Salvadores De Animales Inc

Because every life matters...

aka SALDEA, Saldea   |   Miami, FL   |  https://www.saldea.org

Mission

SALDEA’s mission is to provide for the well-being of all companion animals in Chiriqui, Panama, especially those that are homeless, abandoned, abused, starving, and injured. Our multi-national, multi-lingual, multi-cultural, all-volunteer organization provides foster care, medical treatment as needed, find lifelong loving homes through adoptions, and promote the animal/human bond through community service and outreach. We help ensure adopters’ success through coaching, education, and continual support. SALDEA is dedicated to ensuring that animal abuse, neglect, and suffering are reduced or eradicated by raising public awareness through action, education, and advocacy.

Notes from the nonprofit

Salvadores de Animales, Inc., is a 501c3 corporation registered in Florida, USA, whose focus is the care and well-being of companion animals in the western province of Chiriqui, Panama. Our main task is helping animals in need; we support abandoned and homeless animals, those that are injured, neglected, or suffering. We are a no-kill rescue that never euthanizes animals to make space for new ones. 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 veterinary care, sterilization, medications, and food to all of our rescued animals. Our dogs are all vaccinated prior to adoption. We support feral cat colonies and donate funds to Panamanian pet helpers who need support in conducting their own rescue work. Our multicultural, all-volunteer team supports the Panamanian community and the animals that live here. Our work is to cultivate compassion and respect for all humans and animals.

Ruling year info

2018

President and Secretary

Mary Miller Taft

Vice President of Local Operations

Diane Louise Englerth

Main address

Pty874334 2250 NW 114th Ave Unit 1p

Miami, FL 33192 USA

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EIN

83-1009096

NTEE code info

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Our programs

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Rescue/Foster/Adoption of Dogs and Cats

We place rescued dogs and cats into private foster homes for rehabilitation and socialization. Animals are treated for medical problems, sterilized, and socialized to home life. All dogs are vaccinated. Many of our foster animals are severely ill or injured by abuse and/or neglect, and thus extremely costly and time consuming to rehabilitate. Every dog rescued from the streets has multiple health problems, including parasites, malnutrition, sexually transmitted diseases, skin diseases, and often tick borne diseases. Many female street dogs are pregnant when rescued. We do not abort litters - we care the offspring and sterilize all before adoption. Rehabilitation for street dogs can require many months and many dollars.

We also rehabilitate and adopt FIV+ cats. Depending on the cat, rehabilitation can be lengthy and expensive, or fairly simple. We do not give up on any cat, and we will not euthanize an FIV+ cat because of its health status.

By placing foster animals in private homes, we ensure that they receive individual attention, overcome past trauma, and learn the rules of home life. Because many of our animals are rescued from abusive situations or from the streets, the medical care and socialization aspects are critical to ensuring the animal's future as a pet. Our Panamanian foster families also serve as role models for the community, and demonstrate proper animal care for friends and neighbors.

Population(s) Served
Families
Adults

SALDEA contributes to pet helpers and pet owners in the community. We donate food, medications, vet services, flea/tick products, and cat litter to local citizens who quietly give their time and energy to animal rescue. Many people in our community do what they can, despite limited circumstances, to help animals in need. Our corporate dollars extend to help those unsung heroes who save lives.

During COVID-19, SALDEA has partnered with Agencias Escoffery, SA, a local pet food distributor. We are donating pet food to families who have suffered economic disruption because of the pandemic.

Population(s) Served
Families
Caregivers

SALDEA works with local volunteer caregivers who manage feral cat colonies in their neighborhoods. We follow internationally recognized best practices of trap/neuter/release, with socialization and adoption of friendly kittens. We provide logistical support with human traps, assist with sterilization, provide high quality food to the colony, and help the caregiver solve any specific problems that arise with their colony.

By helping to control the population of feral cats and by keeping them in good health, we help control the spread of disease, support public health, and protect Boquete's rich bird population. Because Boquete is an international eco-tourism destination, protection of the local bird population has economic implications, in addition to environmental sustainability and public health dimensions.

Population(s) Served
Caregivers
Adults

SALDEA's efforts to educate the community about humane treatment of cats and dogs is one of its most important functions, and one of the most cost effective. We utilize social media (Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Mailchimp, and our website) to reach people across the country. Our message focuses on viewing animals as sentient beings worthy of care and respect and not as inanimate objects. We actively promote culture change in how animals are viewed and cared for.

Our website is an educational platform that shares information on the ecological and public health dimensions of feral cats and street dogs. Animals left to survive on the streets are vectors for diseases that impact the local community. The local population of birds, a source of economic value in this eco-tourism area, is negatively impacted by hungry feral cats. We emphasize the importance of sterilization, rescue, and adoption as many animals as possible, and to maintain feral cats in colonies where their needs are met. We inform the public that compassionate care for street animals conserves water resources, bird populations, reduces disease, and promotes economic success for the community.

Any person who wishes to adopt one of our animals must demonstrate awareness of proper pet maintenance, including how to maintain a safe physical environment, selection of a veterinarian, and correct nutrition. We do not adopt to anyone until they agree to adhere to our standards of animal care. We follow up with each adopter to answer questions, offer support, and continue the educational process.

We publish informational pamphlets about the care of FIV+ cats, and engage the public in conversations about the adoptability of FIV+ cats.

We engage in 1:1 conversations with the public at informational events and at public adoption events. We discuss animal care, veterinary care, standards for adoption, and pet nutrition. Although our public event schedule has been curtailed due to COVID-19, we still hold socially distanced events and engage the public in conversation over the phone, online, and in person.

Population(s) Served
Families
Adults

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Salvadores De Animales Inc

Board of directors
as of 3/20/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mary Taft

Salvadores de Animales, Inc.

Term: 2019 - 2022


Board co-chair

Diane Englerth

Salvadores de Animales, Inc.

Term: 2019 - 2022

Mary Taft

Salvadores de Animales, Inc.

Diane Englerth

Salvadores de Animales, Inc.

Dilia Luciani

Salvadores de Animales, Inc.

Jeri Siegel

Salvadores de Animales, Inc.

Allison Englerth

Salvadores de Animales, Inc

Board leadership practices

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    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes

Organizational demographics

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