A special group also picks up stray street dogs and that appear to have no homes and vaccinate those too. Although many are released back to the street, they are at least spayed or neutered preventing unwanted litters.
Here is a link to the homepage of Amigos de Animales: LINK
We were drawn to the mountains, again! We loved Costa Rica, so Panama was next on the list. The town is at 3,600 feet above sea level, the weather is, well I would describe it as "heavy tee shirt" weather, but "bring a jacket". The sun comes and goes. The population is approximately 20,000 people with about 14% being expats. Below is a interactive map of Panama, so can see the location of Boquete. It is approximately 60 miles from Costa Rica.
Overall, a very active commnunity! Rafting, Hiking, Great restaurants, Library, Community theater and other Volunteer opportunities. Our trip was originally planned around the Boquete Jazz & Blues Festival.
It's a 3 day event with an incredible line-up of musicians from all over the world! Here's a link to the yearly event: HERE
We stayed in a fabulous (and inexpensive) hotel, within walking distance to the main square, many rooms have views of the river and coffee plantations. Here is the link to the Oasis Hotel and Restaurant:
The Amigos de Animales group modeled their program after the Panama City Organization, Spay Panama. Here is the link to Spay Panama LINK
We will never forget this day! If you decide to help out, please contact the organizations ahead of time AND you don't have to work all day~ we just wanted to!
What an incredible experience, what an extraordinary group of loving individuals!
Here is the official video from Amigo De Animales:
Javier Magaly is the owner of Dog Camp in Boquete. It is a Rescue, Recovery, Doggie Day Care and Adoption. Here is their FaceBook Link and logo. Thank you for all you do Javier !!