SCfA needs more volunteers


The Saipan Cares for Animals needs more volunteers that would help them in attending to their needs as more dogs and at times cats were either caught or surrendered to the animal shelter in Lower Base.

“The dog shelter is always looking for volunteers to help care for the animals, and more dogs and cats are always up for adoption,” said SCfA president Jason Hudy.

“There are at least 20 volunteers who regularly walk and socialize with the dogs, and bathe and taking care of them. These are good dogs waiting for adoption and they need owners,” Hudy added as dogs are always up for adoption.

Hudy said the Saipan Mayor’s Office and donations, which came from the community and from the mainland, had been a big help with their operations. The Saipan Mayor’s Animal Control Office catches around 10-15 stray dogs a week, while donations like leashes, medicines, treats, and harnesses come from various individuals in the U.S.

Hudy said medication and vaccination have done a good job in keeping the dogs healthy. They also had a 70 percent sterilization rate where a total of 227 dogs and cats were spayed or neutered in January.

“We just want to get the word out. Just promote awareness to the community about animal care and keeping their population in balance,” added Hudy.

Last Feb. 6 and 7, SCfA held a mass adoption weekend where 42 dogs got adopted. “It was great to see so many families taking home wonderful new pets,” said Spencer Marchadesch, the lead Animal Control Officer for the Mayor’s Office Dog Control Program.

“The turnout is beyond what we could have expected, and the pictures say it all. Smiling faces for both people and dogs,” added Hudy.

Hudy said their goal was to sterilize the dogs before putting them for adoption. All dogs that were adopted had been spayed or neutered in order to avoid any unwanted puppies.

“By adopting out dogs that are sterilized or ‘fixed.’ we can provide great pets that also will be part of the solution, not an added problem to controlling the pet population on Saipan.”

For more information, visit or check their Facebook page Saipan Cares for Animals.

Jon Perez | Reporter
Jon Perez began his writing career as a sports reporter in the Philippines where he has covered local and international events. He became a news writer when he joined media network ABS-CBN. He joined the weekly DAWN, University of the East’s student newspaper, while in college.

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