Jaspers Utila Animal Shelter


This page contains resources, documents and information we believe is useful and important for island pet owners

Most Common Diseases on the Island

There are two diseases that plague the lovely animals of the island: Erlichiosis and Heartworm disease.


Ehrlichiosis is a disease that develops in dogs after being bitten by an infected tick. In the United States, E. canis is considered endemic in the southeastern and southwestern states, though the brown dog tick is found throughout North & Central America.


Heartworm disease is a serious disease that results in severe lung disease, heart failure, other organ damage, and death in pets, mainly dogs, cats, and ferrets. It is caused by a parasitic worm called Dirofilaria immitis. The worms are spread through the bite of a mosquito.


Waiting often means letting the disease progress until it is too late and your animal dies.

Honduran Law for the Protection of Animals

The Honduran law for the protection of animals is attached.

Even though it is in Spanish, it can be used if you encounter any animal abuse or cruelty.
Report such offences to the police, or talk to us.

The law is very strict, although not always implanted. Animals cannot talk.
Therefore, it is up to us to be their advocates.

Here are similar US-based laws.

My Dog is Sick

Download the PDF 

This is a booklet produced by Utila long-term vet Dr. Loretta Potts, on most common issues with dogs and cats and what you can do to help them.

If you are not sure, please contact us and we will be happy to see your animal and recommend the right action.