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 August 12, 2018

 35 animals were spayed/neutered by Dr. Andres Tello, our wonderful veterinarian. Plus he also performed several exams and other
 procedures, including surgery on a dog's eye. 

Dr. Tello sterilized 20 dogs and 15 cats. Of the dogs, 19 were female and 1 was male. Of the cats, 9 were female and 6 were male. This brings our total of dogs and cats sterilized to 4,539.  

We will have another clinic in August, on the 26th. It is full, as was this one on the 12th. We "only" sterilized 35 dogs and cats today because we had 18 no-shows, even though we contact everyone beforehand to remind them of their appointments.

 No-shows are nothing new, but we usually have enough people come without appointments to make up the difference. This didn't happen today.

Animals that were no-shows with confirmed appointments were 6 female cats, 5 male cats, 3 female dogs, and 4 male dogs.

We do keep a list of people who do not come after they have confirmed their appointments. We will usually let it happen once or twice, but after that, they will not able able to make another appointment. They can come to the clinic, but they will have to wait until we have time to work them in. The wait could be a long time. No matter. It is rude to have a confirmed appointment and then bother not to come without giving us any notice.

Remember, we also offer teeth cleaning of dogs. The cost is $25.00. Please make an appointment if you want this procedure. 

Amanda Rankin's big dog did not need her teeth cleaned, but she had two upper molars that were in bad condition. Dr. Tello removed the molars--and doing so took a lot of strength. Fortunately I had bought a complete set of dental instruments for the clinics. (And another set as a gift to Dr. Tello.) Without those, it would have been impossible to remove those molars! 

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.


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, Elcy Morales and Agueda Castillo gave the pre-op injections of antibiotics and anti-inflammatory. (Welcome back, Agueda! She was absent for two clinics because she injured her knee. We missed her and her expertise!) 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, Kathleen Arauz 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. 
Elcy Morales, Stephanie Rodriguez, and Alex Rios also helped by cleaning and sterilizing the surgical instruments.
A new volunteer, Annah Crookham, 13 years old. Annah was very timid about doing the necessary things in the clinic. Perhaps this is not a job for her, but we appreciate her participation and interest.

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.

Later in the day, Eric Westra brought beef croquettes for everyone, just hot from the oven. Thank you, Eric!

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

Income and expenses: 

$   700.00*

contributions by guardians/owners


Al Jan (Volcan)

         5.00  Amanda Rankin 
$    780.00  Total cash income

*Note: The $700 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 August 12, 2018 clinic Dr. Tello sterilized 20 dogs and 15 cats.  With my average costs of $25 per dog and $15 per cat, expenses were $725 plus $100 for building rent for a total of $825. Income this month was $780 leaving a deficit of $45. Therefore,  subtracted from my previous out-of-pocket expenses, there is currently an excess of $2,579.28. 

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!

See the photo album for this clinic here: https://imgur.com/a/Rwji1nh

Here in Volcan, our small group has been responsible for sterilizing 4,539 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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