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 April 22nd, 2018

 45 animals were spayed/neutered by Dr. Andres Tello,our wonderful veterinarian. Plus he also performed several other procedures, including
removal of a venereal tumor from a male dog.
 See the explanations below.

Dr. Tello sterilized 23 dogs and 24 cats. Of the dogs, 20 were female and 3 were male. Of the cats, 16 were female and 8 were male. This brings our total of dogs and cats sterilized to 4,370.  

In addition to the sterilizations, we had several time-consuming procedures: 2 pregnancies; removal of a large bladder stone; removal of an ovary that some other "vet" had left inside a female dog (I know of a "vet" in David who has a reputation for such a thing); repair of a large hernia; and removal of a large venereal tumor from a male dog. Dr. Tello also euthanized a cat that had severe cancer.

"Dra. Death" in Volcan had struck again. The owner unknowingly took the dog with the venereal tumor to her before our clinic. She supposedly injected "tumor reducing drugs" over a priod of time. The owner ended up paying her $260 for nothing, except perhaps having his dog injected with toxic chemicals. The tumor was huge, and Dr. Tello removed it surgically for a cost of $60.

We had a total of 19 no-shows: 8 female dogs (one with a protracted uterus), and 11 cats. I do keep records of people who have confirmed appointments but don't show up without notifying us to cancel.

The May 20th clinic is already fully booked and we are taking reservations for June 24th. For appointments in June, call 6640-3171.

Because the clinics are filling up so fast that we have to schedule animals far in advance, we will try to play "catch up" and we will have two clinics in August: the 12th and 26. 

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 two dogs.

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 served as 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. 
John Gould helped remove cats from crates to anesthetize them (sometimes dangerous). John and other volunteers carried animals to and from the surgical table and then to the recovery area, plus he 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, Alex Rios, John Gould, and Elcy Morales. 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 dogs today. Good job, Alex!
Elcy Morales, Stephanie Rodrigues, and Alex Rios 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 Susan Lovett, drinks and dessert by Don Binder, fruit by Amanda Rankin.

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

Income and expenses: 

$    895.00*

contributions by guardians/owners


Al Jan (Volcan)

        15.00  Fred Tejan 
        10.00  Cher Michael
         9.00  Amanda Rankin
        10.00  Roseanne Bateman
         5.00  Calendar Sales
$    969.00  Total cash income

*Note: The $895 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.

At this April 22, 2018 clinic Dr. Tello sterilized 23 dogs and 24 cats.  With my average costs of $25 per dog and $15 per cat, expenses were $935 plus $100 for building rent for a total of $1,035. Income this month was $969 leaving a deficit of $66. Therefore, subtracted from my previous out-of-pocket expenses, there is currently an excess of $1939.28. 

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!

Regarding the photo albums: I am FURIOUS. First Picasa Albums quit, and all of my previous Picasa albums were gone! Then I started using Flickr; now they have been sold to SmugMug and my previous Flickr albums are gone! I've spent hours searching for a simple photo album. (I tried google photos but was unable to include captions for each photo.

So--For the photo album for this clinic, go to: https://albumizr.com/skins/mrburn5/index.php?key=81um  

Sorry, I couldn't figure out a way to title the album or set it up any way except for a slide show. I did manage to put captions below each photo. The good news is that in the slide show, the photos are large.



Here in Volcan, our small group has been responsible for sterilizing 4,370 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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