At the last meeting of the Saga Humane Society it was announced that
the Saga Humane Society Fund Drive 2003 has yielded more than $14,000 in
pledges. An overwhelming amount of generous donations were received in response
to the Society's request for assistance with their efforts to maintain
healthcare for the island's animal population. "Now all we need is LAND!!!"
stated the Society's directors.
Land is needed so that, with the monies
already collected, Saga Humane Society can build the first animal
shelter/education center in Belize. It is hoped that land will be donated so
that the Society can spend their savings on building kennels and a proper animal
shelter as soon as possible. Currently, the Society supports San Pedro's only
veterinary clinic as a means of providing health services for the animals of the
island, but rent alone costs them $900 per month. The directors are hoping to
find land in San Pedro that is centrally located in order to increase, or at
least maintain, the number of local residents who are supporting the clinic by
properly caring for their pets.
Members of the Society have met twice in the
past month with Mayoress Elsa Paz regarding the ongoing challenges of stray
animals in the community. It was established that the San Pedro Town Council
would continue a working relationship with Saga Humane Society and endorse the
Society's efforts to control the stray population. To promote this objective, a
meeting will be scheduled in the near future for the Humane Society's dog
licensing proposal to be heard by the town councilors. It was agreed that the
Society should continue their "roundup" efforts to collect and care for stray
cats and dogs.
Sponsors who pledged their support since the last published
fund drive update are: Platinum ($1,001 or
more) - Fido's Courtyard and Southwind Properties (upgrade). Gold ($501-$1,000) - Belize Water Limited. Silver ($101 - $500) - Adventures in Watersports,
Barefoot Watersports, Belize Electricity Limited, Caribe Island Resort, Corona
del Mar, Diane and Bob Campbell, Doug and Ali Campbell, Ed Ragan, Jerry's Crab
Shack, Mata Rocks Resort, Rojas, Schultz & Nelder, and The Greenhouse. Bronze ($10 - $100) - Caliente, Caribbean Connections
Internet CafÈ, Casa Mañana, Casa Picasso, Crazy Canuck's Bar, Jeff Lawrence,
Leslie's Beauty Salon, Lori Purdy, Mary Stephenson, Sarah Reavis and Wine de
Vine. In addition, Jorge Varela of Varela's Construction donated a segment of
the Ambergris Stadium wall for Saga Humane Society to advertise their
organization. A complete list of 2003 Saga Humane Society Fund Drive sponsors is
included on Page 3 of this newspaper.
Anyone interested in donating land,
becoming a Saga Humane Society sponsor, or volunteering their time, may contact
the Society at P.O. Box 35, San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye, Belize, 226-3266,
E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit ambergris caye.com/saga for more