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Amigos de Animales May Newsletter

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Amigos de Animales

May Newsletter

APRIL Clinic Report

On Sunday, April 29, 2018, Amigos de Animales spayed or neutered 147 animals, 71 dogs and 76 cats.  We had four vets working plus Dr. Jeff Mullen, one of our favorite vets from the U.S., who cared for dogs and cats who had tumors. Dr. Mullen and his wife Connie have been great friends to Animales over the years, donating their time and energy and, as always, we wish they could stay here longer. Thank you, Jeff and Connie!
This was a good clinic, slow and steady.  We had plenty of volunteers, many coming from local schools.  These students are doing their hours of community service working at Animales.  Many, such as Roberto Gaitan and Nayath Awwad started with us last year and despite having completed their required service, continue to come and volunteer at the clinics.
It was wonderful to have all these eager students working at the clinics but we do not want our regular volunteers to think they are not wanted or needed. We will be initiating a mentoring program for these young people so one or two can be at each table, on the floor with larger animals, or elsewhere partnered with more experienced volunteers to learn the skills needed to care for the animals. We very much need our experienced volunteers to stay until the end of the clinic as all animals need to be cared for until they are returned to their owners.
The big announcement was that Fundacion Amigos de Animales Boquete is now Asociacion Amigos de Animales Boquete. We have been acknowledged by the Republic of Panama as an associacion which, among other things, allows donors in Panama to receive a tax deduction.  We are pleased and proud of this recognition and thank Leida Moreno for all her work and persistence in making this happen.

One of the reasons that Boquete is the lovely place it is only requires a look around - no starving packs of hungry animals roaming the streets!  Help us continue our efforts to keep the streets of Boquete clean and safe: become a member of Amigos de Animales.  Your $10 annual membership helps us maintain our sterilization clinics and continue our outreach to the community and surrounding areas.  For $15, you can get an Animales t-shirt as well as your membership. Look for us at the Tuesday Market or at our monthly clinics.

Make your pet a calendar star!  A few pages in the 2019 calendar are still available.  Contact Alicia at akcleavenger@hotmail.com for more information.
The last two clinics have been relatively small, so we are bracing ourselves for a big turnout at the May clinic. Carmencita, Lulu, and some of our other big collectors have been absent but will be back in May. Please sign up to volunteer at this clinic!

To volunteer, contact Alicia at akcleavenger@hotmail.com

For a reservation to spay or neuter your animal, contact Magaly at 3563-8686 or boqueteanimales@gmail.com
Remember, you must have a reservation


Spay & Neuter Clinic           May 27
Events Center -                    June 9
  Grand Re-opening

As you can see from our monthly financial report, we care for many animals each month, but the cost of medications, anaesthesia, supplies, etc. far outweigh the income we generate from payment for our services.  We never turn away an animal, regardless of the owner's ability to pay.  We also have several great Collectors who gather animals from Boquete, Dolega, David and beyond and bring them to our clinic for neutering or spaying.  Please help us continue to care for the health and well-being of Chiriqui's animals by making a donation of any size!

  Financial Statement

  Clinic Income   1,729.00
      Paypal   155.00
      Other   400.00
      2018 Calendar sales   20.00
      2019 Calendar Photo Pages   750.00
      Venta de Patio Sales   265.00
  Interest Income   57.05
  Membership   590.00
  Other Income   60.00
  Total Income   4,026.05
  Advertising   -72.00
  Building Repairs/Maint.   4.17
  Clinic Coordinator   255.00
  Clinic Supplies   104.36
  Education   48.00
  Food/Kitchen Supplies   82.78
  Medicines   75.00
  Office Expense   56.06
  Phone Card/Internet   35.00
  Vet Reimbursements    
      Vet Fees   1,248.00
      Vet Transportation   130.00
  Total Expense   1,966.37
NET INCOME   2,059.68

How to Cope With Jumping

Many dogs naturally jump to greet us and to get attention. Dog owners often encourage young puppies to jump up, forgetting that the large adult dog will still want to engage in the same activity.  Keep in mind that to your dog, punishment is still attention. Abusive treatment such as kneeing the dog in his chest, grabbing his paws and squeezing them, squirting lemon juice into his mouth, hitting him with a newspaper, or stepping on his hind toes are counter-productive and may do serious physical harm to your dog.

The best solution is to prevent jumping in the first place. Be consistent! No jumping even when your dog is a cute and small puppy, and no jumping when you are wearing dirty work or gardening clothes. Do not give your dog any attention or treats until all four paws are on the floor. Never, ever pet your dog or give him any attention for jumping on you.

Prevent your dog from jumping by holding onto his collar or stepping on the leash so that he cannot jump on other people. Never allow him to learn that this is a way to get attention.

Teach your dog to sit. A dog can't sit and jump at the same time. Just before your dog is ready to jump, ask him to sit instead. Wait five seconds, then release and reward your dog for sitting. If your dog jumps up again, ignore him. Have other family members or visitors do the same thing. Turn your back on him and walk away.

Also, ignore your dog when you leave the house and when you come home. If we become excited each time we enter the house, the dog also becomes overly excited and will jump on us as a greeting. Keep exits and entrances low-key and mellow. Pet and speak to your dog after a minute or two has passed and the dog is calm and not jumping. This will also prevent the dog from being too anxious when you're away.

And finally, be patient - your dog is only trying to say hello in a natural doggie way. His habit of jumping up did not develop overnight - take the time to teach him better manners!


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