Dear Friends,

The purpose of this letter is to inform you of the 2005 Saga Humane Society Fund Drive. The facility where Saga and the Veterinary Clinic are now located has been sold and we must relocate. Our goal with this years fund drive is to build a permanent clinic. We are proud to announce we have secured a loan and purchased land. We are now requesting your support in helping to finance the building of a proper animal shelter and humane education facility. Financial support is needed so that Saga Humane Society may continue our mission, which benefits all businesses, residents and guests of our island. We are currently accepting pledges and have designated the following donor levels:

Bronze $10 - $100 Silver $101 - $500 Gold $501 - $1,000 Platinum $1,001 +.

To show appreciation for your support, businesses that pledge donations will receive promotion in The San Pedro Sun over the next four weeks. For Gold and Platinum donors a plaque with your business names will be displayed at the new Veterinary Clinic.

The Saga Society Foundation, established in 1999, is a non-governmental organization operating as a non-profit humane society on Ambergris Caye. The Society’s motto is preventing cruelty and promoting kindness to animals. Saga’s primary mission is to control and monitor the cat and dog populations on the island. Saga directors accomplish this by funding the Caye’s only veterinary clinic and temporary animal shelter, to house and maintain the health of the homeless animals of Ambergris Caye. In addition, the Society conducts ongoing spay/neuter, humane euthanasia, adoption and humane education programs. Sagas goal is to build the first animal shelter education center in the country and provide a long-term solution to our islands stray animal challenges.

As you know, tourism is the major source of revenue for businesses and residents of Ambergris Caye. The use of strychnine poison (a very short-term solution, not to mention a painful and prolonged death for the dogs) to eradicate stray animals is no longer used by SP Town leaders thanks to Saga’s method of humane euthanasia. Added to the regular round up of stray and unhealthy animals, Saga services are seen as tourist-friendly and a long-term approach to this ongoing challenge, thus promoting the return of many happy visitors. The decrease in the amount of animal-related complaints, the diminished number of strays and the noticeable improvement of their general health, are testimony to the success of our volunteer work.

Anyone wishing to support Sagas efforts may contact Saga at 226-3266. Persons needing additional information on the Society may visit Sagas web site at www.ambergriscaye.com/sagasociety or E-mail them at mailto: saga@btl.net.

Thank you in advance for your kind consideration of this request. We look forward to a positive response. Please contact Saga to make a donation or for more information.

Sincerely,
The Board of Directors
Saga Humane Society