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 November 19, 2017

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

Before giving details about this final clinic for 2017:

There are so many people to thank and recognize, starting of course with our volunteers, donors, and Dr. Andres Tello, without whom none of this would be possible.  We thank you, we love you, and we hope to see you all again next year.  Thank you for showing up, setting up, staying late, bringing food, and being there to help us with our mission. Thank you all for a very good year! We will have a short break, and then the next clinic will be on January 21, 2018.

Yippeee! In the recent nation-wide "Heros For Panama" contest, there were 7 very worthwhile nominees, but Pat Chan, founder of Spay Panama won this most prestigious award...and a check for $20,000! Chan won with nearly 50% of the total votes cast. Chan's Spay Panama group has sterilized over 145,000 dogs and cats as of last week. We are so proud of Pat Chan and her loyal volunteers who do so much for so little.

In addition, Pat Chan has been the inspiration for several local spay/neuter clinics being started around Panama. She was certainly MY inspiration to begin the clinics in Volcan!

Congratulations and BIG HUGS to Pat Chan and the entire Spay Panama group!

Details of our final clinic of 2017:

Dr. Tello sterilized 25 dogs and 7 cats. Of the dogs, 22 were female and 3 were male. Of the cats, 5 were female and 2 were male. This brings our total of dogs and cats sterilized to 4,180.  We are making great progress, especially considering that we have only one veterinarian. But of course he is THE BEST!

In addition to the sterilizations, Dr. Tello removed two huge tumors and performed several exams.

We would have had more animals except for six last-minute cancellations (3 female cats, 1 male dog, and 2 female dogs). In addition, we had quite a few no-shows: 5 female dogs, 3 male dogs, 3 female cats, 1 male cat. 

However, I think we were all glad not to have an extra-long day. We have worked hard all year, and having a break in December will be very welcome. Our next clinic will be on January 21, 2018. Please call for an appointment right away because the January clinic is already half full.

We had a normal day, except one VERY wild cat escaped inside the building. (We always close the front door when dealing with cats.) He was trying to climb the walls and racing around on all the tables. He knocked food and various supplies on the floor. Thanks to the volunteers for grabbing the medications so he couldn't break them. The cat was finally caught, though, and the drama ended.

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 one dog.

We will have a short rest in December and our next clinic will be on January 21, 2018. Please call for an appointment right away.  The January clinic is already half full. 

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 and Agueda 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. 
Cristhian Pitti, my new employee, learns very rapidly.
Will Polly provides lots of transportation, brings his neighborhood dogs to be sterilized, and is a big help otherwise during the clinics.
John Gould helped remove cats from crates to anesthetize them (sometimes dangerous!). He 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 one dog today. Good job, Alex!
Various volunteers 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 and drinks by Don Binder, dessert by Linda Dettloff, and fruit by Amanda Rankin.  I took organic oranges 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: 

$  655.00*

contributions by guardians/owners


Al Jan (Volcan)

      114.42  Darrell Woodwood (Canada) 
       35.00  Will Polly
       15.00   Don Binder
       10.00   Dana Larson
       48.25   Carole Cozine ($50 minus PayPal fee)
       10.00    Judy Odom
$   912.67  Total cash income

*Note: The $655 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, Patricia Chan (Spay Panama) donated two expensive medications we can't get here, plus a beautiful new smock. Thank you, Pat!

At this November 19, 2017 clinic Dr. Tello sterilized 25 dogs and 7 cats.  With my average costs of $25 per dog and $15 per cat, expenses were $730 plus $100 for building rent, for a total of $830. Income this month was $912.67 leaving an excess of $82.67. 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 $2,053.86. 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!


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 4,180 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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