animals were spayed/neutered by Dr. Andres Tello,
our wonderful veterinarian. He also performed several other
Tello sterilzed 23 dogs and 13 cats. Of the dogs, 19 were female and 4 were male.
Of the cats, 6 were female and 7 were male. This
brings our total of dogs and cats sterilized to 3,921. We
are very fortunate to have such a skilled and compassionate veterinarian
as Dr. Andres Tello! He is the best veterinarian I have ever
weather cooperated still again for our clinic. After several afternoons of
inundating rains in Volcan, on clinic day we had only a short shower. The
day was mostly overcast, which kept it cooler in the building.
Tello also performed several examinations, removed two tumors, and
performed a complicated surgery to remove an enormous ear hematoma. Sara
Cotton brought this neighborhood dog (already spayed). Sara will
give the dog the necessary treatment after the surgery.
has brought several dogs from her neighborhood to be sterilized and paid
for the surgeries herself. Bless you, Sara!
clinic costs: Now most (but not all) clients are able to pay $25 per dog
and $15 per cat. However, costs still exceed income. Dr. Tello is the only
one who is paid, but there is the cost of anesthesia, medications,
supplies, and equipment--and of course rent for the building. The cost of
the anesthesia alone is $3.80 per cc.
one is turned away for inability to pay, and we also give some
"complimentary" sterilization of dogs that wander near the
clinic. Now we
have another potential "mascot" that we want to neuter. Every
time I go to the clinic, he accompanies the other local dogs we have
sterilized. This one is still afraid of people, but little by little, he
is gaining trust. I was recently able to feed him a treat by hand.
Probably by the June or July clinic, we will be able to lure him into the
clinic building to be neutered.
to generous donations lately, my out-of-pocket expenses have been reduced
significantly. (In the past the deficits have sometimes been more than
$4,000.) Special thanks to our financial contributors! See the income and
expense breakdown for this clinic toward the end of this page.
had a total of 11 no-shows: 4 female dogs, 1 male dog, 6 female
cats. It is very inconsiderate when people who have confirmed appointments
do not bother to come or to call and cancel.
have already reported that we
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
had a BIG surprise when Danielle McGrath brought her dog Oscar to the
clinic. She thought two molars would need to be extracted--there was
a hole into the gum above two upper molars on each side of Oscar's mouth.
But what a surprise! Dr. Tello found a stick embedded crosswise in Oscar's mouth, which
created the holes above the teeth into the gum. It had been there for
maybe a month and was partially dissolved by saliva. Danielle said Oscar
never complains about anything, so she had no idea!
Oscar and his sister Gracie are very lucky dogs. In November of 2015, I
rescued the two puppies that were only about four weeks of age. Danielle
adopted them both and they have a very good home.
next clinic will be on June 18 , 2017. Please call for an appointment
right away. The clinics fill up rapidly.
may click the PayPal "Donate" button below to help the animals.
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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 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, Amanda Dettloff 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 three dogs
Alex Rios and Amanda Dettloff 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 Lynn Longbons, Don Binder provided
drinks, Carla Black and Denise Reed both brought desserts, and Dorreene
Reynolds provided fruit.
forgive me if I forgot to thank anyone who donated or contributed.
Income and expenses:
contributions by guardians/owners
Al Jan (Volcan)
Van Clief Leves (Coronado area)
Reed (Cuesta de Piedra)
Roseanne Bateman (Volcan)
The $740 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 May 21, 2017 clinic Dr. Tello sterilized 23 dogs and 13 cats. With my
average costs of $25 per dog and $15 per cat, expenses were $770 plus $100
for building rent, for a total of $870 Income this month was $1,085 leaving
a positive cash flow of $215. Therefore, my current out-of-pocket expenses are
reduced to $321.38. Many thanks to everyone for your generous
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 3,921 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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