Donations totaled $689.00 and expenses were $1655.00. 2 dogs 2 cats and found their forever homes in September.
We are in need of foster homes! ARF does not operate a shelter, and we depend on foster homes to place the animals that we rescue. Our capacity to rescue is determined by 1) our financial ability to do so (for medical bills and food/medication) and 2) having a safe and secure place to go with the animal. ARF provides all the food, medication and veterinary treatment for the animals. We just need you to give the animal a place to call home for a while. There are always animals that are “waiting in the wings” for us to help them so if you can offer your home as a place of refuge, please help us help them. Fostering saves lives.
We also understand this is the slow time of year here in Boquete and a lot of people are travelling and may hinder the ability to foster if this is something you would like to do. The slow season also brings for us a reduction in donations, but our expenses never seem to decrease. Please remember if you can’t make it to the Tuesday market to donate or attend one of our events to support us, you can still donate thru our Pay Pal account - http://www.arf-boquete.com/donate.html
Feral cat trapping program: We didn’t report on the numbers for August in the last report. August brought in 15 cats to be spayed and neutered and September we had 7. This program continues to be successful and is still in need of support. This vital program helps to keep down the numbers of feral producing cats in our community.
This program also incorporates the cat feeding stations which currently feeds over 100 feral cats in the community at a monthly cost of $300.00. The areas where the stations are located are Los Naranjos, Volcancito, Alto Lino, Jaramillo, Alto Boquete, Bajo Boquete and Boquete Country Club.
Please go to http://www.arf-boquete.com/donate.html and reference the cat trapping program if you would like to help.
Meet Patches. This poor girl was “owned” by some indigenous people and a kind woman offered the children $10 for her. They accepted her offer. She was taken to the vet for a blood test and check-up. She has a case of mange and open sores. It will be sometime until she is ready for adoption. This is what we are about, and what we do. Unfortunately there are so many irresponsible “owners” out there who do not value the life of an animal and will let it get to this point. The sad part is, Patches is not the worst case we have seen but under our care. It’s just so unfortunate that due to the neglect and starvation, some of these animals can have life-long problems due to extended periods of malnutrition. Patches is now with one of our long-time fosters and is being very well taken care of. She will be a beautiful dog once she is healthy. If you would like to contribute to the expenses for Patches, please click here: http://www.arf-boquete.com/donate.html
7 Reasons to Adopt an Older Dog (taken from Cesarsway)
According to most veterinarians, a dog falls into the “senior” category around age seven. The size of a dog, however, affects this categorization. Smaller dogs mature slower and become seniors later in life than larger dogs. When you’re thinking about adopting a dog, don’t look past the older dogs. They make great pets for a number of reasons.
Meet Benji. Benji is ARF’s longest foster. She really would like to find a place she can settle down and call her forever home. She is approximately 6 years old. She is a bit hard of hearing and has an old leg injury, but gets around just fine. She will need a fenced in yard. Benji weighs about 45 pounds and has been spayed. She loves to chase laser lights, walks well on a leash and gets along well with other dogs.
a place to live other than my aunt’s small kitchen. This makes my aunt very pleased. Dario was the first to inspect and approve of the new shelter. Then the other cats followed and are comfortably sleeping in their new space. During the day they rest on top of the shelter. Featured dog:
Meet Bobby. He is about one year old and a handsome little guy. He is a very sweet and social dog and loves to be close to his human. Bobby was rescued, along with his mom and 5 siblings from the Palo Alto area from a man who was threatening to poison all of them if they were not removed from the area. Bobby gets on well with cats and other dogs.
Bobby is on the smaller medium size.
ZsaZsa is a 2 year old female that is spayed and vaccinated. She can be a bit shy with people at first, but not in an aggressive manner. She gets along with other cats as well as dogs.
Until next month…………………..
Carlos and I are currently fostering the last 2 kittens. ARF continues donating cat food for my aunt’s cats and helping us with vet visits, medicine, kitten food and litter.
We are getting close to the finish line. We would like to say a special thanks to ARF for all the help we have received from them. Honorable mention is given to Dra. Chely who has been very supportive to our cause and of course a huge thanks to Kirsten and Ray for their commitment to our cats and good vibes."