Pet of the Week – Duke – Adopted!

Peggy Brackett
By Peggy Brackett May 19, 2020 18:04

Pet of the Week – Duke – Adopted!

Meet Duke

This week our featured pet is Duke – a medium-sized, tan-colored, male doggy – about two years old.  Duke was rescued in the Cerritos area north of town.  He was lying under the shade of a tree – almost unable to move.  Duke had a big gash on the top of his head, another open wound on his neck and an injured rear leg.  His injuries required immediate veterinary attention to clean and stitch the wounds.  In addition to his physical injuries, Duke also had many ticks and parasites from his time on the street.

Despite what he has suffered, Duke has a friendly personality.  He has not been able to exercise outside but he enjoys human contact and being petted.  Duke is neutered.  This week he will have x-rays on his leg to see if additional surgery is required to repair this injury.  We will keep you updated on Duke’s condition.


Adoptions –  Puppy Tana and Kitten Pedrito

This week one puppy and one kitten found their Forever Homes.

Tana is a little, brown pup with pretty black markings on her face.  She was adopted by a local family with two young children.  Tana now has a human sister and brother, who promised to take care of her and protect her from harm.

Little kitty, Pedrito, was adopted by a family with a pre-teen daughter.  This young girl chose Pedrito from all of the cats and kittens available.  Pedrito is a handsome white and yellow cat who will make an excellent pet.


Can Dogs Sniff Out COVID-19 in People??

Several programs are underway to see if dogs can be trained to detect corona virus in humans.  Studies are in process at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine.  Work is also taking place at the London School of Hygiene and  Tropical Medicine and at Durham University in England – backed by £500,000 of government funding (about $600,000 USD).

Dogs have 300 MILLION olfactory receptors in their noses – compared to about 6 million in humans.  In addition, the part of a dog’s brain that is used to analyze smells is about 40 times larger than that in the human brain.  Dogs have already been trained to use their powerful sense of smell to detect various cancers, malaria, Parkinson’s Disease and even changes in blood sugar levels in diabetics.  Previous research has shown that dogs can be trained to sniff out the odor of a  disease at a dilution percentage equal to one teaspoon of sugar dissolved in two Olympic-sized swimming pools of water.  Clearly, a dog has a nose for detecting odors.

In the new trials, dogs learn how to identify different smells and receive a treat when they correctly identify a specific odor.  Next the dogs will be introduced to body odor samples taken from patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 and others who have tested negative for the virus.  Researchers are trying to determine if there is an odor associated with the virus and if the sniffer dogs can identify that odor in people.

IF the research and training are successful, the use of sniffer dogs could be used in conjunction with other testing methods.  Dogs might be used by a company that wants to screen its employees for COVID-19.  These clever canines might also be used to screen airport or cruise ship passengers or concert goers.  These programs are meant to supplement – not replace – current COVID-19 testing methods.  Results from this research are expected with a few months.  Training for the dogs can be completed in as little as six to eight weeks.  Man’s best friend may prove to be extremely useful in helping us deal with the fallout from this COVID-19 pandemic.

What We Need Most Urgently – Fans and Pet Food, Please

Things are heating up at the shelter.  There is only roofing over a portion of the shelter and the interior space can get extremely hot and uncomfortable during the summer months.  In order to keep our pets from dangerous overheating, we need three more industrial-sized fans.  If any of our supporters have large fans to donate, please let us know as soon as possible.

We continue to receive a trickle of supplies and pet food donations from generous Mazatlán residents.  We always need more food to feed our multitude of dogs and cats.  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 cleaning supplies – bleach, laundry soap and floor cleaning products.

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 19, 2020 18:04