Hello everyone! For November, the amount of monthly donations was $3372.00 and expenses totaled $1951.00. Thank you to everyone who contributed! The majority of donations this month came from our plea for Zembla the starving dog. Below you will find an update.
Another “Thank You” goes out to the Bridge family who runs Finca Casanga. They have kindly offered to donate a portion of their sales for part of November and the full month of December. They are a small family operated finca which produces fine Arabica beans in the Chiriqui Highlands. Take a look at their site:
It has come to our attention that there is a rumor circulating that ARF receives funds from the local government to the tune of $35,000 a year. We would like to correct this and assure all of our supporters that we do not receive any money from any Panamanian government agency or department. We strictly operate on donations received from those individuals who support our efforts.
1 dog found their forever home this month, and 2 cats were adopted. If you have any friends or relatives looking for a pet, please direct them to our site or have them contact us, as we have many ready for adoption.
Please consider fostering an animal if you are able to do so. When you foster an animal with ARF, we take care of all food and medical expenses – we just need you to provide a loving and protective environment.
If you are not in the position to foster an animal, please consider making a donation. Any amount is greatly appreciated.
Thanksgiving Lunch/Dinner Recap – This turned out to be a great success. Good food and company was had by all. Thanks to N&N Catering for helping out with this event. For everyone who attended, we would appreciate your feedback and would be interested to know if you would like to see this on our calendar as an annual fundraising event.
Holiday Bazaar for WINOS (Women in Need of Shopping) Recap – Another feather in our fundraising cap! Thanks to all who participated and attend the event. It was a delightful afternoon for this fund raising event. The good weather, fantastic artists, as well as a fabulous raffle gave a wonderful ambiance to the afternoon. Each and every vendor donated an item to the raffle, for which we are very thankful.
Special thanks to Mike and Heidi Rehm of Mikes Global Grill for hosting our event. Couldn’t have done it without the two of you and your staff!
Updates on Zembla and Pepe (aka Marley)
Zembla continues to do well. In the most recent picture of her below, she hardly resemble the starving dog that was rescued from the streets of David. She still has some weight to gain, but her liver function is good as well as her blood levels. She will be on special food for a couple more weeks and then she will switch to a regular diet.
Pepe: It is with a heavy heart that I have to inform you that Pepe/Marley had to be put to sleep on Saturday, Nov 26th.
A Distemper test showed borderline results, but inconclusive, however, it was obvious that he was suffering from a neurological disorder as he was having seizures and was also having problems with coordination and balance.
Pepe was also in great pain; from what, the vet could not determine. The decision was therefore made to send Pepe on his way to cross the Rainbow Bridge.
Thank you to the fosters who went thru an emotional roller coaster trying to help him. They did everything in their power to save Pepe, from providing home cooked meals to spending nights sleeping with him on the floor to comfort him. Rest in peace sweet boy.
Our new patient Phyfer
Phyfer was one of the original ARF dogs who has now returned to us. Prior to being rescued a few years ago, she had been hit by a car and had surgery. Now, as she is getting a bit older (only 4 or 5 years) she was experiencing a lot of pain from the previous operation. She has now had “corrective” surgery and will be in recovery for the next few weeks and will be seeking her forever home.
Animal Law: We are providing information on the Animal Law 70 here in Panama in each Monthly report until we feel we have covered the relevant information pertaining to domestic animals. Article 3, 4 and 5 are noted below:
The animal that an individual has chosen as a pet is entitled to a life span according to their natural longevity; and during the duration of his life, their attention, care and protection, and consequently should not be subjected to abuse or acts of cruelty.
Domestic Animals used for work shall be entitled to adequate food and nutrition, including reasonable limitation of time and intensity of work, rest and not be forced to work beyond their physical capacity.
Should it take the death of an animal, this measure should be applied by a qualified, licensed veterinarian using a suitable method. One that is instant, painless and does not generate distress.
Until next month…….