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Animales August Clinic & Financial Report


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On Sunday August 28, Amigos de Animales spayed or neutered 141 animals: 76 dogs and 65 cats.  We had three vets working plus Dr. Sandy who donates her services to us. As usual, we had a great group of volunteers for which we are thankful. We said good-bye to Barbara Phillips, one of our best volunteers. We wish all the best to Barbara and Ian and their now life in Spain.


The below is a statement of our clinic expenses from the August clinic.  There are no fixed expenses and our income varies from month to month depending on the number of animals received, the number that are paid for, and the donations received.  Our expenses are the vets, payment for whatever transportation is used to transport the animals to and from the clinic, our one paid employee who is our bi-lingual reservationist, and the various supplies and medicines.  Some of the supplies might include copies for the registration forms, food supplies (people donate our meals but we still need water, soft drinks or juice, snacks and other things that we need to keep the vets and volunteers happy during clinic day), medicines, laundry, and dozens of other things that we use at every clinic. 


Here is one example:  every month we go through bags and bags of sheets and towels used in the surgery area and in recovery, many of them bloody and/or soiled with urine or feces.  The bags first go home with one of our volunteers who sorts through them and throws out anything that does not belong or is past laundering.  (Barbara Phillips, who is mentioned above, did this for us for several years – we are now looking for a new volunteer to take over this responsibility). We have a lovely woman in Alto Boquete who takes in the laundry after the sorting and returns it all to us folded and bagged and ready for another month. That expense is usually around $30-$40 plus detergent and bleach.  Another volunteer couple take in the cloth drapes used in surgery – these have to be both washed and sterilized.  There are so many things that go in to our clinics and we thank all the wonderful people who work before, during, and/or after to support us.


I will provide this report at the end of the clinic recap that I post every month.  If you have any questions, you may contact me at akcleavenger@hotmail.com.  I would like to invite everyone to come to any of our clinics and see us in action.  Just ask for me, Alicia , and I will gladly give you a tour, explain the process of the clinic, and hopefully convert you into a volunteer.


The Venta de Patio is coming up on Sunday September 18 at El Cacho gimnasio in Boquete from 9 – 2. We hope you all will be there.






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Several weeks ago there was a request that Animales disclose figures for its spay and neuter clinics in support of its claim that the clinics operate at a loss. I call readers attention to this financial report of the August 28 clinic, which is typical. The $1,035 loss is substantial, even with an increase in fees for those with the ability to pay.

If you appreciate the work AdA does to reduce overpopulation of dogs and cats and otherwise address animal health needs, this monthly loss (which is typical, I understand) should be motivation to attend AdA fundraisers and to donate your time, goods, and money insofar as possible. It is donations and fundraisers that keep the clinics going.

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