SAGA hosts Adopt-a-Pet Open House

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 16, No. 28            July 13, 2006

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Children of all ages showed up to offer support and cuddle with new friends from the SAGA society on their open day.

On Saturday, July 8th, the San Pedro SAGA Society opened its doors to the public to kick off their volunteer drive. Many adults and children visited the SAGA clinic throughout the day to find out more about how they can help SAGA and at least five people signed up as volunteers. Vet, Dr. Heather Stewart said, “We are so happy that people have come today. It has been a great way to raise awareness of what we do and get people interested in helping us in SAGA’s busy clinic and shelter.”

   SAGA does an amazing job caring for the animals of this beautiful island, but many people fail to realize that the Society is entirely dependent on donations and receives no government assistance. With the rapidly growing population of people and pets on the island, SAGA can find it a struggle to cope and so desperately needs volunteers to help with the day to day running of the shelter and clinic as well as fundraisers and puppy foster homes. A number of people also made generous contributions on the day.

   This is just the beginning of the SAGA volunteer drive and SAGA urges anyone who has a little bit of time to think about helping to care for the animals of San Pedro. Just get in touch with SAGA at (226) 3266. Remember that if you have a pet or love animals there may be a time you need to call on SAGA. SAGA can only be there to help if the community gives it the support it needs.

   SAGA is extremely grateful to Tina and John Winkler, Barnabe Badillo, Sam McGuff, John Egbert, John Dalgarno, Jock McPake, Sharon Boyd, Paul and Madeline Bunch and Peter Jones who gave generous financial support on the day.

Why become a foster parent?

   Fostering can be a hugely rewarding way to help the animals of San Pedro Town. An animal shelter and clinic are not the ideal environments for puppies and kittens. Risk of infection is high and if these animals are to be successfully re-homed they need a great deal of attention that is difficult to provide in such a busy environment. They also need to be handled, loved and cared for in a home environment to turn them into the best possible pets.

If you are thinking of becoming a foster parent please consider the following:

   *Puppies and kittens can be very demanding and sometimes will be disruptive at night. Are you able to cope with that?

   *Puppies and kittens need patience, regular cleaning, meals and medication as well as access to fresh water at all times. Can you provide these things?

   *Puppies and kittens will need to be brought to the clinic, at least weekly, to monitor their progress and health. Is this a commitment you can make?

   *Puppies and kittens need to be found the best possible new homes and sometimes giving them back for re-homing can be difficult. Would you be able to allow SAGA to re-home puppies and kittens that you have nurtured?
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