“Land Of Stray Dogs” Is Heavenly

“Land Of Stray Dogs” Is Heavenly

Animals and Critters, Blog Posts
Refuge For Hundreds Of Stray Dogs By Dorothy Atwater What a wonderful idea! I wish we had something like this in Panama. (I do wonder if the dogs have all been sterilized...I think the video says have been. I also wonder if they get into fights. Just with my 16 dogs, sometimes one will be attacked. I keep a cattle prod handy!) There’s a refuge in Costa Rica called one of the best places on the planet for a stray dog to live. Territorio de Zaguates (or “Land of Stray Dogs”), is a no-kill refuge that cares for hundreds of homeless dogs, who can run free on the sprawling property in the hills outside of San Jose. The dogs are given food, water and shelter where they can sleep at night. It’s…
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February and March Clinic Recap

February and March Clinic Recap

Clinic Recaps
On Sunday February 21, Amigos de Animales spayed or neutered 135 animals: 74 dogs and 61 cats thanks to the 4 vets who participated in the clinic. On Sunday March 20, Animales spayed or neutered 63 animals: 41 dogs and 22 cats with 4 vets participating. We were able to close up by 1:15 pm, which was a good thing because, as promised, the power went off at 12:20. A loss of power would have greatly impeded our progress, to say the least. At this most recent clinic, we passed another milestone – we sterilized our 10,000th animal! Do some simple math and you can see what a tremendous difference this has made for the animals and residents in Boquete and the surrounding areas. Of course, none of this could…
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Amigo de Animales Events Center Is Available For Your Next Function!

Amigo de Animales Events Center Is Available For Your Next Function!

Blog Posts, Official News
The Animales Events Center is a modern facility located in lower Alto Boquete across from Supercentro Ivan.  Built in 2015, this well-located venue is convenient for car, bus and taxi transportation and offers an outstanding environment for your next event. The building is approximately 2000 square feet, with an open floor plan that includes a large covered side patio.  A fully functional kitchen is available and includes double sinks, stove/oven, refrigerator and lots of counter space for food preparation, serving and bar service. Tables and chairs can be provided for up to 72 people and linens and wine glasses are available for rent. Two large parking lots can accommodate 50-60 cars. To reserve the facility, please complete the form below. For rental rates, further information or to arrange a site visit…
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January 2016 Clinic Recap

January 2016 Clinic Recap

Clinic Recaps
On Sunday January 31, 2016, Amigos de Animales spayed or neutered 238 animals - 144 dogs and 94 cats.  With eight (8!) vets working, the last animal went through at 3:30 and we closed up around 5:30. There were several other surgeries that day as well for tumors, and the last animal of the day was a dog with a huge hernia that had all the vets and many other medical people gathered around to observe this surgery. Truly amazing! 238 was not quite a record for us; that record was set in January 2014 at the school in Los Naranjos. We are happy that our new facility allows us to be able to take care of so many animals in one day, but as always our first concern is for the…
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THE AMIGOS DE ANIMALES ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP DRIVE IS ON

Official Events, Official News
Posted by Carol Hurst on January 29, 2016 at 5:48pm in News Memberships will be available ($10/person) at the first Spay and Neuter clinic of 2106 on Sunday,  31 January, 2016. All volunteers and Boquete residents are encouraged to support Amigos de Animales by becoming a card carrying member. Memberships will also be available through February at the Tuesday Market. There are only a limited number of 2016 calendars available for purchase. They are for sale at Mort's Bake House, Mail Boxes Etc., eShop, Mike's Global Grill and Boquete Outdoor Adventure.  Get them while they last!
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12 Common Plants That Are Deadly to Animals

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CASTOR OIL PLANT Ricinus communis, a common house and outdoor plant also known as castor bean, is the most poisonous plant in the world, according to Guinness World Re-cords. If ingested, its leaves and seeds can kill humans, cats, dogs, rabbits, and numerous other animals. ELEPHANT'S EARS If your pet bites into any part of Caladium hortulanum, also known as malanga and mother-in-law plant, they could end up with potentially deadly symptoms like difficulty breathing and swallowing. The houseplant is also the 4th most common exposure to plant poison for humans. LILIES Don't bring this Easter bouquet around cats. Eating even small amounts of lilies can lead to death by kidney failure for felines. If your kitty does decide to nibble on a lily, get them to a vet pronto—there's…
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The Sickness of Mistreating Animals

The Sickness of Mistreating Animals

Animals and Critters, Blog Posts
Published January 18, 2016 Police rescued 49 dogs and 5 cats from a home in North Bergen, New Jersey, last week, but that wasn’t the worst of it. In the house, they also found another dog and 11 cats — all 12 of them dead. In late December, authorities descended on the home of a woman living in Charleston, South Carolina, and rescued over 100 animals, rabbits, cats and dog. All of them lived in deplorable conditions, a risk not only to the animals but to the surrounding community. In one of the most extreme cases, authorities in Los Angeles reported rescuing over 600 animals from one home. Some of the animals were dead, and others were so ill they had to be euthanized. These are cases of animal hoarding, and it’s a bigger problem…
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Tech tethers dog lovers remotely to their pets

Animals and Critters, Blog Posts
© Provided by AFP Wonderwoof bow-tie shaped activity trackers for dogs were among the innovations at the Consumer Electronics Show virtually tethering people to their canine companions as seen on January 7… Glenn Chapman11 hrs ago Gadgets galore are letting dog lovers stay connected to their pets even when they can't take canine companions with them on the go.A sea of innovations on display at the famously people-centric Consumer Electronics Show on Friday included a wave of technology aimed at those who consider pets cherished family members."Everybody loves their pets," said Mike Jander of Trackimo, one of several companies showing off tracking devices that can be affixed to collars and reveal where animals run off to.A Trackimo clip-on device, which was on display at CES, can send an alert to…
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Your Dog and the Cold Germ

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Copyright 2015   Can My Dog 'Catch' a Cold?     Winter isn’t the only time of year we have to worry about "catching" a cold, but it is the primary time for it. We’re spending more time in closed quarters, with windows and doors shut tight and no way to escape the germs. It is only a matter of time before someone in the house becomes sick. It could be you, but did you know that it could also be your dog that comes down with this common respiratory infection? While there are differences in the types of viruses that infect humans versus dogs, the symptoms are basically the same: sneezing, coughing, runny or stuffy nose, watery eyes. What can you do to protect your dog from catching cold,…
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Keeping cats and dogs secure

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There will be fireworks going off every night (and day!) from now through New Year’s. This is the time when lots of animals run off and go missing because of the loud scary noises coming out of the sky. Below are a couple tips to hopefully keep everyone safe and happy: Make sure your dog or cat always has somewhere to hide if he or she wants to and has access to this place at all times; this could be under some furniture or in a closet. Walk dogs during daylight hours and keep cats and dogs indoors when the fireworks are likely to be set off. At nightfall close the windows and curtains and put on music to mask and muffle the sound of fireworks. Don’t punish or fuss…
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