Category Archives: Uncategorized
Nosara, Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Since the late days of September, the Star Rescuer of AMOR, Jeanette Johnstone, got a report about a stray cat and her kittens in Guiones Beach. One of the kittens was taken by a kind foster parent, but two kittens where locked up in a bodega for 3 days, and they became violent and distrusting (feral). At the time, Jeanette took it upon herself to keep them secure and to give them love, so that they would regain their confidence.
After a couple of days, the cats were already responding to the caring attention of Jeanette, and some progress could be seen. Here is a video of the early progress:
On October the 27th, a kind family decided to care for the cats, even if they were not completely recovered from their feral habits and fears. They named one Bat and the other Cristal. They spent their first week hiding together behind the washing machine.
Tammy, the kind foster mother, kept the cats contained so that they could feel safe. Little by little, the cats started to peer out of their hiding spot when someone came to give them food or water. They even started showing some curiosity when someone just came by to check on their tiny faces. They still showed fear towards people, but they would run away slower and slower every time.
Some progress was observed, so Tammy decided to leave the bodega door open. The kittens started exploring the house. Eventually, a third kitten was added to the family, as Tammy found a stray kitten and decided to keep it.
“The two cats started to hide separately and in different hiding spots and moving a little slower to the new spots.”, Tammy, the owner, describing her experience to our correspondent, “With the new baby kitten that we picked up to foster and have decided to keep, the kittens all found a way to start to engage in play. We gave the three of them two marbles to chase around. They loved it, and the baby kitten encouraged their playing. Slowly but surely we started to take time to hold the little kittens separately, to get them adjusted to being held long enough for their heart rate to slow and then releasing them so that they could return to hiding. Today, the 13th of November, 17 days after we received them, the two black kittens have range of the house. All doors are left open, but they only venture between the bodega, the bathroom and the bedroom. However, they venture and play around the room with us in it and only hide from us when we move too suddenly. The smaller one, Bat, now purrs when held and doesn’t run away. The larger one, Crystal, seems able to relax, but hasn’t engaged her purring as of yet. Bat is far more sociable at this point, but Crystal isn’t far behind. In my opinion, Bat would be ready to be fostered by a family that could be patient with her and could take their time with engaging touch. Crystal still needs some time to adjust and although Bat would be fine to be without Crystal, I am not sure the same can be said of Crystal.”
You can read the previous articles related to this story in the following links:
Nosara, Guanacaste, Costa Rica. This Friday 11th of November, 2016, Del Mar Academy, a bilingual Montessori school in Nosara, will be hosting the Ecological Blue Flag Ceremony.
The Ecological Blue Flag (Bandera Azul Ecológica) is a prize granted annually to efforts and volunteer work directed towards conservation and development of natural resources, the implementation of actions to confront climate change, the search for better sanitary conditions and the improvement of the public health in Costarican communities.
You can read more about the Ecological Blue Flag here: http://banderaazulecologica.org/
The event will host children from 63 schools from Hojancha, Nandayure and Nicoya, as well as environmental organizations from Nosara. The attendance is expected to be of around 200 people. Each school represented will be receiving an Ecological Blue Flag, and the ceremony will include as well as dances, a play by 6th grade students, among other activities.
AMOR Animales will have a stand were we will be selling our book, Love your pet, which is a way for the organization to get funding and support from the community.
We are thrilled to be a part of this ever-ending success.
Nosara, Guanacaste, Costa Rica. The Vicepresident and Operations Manager of AMOR Animales de Nosara, Jeanette Johnstone, presented this report of the first year of the organization. Operations started on May, 2016.
Total adoptions: 14
Nosara, Guanacaste, Costa Rica. The President of AMOR, Marcia Wallace, received a call around 5pm on Thursday November 3rd, about an extremely manourished dog in Garza. A man, named Bhajan, was extremely concerned and wanted help in assisting the dog.
Fortunately, he decided to call AMOR.
Marcia told him to take the dog to NosaraVet. The dog was diagnosed with extreme malnutrition, an ear infection and ehrlichia. Bahjan purchased high nutrient food, as well as flea, tick and worm medication, which was administered by Marcia’s kind touch.
The dog is a female, and she is so sweet and kind that Bhajan decided to call her Sweet Pea. She spent two nights with him. Now she is enjoying her new foster home.
Sweet pea will lighten the heart of her new owners with her kindness and joy.
Nosara, Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Catherine Wells, one of the Founding Members and Treasurer of the Board of Directors of AMOR, just received word from one of our supporters in the US, Diana Bell. Diana, a kind animal lover, has bought 2 traps for animals and is planning to bring one in November and one in January. This will really help the efforts of AMOR in the community and specifically, will help the lady with a house full of cats (around 5 recognized and 15 to 20 not yet properly identified).
The traps will help the staff of AMOR to give these cats the treatment they deserve.
Catherine Wells is also working to get blood test kits for the cats, to be provided (or maybe even donated) by friends of AMOR in Austin, Texas.
Success upon success.
You can read about the House of Cats in the following link:
Nosara, Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Some time ago, Marielos, a woman from the Nosara area, noticed some cats roaming around her house. Touched by their situation, she began to feed them, only to realize that the cats had started breeding.
Now, there are around 15-20 adult cats. We could not get an accurate number as the cats come and go as they please. Only 5 of the cats are approachable, all the others are feral and will reject human contact. The population is still growing as this article is written.
On the first visit, Marcia Wallace, President of AMOR, reported that one of the kittens had to be taken to euthanasia, due to multiple medical issues. It was a very sad day for the crew.
The strategy that AMOR wants to follow is to trap, spay, neuter and release the cats, but they need more traps, and need funding to tackle this issue as they are used to. So far, only 4 of the cats that are approachable have been sterilized on September 24th. At AMOR, backing out is not an option.
Marcia Wallace told us that they would not settle for any kind of traps for the cats. “The traps need to be humane”, she said.
The crew of AMOR has given the cats food and some medicines, which has given hope to Marielos that soon all these cats could be healthy, and maybe even adopted.
Hope, even in such a dire situation, is also a huge success.
Nosara, Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Marcia Wallace, Presidente of AMOR, discovered a house with 15 dogs (8 of which are puppies) reported to AMOR by a concerned Costa Rican called Natalie. Immediately, she started to move. First, the family that is taking care of the dogs visited a spay and neuter clinic, on September 24th. After that, in September 30th, an AMOR representative reported that there was a puppy with a fungus on its tail, which is being treated.
This house of dogs (the owner of the house prefers to stay in anonymity), also hosts a dog with cancer. The name of the dog is Nena (female). Dr. Carl Wells, member of AMOR and veterinarian certified in the US and Costa Rica, confirmed this diagnostic. On October 11th, Dr. Susana Marín Fallas of Safari Animal Clinic performed a cancer removal surgery, and so far the recovery is doing well.
We count on the support of the community to continue these stories of success, one day at a time.
Nosara, Guanacaste, Costa Rica. The Vicepresident and Operations Manager of Amor, Jeanette Johnstone, just reported us that the semi-feral kittens have shown signs of improvement. They are getting used to her hand being present, and are showing more curiosity, which is a great sign. We remain hopeful that these kittens will be able to find a home.
Here is a video of the cats.
Yet, another success.
Nosara, Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Our Star Rescuer, Jeanette Johnstone, got a call from an anonymous supporter about a dog in Arenales, Nosara, who seemed very sick. Jeanette, an experienced veterinary technician, did the initial check-up of the situation with the help of a local veterinarian in Arenales.
Mancha, as the dog is called, received the attention of a Veterinarian in Nosara, Dr. Randall Moya Paniagua from Nosaravet, who gave him antibiotics, injections and a three day pill prescription. The treatment should take care of the possible dog parasites. Additional to this, the veterinarian gave Mancha an additional injection of concentrated vitamins and minerals.
The veterinarian injected IV antibiotics (Baytril) (IV – injections directly into veins) on Friday, Saturday and Monday. On Friday, Mancha was also given a subcutaneous (under the skin) injection of a vitamin supplement that has extra B vitamins to help with anemia problems.
Mancha is old, and un-neutered. He was evidently very hungry, as his poor health did not deter him from eating a whole can of special critical care food.
The supporter who reported this also took care of the veterinarian and medicine bill, showing a great compassion to our canine brother.
With some general advice about dog care and specific advice on a special nutrition for the dog, our rescuer Johnston and the Veterinarian left the scene, with hope that Mancha’s health will improve soon. The veterinarian scheduled a follow-up visit after three days.
The general strategy for treatment is to give Mancha antibiotic pills for a month (Doxicycline, which is a strong antibiotic, to treat the blood parasites) and continue to do weekly follow-up visits.
The supporter wishes to remain anonymous, and we at AMOR Newsletter wish to thank his generosity, whoever he or she may be.
If Mancha’s health does not improve, rescuer Johnstone is already coordinating with Amor Animales Staff to get a foster home for him, or to simply host him under Amor Animales direct care.
This rescue was also an opportunity to meet the new veterinarian in Arenales.