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 May 20, 2018

 47 animals were spayed/neutered by Dr. Andres Tello,our wonderful veterinarian. Plus he also performed several other procedures, including
amputation of a dog's leg.
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Dr. Tello sterilized 22 dogs and 25 cats. Of the dogs, 20 were female and 2 were male. Of the cats, 16 were female and 9 were male. This brings our total of dogs and cats sterilized to 4,417.  

In addition to the sterilizations, we had several time-consuming procedures: 

"Dra. Death" in Volcan had struck still again. This time, five months ago, she severed the nerve in a dog's rear leg. The dog couldn't use the leg at all. It was limp. She dragged it and her foot was very ulcerated. Dr. Tello had to amputate the leg.

A woman brought a three-month-old rescued male puppy that had lost most of his hair and had blister-like bumps all over him. The owner had taken the dog to a male veterinarian who is in Volcan on weekends.  He diagnosed the cause as hypothyroidism and told the owner the medication to get. (Fortunately, she had not gotten the medication as of clinic day.)

Dr. Tello said a young dog rarely has hypothyroidism. He thought the dog had demodectic mange and prescribed one tablet of Bravecto, available at Melo in David for $31. To be sure, he did a skin scraping. When he examined the scraping with his microscope the next day, the dog indeed has demodectic mange PLUS many, many mites.

Dr. Tello said the dog will be much improved within two weeks and completely well in one month. I also gave the owner antibiotics to administer for five days.

So...we keep getting lessons to be very leery of using any local veterinarians! 

We had a total of 9 no-shows: 6 female dogs, 1 male cat, 2 female cats.

The June 24th clinic is already fully booked and we are taking reservations for July 22nd, which is almost full as well. For appointments in July, call or whatsapp 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.


We have two new excellent volunteers, Hannah Bahls and Kathleen Arauz. Hannah is an exchange student and will be with us for a few more months. Kathleen will be permanent until she leaves for veterinary college. She is applying for a scholorship at various universities.

Following are our other regular volunteers. I believe that we now have the best team of volunteers we have ever had!

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 two dogs today. Good job, Alex!
Elcy Morales, Stephanie Rodrigues, and Alex Rios cleaned and sterilized the surgical instruments. Hannah and Kathleen performed various duties wherever needed.

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 Olivia Kroekel, drinks and dessert by Don Binder, fruit by Amanda Rankin.

Also, thanks to Anne Reid who donated the cost of an LED overhead light for the clinic, value approximately $30. Don Binder will install the light fixture.

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

Income and expenses: 

$    855.00*

contributions by guardians/owners


Al Jan (Volcan)

        10.00  Jan Atkins 
        10.00  Judy Odom
   1,000.00    Spay Panama
         5.00  Suzi Robertshaw
$ 1,905.00  Total cash income

A special thanks to Spay Panama/Patricia Chan for the generous donation of $1,000.

*Note: The $855 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 May 20, 2018 clinic Dr. Tello sterilized 22 dogs and 25 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 $1,905 leaving an excess of $880. Therefore, added to my previous out-of-pocket expenses, there is currently an excess of $2,819.28. 

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!



Above left: The dog that had the leg amputated. You can see her ulcerated foot in the picture. Right: The puppy with the terrible mange and mites.

See the photo album for this clinic here: https://imgur.com/a/5poKf6b

Here in Volcan, our small group has been responsible for sterilizing 4,417 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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