Jimmy - our dog of the month, looking for a forever home
Donations totaled $925.50 and expenses were $972.25. Currently, we have 15 dogs and 5 cats in either private foster homes or being boarded. Vitto and Wendy both found forever homes in November and Opal was taken off the street and into a foster home to recover after being hit by a car.
In November we conducted a survey to gather feedback and to determine whether we are communicating our mission well, gain feedback on the adoption process and to gauge satisfaction of our fundraising events and gather new ideas. If you participated in the survey, thank you so much. We gained some powerful insight!
The survey results showed that most people know who we are and what we do. What surprised us is what people think we do that we don’t do!
Sterilization Clinic: 33% of the respondents thought that ARF holds monthly sterilization clinics. While ARF does bring animals to the clinic each month, the clinics are held by Amigos de Animales, a separate organization.
Rehoming pets: A full 70% of survey participants thought we rehome pets. Only in rare circumstances (such as death or severe illness of a pet owner) does ARF rehome pets. Our volunteers work very hard to find homes for the animals in our care and we are diligent in trying to ensure that we find good human/animal matches and expect that adopters will provide permanent homes for the animals and that if, for some reason, they find themselves in a situation where they are no longer able to keep their pet, they will work to find an appropriate new home. We simply do not have the resources to find homes for pets who’s owners move to homes with no pet policies or decide the pet is no longer worth their effort. Read this craigslist post from a woman in Arkansas which reflects our opinion perfectly.
Dog Boarding: 15% of people think ARF offers dog boarding. ARF does not run a boarding facility, though we do currently have 7 dogs that we have placed at a boarding facility due to lack of private foster homes.
Operating a Shelter: 20% of survey respondents think that ARF runs an animal shelter. In actuality, we rely on private homes to foster the animals and when those homes are full, we may look to house animals in a boarding facility. However, sometimes we have no choice but to ask people to simply feed a distressed animal on the street and we have some people who will allow an animal to simply stay at their front door until a foster situation becomes available.
Other responses to the survey indicated that the majority of the community have participated in ARF’s fundraising events and think that we should consider adding additional events. The good news is that our fundraising committee is hard at work planning new and exciting fundraising events and opportunities. Thank you to those who have already taken advantage of our Discount Book Holiday Pre-sale. The feedback has been amazing and we’re excited to have such fantastic participation from local merchants!
Holiday Fund Drive
This holiday season, we would like to ask that, rather than buying gifts, you to consider making a donation to our Holiday Fund Drive and asking your family and friends to do likewise. We still have animals that are in danger, either from sickness, injury, neglect or homelessness. We can only continue our efforts with your generous donations. Please remember the animals this season with a donation to ARF’s holiday fund drive. https://www.gofundme.com/ARF2017
This is Jimmie. He is just under a year old, so still a pup. He is a smaller sized dog who appeared out of nowhere and was brought to one of our volunteers suffering from malnutrition and mange. With care, he has turned into a handsome young man.
Jimmie’s favorite activity is fetch. He will fetch a ball, a toy, a rope, a stick, a bone, or a rock…anything really. Just throw it and Jimmie will fetch it. He also learns commands quickly and currently sits, stays and walks well on a leash. Jimmie is a very affectionate, happy-go-lucky-dog. He will alert you to strangers but is very friendly. He likes dogs and cats. He’s fine with chickens. Jimmie is very loyal and will not stray far from his family or property. He’s ready to find his permanent home.
ARF is always looking for volunteers. Even if you are only visiting for a short time, please contact us as we often have short term volunteer opportunities, for 3 months, a few weeks or even a day. We can put you to work!
Remember if you can’t make it to the Tuesday market to donate or cannot attend one of our events, you can still donate thru our Pay Pal account -http://www.arf-boquete.com/donate.html
ARF is the only community based, all-volunteer, non-profit animal rescue organization in the Boquete Panama area. Our Mission is to provide for the well-being of all companion animals, rescued, abused, and injured. Providing medical treatment as needed and finding lifelong loving homes through adoptions and to promote the animal/human bond through community outreach. ARF is dedicated to ensuring animal abuse, neglect and suffering is reduced and or eradicated through raising the public awareness through action, education and advocacy.