Amigos de Animales 2015 Annual Report
The mission of Fundacion Amigos de Animales Boquete is to provide low cost spaying and neutering of dogs and cats and to promote the general welfare of animals in the Boquete community and surrounding areas.
This report reflects FADAB activities from January 2015 through December 2015.
2015 Clinic Report
Amigos de Animales does monthly sterilization clinics the last Sunday of every month except November and December due to the holidays.
January 2015 222
Total 2014 1907
A total of 9577 cats and dogs have been sterilized since the first clinic in June 2005 through December 2015. This year we saw an increase in the number of cats being brought in to the clinic, almost 45% of the animals were cats, while, previously, that number had been in the low 30’s.
Our numbers at the clinics continue to grow due in large part to our Collectors, who bring in animals from remote areas, and to other animal welfare organizations in David.
Somewhere around March we should be celebrating animal number 10,000! We celebrated #5000 in May of 2013.
We received $15,280 in donations in 2015.
Since moving in to our new facility, we have begun renting it out to other community organizations as a place where parties, meetings, and other activities may be held. We received $1,670 in rental income this year and are planning a significant increase for 2016.
2015 Major Fundraising Events
Venta de Patio $13,168.00
Calendar 2016 sales $ 5,323.00
Calendar 2015 balance $ 820.00
Chili Cook-off $ 1,855.00
Spay-getti Dinner $ 558.00
Trivia nights $ 350.00
Bid4Boquete was our largest source of income last year, and we will certainly miss it this year. We will be planning more events to try to make up for that loss.
In 2015, we had 67 paid members, only one more than last year, bringing in $670. Our records show that we have approximately 150 active and inactive volunteers and we hope that all our volunteers will pay their annual membership dues of $10 to bring that total up.
We have businesses that are willing to give discounts to people who show their membership cards; that discount alone pays for the cost of the card.
In 2013, we were able to establish a PayPal account. It is linked to our website (www.AADAB.org) and our Facebook account. In 2015, it brought in over $3018.00 in donations and has become a great source of revenue. We have had donations come in from all around the world; the latest was $30 from someone in Germany.
The Ruby McKenzie Clinic/Animales Events Center
We acquired the property for our new location in late 2013 and held our first clinic there on January 25, 2015.
On February 15, 2015, we held the dedication ceremony led by Pastor Steve Mainero from San Juan Bautista Church. Many of the original volunteers who conceived of Amigos de Animales attended and were honored.
We had determined from the start that we would try to find ways to make the building pay for itself. To that end, we started renting the facility for people to hold various events. One of our volunteers is serving as “rental agent” and is lining up events to be held there for a fee that will hopefully cover our monthly maintenance expenses and provide a steady source of income.
This has proved to be very successful in 2015. We have made a significant investment in our building to ensure that it is attractive to potential renters. We have purchased tablecloths, tables and chairs to accommodate 75 guests. We have also graveled the parking lot and upgraded the kitchen. We now feel that we have the best place in Boquete to hold events, from daytime meetings to evening parties.
Besides holding the clinics and fundraisers, Animales participates in many community efforts to assist local animals in need.
Thanks to Joan James and Martha Miranda, feeding stations have been set up at various places in town to feed street dogs and feral cats.
Financials for 2015
Statements and budget available upon request.
Prices raised for Clinic in 2016
Due to the continuing high price of medications and the number of unpaid animals at our clinics, we voted in October to raise our prices for the first time in our 10 year history. Beginning with the January 2016 clinic, the fee will now be $15 for a dog and $8 for a cat. Though we will continue to say “no animal will be turned away for inability to pay,” we encourage everyone, even the poorest of our clients, to pay something to contribute to the price of the surgery.
Fund-raising Events for 2016
We realize we have a lot of work to do to replace the lost income from the now discontinued Bid4Boquete. To that end, we have planned the following events so far for 2016:
May 15 – First Grand Meatloaf Challenge
June 18 – Casino Night (pending approval from the Alcalde)
August 14 – Fourth Annual Chili Challenge
September 18 – El Grande Venta de Patio
PLANS TO BECOME AN ASSOCIATION
The Board determined in 2015 that in order to broaden our ability to fundraise here in Panama, we need to become an Asociacion as opposed to the Foundation that we currently are. Having the status as an Asociacion enables us to solicit donations from corporations and businesses and give them a tax break through their support. That process is underway and, it is hoped, will be completed in 2016.
One of the most exciting things that Animales undertook in 2015 was the “Education is the Key” class that Joan James developed for school children between the ages of 8 and 12.
Together with Magaly Bustamante, Joan held interactive classes in 6 local schools emphasizing the importance of caring for animals. In all, over 300 children took part in the classes. These sessions were very well received and will continue into 2016 once school commences in March.
Amigos de Animales Board of Directors for 2016
Chairman Emeritus, Ruby McKenzie
Co- Presidents, Dottie Thompson and Alicia McGuigan
Vice Presidents, Joan James and Carol Cardinale-Santana
Secretary, Carol Hurst
Treasurer, Cary Trantham