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 November 24, 2019

Today 44 animals were spayed/neutered by Dr. Andres Tello,
our wonderful veterinarian. In addition, Dr. Tello also
performed several exams and some other very lengthy
procedures. (See below.)

At this 134th clinic, Dr. Tello sterilized 29 dogs and 15 cats. Of the dogs, 25 were female and 4 were male. Of the cats, 11 were female and 4 were male. This brings our total of dogs and cats sterilized to 5,236. 

Please remember: You are the center of your dog's universe. You are the sun, the moon and the stars to your canine companion. With their lifelong devotion to us, we often wonder how we can ever repay our dogs for their unconditional love? How? You can give them a good quality of life in return. Give them love, nourishing food, clean water, and shelter from the sun and rain. And do not tie them up on a short chain to live sad lives without exercise or play! Love them unconditionally the same as they love you!

The above brings to mind a very sad story: Someone sent me pictures of this dog in Paso Ancho with bloody ears.

I suspected the cause was fly bites. My employee and I went several times treat the ears of this old female dog who had had many litters. She had practically no teeth left, and she also had a huge venereal tumor. She had two puppies--the woman said the old dog had given birth to others that had died. I bought parvovirus vaccine and injected both puppies and also gave them antiparasite medication. The woman mentioned giving the puppies to someone in the Comarca. I told her NO--that when the indigenous families moved, they abandoned their dogs and left them behind to starve and breed.

The woman also had a younger female dog. I told her that I'd provide transportation to and from the clinic and that I'd pay for sterilizations and removal of the venereal tumor PROVIDING that Alcides, my employee, could bring all four dogs to the clinic She agreed.

Well, when Alcides went to bring the dogs to the clinic, the two puppies were missing. The woman said "they died." Neither Alcides nor I believed that! No doubt she had sent the poor puppies to the Comarca. (Well, of course I paid for everything anyway.)

While Dr. Tello was operating, he noticed that the dog was very constipated and he began to express the poop. Well, horribly, what was inside her was mostly PLASTIC and very little poop. No doubt she had been starving and ate Pampers and plastic meat wrappers. I put about half of it in a zip-lock bag to show the woman.

I brought the dog home with me to care for her overnight, but the old female dog was not able to recover from the extensive surgery after being so malnourished. I believe it was a blessing for her rather than being returned to the negligent, uncaring woman...and she would have soon died a painful death from the venereal tumor anyway.

When Alcides and I took the dog's body to the woman, I gave her the bag of plastic that we had expelled from the dog. She didn't express any care about the death of the dog--or the fact that her intestines had been filled with plastic!

The other little dog? She was tied on a short rope about two feet long. She tentatively wagged her little tail at me. I don't understand how people can be so ignorant and uncaring?

November was our final clinic for this year. On behalf of myself and all our wonderful volunteers, we wish you a merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year!

Our next clinic will be on January 19, 2020.  Call or (preferably whatsapp) 6640-3171 for appointments. 

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

Except for Dr. Tello, 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 volunteers. 

Francia Pinedo served as registrar.  
Don Binder and John Gould weighed animals and gave the anesthesia injections. They, Charli Heusel-Navarre 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 Dr. Tello's daughter Naomi and Esteban Lozada. 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, cleans instruments, and helps everywhere he is needed! 
Alex Rios cleaned the teeth of two dogs today.

See the photo album for this clinic here: 

We had a lot of delicious food for the doctor and the volunteers! Thanks to everyone who contributed: The main dish by Olivia Kroekel, drinks by Don Binder and John Gould, and dessert by Liz Waring.

Frank and Betsy Barbeau donated 6 small crates and a live trap. Thank you!

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

Income and expenses: 

$  815.00*

contributions by guardians/owners


Al Jan 

       200.00  Sylvia Marshall 
         50.00  Roseanne Bateman
     165.00  Calendar sales ( thanks to Pat Chan) 
 $1,255.00  Total cash income

*Note: The $815 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 November 24, 2019 clinic Dr. Tello sterilized 29 dogs and 15 cats.  With my average costs of $25 per dog and $15 per cat, expenses were $950 plus $100 for building rent for a total of $1,050. Income this month was $1,255 leaving an excess of $205. Therefore,  with my previous out-of-pocket expenses, there remains an excess of $2,186.93.

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!

Here in Volcan, our small group has been responsible for sterilizing 5,236 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. God is judging these cruel people!

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 6361-3234 (whatsapp)

For appointments: 6640-3171 (whatsapp)

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