46 animals were spayed/neutered by Dr. Andres Tello,
our wonderful veterinarian, Plus he also performed several other
time-consuming procedures. See the explanations below.
Tello sterilized 27 dogs and 19 cats. Of the dogs, 19 were female and 8 were male.
Of the cats, 11 were female and 8 were male. This
brings our total of dogs and cats sterilized to 4,063.
addition to sterilizations, Dr. Tello also performed some extraordinary
little two-month-old female puppy had been hit by a car a few days prior
to the clinic. Her hip was dislocated, and it was necessary to remove
her entire hip joint. She will need some special care after the surgery,
and her recovery time will be up to six months. But then she will walk
and run with no problems at all. (In the past, Dr. Tello has performed
the same kind of surgery on two of my dogs. You'd never know they had
any kind of injury.)
male dog had a very advanced venereal tumor. The tumor was actually
protruding from the penis sack. The concerned owners had recently
learned about Dr. Tello and our clinics. They had previously been to
numerous veterinarians in David during the 18 months when they first saw
blood dripping from their dog's penis. Those "veterinarians"
had given the dog antibiotics, which will do nothing to cure a venereal
tumor. The tumors are eventually fatal, for both males and females, and
by the time the owners of this poor dog found us, blood was pouring from
his penis. I'm sure this precious dog was not far from dying. They will
return to our next clinic for Dr. Tello to examine the dog. There is a
small possibility that the dog will need limited chemotherapy; but Dr.
Tello is almost certain that he was able to remove the tumor in its
entirety. The photo will be disturbing to some, but if you want to see
it, click HERE. (That ugly growth is on the
end of the dog's penis.)
the past we used to encounter venereal tumors quite often at our
clinics; thankfully, because we have sterilized so many dogs in the
area, we seldom see them now.)
you read my July web page about the little dog Zeus...well,
another wonderful success story. Zeus had a badly broken rear leg.
I took him to the border to meet Dr. Tello so he could perform the
necessary surgery on Zeus' leg. I again went the the border a few days
after that and brought Zeus home with me to care for. Dr. Tello had
inserted a pin into Zeus's leg for stability, and he removed the pin at
our clinic today. Zeus had healed so quickly that removing the pin
turned out to be a lengthy process. I will keep Zeus with me to administer pain and antibiotic
injections as necessary, and then
Zeus will go back with his owner. She obviously loves Zeus. I will miss
him, and he will miss me. Zeus has strongly bonded with me.
great news! Besides our two remaining local "mascots" that we
sterilized several months ago, we managed to capture three more today--new
"visitors" to our clinics--two
males and one young female.
brown male dog had been coming around the clinic for four months.
Indeed, every time I'd go to the clinic to do some work, he would show up
with the other two. I'd give him treats. He would eat from my hand, but he
was too scared to let me even pet him. Alexis Vasquez, a new volunteer,
managed to capture him, and we neutered him.
"visitors" obviously have owners nearby. The dogs seem to be
well fed and not neglected, but the owners are either oblivious to the
necessity to sterilize their dogs--or they simply don't care. I do care.
So I paid for the sterilizations of these dogs myself. I'd much rather do
that instead of having them breed and create many more homeless, suffering
Ortiz brought her newly adopted female dog, who had recently given birth
to six puppies. She needs to find good homes for the puppies. I took
plenty of Kirkland kibble for both mama and the puppies. Good news is that
as of this writing, three of the puppies have been adopted. (Frank and
Betsy Barbeau adopted one of the little puppies. She (Addie) weighs only
three pounds and has already shown that she is smart as a whip and has a
all look very much alike so they apparently had the same
"daddy." Here are a couple of pictures. Please contact
me to adopt one--6517-8752 or email@example.com
were no pregnancies today. (Dr. Tello charges $10 extra for pregnancies
because the surgery takes longer and is more complicated.)
had a total of 18 no-shows: 9 female dogs, 3 male dogs, 6 female cats.
we also offer teeth cleaning of dogs. The cost is $25.00. Please make an
appointment if you want this procedure.
next clinic will be on September 24, 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. Elcy Morales, Kimberly Castillo, and Enid Maldonado 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 to anesthetize them (sometimes dangerous!). John carried animals to and from the surgical table and then to the recovery
area, plus he provided help in many other ways.
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.
Various of the volunteers 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
Alex Rios also assisted with after-care duties.
There were no teeth-cleaning appointments today.
Dee Braden cleaned and sterilized the surgical instruments.
We had a new volunteer: Bruce Jarvis. Welcome to the team, Bruce.
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,
Marukel Rodriguez brought cookies, and I took organic bananas.
forgive me if I forgot to thank anyone who donated or contributed.
Income and expenses:
contributions by guardians/owners
Al Jan (Volcan)
thanks to Jimmy Markson and Jan Herzog, who donated a top-of-the line
The $845 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 August 20, 2017 clinic Dr. Tello sterilized 27 dogs and 19 cats. With my
average costs of $25 per dog and $15 per cat, expenses were $960 plus $100
for building rent, for a total of $1,060. Income this month was $1,101.05 leaving
an excess of $41.05. Therefore, my current out-of-pocket expenses are
$152.64. I have never before had such an out-of-pocket expense! 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!
This is the
little male dog that had the near-fatal venereal tumor. The
surgery was complicated and extensive, but Dr. Tello thinks he
removed all of the tumor. He will check it during our next clinic.
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 4,063 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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