SALDEA – Salvadores de Animales, Inc., is an all-volunteer group whose focus is the care and well-being of the animals in the western province of Chiriqui, Panama. Our main focus is helping animals in need; we support abandoned and homeless animals, those that are injured, neglected, or suffering.  Our approach to taking in neglected animals ranges from talking to the owner about better pet care, through involving the police in the removal of a pet in a bad situation. SALDEA does not operate a shelter; we depend on foster homes in which people give rescued animals a place to recover and socialize. SALDEA provides all medical care and food to all of our rescued animals, plus animals in homes of individuals who use their own time and resources to serve the community.  Another part of our mission is community outreach: educational programs, adoption events, wellness clinics, and fundraisers. SALDEA operates a feral cat feeding program in Boquete, through which we trap/neuter/release/feed the feral cat population in our community.  We hope you would like to contribute in the success of SALDEA, either by volunteering or through your donations. Enjoy our website! 


Our mission is to provide for the well-being of all companion animals, homeless, rescued, abused, and injured. We provide foster homes and veterinary treatment while seeking lifelong loving homes through adoption.  We promote the animal/human bond through community outreach and service. SALDEA is dedicated to ensuring animal abuse, neglect and suffering are reduced or eradicated by raising public awareness through action, education, and advocacy.


SALDEA is an all-volunteer, foster-based, 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation located in Boquete, Panama that rescues dogs and cats.

Salvadores de Animales, Inc. is registered with the U.S. federal government as a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.  As such, there are certain things we must do and not do.
We must:
  • Register and maintain good standing with the State of Florida as a charitable corporation.
  • Register and maintain good standing with the Internal Revenue Service.
  • Register and maintain good standing with any state in the US in which we choose to raise funds.
  • File state and federal tax statements every year, and make those tax statements available to the public at all times.
  • Disclose current and past financial statements to the public.  Detailed, accurate financial statements available to the public are the core of a non-profit’s accountability.
  • Maintain full transparency.  We must disclose our corporate by-laws, registration information, correspondence with the IRS, tax forms, EIN, conflict of interest policy, and annual reports to the public.
  • Issue receipts for any donation or bequest which the donor intends to deduct from his or her US income taxes
  • Follow the mission as stated in our corporate bylaws, and refrain from engaging in activities or spending money on matters unrelated to our core mission.
  • Maintain a Board of Directors, who collectively make administrative decisions for the corporation and are responsible for its daily operations.
  • Hold Board members and all our volunteers to the ethical standards put forth in our corporate by-laws.
We must not:
  • Extract funds from the operating budget as unearned profit directed to any board member of organization member.  All income to the corporation is directed toward the operation of the organization, according to the budgetary line items it has established.
  • Engage in political activity or lobbying for legislation.
  • Engage in religious activity, because churches must follow separate guidelines.
  • Hide, mislead, or obscure our bylaws, financial and tax records, annual reports, or other evidence of ethical compliance with the law.

SALDEA’s fundraising efforts involve public appeals, applying for local and national grants, and seeking donations of food and other in-kind supplies.  We conduct fundraising events with local businesses and the community.  We also use social media, such as Facebook, Instagram, the Saldea web site, local community board sites, and email to advertise our organization to gain volunteers, financial support, and homes for animals seeking adoption.

SALDEA conducts its affairs with the highest possible standards of ethics, responsibility, and transparency.  All volunteers and board members are held to high ethical standards.  We publicly disclose financial, tax, and conflict-of-interest statements on our website.

SALDEA works closely with other animal organizations, such as Amigos de Animales, to further assist in the animal welfare effort.

SALDEA maintains a network of foster homes for animals waiting for adoption.

SALDEA operates a feral cat feeding/neutering program to enhance the well being of feral cats, reduce the feral population, and raise living standards in the community.

SALDEA provides all media and written information in English and Spanish, in an effort to include our Panamanian community.

SALDEA supports low-income families with food, veterinary services, vaccines, medicines, de-worming, flea prevention, and other supplies, on an as-needed basis.

SALDEA will never euthanize animals due to space or time constraints.  We may elect to euthanize in the event of a severe debilitating illness or injury or extremely dangerous behavioral concerns.  Because we do not euthanize to make space, we cannot take in every animal that may need our help.

We are deeply committed to these goals while ensuring the financial security and stability of the SALDEA organization for future generations.

My love affair with cats began 15 years ago with my first cat, Spirit. Hard to believe, but I was not always enamored with cats! I did not trust them and was always leery of being swiped with claws. That all changed with Spirit. Because she was feral, it took a lot of time, patience, and love before she came around. I say Spirit taught me how to love and accept cats, and I taught her the gentleness of the human touch. Now here in Boquete, helping cats has become my life’s passion. My husband Ray supports my efforts and we work as a team caring for the cats.