Monday, December 10, 2012

Mayan Families "Hope for the Animals" is heartened by the recent actions of the U.S. Senate

Mayan Families "Hope for the Animals" is heartened by the recent actions of the U.S. Senate to pass two important pieces of animal legislation. Both of these measures now go to the House of Representatives.
 The Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act (US S 1947/ H.R. 2492) would make it a federal offense to attend an organized animal fight and increases the penalties for bringing a minor to a fight. People who watch these cruel exhibitions and encourage children to attend should be severely penalized.
The Senate also passed an amendment to the Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2013 Military Activities (S. 3254), allowing the Secretary of Defense to establish and maintain a system to provide for the veterinary care of retired military working dogs. Dogs who have served America in the military should be rewarded for protecting our service men and women, not discarded like unneeded equipment. After their tour of duty is over, these heroic dogs should be eligible for veterinary care.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Hope for the Animals, Machete wound!

This poor dog suffered a terrible machete wound at the hands of a drunk neigbbor.   His companion, suffered an even worse wound to his spine and had to be put down.    The family could not afford to get medical care for  the dog and were doing theri best to put antiseptic on the wound.
Thanks to your donations to help the animals, Mayan Families was able to send this dog for medical attention.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Four little puppies who were left in a box today

Four skinny, hungry , scared puppies were left in a box today.
We have taken them in and will get them vaccinated and spayed/neutered.......but we need homes of these poor little babies.
They are so thin and just need some love.
If you would like one of these puppies....please contact us.
We are happy to arrange shipping to the U.S , Canada or anywhere else they can find a home. 
Sharon Smart-Poage
registered 501.(c).(3) Non Profit Charity


Almost rescued

Here are more examples of dogs that we tried to rescue. The German Shepherd was tied up it's whole life on this short chain and was going crazy. The owner was willing to get rid of the dog, but when we returned with a Woman who wanted them, the owner said, "No", that family living nearby were taking them. These are just more examples of why humane education in schools is so important!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Two lucky rescue puppies in Guatemala

These two puppies were lucky enough to find homes today!
We have many more waiting .....all our dogs are vaccinated and spayed or neutered.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Starving Mama Dog and her puppies!

This starving mama dog was rescued today from where she had given
birth to her puppies on the outside of someone's home in San Antonio
Palopo, Guatemala.  She was not wanted there and they had been kind enough to let
her stay till her puppies were a little bigger but they didn't want
her there any longer.
We have the puppies and the mama dog.  We will get the mama fixed as
soon as she stops feeding ....and hope we can find homes for all these
cute little puppies.  It is so hard to find good homes....this is the
reason we encourage people to spay and neuter........too many unwanted
dogs and too much suffering.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Princessa Mother Dog and her Puppies recued!

These are photos of a rescue dog and her puppies! She was in bad shape when we found her.
If anyone knows a good home for her and her puppies please let us know at

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Wouldn't you love these?

These are some of the rescued puppies and kittens that are available for adoption right now.  There are a few mothers dogs and cats here, they are also available for adoption.
They have all come from awful situations .
They are all vaccinated and spayed or neutered.
All they want is love!
We can arrange transport to the U.S. and Canada....and they are all bi-lingual...Spanish and English!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Sick and rescued animals in Guaqtemala

Hi everyone,
You guys are the best!  Thank you so much for your help.  We appreciate it so much.
We have had several really sick animals this week that have been brought into us and we have sent them for treatment.
Not to mention that we have 12 puppies here that need homes.
Also a mother cat was brought in, so malnourished, she had been unable to feed her four kittens.  Two of them were too weak to lift their heads, they are with Miguel, the other two we have here at the house with the mother. They seem like they will recover well, now we just need to wait a few weeks and find homes for them.
We also have a mother dog at the Marti who was brought in with her four puppies....some of our staff found her on a home visit, very emaciated, some of the puppies had died already . We had to pay the owner $7 to take her and the puppies, one of the kids at the house had already put one of the puppies in a bucket of water to "bathe" it and see if it could 2 weeks survived but it is lucky that we were there just after it happened to take the puppy and warm it up.
Once again, I want to thank you for all you do.  You make it possible for us to help the animals here....we really, really appreciate it so much,
Hope you are all having a Feliz Semana Santa!
Sharon Smart-Poage
a registered 501.(c).(3) Non Profit Charity

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Francesa was found in Guatemala

I am happy to tell you that Francesa was found and she is  now back with her puppies!
We also had a mother cat brought to us yesterday with five kittens....two of them so weak they could  not lift their heads. We have them at the vet ...he thinks it is just from lack of food and maybe they will survive. The kittens are about 4 weeks old.   We have the mother and the three other kittens in a big cage and they seem to be doing o.k.  
 We had a man come from Guatemala city earlier this week who wanted to adopt a very young kitten....he said he would be happy to bottle feed it ...but we didn't have any.  Yesterday when these kittens arrived Jonathon called him.... ( Jonathon helps look after all the animals...he is Amelia's son... he is 18 yrs old.)  and to our great surprise , this man is coming all the way from Guatemala city by public bus today to pick up one of the kittens.   I think anyone who is willing to do that on a public holiday...when the buses will probably be very busy...will make a great kitten daddy!
Sharon Smart-Poage
registered 501.(c).(3) Non Profit Charity