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January 22nd, 2017

After a welcome rest in December, 
we resumed our clinics this month.

44 animals were spayed/neutered by Dr. Andres Tello,
our wonderful veterinarian. He also performed several exams
and removed a venereal tumor from a female dog.

We would have had more animals today, except 9 dogs and 9 cats were either last-minute cancellations or no-shows. To date we have sterilized 3,751 dogs and cats.

Dr. Tello sterilized 25 dogs and 19 cats. We continue to see many more cats than we saw for a long time. Of the dogs, 21 were female and 4 were male. Of the cats, 12 were female and 7 were male.

We had a long but fairly uneventful day, except for two animals. One female dog had a venereal tumor. She had been spayed at our clinics three or four months ago, so obviously she was infected at the time and the tumor continued to grow. And one little dog, who had been bred many times, had a huge infected uterus filled with pus. She had had no obvious adverse symptoms but she would have soon died if she had not been spayed today.

Besides preventing the suffering due to overpopulation, these are just two more reasons to sterilize both males and females before sexual maturity.

We had another beautiful day! From the very beginning of the clinics 11 years ago, we have never, ever had anything but beautiful days for our clinics. Spirit smiles upon us!

Shortly before this clinic, someone asked me if I dread the clinics or look forward to them. My immediate reply was that I look forward to them. Helping so many animals--and their owners/guardians--is very heartwarming, not only to me but to our Dr. Andres Tello and to all of our volunteers. I consider it a privilege to be able to serve the animals and my community in this way. 

It is also very heartwarming to see so many youngsters bringing their pets. Education starts with the children!

This is worth repeating:

(Except they DO repay us--with so much
 love and gratitude!)

Our next clinic will be on February 19, 2017. Please call for an appointment right away. We already have 54 animals scheduled for February, but we will accept more appointments to allow for no-shows.

You may click the PayPal "Donate" button below to help the animals. It is to my personal PayPal account at muffiemae@gmail.com and your contribution will not be US tax deductible. Please specify your payment is for "friends or family" so that PayPal will not charge a fee and every penny will go for the animals. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can use a credit card.   

Except for our wonderful veterinarian, neither I nor anyone else connected with the clinics receives any pay. I rent the building where we hold the clinics, and I buy all the anesthesia, medications, instruments, supplies, and equipment--and provide transportation for those who need it. I have no offices, no salaries, no paid advertising. Every penny goes for the animals. This is a project from my heart, and I pay the deficits from my own pocket. 

Thank you in advance for future financial help, and thanks to everyone who has donated in the past.


Francia Pinedo handled registration. Francia did a great job, as always!
Don Binder weighed animals and gave the anesthesia injections. He, Amanda Dettloff,  and Elcy Morales  gave the pre-op injections of antibiotics and anti-inflammatory. They also put mineral oil in the eyes of the animals so they would not dry out, and performed whatever other duties were needed. 
John Gould helped carry animals to and from surgery and did whatever else was necessary.
Jose Espinosa, my permanent employee, also drives my car to provide transportation for animals when necessary. Then Jose and I go to the clinic building the following week to clean, bring home blankets to wash, and organize for the next one. 
Stephanie Rodriguez and Kimberly Castillo assisted Dr. Tello and gave post-op injections of B-12 and antiparasite. They dressed the incisions, applied flea and tick treatment, tattooed the ears of female dogs, and generally checked the well being of the animals. Kimberly is 13 years old and a student at Francia Pinedo's school. This was her second time to volunteer and again she did a great job! 
Alex Rios helped with the above tasks. He also learned how to clean the teeth of dogs. He did a great job cleaning the teeth of one of my dogs. 
Dee Braden cleaned and sterilized the surgical instruments.

As always, we had a great team of volunteers and everything ran very smoothly! 

We had a lot of delicious food for the doctor and the volunteers! Thanks to everyone who contributed: The main dish from Susan Lovett, Don Binder provided drinks, Amanda Rankin for fruit, Dorreene Reynolds for dessert. I took pickles made from cucumbers from my organic garden.

Please forgive me if I forgot to thank anyone who donated or contributed.

Income and expenses: (Donations were for December 2016 and this month, January 2017.)

$  809.00*

contributions by guardians/owners


Al Jan (Volcan--December and January)

      55.00  Carla Black (Volcan)
      15.00  Dana Larson (Paso Ancho)
      20.00  Lynn Gohman (Paso Ancho)
      20.00  Phil Huebner (Volcan)
        9.41  Patty Tibbets ($10.00 minus $.59 PayPal fee)
      96.80**  Kristine Ziemba ($100 minus $3.20 PayPal fee)
      96.80***  Kat Soupal ($100 minus $3.20 PayPal fee)
      30.00  William Feader/Roseanne Bateman (Volcan)
      30.00  Don Binder (Paso Ancho)
      30.00   calendar sales (thanks to Patricia Chan)
$ 1,262.01  Total cash income

*Note: The $809 contributions by guardians/owners were for spaying and neutering only. Payments for other procedures were paid to Dr. Tello separately. Neither those payments nor the charges for other services are  included in the income and expenses.

**Kristine Ziemba donated on behalf of her father, Don Jackson in Arkansas. Some time back Don visited with me in Volcan, and we have spoken via Skype a few times.

***Kat Soupal, daughter of Don Binder, said, "Please accept this donation in honor of Don and Mary Binder and their faith and love for this wonderful service organization!"

At this January 22nd, 2017 clinic Dr. Tello sterilized 25 dogs and 19 cats.  With my average costs of $25 per dog and $15 per cat, expenses were $910 plus $200 for building rent (December and January) for a total of $1,110. Income this month was $1,262.01 leaving an excess of $152.01. Therefore, my current out-of-pocket expenses are $326.38. I can't remember a time when the deficit has been so low, so blessings and many thanks to everyone who donated! 

My heartfelt thanks for the generous donations of those who have contributed for this clinic, who have contributed in the past, and who will contribute in the future! We need and appreciate your help! Love and thanks to everyone!

Be sure to see all the photos taken during the clinic! See my Flickr web album HERE

Click on the first picture to see the captions and advance through all the pictures.


Here in Volcan, our small group has been responsible for sterilizing 3,751 dogs and cats to date. (And this number does not include the extraordinary surgeries that Dr. Tello has performed at our clinics...removal of tumors, amputations, etc., nor the clinic we performed in Davila in which 35 dogs were sterilized.) 

There are many more to go, but we are making progress!  Our goal is to sterilize at least 75% of the dogs and cats in the Volcan area, and thus almost completely solve the problem of homeless dogs and cats, and the terrible venereal disease suffered by so many dogs--but thankfully, we see a lot fewer venereal tumors than we did in the past!.

Remember: In 7 years a female cat and her off springs can be the source of 420,000 kittens.  In 6 years a female dog and her off springs can be the source of 67,000 puppies. Unless your dog/cat is totally confined and unable to continue the population increase (AND the spread of venereal disease), please do the humane thing of having them sterilized!

For the health and safety of your dog/cat, however, have the sterilization performed by a competent vet who is experienced in early sterilization (eight weeks of age and up) and small-incision surgeries, and one who closes with stainless steel sutures....like Dr. Tello, who we are so fortunate to have operate at our clinics. (I do not trust care of my dogs or injured dogs that I find in the street to ANYONE except Dr. Tello.)

Thanks to everyone who participated in our clinics today, and to those who had their pets sterilized. Always remember that TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

Dorothy Atwater -  6517-8752 or muffiemae@gmail.com
skype:  muffiemae

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