Amigos de Animales 2017 Annual Report
The mission of Fundacion Amigos de Animales Boquete is to provide low cost spaying and neutering of dogs and cats and to promote the general welfare of animals in the Boquete community and surrounding areas.
This report reflects FADAB activities from January 2017 through December 2017.
2017 Clinic Report
Amigos de Animales holds monthly sterilization clinics the last Sunday of every month except November and December due to the holidays.
Month # of Animals
November mini-clinic 20
December mini-clinic 19
Total 2017 1957
A total of 13,250 cats and dogs have been sterilized since the first clinic in June 2005 through December 2017. This year, as with the last, we saw an increase in the number of cats being brought in to the clinic, 58% of the animals were cats, while compared to previous years, that number had been in the low 30’s.
Our numbers at the clinics continue to grow due in large part to our Collectors, who bring in animals from remote areas, and to other animal welfare organizations in David.
We received $12,140.77 in donations in 2017. This includes a grant of 2462.55 from the ASPCA.
2017 Major Fundraising Events
Venta de Patio $20,654.02
Calendar 2018 $ 4,127.99
Calendar 2017 balance $ 1375.00
Calendar 2019 $ 150.00
Bar Sales $ 1112.88
Chili Cook-off $ 642.08
Other events $ 871.38
The sales from the Venta de Patio continue to increase despite competition from other charities. This event represents a good deal of hard work and time from the volunteers. Our sales are boosted due to pre-selling on line of larger and more expensive items.
The calendar is still a good source of income despite the use of digital aids. Even with the widespread use of computer and phone calendar apps, the Animales calendar continues to sell well and people look forward to it every year.
At all events, volunteers from Animales run the bar which is a good source of income.
We did a new version of Casino Night in early 2018 with another local charity, Buenos Vecinos.
This year we are looking to raise sales for the ever-popular Chili Cook-off and are exploring more inventive ways to raise money.
Rental of Facility $ 1,190.00
Paypal $ 2,469.99
Membership $ 635.00
Due to the continuing high price of medications and the number of unpaid animals at our clinics, we voted to raise our prices in 2016 to $15 for a dog and $8 for a cat. Though we will continue to say “no animal will be turned away for inability to pay,” we encourage everyone, even the poorest of our clients, to pay something to contribute to the price of the procedure. We continue to lose money at every clinic as shown in our monthly published reports. Based on the number of cats and dogs served this year, if everyone had paid the suggested amount, our clinic income would have been closer to $24,000O. Our real costs per animal are about $25 per dog and $12 per cat.
We are still trying to attract more rentals to our facility.
In 2017, we had 65 paid members, only one more than 2016, bringing in $635. Our goal was to have at least 80 paid members. Our records show that we have approximately 150 active and inactive volunteers and we hope that all our volunteers will pay their annual membership dues of $10 to bring that total up. This meeting will kick off our Membership Drive for 2018. There are some great benefits to being a member, including discounts at some of our local shops. Those discounts alone will pay for the cost of the card.
Facility $ 5,562.63
Vet fees $ 19,463.05
Medical $ 13,620.02
Our major expenses are as always clinic related. The vet fees are what we pay at the end of each clinic - $12 a dog and $6 a cat. Our medical bills are for the medicines we use at every clinic, including anesthesia and pain medications. We continue to lose money at every clinic as shown in our monthly published reports.
Other expenses include paying our Appointment Secretary, Magaly, all our kitchen food and supplies, legal services, office supplies, laundry. The list of all expenses is itemized in the financial report.
A Not-for-profit Business
As you see from the highlights of our Income and Expenses, we are running a good sized business that is staffed entirely by volunteers with the exception of Magaly, our Appointment Secretary. The numbers you see are large but commensurate with our service to the community. Thanks to our clinics, started in 2005, the community of Boquete and the surrounding areas do not have the packs of starving and sad cats and dogs roaming the streets. The community is cleaner and safer thanks to our clinics.
We are constantly looking for new means of fund-raising and volunteers to work both at the clinics and in various behind the scenes services.
Financials for 2017
Financial Statements and budget available upon request or on our website as well as a copy of this Report.
The Ruby McKenzie Clinic/Animales Events Center
We acquired the property for our new location in late 2013 and held our first clinic there on January 25, 2015.
In January 2018, we began our fourth year there.
We had determined from the start that we would try to find ways to make the building pay for itself. To that end, we have been renting the facility for people to hold various events.
We have made a significant investment in our building to ensure that it is attractive to potential renters. We have purchased tables and chairs, and tablecloths to accommodate 75 guests. We have also improved the parking lot and upgraded the kitchen. We purchased a sound system for use at dance and party events and we now feel that we have the best place in Boquete to hold events, from daytime meetings to evening parties.
This year, our investment continues with the installation of sheet rock on the walls in order to make the building more attractive and less prone to damage.
in 2017, we sponsored two free vaccination clinics offering the 5-in-1 shot to prevent parvo and other diseases. These were not as well attended as we had hoped and in 2018, we plan to take these clinics on the road and set up in the neighborhoods where these shots are greatly needed.
We also did two mini-clinics in November and December to accommodate the immediate needs of some of the local animals.
Thanks to Martha Miranda and Kirsten and Ray Quimby, feeding stations have been set up at various places in town to feed street dogs and feral cats.
We recognize that education of the young people of Boquete is the best way to teach the care and feeding of their domestic pets. Now that school has started, we are planning to get out into the schools to begin that process.
Joint Venture with Spay/Panama
To continue our community outreach, Amigos de Animales is going to join with Pat Chan and Spay/Panama to develop a short film in English, Spanish, and Gnobe outlining what goes on at the clinics and how to best care for your animal after the animal goes home. We plan to have this film running in a loop throughout the day during the Clinics.
Events for 2018
We have planned the following events for 2018:
January 13 – Boquete Has Heart with Buenos Vecinos
January 27 – Volunteer Training Class
August 18 - Chili Cookoff
September 16 – Venta de Patio
October 20 – 2019 Calendar launch
We are currently exploring other fund-raising avenues.
PLANS TO BECOME AN ASSOCIATION
The Board determined in 2015 that in order to broaden our ability to fundraise here in Panama, we need to become an Asociacion as opposed to the Foundation that we currently are. That effort has finally come to fruition and we are now to be recognized as an Asociacion. Having the status, will among other things, enable us to solicit donations from corporations and businesses and give them a tax break through their support. This new status is great recognition of our work in the local community locally and the Republic of Panama as a whole. We are very proud of this accomplishment and wish to thank our attorney, Leida Moreno, for advocating on our behalf and making sure that this could be accomplished.
Amigos de Animales Board of Directors for 2017
Chairman Emeritus, Ruby McKenzie
Co- Presidents, Alicia McGuigan and Dottie Thompson
Vice Presidents, Carol Cardinale-Santana and Sheila Strunk
Secretary, Leslie Sherling
Treasurer, Cary Trantham