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How much is Your Pet Worth?

A message from Saga Humane Society San Pedro Belize

How much is Your Pet Worth? – The True Value of Adoption

Many people don’t realise how much their pet is worth. Pets are tremendously valuable. Aside from their traditional roles as guards, farm workers, hunters and companions – research shows that having a pet makes us healthier. Pet owners have better general health and lower blood pressure than non pet owners. Kids with pets in their home take fewer sick days from school and have better non verbal communication. Older pet owners are less lonely and more likely to be active if they own pets. Of course, human beings only receive these benefits if they are responsible pet owners.

This year SAGA has seen an increase in the number of pets that have been purchased at great cost to the owner, given up for adoption. Why would people spend hundreds of dollars on a dog, only to give it away to SAGA?

Many people will share stories of the local pot licker, its loyalty and good temperament with children. If the ‘pot licker’ were considered a breed, maybe it would have more value. Certainly, the Belizean pot licker is a unique dog and Belizeans should be proud to own one. But some people want something specific – such as a certain coat colour or size – and so they go to pet shops or breeders to buy a pet off the shelf, in much the same way they’d buy a box of corn flakes. The big difference is that a healthy, well cared for pet can live for
14 years or longer. Pet ownership is a big commitment and should be taken especially seriously by parents wishing to teach their children about behaving responsibly.

The pets that are being given up to SAGA did nothing wrong except grow up. The cute little puppy that was purchased six months ago has turned into a demanding, large and active dog that needs training, exercise and company. Unfortunately, the people who purchased the puppy didn’t think it through and now there is an unhappy ending. The children are sad and feel like failures, the adults have lost several hundred, maybe thousands of dollars raising the puppy and the dog is homeless, no longer loved or wanted.

If you are considering getting a pet, try your local humane society first. In San Pedro, it’s SAGA. Pet ownership is not a decision to take lightly or to make on the spur of the moment. The experts at SAGA will help you to find the perfect pet for your needs. Once you have adopted the a dog or cat, you’ll soon discover how valuable a pet truly is.

Personal note – Saga does a great job at helping the Animals of San Pedro and Ambergris Caye. Thanks to Colette Lori and Coleen for  getting the word out and keeping us informed. I would like to invite you to send in your pot licker stories [If you have been here I know you likely have one] email me at tacogirlbelize[at]gmail[dot]com and I will publish once I get a few – please send a pic too if you have one.

Saga Humane Society Belize

Belize Adoption

Saga Humane Society Ambergris Caye Belize

8 comments

  1. I am not sure about the humane societies on the mainland Tes but i am sure you will come across a few cuties waiting for a good home. There is a vet in Corozal as far as I know.

  2. Hubby and I are headed down on 2/8/11 to explore the Cayo and Corozal Districts. We wil return to Nevada, hopefully close up shop and then return tfor good later in the year. Will probably rent first and then buy. We’re bringing one pampered pooch and one old pampared cat, but want to bring in more “friends” into our new Belizen household. What adoption options are there in each district?

  3. Thanks Gwen and Colette for sending the post. Molly does not care for cherry tomatoes.

  4. I brought mine home to Canada where she enjoys maple leaf bacon, roast beef and Alexander Keith ale which beats lime water.

  5. Great blog, Laurie! Hope people take it seriously. Both in adopting one of our great Island pets, and to think seriously about abandoning, mistreating, or wasting the lives of purchased pets! Good on ya, as Diane would say.
    For some reason our Potlicker doesn’t like tomatoes, whereas, sweet Mona thought they were great.

  6. Our time share Canis Potlickus Belizensis likes some vegetables [edamame and carrots] – water melon – lime water and loves bacon.

  7. Canis Potlickus Belizensis is now a recognized Winchester breed classed as a survivor dog. Known for their hardiness, loving nature and ability to survive for months on trash and Belikin (cerveza basura) he/she would make a loyal low maintenance companion.

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