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 October 22, 2017

 43 animals were spayed/neutered by Dr. Andres Tello,
our wonderful veterinarian, Plus he also performed several
time-consuming procedures. See the explanations below.

Dr. Tello sterilized 28 dogs and 15 cats. Of the dogs, 23 were female and 6 were male. Of the cats, 9 were female and 6 were male. This brings our total of dogs and cats sterilized to 4,148.  

This was our longest day ever. We didn't finish until 8:00 pm, well after dark. With "only" sterilizing 43 dogs and cats, we should have been finished by around 5:00 pm. But  removing a huge tumor from a dog took about an hour. (See pictures in the Flickr album link given below.) I don't know how many sutures it required--maybe 50? There were also other complicated surgeries (see paragraphs below).

Also, a man brought a dog whose head and face was totally eaten up with cancer. It was so hideous that I didn't even take a picture. Dr. Tello put the dog down, but before he did, we all (including Dr. Tello) and the man who brought the dog were crying. We sat and blessed this dog that had suffered so much. Now he will suffer no more. (It makes me cry to even write about this.)

There was a female homeless dog at the new Berard's that people liked and fed. She kept having puppies. I spoke with a man, Henry, who is often at the new Berard's, and asked him to take the dog home with him on Saturday before the clinic so we could come get her and spay her. Will Polly volunteered to get the dog from Henry and bring her to the clinic. We spayed this sweet dog and Will kept her overnight to make sure she had no post-surgery problems. The next day, Monday, Will and I returned her to Berards's. She was very happy and considers the place "home." But yeaaaa....no more puppies for her.

Don Binder, our long-time volunteer, reported on Monday: "I saw the Berard female this morning. She looks very good, happy, and calm. Her incision is great. She is such a loving dog that everyone there stops and pets her."

Another wonderful job by Will Polly (and another time-consuming surgery by Dr. Tello): Francia had heard about a dog in bad condition, and she and Will went to bring the dog to the clinic. Dr. Tello found that she was near death from massive infection in her uterus. The amount of puss in her uterus equaled about two liters. This often happens when people give injections to females to keep them from getting pregnant. We've seen this situation before, but hers was the most severe. Will took her home with him to care for her. It was about three days before she would eat or drink or come out of her crate. But now she is well on the road to recovery.

Don also said about Will: "I hardly know Will but he is very gregarious and obviously not afraid to work." So thank you, Will, for becoming a new volunteer.

Also, big praise for another new volunteer, Agueda Castillo. In a clinic I'm always handling one thing after another, so I usually can't pay attention to one particular thing at one time. But Don Binder said about Agueda: "She was totally involved and knew immediately where she could be most helpful. She is a natural."

These are the kinds of volunteers that we need!

There were two pregnancies today. (Dr. Tello charges extra extra for pregnancies because the surgery takes longer and is more complicated.)

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

Our next clinic will be on November 19, 2017. Please call for an appointment right away. The clinics fill up rapidly and this clinic will be the final one for 2017. We will have a short rest and the January 2018 clinic will be on January 21.  

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, registrar. 
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. 
Two new volunteers, Agueda Castillo and Cristhian Pitti, learned very rapidly and did a great job doing whatever was necessary.
Will Polly is also a new volunteer. Thank you, Will! See the narrative above about all of Will's help.
Amanda Dettloff helped remove cats from crates to anesthetize them (sometimes dangerous!). She and other volunteers carried animals to and from the surgical table and then to the recovery area, plus they provided help in many other ways.
Various volunteers assisted Dr. Tello and gave post-op injections of B-12 and antiparasite. Those include Stephanie Rodriguez (from David) and and Alex Rios. They 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 also cleaned the teeth of three dogs today. Good job, Alex!
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 by Roseanne Bateman, drinks by Don Binder, dessert by Sharon Borgman. I took organic oranges and cucumbers from my garden for everyone to eat and/or take home.

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

Income and expenses: 

$ 1,000.00*

contributions by guardians/owners


Al Jan (Volcan)

      114.42  Darrell Woodwood (Canada) 
       40.00  Will Polly
         5.00   Don Binder
       10.00   Amanda Rankin
$ 1,194.42  Total cash income

*Note: The $1,000 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.

In addition, Denise Reed donated a large dog crate, three king-size sheets, a leash and collar to the recycle group. Then Carla Black donated those items to the clinic. Thanks to both of you for your generosity.

At this October 22, 2017 clinic Dr. Tello sterilized 28 dogs and 15 cats.  With my average costs of $25 per dog and $15 per cat, expenses were $925 plus $100 for building rent, for a total of $1,025. Income this month was $1,194.42 leaving an excess of $169.42. Therefore, subtracting from my previous out-of-pocket expenses, there is now an excess of  $2,056.20.  I bought a Ketch-pole for the clinic; the total cost including shipping was $84.30, so the excess is $1,971.19. 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!


We always have many people bringing their animals to be spayed or neutered!

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 4,148 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
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