Otis the Blue-Eyed Boy

Otis is the only dog I have ever rescued on my own. One afternoon I was walking up the road from the bus stop to the Shelter, and was in sight of the main gate when I noticed this small black puppy trotting up the road in front of me. He was alone, no owner […]

Horses less valuable than dogs?

One of the workers told Xenii about a horse he’d seen on his way to the Shelter. The horse had something wrong with his leg – but was still working, carrying a load of firewood bravely up the hill, though obviously having trouble and probably in a lot of pain. The worker said he knew […]

How to help AWARE

HOW TO HELP AWARE Just knowing that there are people out there sending us positive (and pawsitive) thoughts is a great source of strength for us, both when the going gets tough, and when the sun is shining on a calm and pleasant day. To those of you who want more involvement we also offer […]

Kevin Venter, Volunteer

My time at the dog and cat shelter, for the past two weeks has taught me Patience, Hope and Will-Power. Animal Aware caters for around 350 dogs and 60 cats and it is expanding as I am writing this. In my two weeks as a Volunteer, AWARE took in 5 dogs and 2 cats. Only […]

Prior

Dr Linares’ daughter was horrified to see the minibus hit the cat. This was in Jocotenango – a suburb of Antigua – where traffic is congested and moves in fits and starts. Rosa Maria was out of her car in a flash. “Didn’t you see that cat?” she exclaimed to the minibus driver’s  astonishment. “Or […]

Nataly

It was love at first cuddle. Maybe they both needed cuddles. Nataly certainly did, after she was thrown out onto the street from the safety of her home in Chimaltenango. AWARE gets these emails all the time: “This poor dog was put on the street by her owners. She is so sweet. We can’t just […]

Happy Tails from 2016

Since it’s the start of 2017 we thought we would have a look back at the success stories of last year and see some of our lovely dogs and cats that found their happy home and get to enjoy life with their new families.   From top left: Tigres now Lucy with her favourite ball, […]

Bridget’s Last Escape

Bridget came to AWARE when she was a six-month-old, twenty pound cutie pie with a healing abscess on her face. The best her owners could do for her was to dump her outside one of Antigua’s vet clinics. The clinic drained and cleaned her abscess and we brought her to the Shelter. Pretty soon Bridget […]

Nikki´s Happy Ending

Nikki (originally called Mishanga) is a beautiful silver-grey tabby cat. She came to the shelter earlier this year, at two years old. She had been a family pet with a home but was surrendered to the shelter when the family could no longer afford to look after her. It’s a sad story but it was a choice between […]

Helping Hands

Recently we have been fortunate to have the help of several brilliant international volunteers, day volunteers from Antigua and Guatemala City, and also two groups of students from Antigua International School (AIS). The extra hands are so important in the Clinic and for providing that extra attention to the animals. The volunteers help greatly in […]


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