINGO at Friends Diner in the Golden Zone on Monday, January 13, 2020

There will be a one-week break from BINGO this coming Monday, January 13th.  Friends Diner has scheduled a special event that day and the space will not be available.

Weekly BINGO games will resume on Monday, January 20th.  The games begin at 3:30 p.m.  This time coincides with Friends’ Happy Hour (3:30 – 5:30 p.m.) with special pricing on most drinks.  The cost per BINGO card is $50 pesos.  There are four “regular” games.  Then there is a final, Blackout game for an additional cost of $50 pesos per BINGO card.  Friends Diner is located in the Golden Zone – #300 Laguna.  This is one block west (towards the ocean) from Panama Restaurant and then 50 feet south on Laguna.  The telephone number is 913-6066.  Happy Hour at Friends is from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.  Come enjoy an adult beverage or two and dinner, while supporting a very worthy cause.

Stop Destructive Scratching in Cats

A cat’s gotta scratch.  It is normal cat behavior that begins when a kitten is about two months old.  Cats scratch to remove the dead, frayed outer layers of their claws, which exposes new, even sharper surfaces.  Scratching is a way for cats to mark their territory and to stretch their muscles.  Cats scratch during playtime and also in order to send a threatening signal to other cats.  But unrestricted scratching behavior causes a lot of damage to drapes, furniture and carpeting.

Rather than trying to STOP your cat from scratching, cat behavioral experts recommend finding alternate, ACCEPTABLE WAYS for your pet to scratch.

Ideally this training begins when your cat is a kitten.  Hold and massage your cat’s feet frequently so that this type of contact is normal.  Trim your cat’s claws regularly – a challenge in itself – to keep damage to a minimum.  Provide various scratching posts and scratching boards for your cat to use.  Be sure these items are solid and won’t fall and scare your cat when used.  Try a variety of surfaces to find out what your cat likes – cardboard, carpet, wood, sisal and upholstery fabric are good choices.

Rub the scratching posts with catnip to attract your cat to use them.  Put both horizontal and vertical posts in different places in your house.  Cats want a sturdy post that won’t move or collapse when they are using it.  Most cats also like a post that is tall enough so they can stretch out completely – which is probably why clawing the drapes is so much fun.

If you catch your cat scratching something inappropriate, try startling him by clapping your hands or squirting him with water.  But use this punishment only as a last resort.  You don’t want your cat to become fearful of you.  With a bit of patient training your feline will stop destructive scratching behavior and will learn to utilize the acceptable, alternative scratching surfaces you provide.

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

Each week a mobile truck funded by the city of Mazatlán travels to a different colonia to provide FREE spay and neuter services.  This week on Tuesday – Friday, January 7 – 10, the truck will be in Colonia Urías on the way to the airport.  The truck will be located in the Plazuela on Avenida Luis Donaldo Colosio Murrieta (next to the Police Booth).  The hours of operation are from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day.

The veterinary services provided include 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.

The location of the truck changes weekly and can be found on their Facebook page: Mazatlán -710138112381188/

There is also 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.

What We Need Most Urgently

We start the new decade with the same Wish List as last year.  Food, please – and litter boxes for our cats.  Our cats eat Purina Gatina, which comes in a red bag.  Our kittens eat Purina Cat Chow Gatitos (kittens), which comes in a blue bag.  Our puppies eat Purina Campeon Cachorros (puppies), which also comes in a red bag.

Thank you 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 – 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 January 7, 2020 14:57