Our 126th spay/neuter clinic! Today 53 animals were
spayed/neutered by Dr. Andres Tello,
our wonderful veterinarian. It was another long day--Dr. Tello
also performed several
exams and other
time-consuming surgeries other than spaying/neutering.
this 126th clinic, Dr.
Tello sterilized 38 dogs and 15 cats. Of the dogs, 29 were female and
9 were male.
Of the cats, 6 were female and 9 were male. This
brings our total of dogs and cats sterilized to 4,892.
were two pregnancies, which take more time. Plus Dr.
Tello also performed complicated and
lengthy surgeries (other than spaying and neutering) on four
it was another long day. The extra surgeries and exams took a much longer
time. I didn't get home until 8:00 pm, and then I had an hour of
"must do" after-clinic duties that night.
And once again, a feral cat got loose inside the
building. John Gould sustained a very deep wound from the cat. Dr.
Tello finally captured the cat with my Ketch pole (well worth the money it
cost!) ...but of
course before he could get near enough to use it, the cat had already
caused a lot of damage. My employee needed to go to clinic the following
day and repair the damage.
Tello had severe pain from gout; he could hardly walk. Blessings and much
gratitude that he even came to operate all day at our clinic. He always
needed to sit in a chair between surgeries and for exams and other
treatments. We are so very fortunate to have this excellent and dedicated
had two new volunteers, brothers Esteban (15) and David (13). Esteban
learned quickly how to do every task. He paid attention and busily handled
everything necessary. I hope (and think) that Esteban will be a regular
was hoping that David would learn to clean teeth; he's 13, and Alex Rios
is 16 and will not be with us forever. But it appeared that David didn't
have much interest in the work and he may not return. So it looks like our
recent volunteer, Luis Pablo Caballero, does have interest in learning to
clean dogs' teeth. Alex will continue to train Pablo, who is 10 years old.
But Alex was only 10 years old when he began volunteering. It is
encouraging when these young people have compassion for animals and want
a regular and valuable volunteer, was sick and couldn't come. We missed
her and wish her the best!
had more vomiting, peeing and pooping on the floor than usual. We always
advise people NOT to feed their dogs after Saturday evening before the
clinic, but the vomit indicates that they didn't follow the rules.
next clinic, April 28th, is already full. We are taking reservations for
our May 12th clinic. I'm not looking forward to getting everything done
with the short time between clinics, but we had to schedule it this way
because of Dr. Tello's schedule and obligations. Call or whatsapp
6640-3171 for appointments. Francia Pinedo has the list and she has
assumed the responsibility of scheduling appointments and confirming them
we also offer teeth cleaning of dogs. The cost is $25.00. Please make an
appointment if you want this procedure.
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
are our 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 also 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. Esteban also helped with these
duties and David also helped.
Various volunteers assisted Dr. Tello and gave post-op injections of B-12 and
antiparasite. Those include 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
And of course
our wonderful John Gould who helps provide transportation and helps
everywhere he is needed!
Elcy Morales also helped by cleaning and sterilizing the surgical
Caballero, our recent and youngest volunteer (10 years old). We love
him. He also helped clean and sterilize the surgical instruments and
worked at other tasks as well. He is also learning to clean dogs' teeth.
Alex Rios cleaned the teeth of
four dogs and he helped with other tasks as well.
We had a lot of
delicious food for the doctor and the volunteers! Thanks to everyone
who contributed: The main dish by Sue Lovett, drinks by Carla Black, and desert by
forgive me if I forgot to thank anyone who donated or contributed.
Income and expenses:
contributions by guardians/owners
sales (thanks to Patria Chan, Spay Panama)
The $1,055 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.
this March 24, 2019 clinic Dr. Tello sterilized 38 dogs and 15 cats. With my
average costs of $25 per dog and $15 per cat, expenses were $1,175 plus
rent for a total of $1,275. Income this month was $1,095 leaving a
deficit of $80. Therefore, with my previous out-of-pocket expenses,
there is currently an excess of $2,794.28.
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!
I can never thank our volunteers enough! They work hard and they are
the photo album for this clinic here: https://imgur.com/a/MLimVzO
Volcan, our small group has been
responsible for sterilizing 4,892 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!. But sadly, cruel and
uncaring people are bringing dogs to this area and dumping them.
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
appointments: 6640-3171 (phone or whatsapp)
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