Saturday, March 31, 2007

Fina Sisu Cleanup on Tun Joaquin Doi Rd

Thank you to the Tenorio family, friends, and neighbors who came out to clean Tun Joaquin Doi Rd.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Dump No More!

Beautify CNMI! is proud to report that Dr. dela Cruz, Director of DLNR, has received his euthanizing license and solution, so DLNR is ready to put to sleep any dog that needs this service. Unfortunately, DLNR is not able to administer the solution to cats.

DLNR will be charging $10.00 to $20.00 per animal for the euthanasia. For now, proper disposal of the dog’s remains will be the responsibility of the owner.

The service is currently available on a case-by-case basis.

For more information or to bring a dog in to be euthanized, please call Dr. dela Cruz at 322-9830/4.

It is important to spread this information far and wide so people know they can afford to put an animal to sleep if it is sick and/or suffering, rather than dump it in the jungle or at the beach.

Monday, March 26, 2007

Beautify CNMI! Animal Welfare Committee

The Beautify CNMI! Animal Welfare Committee will be meeting this Thursday, March 29th at 6:15 pm at Cafe on the Park.

It is important that this committee get up and running. Some people in our community and government think animals are a small issue in the wake of rising CUC bills and a shrinking government. I think it is a small issue but a BIG problem.

Just this weekend, I encountered FOUR dogs that had been abandoned and left to die. Two of the dogs were hanging around roadways that are used by tourists: Airport Road and the road to Bird Island. I had received numerous phone calls about the dog that was abandoned at the airport. When I finally saw him this weekend, I couldn't help but wonder about the tourist that saw the dog shortly before departing and how this starving, suffering animal would be the tourist's last impression of the CNMI. What must our animal-friendly tourists think of our island and our people when they see a dog suffering this way? I saw the other dog on the road to Bird Island. He's in bad shape and in need of help. I'm willing to bet that his haunting presence polluted some one's vacation day, and if not their vacation day, maybe their pictures and/or view.

I'd like to get a group of people together who are willing to tackle animal related issues so our island is a safer and cleaner place to live. Ideally, we need a group of people who are willing to accomplish the following:

1. We need a spay and neuter clinic that is accessible to indigent people. If we don't start spaying and neutering animals on this island, than our efforts are futile. They can reproduce a lot faster than we can pick up after them.

2. We need to resolve the issue of dead animal pick-up. And, now that Dr. dela Cruz has his license to euthanize animals, we need to get a group of people together who are willing to pick up live abandoned animals. I know there are people out there would love to rescue them all - but that's not financially possible. Until we get a shelter that is up and running, euthanizing suffering, starving, and abandoned animals is a viable option that needs to be seriously considered and addressed.

3. We need a shelter - regardless of how primitive it is - we need some place to put animals so they may be euthanized and/or adopted. Also, if we are to start receiving grants to improve a shelter, we must first have an operating shelter.

4. We need animal related legislation, namely anti-cruelty legislation. As of today, it is legal to abandoned your unwanted dog in the jungle or at the beach, tether a dog and deprive it of food and/or water, and beat an animal to death or harshly/cruelly punish an animal. The residual of this behavior is seen by our tourists and felt by our communities. It needs to stop. The legislature must raise the bar and impose on members of the community a sense of responsibility to their animals and to the community.

Beautify CNMI ! would greatly appreciate your time and energy in accomplishing these goals so our island is a safer and cleaner place to live and visit.

Please, email me a time that is good for you and I will try to coordinate our schedules and come up with a meeting time that works for the majority.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Kindest Regards,
Katie Busenkell

Sunday, March 25, 2007

March 22, 2007--Team Chura Talo Adopts Dandan Road--Pt. 1 of 6

Thursday, March 22, 2007, may have been a day off for many, but not for the Beautify CNMI! beauticians. Making their inaugural cleanup of their newly adopted road are the Kaipat, Cabrera, and Camacho families of Dandan, who call themselves "Team Chura Talo." Heading Team Chura Talo are Kyle Kaipat and Daisy Cabrera; Dennis Cabrera and Kayla Kaipat; Bud & Mary Kaipat; and Manning & Joyce Camacho. They are joined by various family members and relatives. They've adopted Dandan Road from the Adios/Welcome sign at lower Dandan to the San Vicente Rounhouse.

Rep. Cinta Kaipat and family, Angelo Villagomez of RC&D, MINA, and Beautify CNMI! and friend Deana Felix joined this newly formed and "newly infected group."

Incidentally, Angelo brought along a friend to the cleanup. Her name is Deana Felix; she is the sister of Diana Felix, who is a teacher at San Vicente School and a Beautify CNMI! beautician herself. Deana had only been on Saipan for three days before she got infected with the "beauty virus." Oh-Oh...Sorry, Deana, but once infected, you're incurable! :0

Here are some pictures of the cleaning crew.

March 22, 2007--Dandan Elementary School Co-Adopts Dandan Rd--Pt. 2 of 6

Principal Jonas Barcinas rallying the Dandan Troops before hitting the road to join Team Chura Talo and the Beautify CNMI! crew. Rep. Cinta Kaipat's Office made arrangements with Principal Barcinas to have Dandan Elementary School team up with other Beautify CNMI! volunteers at 9 a.m. to have the students, faculty, and staff participate in their first Beautify CNMI! community cleanup. That was executed beautifully, as shown by these pictures. Rep. Kaipat also spoke with Commissioner Rebecca Warfield about sending some police officers to ensure safety while the children were out beautifying Dandan Community. Four officers were on hand to ensure that everyone was safe. Thank you, Commissioner Warfield! Thank you also Rep. Ben Seman for joining us. We're glad you could join us!It's safe to say that Dandan Elementary School was also infected with the famous Beautify CNMI! "beauty virus." Look at the following pictures and you'll see why.

March 22, 2007-- Principal Jonas Barcinas & Dandan Elementary Join Dandan Rd Cleanup--Pt. 3 of 6

Principal Jonas Barcinas leads Dandan Elementary in cleaning up Dandan Road, which the School has co-adopted with Team Chura Talo. Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!
Dale and Nathan Benson stopped by to cheer the team on! Thank You!

March 22, 2007--Rep. Ben Seman and Dandan Elementary Clean Dandan Road--Pt. 4 of 6

March 22, 2007--Mrs. Hill's Kinder Class Clean Dandan Baseball Field--Pt. 5 of 6

Beautify CNMI!'s younger partners!

Thursday, March 22, 2007

March 22, 2007--Team Chura Talo Disposes Of Trash Picked Up By Dandan Elementary and Beautify CNMI! Volunteers--Pt. 6 of 6

The faculty, staff, and students of Dandan Elementary School also picked up trash from Dandan Elementary to Jin Store (heading in the opposite direction as the other team). Here's all the trash that they picked up. Team Chura Talo members gathered the trash for disposal. TOTAL LBS COLLECTED: 900 lbs! Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!