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 July 23, 2017

47 animals were spayed/neutered by Dr. Andres Tello,
our wonderful veterinarian, Plus he also performed several
time-consuming procedures.

Today we passed the 4,000 mark!  Another milestone for our little once-a-month clinic with only one doctor!

Dr. Tello sterilzed 27 dogs and 20 cats. Of the dogs, 22 were female and 5 were male. Of the cats, 12 were female and 8 were male. This brings our total of dogs and cats sterilized to 4,017.  

Dr. Tello removed a a hernia from one dog and a mammary tumor from an already sterilized female dog. 

We had a somewhat rocky beginning because Don Binder had not returned from the US. Other volunteers had to weigh the animals and give injections of anesthesia. They are wonderful volunteers, but they were not accustomed to those duties. That's the main reason people had to wait a long time. We will be back on track in August.

One WILD cat bit and clawed John Gould. (This was the second time for a cat injury to John.) But Tuesday John reported that he is well on the road to recovery.

Also, one of the male dogs was brought by Fanny Romero, a caring bi-lingual Panamanian woman. She didn't know the owners of the dog, but she saw them on the street and their dog had just been hit by a car. His rear leg was badly broken. Dr. Tello knew the people didn't have the money for him to take the dog to his clinic with him and perform surgery--so with a length of 1-inch plastic tubing, he fashioned a splint. He split the tube, softened it until pliable under a light bulb and with the soldering iron, then wrapped it with a piece of a blanket and then wrapped the whole thing with duct tape. Fanny gave money to pay for neutering the dog and the work to prepare the splint and bandage the leg. Thank you, Fanny!

I sent extra pain and antibiotic injections with the owners. Also, the splint and bandage will need to be removed Wednesday, the wound cleaned, and then the splint/bandage re-applied.  Alexis Vasquez and I will go do that. Alexis and I took them and the dog home so we know where they live. Changing the bandage every three days will need to be repeated for three weeks. The dog, Zeus, will need to be kept confined in a box and the people will need to lift him out to urinate and defecate three times a day.

Update: Monday, July 24, I went to check on the little dog and took a big bag of Kirklands dog food. Zeus was lying in his own pee and I knew that the people did not have the ability to care for him properly. I got their permission to take Zeus to the border to meet Dr. Tello so he could perform the necessary surgery. I will pay for the surgery myself.

I took Zeus to the border on Tuesday. Dr. Tello performed the necessary surgery and I went back to get the dog on Friday. Zeus is at my house for now. He has a pin in his leg to stabilize it, and Dr. Tello will remove the pin during our August 20 clinic.

There were three pregnancies, one cat and two dogs. Dr. Tello charges $10 extra for pregnancies because the surgery takes longer and is more complicated.

We had a total of 11 no-shows: 3 female cats, 2 male cats, 5 female dogs, and 1 male dog. Plus three animals with appointments couldn't be found on the day of the clinic. I always schedule up to 55 for each clinic to allow for the no-shows.

Remember, we also offer teeth cleaning of dogs. The cost is $25.00. Please make an appointment if you want this procedure. 

Our next clinic will be on August 20, 2017. Please call for an appointment right away. The clinics fill up rapidly. 

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!
Elcy Morales weighed animals and gave the anesthesia injections. She and Kimberly Castillo  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. 
John Gould and Amanda Dettloff helped remove cats from crates (sometimes dangerous!) and Amanda helped with after-surgery injections. John carried animals to and from the surgical table and then to the recovery area, plus he provided help in many other ways.
Jose Espinosa, my permanent employee, 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 assisted Dr. Tello and gave post-op injections of B-12 and antiparasite. She dressed the incisions, applied flea and tick treatment, tattooed the ears of female dogs, and generally checked the well being of the animals. 
Alex Rios assisted with after-care duties and cleaned and sterilized the surgical instruments.
We also had two new volunteers: Alexis Vasquez and Heredia de la Hoz. Welcome to the team, Alexis and Heredia!

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, Betsy Barbeau provided drinks and a cake, and Amanda Rankin for fruit. 

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

Income and expenses: 

$  940.00*

contributions by guardians/owners


Al Jan (Volcan)

     114.42  Darrell Woodwood (Canada) 
      25.00  Frank and Betsy Barbeau
      10.00  Jerry Longbons
     20.00  Phil and Sandy Huebner
     23.97  Kit Cooper
     20.00  Pablo Berard
     25.00  Azel Ames
     10.00  Jorge Santamaria
$1,213.39  Total cash income

Also thanks to Patricia Chan (Spay Panama) for donating a large roll of brown paper that we use to wrap the gauze and gloves and then sterilize them in the autoclave. That's much less expensive than buying them pre-sterilized.

And thanks to Sandy Huebner for donating some surgical smocks and pants for Dr. Tello.

*Note: The $940 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.

At this July 23, 2017 clinic Dr. Tello sterilized 27 dogs and 20 cats.  With my average costs of $25 per dog and $15 per cat, expenses were $975 plus $100 for building rent, for a total of $1,075. Income this month was $1,213.39 leaving an excess of $138.39. Therefore, my current out-of-pocket expenses are  $193.69. Many thanks to everyone for your generous donations!

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!


No babies for this little female Pitbull puppy. Her family loves her very much.

Pitbulls have an undeserved reputation of being vicious. They are vicious only if they have been taught to be so!

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 4,017 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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