Pet of the Week – Milo
This week our featured pet is Milo, a medium-sized, male doggy – about 2 years old. Milo is white with a few dark markings around his muzzle. He was abandoned at the shelter one Sunday morning. Milo is a bit underweight. He is receiving nutritious food and supplements and is being treated for Ehrlichiosis – a disease that develops in dogs after being bitten by an infected tick – a common ailment in dogs that live in a tropical climate.
Overall, Milo is in good physical condition. He was obviously someone’s pet. Milo is playful and obedient. He likes to be with people and HATES being in a kennel. When caged, he butts the bars with his head until he causes damage to himself. Milo is much happier as a free-range doggy. Once Milo gains a bit of weight, he will be neutered and ready for adoption to a space where he has room to roam.
Adoptions – Only One Doggy – Güero
This was a very quiet week for adoptions – just one recent doggy adoption to report. This is especially disappointing because we are full-up with puppies, dogs, (muchos) kittens and cats.
Güero was adopted by a young woman who saw his story on-line and was aware of his history of abuse. She decided to adopt him and to give him a new life. Güero is now living in a spacious home in Fraccionamiento Gaviotas. He has human and animal companions as there are two other beloved pets in this household.
As the summer heats up, adoptions AND donations have declined. Please remember that even though the bazaar / thrift store remains closed for another few weeks, the shelter is open for adoptions and to receive your donations – with proper protocols in place for masking and physically distancing, of course.
We gladly accept donations of lightly used items including furniture, small appliances, clothing, shoes, glasses, dishes, cookware, linens, decorative items and jewelry. We also have a Pet Boutique filled with collars, leashes, toys, bowls and clothing. All of the proceeds from the sales of these items go directly to help pay the operating expenses of the shelter.
We receive donations at the shelter during business hours, or if you want us to collect a donation at your home, please call 669 – 986 – 4235, and we will gladly pick up your donations.
Emotional Support Animals (ESAs)
Last week we outlined the characteristics and differences among service dogs, therapy dogs and working dogs. Now for an outline of what constitutes an Emotional Support Animal.
Emotional Support Animals (ESAs) provide comfort to help relieve a symptom or effect of a person’s disability. By law, ESAs must be prescribed by a licensed mental health professional such as a therapist, psychologist or psychiatrist.
ESAs are different from service dogs. Service dogs are trained to perform specific jobs for their people. Legally they are allowed to go anywhere their people go.
Emotional support animals do NOT require specific training – although they must be well-behaved in public. Unlike service dogs, ESAs are NOT granted access with their people to all public areas such as restaurants, movie theaters and malls.
Under the Fair Housing Act (USA law), people with legally prescribed ESAs are allowed to live with their animals – even in “no pets allowed” housing units. According to the Air Carrier Access Act (again, USA law), ESAs are allowed to travel with their persons in the cabin of commercial flights as long as they meet certain requirements.
In recent years, people have misused and abused situations involving ESAs – trying to pass off their personal pets as Emotional Support Animals – especially when flying. Animals such as kangaroos, peacocks, full-grown pigs, bearded dragons, snakes, turkeys, turtles, miniature horses, goldfish and more have been classified as ESAs. Abuses of the rules, including ill-mannered and dirty animals, flight attendants being bitten by ESAs and animals defecating in the aisles, have resulted in airlines revising their policies involving ESAs. In many cases, airlines now only allow dogs and cats onboard as ESAs. There are also very specific requirements for health-related documentation that must be provided to the airline in advance of a scheduled flight.
Airlines for America, a trade association and lobbying group that represents major North American airlines, is asking the Department of Transportation to change the definition of “animals in the sky” to match that of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (USA law). The ADA defines a service animal as “any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability.” This change in definition would eliminate many dogs and all cats currently flying as Emotional Support Animals.
The website https://esadoctors.com/ contains a lot of information about Emotional Support Animals and the requirements and logistics of traveling with an ESA. In addition, if you are considering traveling with your ESA, be sure to check with your specific airline for the latest requirements as each airline’s rules and regulations may differ.
What We Need Most Urgently – Pet Food, Please
We are requesting donations of pet food for our animals, please. We need packets of wet food for our kittens and kitty litter for the cat boxes. Our ba-zillion cats and kittens need Cat Chow (Gatos) and Cat Chow (Gatitos). We need Purina Campeón para Cachorros kibble for our puppies and Purina Campeón for our adult dogs.
Thank you for your support of Amigos de los Animales animal shelter.
Please contact the animal shelter during business hours:
Amigos de los Animales
Monday – Friday – 11 am-2 pm and 4-7 pm
Saturday – 11 am-2 pm
Bicentenario Juarez #3
Colonia Francisco Villa (Colonia Pancho Villa)
Mazatlán, MX 82190