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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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May, 2015 Clinic Recap

May, 2015 Clinic Recap

Clinic News, Clinic Recaps
On Sunday May 31, 2015, Amigos de Animales spayed or neutered 223 animals: 100 dogs and 123 cats. This was the first time we have ever had more cats than dogs – they just kept coming! All of which is good news since cats, starting around age 5 months, can give birth to three litters of kittens per year and with an average of four kittens per litter; this could result in up to 180 kittens in her lifetime! Then as those litters reproduce, thousands more kittens could be born. Every person who brings in their cats and/or dogs is doing a tremendous service to the community by preventing homelessness and starvation in our local animals. Thank you to all our volunteers who worked through the long hot day. And…
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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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February, 2015 Clinic Recap

February, 2015 Clinic Recap

Clinic News, Clinic Recaps
On Sunday February 22, 2015, Amigos de Animales spayed or neutered 155 animals: 91 dogs and 64 cats.  We had 4 vets from Costa Rica along with Dra Sandy from Poterillos and Dr Dan and his veterinary student, Sara.  We have now spayed or neutered over 8000 animals in Boquete and the surrounding areas; those numbers mean a safer cleaner environment in our towns and healthier animals who are no longer increasing the animal population. The clinic was very smooth-running; we are certainly enjoying being in our new home. We have a flow going that works very well and we were able to finish up by 4pm. Many thanks to all our dedicated volunteers! Thank you to Nancy Halbert for her fabulous breakfast and lunch.  Thanks to Heidi from Mike’s for…
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Dedication Ceremony

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On Sunday, February 15, the official dedication of our building took place. It was a wonderful day, dedicated to the original volunteers of Amigos de Animales.  Many of those volunteers are still with us and we were happy to have them there.  We had a wonderful turnout, somewhere around 75 people came to celebrate with us. The blessing of the building was performed by Deacon Steve Mainero from Iglesia San Juan Bautista, the Catholic Church in Boquete. The building is officially dedicated to Ruby McKenzie, our founder and most tireless volunteer. This was a day of counting our blessings.  We honored those who had the vision to make this happen, we honored all our volunteers, both past and present, and we looked toward the future that is represented by this…
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