43 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 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.
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).
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
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.
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
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.
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
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."
are the kinds of volunteers that we need!
were two pregnancies today. (Dr. Tello charges extra extra for pregnancies
because the surgery takes longer and is more complicated.)
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
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.
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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, 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
Alex Rios also cleaned the teeth of three dogs today. Good job, Alex!
Dee Braden cleaned and sterilized the surgical instruments.
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
forgive me if I forgot to thank anyone who donated or contributed.
Income and expenses:
contributions by guardians/owners
Al Jan (Volcan)
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.
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.
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
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!
have many people bringing their animals to be spayed or neutered!
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 4,148 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.)
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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