12, 2019 -
Today 40 animals were
spayed/neutered by Dr. Andres Tello,
our wonderful veterinarian. In addition, Dr. Tello
also performed several
complicated surgeries that took 2-1/2 hours.
took 1-1/2 hours. See below for details!
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!)
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.
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
are so very fortunate to have such a dedicated and skilled veterinarian as
Dr. Andres Tello!
to John Gould for donating a butane-powered soldering iron. When the
electricity goes out, Dr. Tello has an alternative way of cauterizing.
experienced a 6.2 earthquake during the clinic, but fortunately the
electricity was out for only scant minutes.
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
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, 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
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 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.
forgive me if I forgot to thank anyone who donated or contributed.
Income and expenses:
contributions by guardians/owners
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.
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
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.
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/mfjPE6JVnahYq2kF7
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.)
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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