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The Amigos de Animales is the organization behind Spay Neuter Clinics held in the Boquete area. We are a volunteer-only organization and details of our activities can be found on our website at

We do sterilizations and we help SUPPORT individuals who rescue, feed and care for animals in need.

We do not have a shelter for unwanted animals.

We do not provide adoption services (although we have volunteers who do).

We do not provide transportation services.

We do not provide recommendations for veterinarians, but we provide a list of vicinity vets for your use. See our web site.

Our activities are funded by grants from Bid 4 Boquete, from our own fundraising efforts and from donations. Our volunteers pay for many expenses out of their own pockets.


We always welcome any and all who want to join and help with our projects, fundraising or other activities.
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At 9:53am on August 26, 2013, Torito said…


At 2:18pm on October 28, 2010, Rebecca said…
Thanx for your comment. I have 4 dogs and 2 cats, so no more adoptions for me for now, but I will certainly donate my time when I get there. I hope bringing all my babies to Panama will not be too difficult or costly,I also think it might be hard to rent for awhile, although they are all small and well behaved.Total weight for all is 54 lbs. lol Wow, I never figured that out before.
At 9:58am on December 31, 2007, Sieg Pedde said…
Looks like you are providing a needed a service in the community. Good for you!
At 10:11am on December 6, 2007, Ursula Kiener Ford said…
I love the clinic idea. Way to go!
I was looking for strays to give them my leftover food in Boquete last weekend and I couldn't find one when before you could find millions.
Thanks :)
At 2:56pm on November 20, 2007, Nixia Guerra said…
Good job Congratulations for the last clinic, this always
help the people and our community, because the pets are really appreciated by the people here.
Keep continue this great activity,
Nixia Guerra
Attorney of FADAB
At 8:21am on November 9, 2007, Amigos de Animales said…
To clarify and correct some of the information in the first introductory post regarding the origination of the Spay/Neuter clinics, the following has been generously provided by Judy Sacco....

Mocha, my cat, got very sick, so I called the local vet, Chely Castillo. She spoke no English at the time, and I spoke very little Spanish. It’s a long story, but briefly, we took him to David (the big town 30 miles away) to get blood work and X-rays to find out what was wrong with him. Neither Chely nor the vet in David had an X-ray machine, vacutainers for blood, or a blood analyzer. But Chely did have a friend at a local human hospital, so we snuck Mocha into the X-ray suite and spread him out on the table, one of us at each end. I have a nice picture of the bones of my arm. We got the vacutainers at another human hospital and took the blood to the hospital lab. All this took 6 hours of traveling back and forth, but the David vet diagnosed him correctly. It was Erlichia, a rickettsial infection from a tick bite. I gave him antibiotics, and he recovered in two days. The best part of the whole episode was making acquaintance with Chely. She played a big part in the adventures to follow.

I was also feeding a feral cat who kept having kittens. I was determined to get her tame enough so I could catch her and get her fixed. But by the time I accomplished that, I found there were too many problems in getting her sterilized. None of the vets used disposable sutures on the outside, and I would have to remove the stitches. Hardly an option with a wild cat. While I was trying to figure out what to do, she had another litter. I could see a future drowning in cats.

As things often happen just when they are supposed to, Mary Howard arrived from the U.S. with supplies donated by a vet in Florida. She had a dream of helping the animals of Boquete and upgrading the veterinary services here. She brought syringes, disposable sutures, anesthesia, and even a blood analyzer. At the same time I found Spay/Panama on the web, an organization based in Panama City that goes all over the country doing low-cost spay/neuter clinics. With visions of tidal waves of kittens in my mind, I realized it was time to act. I didn’t know Jennie Allen, but I read in the Bajareque Times that she was an animal lover and dog trainer, so I called her and proposed we use Mary’s supplies and Spay/Panama’s services to do a spay/neuter clinic in Boquete. There were so many street dogs, wild cats, and poor people who couldn’t afford to have their animals sterilized, we knew this was badly needed. So we gathered a small group - me, Jennie, Mary, Chely, and Maria Boyd, animal lover and all-around community doer – and planned the first clinic for June 2005.

We didn’t really know how to do a clinic (our first mistake – deciding to go it alone and not use Spay/Panama). It was chaotic, confusing, and nerve-wracking, but we did manage to sterilize 26 animals, including my wild mama cat and one of her kittens. Three vets did the surgeries, and an American vet tech, Suzanne Gardner, administered the anesthesia. Many volunteers showed up and helped with everything from animal handling to kitten warming. We had no fancy squeeze cages like we do now – my mama cat escaped and was tackled by an animal handler with big gloves. After much enraged yowling and flailing claws, she was subdued by anesthesia, and I took my first breath in 5 hours.

After the first clinic, a dynamic and dedicated volunteer, Ruby McKenzie (who wasn’t daunted by the June clinic chaos), took the lead in organizing subsequent clinics. She donated a lot of her own money for equipment and supplies, making it possible to make the clinics much bigger. She also formed a foundation for fundraising, Fundación Amigos de Animales Boquete ( We finally brought in Spay/Panama to do a clinic, and they sterilized 165 animals in two days. We were impressed, but we learned well from them; now we do 150 animals in just one day. We have recruited a lot more vets, including several visiting American vets who have brought in drugs and supplies, participated in the surgeries, and provided training in the use of spay hooks and anesthesia. By now we have sterilized more than 1,000 cats and dogs. When you walk around town you rarely see roaming, starving dogs anymore.

Probably the most gratifying trend has been the increased involvement of the local community. Only a couple of Panamanians brought their animals to the first clinic. The rest belonged to gringos (Americans, Europeans, Canadians). After a year, only about 10% of the animals at the clinics belonged to gringos, and a lot of Panamanians had begun working as volunteers.

Nobody is turned away from the clinics for inability to pay, The sterilization expense is covered by generous donations, money we have raised by various events, and time freely given by many volunteers. Most people do pay though, because we charge very little and it is a good deal. Besides sterilization, the the animals receive rabies vaccine, de-parasitizing, vitamin shots, and antibiotics.

The clinics have become so popular that Amigos is branching out beyond Boquete and holding clinics in surrounding communities. When I look at what we’ve done, I think it’s pretty amazing how my need to sterilize one prolific cat started it all.
At 3:39pm on November 5, 2007, Amigos de Animales said…
If you have a dog.... PLEASE read this and send it on.

Written by Laurinda Morris,
DVM Danville Veterinary Clinic
Danville , Ohio

This week I had the first case in history of raisin toxicity ever seen at MedVet. My patient was a 56-pound, 5 yr old male neutered lab mix that ate half a canister of raisins sometime between 7:30 AM and 4:30 PM on Tuesday. He started with vomiting, diarrhea and shaking about 1AM on
Wednesday but the owner didn't call my emergency service until 7AM. I had heard somewhere about raisins AND grapes causing acute Renal failure but hadn't seen any formal paper on the subject.

We had her bring the dog in immediately. In the meantime, I called the ER service at MedVet, and the doctor there was like me - had heard
something about it, but.... Anyway, we contacted the ASPCA National Animal Poison Control Center and they said to give I V fluids at 1 1/2
times maintenance and watch the kidney values for the next 48-72 hours.

The dog's BUN (blood urea nitrogen level) was already at 32 (normal less than 27) and creatinine over 5 ( 1.9 is the high end of normal). Both are monitors of kidney function in the bloodstream. We placed an IV catheter and started the fluids. Rechecked the renal values at 5 PM and the BUN was over 40 and creatinine over 7 with no urine production after a liter of fluids.

At the point I felt the dog was in acute renal failure and sent him on to MedVet for a urinary catheter to monitor urine output overnight as well as overnight care. He started vomiting again overnight at MedVet and his renal values have continued to increase daily.

He produced urine when given lasix as a diuretic. He was on 3 different anti-vomiting medications and they still couldn't control his vomiting..

Today his urine output decreased again, his BUN was over 120, his creatinine was at 10, his phosphorus was very elevated and his blood
pressure, which had been staying around 150, skyrocketed to 220. He continued to vomit and the owners elected to euthanize.

This is a very sad case - great dog, great owners who had no idea raisins could be a toxin.

Please alert everyone you know who has a dog of this very serious risk. Poison control said as few as 7 raisins or grapes could be toxic. Many people I know give their dogs grapes or raisins as treats, including our ex-handler's. Any exposure should give rise to immediate concern.

Confirmation from Snopes about the above...

If you don't have a dog, you might have friends who do. This is worth
passing on to them.
At 7:56am on November 5, 2007, Amigos de Animales said…
Our next spay/neuter clinic will be held on Sunday, November 18, in Boquete at the El Cacho gym. If you would like an appointment for your dog or cat, please notify Roger Imerman at or call him at 720-3914 or 6672-8070.

If you would like to help with this Clinic (and we always need help!) please contact Jakki at or call us at 720-3914.

If you can contribute refreshments for our veterinarians and volunteers, please contact Erin at

Our next clinic will be held in FEBRUARY in Caldera.... stay tuned for more information.

Stay in touch with us by visiting our website ( and signing up for our Yahoo group at
At 7:31am on November 5, 2007, Amigos de Animales said…
Amigos de Animales Boquete
We are FADAB! Officially, "Fundacion Amigos de Animales Boquete".

Our goal is to improve the welfare of pets and street animals in Boquete, Panama through spay & neuter efforts, rescue & adoption services, improvement of local veterinary facilities and community education.

We work directly with Panamanian veterinarians as well as with volunteer veterinarians from the US & other countries to help staff our frequent Spay & Neuter clinics and to provide difficult to obtain veterinary appliances and medicines.

Eventually, we hope to serve as a general source for people seeking various local pet services and information on pet problems and care unique to the Panama highlands.

Our organization is completely volunteer and we are always looking for new people to participate in our many worthwhile -- and fun -- activities.

We would not even exist were it not for the determination of Ruby McKenzie. Our spay/neuter clinics would never have happened if Ruby hadn't put together the first one, and it is only as result of her vision, generosity and persistence that we now have a wonderful group of volunteers dedicated to reducing the number of unwanted dogs and cats in the Boquete area.

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