28, 2019 -
Today 39 animals were
spayed/neutered by Dr. Andres Tello,
our wonderful veterinarian. Dr. Tello
also performed several
exams and other
time-consuming surgeries, including one that
took 1-1/2 hours. See below!
this 127th clinic, Dr.
Tello sterilized 19 dogs and 18 cats. Of the dogs, 14 were female and
5 were male.
Of the cats, 13 were female and 5 were male. This
brings our total of dogs and cats sterilized to 4,931.
Magic - an email sent to various people by Don Binder, one of our
is why I love the Volcán spay/neuter clinic. The dog was hit by a
vehicle and rushed into the clinic. Dr. Tello examined him and said
he had a dislocated front shoulder and broken hip. He set the
shoulder and immediately asked for an electric drill. Dottie
called Rodriqo and he brought the drill. In these pictures you will
see Dr. guiding a 5 inch stainless pin through the dogs hip while Agueda
(15 years old) operates the drill. In the other picture a
14-year-old new volunteer (Esteban Hidaldo) operates the drill while Dr.
here was my response:
for the pictures and write up, Don. I'm working on my web page now and I
planned to include about the dog, but you said it very well.
Tello is indeed a genius! He said the drill is not an "orthopedic
drill" but it served the purpose. I am happy to pay for things like
this--and Dr. Tello charged me only $50 for a surgery that took 1-1/2
hours, including, of course, the five minutes it took to neuter
Francia's sister is taking care of the dog. I gave them extra antibiotics
and pain meds to administer. Dr. Tello will remove the pin at our June
19th clinic. Francia says she may adopt him--he's a very nice dog. He is
not thin, so I'm guessing he is still another dog that was dumped here--I
regularly walk in that area and I have not seen him before.
I went to see the dog today (April 30th). He is doing well, thanks to our
wonderful Dr. Andres Tello. The dog also has road rash and dings all over
his body, but he will be okay.
Gould, who has been badly injured TWICE by cats, had a brilliant idea. He
bought the material and Marianne Brown of the Quilting House made three
large bags with draw strings. Now we can place the mouth of the bag at the
entrance of the crate, dump the feral cat inside the bag, and inject the
anesthesia through the bag and into the cat.
to John for buying the material and to Marianne Brown for donating the
labor! A very innovative idea!
Our May clinic
is on the 12th. 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 Agueda Castillo 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.
Various volunteers assisted Dr. Tello and gave post-op injections of B-12
and antiparasite and tatooed the ears of female dogs to indicate they
have been spayed. (Dr. Tello's incisions are so very tiny that
there will soon be no indication of surgery.) Those included Elcy
Morales, Esteban Hidalgo, Alex Rios, and Luis Pablo Caballero. 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.
cleaning for Alex Rios and Pablo today.
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 John Gould and Don
Binder, a wonderful fruit salad by Jeanie Friedman, and both Dorreene
Reynolds and Claudia Flores brought a desert.
forgive me if I forgot to thank anyone who donated or contributed.
Income and expenses:
contributions by guardians/owners
Odom (she brought 2 cats; paid Dr. Tello separately and donated
$40 for the clinic. Thank you, Judy!)
The $770 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 April 28, 2019 clinic Dr. Tello sterilized 19 dogs and 18 cats. With my
average costs of $25 per dog and $15 per cat, expenses were $745 plus
rent for a total of $845. Income this month was $770 leaving a
deficit of $75. Therefore, with my previous out-of-pocket expenses,
there is currently an excess of $2,719.28.
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://photos.app.goo.gl/HP85AHZM6t3KLzoW6
Volcan, our small group has been
responsible for sterilizing 4,931 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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