Mar 10, 2020

Abandoned Pets Struggle to Survive in Venezuela

Starving Dogs Arrive at SAI Sponsored Shelter
Starving Dogs Arrive at SAI Sponsored Shelter

Family Pets Struggle to Survive On the Streets of Venezuela

Having a family pet in Venezuela is outrageously expensive. Not only has dog food become an expensive expense but the additional costs of pet care are simply out of reach for most. 

Vaccinations, tick & flea-treatments, spay and neutering surgeries, pet grooming, and disease prevention now cost more than middle-class families can afford. The result is a record number of family pets are being dropped off at shelters or simply abandoned in the streets where they have little hope of ever finding their way back home. 

3 Million Stray Dogs Roaming the Streets of Venezuela

According to a nonprofit animal rights group called Protectionist Volunteers, there are currently more than 3 million stray dogs roaming the streets of Venezuela. It would cost about $2 million dollars a day just to feed that many dogs twice a day. But that wouldn’t solve the problem. The only way even a small number of these innocent animals are going to get the food and care they need is through humanitarian aid from donors like you. 

Providing Food & Medicine to SAI Animal Sanctuary & 8-Animal Shelters  

With your help, South American Initiative is able to provide food and medical care to abandoned pets, mostly dogs and cats, at eight animal shelters in Venezuela, plus the pets in our own animal sanctuary. 

We Find Families for These Shelter Dogs

Dogs that are starving and need medical care are nursed back to health at these shelters so they become adoptable by responsible families who can afford to take care of them. Healthy abandoned pets are put up for adoption immediately, but sometimes it takes time to find the right pet for the right family.

SAI Plans To Double the Number of Dogs it Cares for In 2020

Thanks to our generous donors, SAI is now taking care of 204 dogs, and 15 cats (as of this writing) with a plan to more than double that number by year-end. To do this SAI is constructing a new animal shelter.

This means that we are supplying over 400 meals per day for shelter dogs. Of the 204 dogs, 25 are classified as “sick” by our Veterinarian. We are also giving them the shots and medications they need to stay healthy so there is no danger of transmitting diseases to humans.

We anticipate taking in an additional 25-30 abandoned dogs and cats per month when our new facility is completed. This means that by the end of the year we will be near capacity caring for an additional 200-300 dogs and cats. This will more than double the number of abandoned pets we currently support. We have the veterinarian staff and volunteers that make it possible to care for these animals.

What kind of Care Do These Dogs & Cats Receive?

When a dog or cat is brought in to an SAI supported shelter, we provide the following:

  • Flea Collars
  • Deworming treatments
  • Antibiotics
  • Grooming
  • Core vaccinations to include distemper, parvovirus, and rabies. This provides immunity for up to 3 years
  • Neutering/spaying surgical procedures

On top of that, we give each pet two nutritious meals a day and enough love and attention to keep them emotionally healthy, and ready to be adopted by a loving family.

Dogs Want to Love and Be Loved

The essential thing about dogs is that they need and want to be with people. They want us to show them the way, and in return, they will naturally give us undying loyalty and love. The relationship between dogs and humans started over 14,000 years ago. Perhaps that is why dogs are known as our best friends. 

Dogs want warm, personal relationships — to love and be loved.  We give the dogs we care for at our SAI the love and attention they need in  supported shelters. Your donations and support make this possible. Thank you!



SAI Veterinarian Provides Care for Stray Dog
SAI Veterinarian Provides Care for Stray Dog
SAI Dog Shelter in Natural Habitat
SAI Dog Shelter in Natural Habitat
SAI Dog Shelter Volunteers Deliver Food & Love
SAI Dog Shelter Volunteers Deliver Food & Love
Loving Shelter Dog Says, "Please Adopt Me!"
Loving Shelter Dog Says, "Please Adopt Me!"
SAI delivers 8 bags of dog food & meds to shelter
SAI delivers 8 bags of dog food & meds to shelter
Jan 24, 2020

Keeping Venezuelan Zoo Animals in Danger of Extinction Alive

SAI Zoo Monkeys Share Mango Lunch
SAI Zoo Monkeys Share Mango Lunch

There is a lack of care among the Venezuelan population when it comes to the preservation of animals who are in danger of extinction.

This is most prevalent in public and private zoos and animal refuges in Venezuela. For example, SAI supports a refuge that is taking care of a family of endangered monkeys. 

The population of our monkeys should have increased to 16, but the mother of the newborn died. A visitor tried to steal the newborn baby monkey and in the process harmed the mother resulting in her death.

Increase Security To Protect Rare Animals

This situation proves the necessity for increased security for the animals. We can utilize additional funding to enhance security at our facilities for zoo animals. We plan on helping the zoos with additional fences to protect the monkeys and surrounding wildlife.

With our program, we have had the joy of helping a variety of wild animals providing nutritious foods that improve the health of each one of them. Here are some of the zoo animals we are currently supporting:

38 Different Species

Our field team has difficulty translating different types of species into English, but here is their best effort at a list of rare reptiles we currently care for: 

  • Boa litmus,
  • Albino Burmese Python
  • Sleepy Boa
  • Boa Arboricola
  • Babo morichalero
  • Fake coral
  • Fake Mexican Coral
  • Plain coral
  • Cayman of glasses
  • Velvet
  • Tigra butterfly
  • Reticulated python
  • Madagascar Boa
  • Curacao rattlesnake
  • Black rattlesnake
  • Rattlesnake
  • Common Rattlesnake
  • Mapanare
  • Mapanare Rabo fried
  • Sail chameleon
  • Dipsadine snakes
  • Paraguan tarantula
  • Mining toad
  • Tigra jacket
  • Mapururua
  • Morrona
  • green Iguana
  • Slots
  • Lora basket
  • Yellow-headed Tiger Python
  • Blood python
  • Python ball, Anaconda
  • Morrocoy
  • Leopard gecko
  • Fake mapanare
  • Real kill
  • Orinoco crocodile
  • Paraguayan Boa

Providing Food to Wild Animals

During September, October, November, and December we provided the following sustainable foods to alleviate hunger in zoos, refuges, and sanctuaries for wild animals.

  • Bananas
  • Papaya
  • Plantain
  • Watermelon
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Eggs
  • Protein
  • Dog Food
  • Milk

SAI is A Guardian Angel

At SAI we want to sincerely thank you for helping us rescue these zoo animals. We also extend a huge thank you to A & G Animal Assistance Fund for providing substantial funding to rescue these endangered animals.

Many people claim that we are a “guardian angel” for abandoned zoo animals in Venezuela. We appreciate their kind words, but we know that people like you and A & G are the real heroes in this continuing crisis in Venezuela. 

Your Generosity Is Saving These Animals

Our staff and volunteers are grateful because without your donations many of these rare creatures would simply die of starvation and disease. Due to your generosity, a beautiful array of zoo animals and reptiles are happy, well-nourished, and healthy!

SAI Zoo Keeper Affectionately Feeds Adult Monkey
SAI Zoo Keeper Affectionately Feeds Adult Monkey
SAI Zoo Keeper Carefully Handles Albino Snake
SAI Zoo Keeper Carefully Handles Albino Snake
SAI Zoo Monkey Takes Time For Fruit Lunch Break
SAI Zoo Monkey Takes Time For Fruit Lunch Break
Rare Venezuelan Reptiles Protected at Refuges
Rare Venezuelan Reptiles Protected at Refuges
Rare Venezuelan Turtle at Animal Refuge Center
Rare Venezuelan Turtle at Animal Refuge Center
Jan 14, 2020

Helping Venezuelan Refugees Build A New Life

Venezuelan Refugees Crossing River into Colombia
Venezuelan Refugees Crossing River into Colombia

Dear Donors,

We have some great news! We are beginning construction on our new facility in Colombia at the beginning for the new year.

5,000 Venezuelans Migrate to Colombia Everyday

As you may know, there is a problem on the border of Colombia and Venezuela  caused by the mass exodus of Venezuelan refugees seeking a better life. 

It is estimated that already 1.3 million Venezuelans are currently living in Colombia with an additional 5,000 crossing the border daily. The reason for this migration is because of uncontrolled inflation, violence, and political corruption in Venezuela.

We Go Where Help Is Needed Most

South American Initiative (SAI) is the only U.S. based 501 (c)3 nonprofit organization -- besides the Red Cross -- that provides large scale humanitarian aid for Venezuela. 

That’s why SAI is creating a facility in Colombia for the purpose of helping Venezuelan refugees escape their country and start again with a new life in Colombia. We need your help to make this become reality.

SAI Builds Refugee Transition Facility

Our goal is to provide the essentials for starting a new life in a new country. SAI knows these displaced Venezuelan migrants are starving for food and many need medical care, but more importantly, they need an opportunity to build a new life.

Just recently, SAI has partnered with Cripto Conserje, who specializes in crypto currency. Cripto Conserje donated the land for the SAI facility in Colombia. 

Promoting Financial Literacy

Cripto Conserje will utilize the SAI Refugee Transition Facility to conduct educational classes teaching basic financial literacy and how to make transactions using cryptocurrency. This makes sense because many Venezuelans do not have access to banking, credit, or the ability to purchase food, services, and merchandise.

This facility will help provide food, shelter, and medical care for new arrivals. It will also require those receiving assistance beyond a few days to earn their keep by performing assigned jobs at the center. 

Starting a New Life in a New Country

The Colombian government recognizes that mismanaged immigration can quickly become a drain on local economies, and that an injection of skilled workers can be an asset to help boost the economy. The Colombian governmnent welcomes our new Refugee Transition Centre because they know it will not only benefit Venezuelans, but also the local Colombian communities.

Providing Food & Medicine

To help resolve this crisis, SAI is providing desperately needed food, clean drinking water, shelter, medicine, and essential medical care to help displaced families, children, and individuals who find their only option is to leave Venezuela. 

South American Initiative’s Cucuta, Colombia Facility.

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The facility sits on 1,000 square meters within walking distance of the Venezuelan/Colombian border. Refugees visiting the facility will be offered food, essential medical care, and an opportunity to learn employable skills so they can become contributing members of the local Colombian community.

Medical Clinic to Provide First-Aid to Refugees

It will also have a clinic to provide minor but essential medical care for those in need of immediate first-aid. Visitors will also be given a nourishing meal to welcome them to their new homeland, courtesy of South American Initiative. 

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The back of the building has two windows and one door to accommodate staff and volunteers working at the center.

SAI brings hope and light to replace despair and darkness with fresh ideas, education, wholesome food, and medical supplies to South America’s most needy and most vulnerable people.

Saving lives in Colombia with Sights Set on All of South America

SAI’s new facility will be a central location for Venezuelan refugees to receive humanitarian aid as well as education to help them get jobs and adjust to living in their new country. 

Teaching Framing & Agriculture

The SAI Refugee Transition Center sits on over 10,000 square feet of land with an additional acre of farmland.

This additional farmland will be used to teach Venezuelans how to cultivate, plant, and grow their own food. Learning local farming techniques will help them become more independent and self-sufficient in their local Colombian communities.

All This for Just $60,000

SAI's executive team and volunteers have experience working with local Latin American governments. That's why we are able to buy land at affordable prices and build vital facilities quickly at speeds outsiders could never accomplish. Thanks to the land donation by Cripto Conserje, SAI is breaking ground on this new facility in January 2020.

We invite you to Join us in delivering humanitarian aid to those in their deepest time of need. Your donations not only save lives, but they also give great opportunities for those willing to work to build a good life for themselves and their families. 

Measurable & Accountable Success

SAI is marching forward, each and every day, for each and every refugee seeking a new life and opportunities to become independent citizens of Colombia.

SAI is succeeding in ways that are real, measurable, and accountable. With on-going donor and corporate support, we continue to help save lives in South America and provide opportunities for Venezuelans to have a brighter future. Please help us make this dream become reality!

Venezuelan Refugees Crossing Bridge into Colombia
Venezuelan Refugees Crossing Bridge into Colombia
SAI Volunteers Feed Venezuelan Refugees
SAI Volunteers Feed Venezuelan Refugees
Venezuelan Child Gets Lunch From SAI Volunteers
Venezuelan Child Gets Lunch From SAI Volunteers
SAI Refugee Center At Colombian Border
SAI Refugee Center At Colombian Border
SAI Refugee Center At Colombian Border
SAI Refugee Center At Colombian Border
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