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 April 28, 2019 -  Today 39 animals were
 spayed/neutered by Dr. Andres Tello, 
our wonderful veterinarian. Dr. Tello
also performed several exams and
time-consuming surgeries, including one that
 took 1-1/2 hours. See below!

At 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.

Clinic Magic -  an email sent to various people by Don Binder, one of our dedicated volunteers:

This 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. directs.

And here was my response:

Thanks 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.

Dr. 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 him. 

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.

John 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.

Thanks 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 beforehand.

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

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 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 animals.
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 instruments.
Luis Pablo 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.
No 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. 

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

Income and expenses: 

$  630.00*

contributions by guardians/owners


Al Jan 

          40.00  Phil Huebner
          40.00  Judy Odom (she brought 2 cats; paid Dr. Tello separately and donated $40 for the clinic. Thank you, Judy!)
          25.00  John Gould
          10.00  Anonymous
$   770.00  Total cash income

*Note: 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.

At 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 $100 for building 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. 

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!

And I can never thank our volunteers enough! They work hard and they are wonderful!

See the photo album for this clinic here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/HP85AHZM6t3KLzoW6

Here in 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.) 

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!. But sadly, cruel and uncaring people are bringing dogs to this area and dumping them.

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 whatsapp, 6361-3234
skype:  muffiemae

For appointments: 6640-3171 (phone or whatsapp)

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