Pet of the Week – Poly

Peggy Brackett
By Peggy Brackett July 29, 2020 17:04

Pet of the Week – Poly

Meet Poly

Our featured pet this week is Poly, a medium-sized, two-year-old, mother of NINE puppies who was rescued from the streets of Colonia Urias.  Her owner, who obviously failed to sterilize his pet, got very angry after Poly delivered her pups and threw her and the nine puppies out onto the street.  Fortunately, someone notified the shelter about the situation.  Poly was rescued and spent her maternity confinement period at the ranch north of Mazatlán where ADLA shelters our overflow population of cats.  Poly and her puppies had a quiet, secure stall at the ranch where the puppies developed and grew.  Thanks to the extreme efforts of the ranch owner, all but two of Poly’s puppies were adopted from there.  THANKS, Claudia.  Poly and the two remaining puppies, Emma and Fira, are now living at the shelter.

Poly arrived at the ranch very skinny, malnourished and full of ticks.  After weeks of proper care and anti-parasitic / tick medicines, Poly has filled out and is quickly regaining good health.  She is still receiving supplements in addition to her regular food.  Poly is obedient, docile and enjoys walking on leash.  Since her puppies are fully weaned, Poly will have her sterilization operation this week and will be available for adoption to a loving home.

Adoptions – Four Dogs and One Puppy – Pancha, Niki, Dala, Acertijo and Baxter

We had another good week for adoptions – four doggies and one puppy found their Forever Homes.

Pancha is another doggy that has been at the shelter for months.  This beautiful white pit bull with black markings was rescued from the streets of Colonia Pancho Villa.  She had been used as a breeding female / puppy mill – forced to have many litters so her puppies could be sold for profit.  As an older dog Pancha developed TVT – transmissible venereal tumors – which are transmitted from animal to animal during mating.  Once she was no longer of use as a breeding dog, she was abandoned on the street – left to fend for herself.  Once she came to the shelter, Pancha received medical treatment for TVT, was sterilized and received proper nutrition.  She recovered her playful (but stubborn) spirit as well as her good health.  This week Pancha was adopted by a local family with older children.  They first saw Pancha featured on Facebook.  They requested information and soon thereafter arrived at the shelter with adoption papers completed and collar and leash in hand – ready to give Pancha a loving, stable home.


Niki is a playful, female, tri-colored pup.  She, too, has been at the shelter for several months.  Niki grew up at the shelter, is playful and full of energy.  Niki was adopted by a local man as a companion animal for his older friend.  Nicki has a nice new home with plenty of room for her to run and play.



Dala is another female, white, pit bull-mix with black markings.  She is smaller in stature than Pancha.  Dala was adopted previously but then returned to the shelter because one member of that family had health issues.  But Dala is a lucky girl.  This week she was adopted by a young man who walked several puppies, but in the end chose Dala as the new member of his family.



Acertijo, which translates to “Riddle”, was our featured pet from last week.  He is a small, handsome, white, male, poodle-mix, who was abandoned at the door of the shelter.  This week Acertijo was adopted by a woman who spent a lot of time petting Acertijo and playing with him.  At her first visit, she decided that Acertijo was the doggy she would adopt.  Acertijo will return to the shelter next week for his sterilization operation and will then return to his new adopted family.




Baxter, the final pup to be adopted from Maya’s litter of four, is a brown puppy with black markings in his fur.  This week Baxter was adopted by a young man who plays to spend lots of training time with Baxter.  He is looking forward to having Baxter as a running partner when he exercises.





Capitán Needs a Good Home

Capitán is a four-year-old, black lab mix – a real gentle giant – who had been at the shelter for 15 months.  After his recent adoption, unfortunately Capitán was returned to the shelter, because he was not accepted by the other dog in the household.  Capitán is quiet, well-behaved and walks well on leash.  He has no health issues and requires no special food or medication.  If you or someone you know is ready to adopt a large, friendly dog, please visit the shelter and inquire about Capitán.  Let’s all help Capitán finds a loving Forever Home soon.  He deserves the best.

What’s the Difference?? – Service, Therapy and Working Dogs

For many people, pets have played a key role in providing support for their owners through months of physical and social distancing due to coronavirus concerns.  The unconditional love provided by our pets has been a constant comfort during these very uncertain times.

Dogs have been working with and assisting humans for thousands of years – helping with hunting, farming, protection and more.  The terms service dogs, therapy dogs and working dogs are not interchangeable.  The types of jobs performed and legal rights awarded to each classification are specifically defined.

Service Dogs

In the USA, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines service dogs as those specially trained and certified  to preform specific tasks for people with disabilities.  The law states that disabilities can be physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual or “other mental disability”.  The work that the service dog performs must be directly related to the person’s disability.  Service dogs are trained to perform many tasks, including guiding the blind, alerting the hearing impaired to sounds such as a knock on the door, detecting and reducing the effects of a psychiatric episode, assisting people in wheelchairs with mobility issues and recognizing and forewarning about seizures or other physical episodes.

Service dogs have legally mandated rights not afforded to other canines.  When they accompany their disabled person, these dogs have full public access to restaurants, stores, libraries and other public places.  They must be allowed to live in “no pets allowed” housing spaces.  Service dogs are allowed on airplanes and other types of public transportation – although each airline has its own rules regarding service dogs.  Most airlines require that the dog sits on the lap of the disabled traveler or at his feet.  Service dogs are not allowed to block aisles or emergency exits or to interfere with any other safety issue of flying.  No pet fee is required to be paid for a service dog.

Therapy Dogs

Therapy dogs play a different supporting role.  These dogs are not trained to live with and meet the needs of one specific person. These dogs, along with their human handler who is often the dog’s owner, volunteer at hospitals, hospices, nursing homes and other clinical settings.  These pups provide comfort and affection and interact with people other than members of their own human family.  Therapy dogs go through a certification program that trains them to be calm and comfortable interacting with different people in new environments.  These dogs must have a docile temperament, be unfazed by loud noises and be comfortable being touched and petted by lots of different people.

Therapy dogs do NOT have the same legal rights as service dogs under the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Certification programs for therapy dogs vary from state to state.  Different organizations have different guidelines.  If you are interested in more information or are thinking about training your dog to become a therapy dog, research the AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) program or  the Alliance of Therapy Dogs.  Passing the CGC test is a prerequisite for many therapy dog training programs.

Working Dogs

Working dogs are trained to perform specific tasks to assist their human handlers.  These dogs often rely on their excellent sense of smell to locate items that are invisible to humans.  A few of the dog breeds and jobs performed by working dogs include:

Bloodhounds performing search and rescue of people lost during natural disasters, drowning situations, avalanches and the disappearances of toddlers or elderly dementia patients.

German Shepherds are widely used by military and TSA officials to locate explosives and other dangerous materials to alert their handlers before a catastrophe occurs.

Border collies can be  specially trained to help with relocating and containing livestock.  With just the use of a series of whistles and visual cues, a human handler and a couple of well-trained dogs can handle hundreds of grazing animals.

Labrador Retrievers have been trained by scientists to sniff out cancer in patients’ breath.  The dogs smell a sample of cancer cells and then smell the breath of a patient.  In one study, a Lab was able to correctly identify the cancer cells 98 percent of the time, whereas a commonly used diagnostic test found the cancer only 10 percent of the time.

Poodles and Portuguese Water Dogs have been trained to detect allergens (e.g. nut allergens) during everyday events at schools and social events and to alert their owners.  This skill is similar to the training for tracking scents or sniffing out drugs.

When working dogs are on the job, they should not be approached or petted as might happen with someone’s pet.  Their work requires a high degree of focus without external distractions.  With proper training and consistency, even an “ordinary” rescue dog from a shelter has the ability to assist its humans in extraordinary ways.  How can your doggy be trained to be of service to others??

What We Need Most Urgently – Cleaning Products, Cat Kibble and Cat Supplies, Please

We are requesting donations of bleach, laundry soap and floor cleaning products –  Pinol and Fabuloso – used to keep the shelter clean and virus free.  Our kitty cats need to eat, too.  We need packets of wet food for our kittens and kitty litter for the cat boxes.  Our ba-zillion cats and kittens also need Cat Chow (Gatos) and Cat Chow (Gatitos).

Thank you for supporting Amigos de los Animales animal shelter.

Please contact the animal shelter during business hours:

Amigos de los Animales
Phone: 669-986-4235

Shelter Hours:
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

Peggy Brackett
By Peggy Brackett July 29, 2020 17:04