120th STERILIZATION CLINIC IN VOLCAN
la version en espanol)
August 26, 2018
This was our second spay/neuter clinic in August 2018. Today 50 animals were spayed/neutered by Dr. Andres Tello, our wonderful veterinarian.
The total dogs/cats spayed for August was 85! Plus Dr. Tello also performed several
exams and other
At this 120th clinic, Dr. Tello sterilized 30 dogs and 20 cats. Of the dogs, 17 were female and 13 male. Of the cats, 16 were female and 4 were male. This brings our total of dogs and cats sterilized to 4,589.
We had two clinics this month. The work (for me, mostly) is daunting to have two clinics in one month. But now, despite my intention that I'd never again have two clinics in one month, I may change my mind...depending on the availability of Dr. Tello, of course. During our two clinics this month, we sterilized a total of 85 dogs and cats!
This was despite no-shows of 18 animals for August 12th and 19 animals for August 26th....a total of 37 no-shows for the two months! That's the reason that we always overbook appointments. Francia Pinedo contacts EVERYONE before a clinic to confirm their appointments. People with confirmed appointments who do not bother to cancel and then do not bring their animal are inexcusability discourteous!
Our next clinic will be on September 30, 2018.
I can never repeat enough my gratitude for our wonderful volunteers! Besides paying the rent for the building, I pay Dr. Tello, who works for much less than at his private clinic in Costa Rica, and he is the only one who is paid. We simply could not have these clinics and help so many animals without our volunteers. So--I extend much love and gratitude to all of you wonderful volunteers who work very hard all day!
My Ketch pole came to the rescue again! A woman needed help to bring a WILD female cat to the clinic. The cat, that had had kittens after kittens, was inside a building. Our wonderful John Gould went with the woman, and with the help of my Ketch pole, finally managed to capture this very WILD cat. Well, no more kittens for this mama cat! Thank you to John, and to the woman who cared enough to make the effort to get the cat spayed!
Blessings to Denise Reed! She has worked with an indigenous family for months to get better care for their female dog. Little by little. Finally, she was able to bring the dog to the clinic to be sterilized today. Thanks to her efforts, the dog is being fed properly and she has a harness instead of a wire around her neck. They do need to keep her tied because she will eat their little chicks--which will be food for them. But now, thanks to Denise, the dog is no longer being mistreated and she is being fed properly.
Denise lives in the Cuesta de Piedra area. Her friend (and mine) Andrea Gonella live in the same area. Andrea rescues MANY dogs, feeds dozens, and arranges medical care for those who need need it.
Thank you both, Denise and Andrea! We need more people like you --people who CARE and who also make the effort to improve the lives of mistreated animals! Much love from me--and from the dogs you have helped so much.
Remember, we also offer teeth cleaning of dogs. The cost is $25.00. Please make an appointment if you want this procedure.
You may click the PayPal "Donate" button below to help the animals. It is to my personal PayPal account at firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
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/RgwgeJK
Here in Volcan, our small group has been responsible for sterilizing 4,589 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
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