Hello everyone! For December, the amount of monthly donations was $2437.00 and expenses totaled $2475.00. Thank you to everyone who contributed!
4 dogs 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.
Our year end totals are 52 dogs and 26 cats that found their forever homes. To start off 2017, we have 31 dogs and 4 cats in our care.
Please consider fostering an animal if you are able to do so. We are in desperate need of temporary homes for the many animals that the community is alerting us to and are having a very difficult time keeping up. It is never our goal to turn away an animal in need, but we only have so many places to put these animals, and we need your help.
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.
Benefits of fostering:
1. Test the Waters. Fostering is an opportunity to “sample” different kinds of pets, and what it’s like to have one if you’re not yet ready to commit forever.
2. Entertainment. You’ll never be bored! There is always something to do with your foster from cuddling to playing fetch.
3. Be Proud. Getting a homeless pet ready for adoption by giving your love, time, and friendship is such a rewarding feeling.
4. Community. Make new friends by fostering! It’s a great way to meet new people who care about animals.
5. Life Saved. Opening your heart and home is an important part of saving a life. Fostering a pet is one of the most direct ways you can help an animal.
If you are not in the position to foster an animal, please consider making a donation. Any amount is greatly appreciated.
ARF takes on the feral cat feeding/trapping/release program
The cat feeding, trapping and release program was originally set up by Joan James who was a long time resident of Boquete. Upon her departure, Kirsten and Ray Quimby agreed to take over this valuable and necessary program for the community.
Essentially the goal is to identify feral cats, provide them with food, trap them and have them sterilized and released back into the wild to prevent further breeding. Currently there are eight feeding stations in the Boquete area which feed more than 100 cats per month.
In the past six months (as of November 2016) 36 cats have been trapped and sterilized.
We need your help with donations to keep this program alive. Donations go towards food, and the sterilization costs ($8 per cat). Our current need is approximately $300.00 a month for food alone, and the program has been woefully short of that goal each month.
We would like to see this program become a thriving and successful arm of the ARF umbrella, and we are hoping you will help us achieve this.
If you would like to make a donation towards this program, please note “cat trapping program” when making your donation on our site.
Phyfer was one of the original ARF dogs who has now been 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 soon be seeking her forever home once completely healed. Phyfer has been improving each day. She is receiving acupuncture treatments. She is still on antibiotics and pain medication, but she is well on her way to a full recovery.
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 15 is a very relevant guide for ARF and how we deal with domestic animal abuse and neglect:
The following conducts, constitute offenses against domestic animals, subject to criminal liability:
1. Causing injury or death to a pet provisions of paragraph 1 of Article 2. Exceptions to this rule are euthanasia, death by emergency sacrifice, farm animals for consumption or production which must comply with local law and international conventions which Panama has signed to. Death or serious injury caused by acts of cruelty to an animal considered a pet shall be punished as provided in Article 421 of the Penal Code.
2. Practice or encourage acts of zoophilia.
3. Abandonment of a domestic animal.
4. Not providing food or water to a pet or domestic animal or the provision of an undersized amount and low quality.
5. Keeping a pet or domestic animal, intentionally or negligently, under inadequate sanitary hygienic conditions, failure to provide veterinary medical treatment if necessary, and shelter against weather.
6. Keeping pets or domestic animals in inadequate cages by species and size.
7. Contravention of the provisions of this Act by the owner of a, pet or responsible for a pet or domestic animal.
Until next month…….
ARF is a small non-profit animal organization dedicated to the rescue, care, foster and adoption of the unwanted and neglected animals in Boquete and the surrounding areas. Please visit our website at http://www.arf-boquete.com/ if you are interested in adopting an animal. You can also help with the financial support of these animals by clicking here http://www.arf-boquete.com/donate.html
Our email address is email@example.com
Please visit and “like” our Facebook page on https://www.facebook.com/ARF-Adopt-Rescue-Foster-Boquete-Panama-260616740779036/
Also, please visit Pets Want Homes if you are interested in adopting an animal on http://www.petswanthomes.com/