To our friends and animal lovers

Clinic Recaps, Official News
Fundacion Amigos de Animales has had a great year that saw the opening of our very own facility in which to hold our clinics and community events. We have spayed or neutered over 9500 animals in the Boquete area; this year alone, we sterilized 1907 animals. We have established feeding stations throughout the community to aid homeless animals and we provide life-saving food for helpless kittens and puppies brought in to our clinics. Our education program has begun working with the schools to teach the children how to care for their pets. Our goals for 2016 are to continue to provide low cost spay and neuter services for the dogs and cats of our community. We plan to expand our education program so that it can reach even more school…
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Thank You, Boquete!

Thank You, Boquete!

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Amigos de Animales would like to thank the community for another successful calendar launch!! Months of planning, shooting, proofing and securing sponsors enabled the successful launch of the ADA 2016 calendar. The talented  photographers,  Beth Abrahams, Bernie Verhoeven, Larry Wilkinson, Gaby Bacon, Doreen DeLong and Robert Brauns dedicated their time and talents to bring us the best pictures ever. The Design and Production team of Doreen DeLong, Clare Taylor and Robert Brauns worked long hours to assure that all details were aesthetically pleasing and interviewed and selected a printer.   Thanks to our Proof Readers, Barb Severs, Jennie Allen and Doreen DeLong. A special thanks to Carol Cardinale-Santana for her many hours spent selling the banners and advertisements. Thank you Boquete for working together and supporting this wonderful project.   Dottie Thompson,…
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A Volunteer’s Perspective

A Volunteer’s Perspective

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As recent retirees and transplants to Boquete, my husband and I were determined to get involved with activities and volunteer work in our new home.  The very first opportunity presented itself when news of the annual meeting for Amigos de Animales was announced.  As animal lovers, we thought this might be something we’d enjoy doing.   We also remembered our first visit to Panama six years ago, when packs of feral dogs roamed the streets of many cities and towns throughout Panama.  This time around, we noticed the packs of dogs didn't exist in Boquete any more - and thought this group might have something to do with the change. After attending the annual meeting, we volunteered to help with the monthly spay and neuter clinic that is the cornerstone of this…
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August, 2015 Clinic Recap

August, 2015 Clinic Recap

Clinic Recaps, Official News
On Sunday August 30, Amigos de Animales spayed or neutered 233 animals, 135 dogs and 98 cats. This was planned to be a “small” clinic with 150 animals and 3 vets. But our friend Carmencita had different ideas. She bagged (literally, the cats arrived in coffee sacks) about 45 of them and our small clinic turned into the biggest clinic of the year. Fortunately, we had Dr. Sandy with us as well as Dr. Crespo from David so along with the higher number of animals, we ended up with 5 vets to get us through the longer than expected day. We are blessed to have new volunteers who, together with our old hands, ensure that we get the job done safely. As always, both new and old, we have the…
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Education is the Key

Education is the Key

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It has long been the dream of our founder, Ruby McKenzie, to begin educating people in our area about the proper care, feeding and respect for our animal companions.  Our volunteers have embraced that dream and it is now a reality. Joan James and Magaly Bustamnante have undertaken to work directly in the schools to educate children about dogs and cats. The educational program we conduct focuses on children aged 10.  Children here have not always understood that animals have a heart just like theirs, and that they feel things like pain and hunger just as humans do.  Our educational program reviews the most important aspects of the care of dogs and cats, and emphasizes the need to have your pet sterilized.  The class requires no high tech equipment; large…
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July, 2015 Clinic Recap

July, 2015 Clinic Recap

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On Sunday July 26, Amigos de Animales spayed or neutered 166 animals, 84 dogs and 82 cats.  Once again, the number of cats at our clinic is increasing, almost the same as the dogs, and that is certainly a good thing for the stray and feral cat population. This was what we could call a “good clinic.”  We started on time and finished early (!)  and it all went according to plan. Of course, it certainly helps if you have 7 vets and lots of volunteers.  We have some new (to us) vets as well and our good friend Dr Tello has been working with them to ensure that they maintain our great record of safety and care for all the animals that we are entrusted with. I was originally…
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June, 2015 Clinic Recap

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On Sunday June 28, 2015, we spayed or neutered 200 animals, 103 dogs and 97 cats. This was supposed to have been a small clinic, or what passes for small anymore.  We were expecting 150 animals and with 4 vets we thought it should be a relatively easy day. But one of our vets could not make it due to a family emergency and by mid morning we already had registered 180 animals.  When one of our collectors,  Carmencita arrived with another 25, we knew it would be a long day. And it was, but as always our wonderful volunteers rose to the occasion, they arrived early, worked hard, stayed late and we were done by 7:30 that evening. The vets, too, are just amazing.  They started at 8:15 in…
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A Kettle Full of Dogs and Life Goes On

A Kettle Full of Dogs and Life Goes On

Animals and Critters, Blog Posts
This was originally posted by Lee Zeltzer on his blog, The Boquete Panama Guide.  I am posting it here with his permission. On May 31 several, including two females are going to the Amigos de Animales clinic to terminate their reproductive careers. I obtained consent the owner to have them clipped. He said, he has too many mouths to feed. I suspect seeing them at a healthy weight but not leaving my carport inspired him to see the light.   As the current leader of the pack I have two inside doglets, one terrazza dog, the one in the cow photo and from four to six hounds living in the car port at any given moment. All but three are unplanned rescue dogs, but all have become dear and I doubt any…
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April, 2015 Clinic Recap

April, 2015 Clinic Recap

Blog Posts, Clinic News, Clinic Recaps, Official News
On Sunday, April 26, 2015, Amigos de Animales spayed or neutered 172 animals:  118 dogs and 54 cats with four vets working. It was a day of hot dogs, unlike in the rainy season when we have cool cats.  We had lots of puppies and kittens, animals who will grow up more safely and humanely while not adding to the population of homeless animals in Boquete. As always, our volunteers are the best.  Many of our regulars are travelling but we had plenty of others willing to step in and learn something new at a different station. We are fortunate to have such a fabulous group of people who will do whatever it takes to get the job done. We are always trying to tweak our process to make it…
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