32 animals were spayed/neutered by Dr. Andres Tello,
our wonderful veterinarian. Plus he also performed several other
time-consuming procedures. See the explanations below.
giving details about this final clinic for 2017:
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,
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.
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!
and BIG HUGS to Pat Chan and the entire Spay Panama group!
of our final clinic of 2017:
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!
addition to the sterilizations, Dr. Tello removed two huge tumors and
performed several exams.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
may click the PayPal "Donate" button below to help the animals.
It is to my personal PayPal account at email@example.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
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 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
Alex Rios also cleaned the teeth of one
dog today. Good job, Alex!
Various volunteers 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 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
forgive me if I forgot to thank anyone who donated or contributed.
Income and expenses:
contributions by guardians/owners
Al Jan (Volcan)
Cozine ($50 minus PayPal fee)
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.
addition, Patricia Chan (Spay Panama) donated two expensive medications
we can't get here, plus a beautiful new smock. Thank you, Pat!
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
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!
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 4,180 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.)
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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