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 May 12, 2019 -  Today 40 animals were
 spayed/neutered by Dr. Andres Tello, 
our wonderful veterinarian. In addition, Dr. Tello
also performed several exams
plus two very
complicated surgeries that took 2-1/2 hours.
 took 1-1/2 hours. See below for details!

At this 128th clinic, Dr. Tello sterilized 27 dogs and 13 cats. Of the dogs, 25 were female and 2 were male. Of the cats, 7 were female and 6 were male. This brings our total of dogs and cats sterilized to 4,971. (With our clinic in June, we will surpass 5,000 animals!)

Dr. Tello will often agree to perform surgeries other than spaying and neutering for animals that have already been sterilized. This saves people a trip to the Paseo Canoas border to meet Dr. Tello. These additional surgeries are most often done at the end of the day when the sterilization procedures have been completed.

The final extraordinary procedure on this clinic day was surgery on a dog's rear leg. Dr. Tello used a method he had recently learned, which involved using the dog's fascia to repair the ligament rather than inserting a metal pin or other foreign material. See the pictures on my web site. This was a very complicated surgery that took 1-1/2 hours. It was still another LONG day!

We are so very fortunate to have such a dedicated and skilled veterinarian as Dr. Andres Tello!

Thanks to John Gould for donating a butane-powered soldering iron. When the electricity goes out, Dr. Tello has an alternative way of cauterizing.

We experienced a 6.2 earthquake during the clinic, but fortunately the electricity was out for only scant minutes.

Our June clinic is on the 23rd. 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, Kathleen Arauz, 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.
Alex Rios and Luis Caballero cleaned the teeth of one dog today. 

We had a lot of delicious food for the doctor and the volunteers! Thanks to everyone who contributed: The main dish by Dorreene Reynolds, drinks by John Gould and Don Binder, fruit by Amanda Rankin, and Don Binder provided dessert. 

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

Income and expenses: 

$  863.00*

contributions by guardians/owners


Al Jan 

          20.00  Anonymous
$   908.00  Total cash income

*Note: The $863 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 May 12, 2019 clinic Dr. Tello sterilized 27 dogs and 13 cats.  With my average costs of $25 per dog and $15 per cat, expenses were $870 plus $100 for building rent for a total of $970. Income this month was $908 leaving a deficit of $62. Therefore,  with my previous out-of-pocket expenses, there is currently an excess of $2,657.28. 

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/mfjPE6JVnahYq2kF7

Here in Volcan, our small group has been responsible for sterilizing 4,971 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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