animals were spayed/neutered by Dr. Andres Tello,
our wonderful veterinarian. He also performed several other
time-consuming procedures, explained below.
we have sterilized more than 42 animals in one day, this
was our longest day ever. We didn't close the doors until 7:30 pm. We had a
LOT of BIG female dogs, two abortions (all more time consuming), plus
three huge tumors and a knee surgery. One tumor took an hour (picture in
progress HERE) and the knee surgery was also quite time consuming. Dr. Tello also
performed eye surgery on a dog. One cat had to be euthanized.
are very fortunate to have such a skilled and compassionate veterinarian
as Dr. Andres Tello! He is the best veterinarian I have ever
Tello sterilized 28 dogs and 14 cats. Of the dogs, 22 were female and 8 were male.
Of the cats, 13 were female and 1 was male. This
brings our total of dogs and cats sterilized to 3,885.
of the dogs was a male neighborhood dog that wandered to the clinic. (I
had been giving him treats a few days before the clinic.) This makes
four neighborhood dogs that have received a "complimentary"
sterilization and now consider themselves our "mascots."
had no-shows of seven female dogs (one with a protracted uterus), 2 male
dogs, 1 female cat, 1 male cat, for a total of 11 animals.
Thinking back to when we first began the clinics. I was always
concerned that we wouldn't have enough animals. I walked the streets of
Volcan, knocking on doors, giving literature to people and trying to sign
up their animals for sterilization. I'd also post 60 notices all around town
before each clinic. The initial work paid off, because now with just
word of mouth every clinic is full long before clinic date. As
of today, April 29, we already have 26 appointments on the list for May.
now offer teeth cleaning of dogs at our clinics. I bought a complete set of
dental instruments, and Alex Rios does a great job. Alex has already
cleaned the teeth of 11 of my dogs. We offer this for dogs that have
already been sterilized or will be on clinic day. Cost is $25. The cost
will be extra if one or more teeth need to be extracted. Be sure to make
next clinic will be on May 21 , 2017. Please call for an appointment
right away. The clinics fill up rapidly.
may click the PayPal "Donate" button below to help the animals.
It is to my personal PayPal account at firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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.
is a project from my heart, and I pay the deficits from my own
Thank you in
future financial help, and thanks to everyone who has donated in the
Francia Pinedo handled registration. Francia did a great job, as always!
Don Binder weighed animals and gave the anesthesia
injections. He, Enid Maldonado, 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, shaved the
surgical site before surgery, and performed
whatever other duties were needed.
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
John Gould did a great job as usual. He
carried animals to and from the surgical table and then to the recovery
area, plus he provided help in many other ways.
Alex Rios cleaned the teeth of six dogs
Dee Braden cleaned and sterilized the
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, Ana Tribaldos for dessert, and Jeannie Friedman for fruit.
forgive me if I forgot to thank anyone who donated or contributed.
Income and expenses:
contributions by guardians/owners
Al Jan (Volcan)
Cotton (Paso Ancho)
& Sandy Huebner (Volcan)
The $900 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.
this April 23, 2017 clinic Dr. Tello sterilized 28 dogs and 14 cats. With my
average costs of $25 per dog and $15 per cat, expenses were $910 plus $100
for building rent, for a total of $1,010. Income this month was $960 leaving
a deficit of $50. Therefore, my current out-of-pocket expenses are
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!
No babies for this little doggie!
sure to see all the photos taken during the clinic!
See my Flickr web album HERE
on the first picture to see the captions and advance through all
Volcan, our small group has been
responsible for sterilizing 3,885 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.)
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!.
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!
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.
remember that TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
Dorothy Atwater - 6517-8752 or
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