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"You make such a vital contribution to the health and welfare of cats and dogs in Chiriqui. Thank you for your stellar work." Susan Waterworth, donor
"There's a special spot in my heart for Amigos De Animales and all the wonderful work you are doing!" Jean Charlton, donor
"Love Amigos de Animales and their dedicated volunteers!" Susan Phillips, donor
"Thank you for your tremendous work and thoughtful care of the local animals and their families! ❤ Rebecca Murauskas, donor
Amigos de Animales was started in 2005 as a direct response to a need in the Boquete community. At the time, there were packs of street dogs and feral cats roaming the streets and there was no access to, or information about, sterilization for these animals.
Through November 2021 we have spayed and neutered 20,431 animals—10,921 dogs and 9,510 cats. The impact on the health of animals and humans is measurable. Rarely does one see packs of starving, fighting dogs roaming through the streets of Boquete, as one might see in other small towns throughout Central America. This has greatly enhanced the relative livability and safety of our community at large.
At the clinics, we charge $15 per dog and $8 per cat, but no one is turned away from the clinics for inability to pay. While other similar clinics charge more, we have never raised our prices despite rising costs, as in our area, typical wages range from $15 to $25 per day, and many people are still not working due to the pandemic.
We have been paying our vets $12 per dog and $6 per cat. Other clinics are paying more than that, and we feel the need to raise the amount we pay, but we don’t feel we can or should raise the prices to the owners.
Our actual costs (before increasing pay to our vets) are over $20 per animal spayed or neutered. At a typical clinic of 200 animals we will be short over $2,500. We rely on fundraising to make up the difference.
Your contribution is vital to our cause of decreasing the population of street dogs and cats in our area and reducing the number of unwanted and abandoned animals. Donating will help us continue our services and good work in Boquete and the surrounding area.
We have created a U.S. not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, Amigos de Animales, Inc. Your donation will go to it and should be eligible as a charitable contribution. If you are a U.S. citizen, you can deduct $300 on your tax return ($600 joint), even if you don't itemize deductions
Please help us towards achieving our goal of sterilizing at least 75% of the dogs and cats in Boquete and the surrounding areas. Click on the “Donate” button above. Thank you for your support!