Pet of the Week – Bella

Peggy Brackett
By Peggy Brackett May 12, 2020 18:43

Pet of the Week – Bella

Meet Bella

This week we feature Bella – which translates to “Beautiful” – and our Bella is just that.  Bella was abandoned by her owners when they moved away from Colonia Sanchez Celis.  They just turned her out onto the street to fend for herself.  Some of the neighbors on Veracruz Street gave her food scraps.  But Bella was being bullied by some teen-aged boys and mistreated by other street dogs because of her submissive temperament.  Bella was rescued from the street and brought to the shelter.

Bella is a medium-sized, black, tan and white, female pup – about a year old.  She is calm and sociable with people and loves to be petted.  She gets along well with other doggies.  Bella is in good health and does not require special food or medication.  She needs more practice with walking on leash – but she is a smart girl and will learn quickly.  Bella has been spayed and is ready to find a safe and loving Forever Home.

Adoptions –  Chocolate

This week just one doggy, Chocolate, found his Forever Home.


Chocolate came to the shelter about three months ago.  He is a tall, three-year old, sleek, chocolate-colored doggy with a stub tail.  A few weeks ago, Chocolate and Violeta were adopted together into a home in Fracc. El Cid.  Unfortunately, both doggies were returned to the shelter when another family member’s dog came to live at the home during this time of isolation.  This week Chocolate found a second permanent home when he was adopted by a Mazatlán couple looking for a companion dog.  Chocolate is a very special, loving dog.  He will be the perfect addition for this family.




Nala Needs a Special Foster or Permanent Home

Kitty cat, Nala, was rescued when someone left her in the pile of garbage outside the shelter door.  Nala was extremely weak and very sick. As she was nursed back to health, it became evident that Nala is blind.  Nala is now ready for a permanent home.  In order to keep her safe, Nala should be an indoor cat at all times.  Please help us find a secure, indoor home for precious Nala.


Donation in Memory of Loretta Shores-Gallacci

This week we received a heartfelt donation from Mirella Taiariol in loving memory of her friend, Loretta Shores-Gallacci.  Mirella sent a monetary donation through PayPal in response to our request for donations of soft food to help our many, MANY kittens transition from mama’s milk to adult kibble.

Long-time residents and visitors to Mazatlán will remember Loretta Shores-Gallacci, who had a home, Moonstar Studios and a rooftop kitty orphanage on Niños Héroes in El Centro.  She also ran the Mazatlán Membership Library for many years.  Loretta was a self-taught artist, specializing in colorful, realistic oil paintings and colored pencil drawings.  She participated in First Friday Artwalk exhibits for many years.  Loretta was a true champion for the street animals of Mazatlán – especially the starving cats and kittens she found.  She bottle-fed many litters of kittens left alone without their mothers.  The mama cats might have abandoned their kittens, been hit by a car or possibly poisoned by people who didn’t want homeless cats running in the neighborhood scrounging for food.  Loretta took these vulnerable creatures into her home, nursed them back to health and then tried to place them into loving Forever Homes.  In a travel blog, Loretta was quoted as saying, “I beg, plead, advertise and work on guilt to get them adopted.”

Thanks to Mirella for her donation and for helping us to remember Loretta’s years of selfless work on behalf of Mazatlán’s defenseless street animals.

What We Need Most Urgently – Pet Food, Please


Several Mazatlán residents donated pet food and supplies to the shelter this week.  Many thanks to Nancy, Alejandra and Andrea for their generous gifts.



But our multitude of dogs and cats eat lots of food every day and our supplies are dwindling.  To prevent intestinal upset and diarrhea, we try to stay consistent with the brand of food we feed the animals.  They are fed Purina products –

*  Purina Gatina for the cats (red bag);

*  Purina Cat Chow Gatitos for the kittens (blue bag);

*  Purina Campeon Cachorros for the puppies (red bag); and

*  Purina Campeon for the dogs (red bag).

We are also seeking donations of bleach, laundry soap and floor cleaning products –  Pinol and Fabuloso.  Please shop and drop off at the shelter.  You can also order on-line and ask that your donations be delivered to the animal shelter.  Our address is below.

Thank you for your support of Amigos de los Animales.

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 May 12, 2020 18:43