Pet of the Week – Violeta

Peggy Brackett
By Peggy Brackett March 15, 2020 18:20

Pet of the Week – Violeta

Meet Violeta

This week our highlighted pet is Violeta.  She is a medium-sized, female pup about 7 years old.  Violeta was abandoned – left tied to the steel bars of the shelter window – one Sunday morning.  Nothing is known about her past.  Violeta has a beautiful, mottled black, brown and gray coat.  She is very quiet and likes to go for her daily walks.  Violeta does not require any special diet or medication.  She has not yet been spayed.  She may have had a litter or more in the past – but no more puppies for this doggy. After her spaying operation, Violeta will be ready for a new life in a loving Forever Home.


Adoptions –  Athena, Burbuja, Wero, Sasha, Bambu, Silvestre and Lupita

This week was a wonderful week for adoptions.  Five doggies and two kitty cats found their Forever Homes.

Athena is a perky little black puppy with pretty tan and white markings on her face.  This week she was adopted by a young woman from Mazatlán who brought friends and family along to the shelter to ensure that she chose just the right doggy to be her favorite companion.


Burbuja, which translates to “Bubble” and Wero were adopted together.  These two doggies are quite different in appearance – golden colored versus black – but they will get along famously in their new home.

Sasha is a dark honey-colored beauty with white markings on her chest.  This week she was adopted by a young man who loves dogs and wanted to add another member to his family.



Bambu is an adolescent, black and gray tabby cat.  In his new home there is a young boy who is very excited to have a new four-legged friend.

Silvestre the cat (remember the Looney Tunes cartoon characters Sylvester and Tweety Bird??) is still a young kitty.  He is black on his back and white on his belly with a black face and a white streak down his nose.  This week Silvestre was adopted by a young man, who is very fond of cats and couldn’t wait to take him home.



Finally, we have an extra special adoption story about our Super Supporters, Carla and Peter.  A few years ago, Carla and Peter opened their hearts and their home to Patsy – a female doggy who was blind and who had lived at the shelter for almost THREE YEARS – with very few prospects for being adopted – before going home with them.  Sadly, Patsy developed severe health issues after a couple of years and was euthanized to end her suffering.

This season, Carla and Peter found Lupita wandering near Soriana grocery store.  They couldn’t leave her wandering, so took her to the animal shelter.  Lupita was accepted there – even though all the kennels at the shelter were full.  But Carla and Peter kept thinking and thinking about Lupita.  After just three days, they adopted her from the shelter and took her home to their condo in the Marina area.  Carla and Peter found that Lupita needed extra medical attention, which she received immediately.  Because they were scheduled to return to Canada soon, all of the logistics of international travel had to be arranged in short order.  With help from friends and staff and volunteers at the shelter, Carla and Peter were able to fly Lupita home to Nanaimo, British Columbia, without any hiccups.  Carla reports that Lupita is settled in and wearing a sweater to help her stay warm.  She is a special doggy – very well behaved and friendly with everyone she meets.  Lupita acts like she has been at home in Canada her whole life.

A great big THANK YOU to Peter and Carla and all of our adoptive families for providing loving homes to these deserving dogs and cats.  Please encourage everyone you know who is looking for a loving, family pet to come to the shelter first.  We have numerous dogs and cats just waiting for your visit.  You won’t be disappointed.


Valerie and Jack Moreau – Contribution Earmarked for Sterilization Operations

This week the animal shelter received a $10,000 pesos donation from Valerie and Jack Moreau.  This donation is earmarked specifically to pay the cost of spay and neuter operations for animals at the shelter.  Each year Valerie and Jack volunteer to lead trips to Mexico City and other destinations.  During the trips they hold a 50/50 raffle and a bottle drawing.  All net proceeds from these drawings go to support charities in Mazatlán.

Jack and Valerie have supported Amigos de los Animales for decades.  MUCHAS GRACIAS to them both for their steadfast support over the years.



Join Us for the FINAL Happy Hour BINGO – Monday, March 16th – Friends Diner in the Golden Zone

Please join us for our FINAL BINGO SESSION of the season at Friends Diner in the Golden Zone.  Many of the seasonal residents of Mazatlán are heading back to their homes in the States and Canada.  Let’s go out with a big SPLASH for our final games.

The details for those who don’t know:  Amigos de los Animales animal shelter hosts a weekly BINGO game every Monday at Friends Diner in the Golden Zone.  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 and join the fun.  Enjoy an adult beverage or two and dinner, while supporting a very worthy cause.

THANK YOU to those who came once or who came weekly to make our BINGO fundraiser a success.  We are extremely grateful for Wendy and Shelley, who donate the space at Friends for our weekly games.  Mil gracias a todos!!


What We Need Most Urgently – Summer Volunteers

We are still looking for summer volunteers to walk dogs and work in the bazaar / thrift store located on the second floor of the shelter.  The time commitment for any volunteer job is just four hours a week and is hugely rewarding.  The dogs love visitors and the twice daily walks are the highlight their day.

We also need volunteers to work in the Bazaar (thrift store).  This is an easy, fun “job” where the volunteer waits on customers, takes cash, makes change, prices items and restocks shelves with new donations.  The Bazaar is open daily (except Sunday) from 11 am to 2 pm and is air conditioned.  Please volunteer even if you leave Mazatlán for a portion of the summer.  Any assistance is welcome.  Please call the shelter or stop by if you would like to join our team of volunteers.

Thank you for supporting the 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 March 15, 2020 18:20