Our Rescue Angels
Everybody knows about the spay/neuter clinics. (We recently sterilized our 11,000th animal.)
What most people are not aware of are the dedicated animal rescuers who rehabilitate abused, abandoned, and street animals so they can be sterilized and adopted.
Our primary rescuers are Judy Odom and Marion Torgany. Their rescue work is partially subsidized by Amigos de Animales, but they mainly use their own finances.
Judy Odom currently houses more than 40 adult cats in her facility (the “cat house”). She has an additional 6 cats in the yard and in her house. Over the last 9 years, she has found new homes for more than 150 cats and kittens. Among the cats she is caring for, five have special needs. Two are blind, one is ataxic due to an overdose of anesthesia, one has an eating disorder and hiatal hernia and has to be hand-fed frequently, one underwent colectomy for megacolon and had a broken back from a dog bite. They all require special housing as well as medications.
Judy also runs the Caldera Meals-on-Wheels Program. Judy started this program as a way to get people to adopt street animals. If they provide a home, Judy will supplement food, spay/neuter, and provide basic medicines (such as anti-parasite meds, flea powder, occasional antibiotics). Judy supports 15 dogs and 17 cats through this program.
Marion Torgany rescues dogs that she finds on the streets. Regularly she finds dumped dogs on the street from in the Potrerillos area, including Rovira and Palma Real down to Dolega. The Terpel gas station is very popular as a dog-dump. She rehabilitates the dogs with medicine and food and brings all of them to the spay/neuter clinic. Sometimes she also rescues cats and brings them to the clinic.
One time Marion trapped 25 feral cats and brought them all to be sterilized. She also helps to bring dogs from the indigenous people into the clinic. One of her rescued dogs is paralyzed and can’t walk, but she has been caring for her for several years.
Marion has built an enclosure to house rescued dogs. At her home she has 12 dogs, 2 cats and 3 horses. All were rescued from abusive situations. She cares for several other dogs that are housed with a neighbor.
The cost of maintaining all of these rescued animals is between $1,500 and $2,000 per month. Most of these costs are absorbed by Judy and Marion.
UPDATE: Additional rescue angels have appeared in Boquete since this article was written, however, the editor does not know enough about them to add them to this site. If someone wants to write a couple of paragraphs about other rescuers, their stories will be added. Contact us through the contact form on this site.
NOTE: These facilities are private and are filled to capacity. They are not animal shelters for use by the public. They are temporary housing for the rescued dogs and cats.
If you rescue an animal, please plan to care for it yourself until it can be adopted. We can help find a new home for a rescue by listing it on this website.