Numbers 137 through 140

(Para la version en espanol)

  June 14 and November 8, 22, and 29 - 2020

There are many abandoned dogs in this area by cruel people.
When I see an abandoned dog,
I see an angel that someone has thrown away.


The pandemic has caused many problems for animals as well as people. We had permission from Minsa for the four clinics, but under the circumstances we sterilized a lot fewer animals than usual. And we had no clinics at all for seven months.

Our next clinic will be in January of 2021. To find out the date and make an appointment, send a Whatsapp message to the clinic phone in early January, 6640-3171. Whatsapp text messages only. I do not answer phone calls at that number.

There were 236 animals sterilized at the four clinics--110 female dogs, 25 male dogs, 66 female cats, 35 male cats. This brings our total to 5,624. 

Dedicated volunteers at these clinics were:

Francia Pinedo, Elcy Morales, Alex Rios, Agueda Castillo (home from university because of the pandemic), Suany Quintero, Melanie Marquinez, Nicole Valdes, Alcides Quintero, Veronica Salas, Diego Delgado, Rodrigo Morales, and Naomi Tello, Dr. Tello's daughter. 

Total income (including the donations listed below) $5,562. Expenses were $5,090, leaving an excess of $472. That added to the amount in February leaves a positive cash flow of $2,398. 

$  250.00 - Al Jan (March through December donations)
      50.00 - Hazel Blumberg-McKee
 1,000.00 - Pat Chan/Spay Panama
      15.00 - Lorenzo Prouvost
      10.00 - Temistocles Vanegas
        5.00 - William Cooper
        5.00 - Monica Steyn
      20.00 - Dan Bourbeau (Boquete)
        5.00 - Adriadne Herra
        5.00 - Haydee Janson
      25.00 - Don and Mary Binder

Note: For accounting on my web pages, expenses are based only on the cost of $25 per dog and $15 per cat, plus rent for the building, but my expenses are actually much greater than that. I pay the veterinarian, provide the anesthesia and all other medications and supplies. We use the best and safest anesthesia, which costs almost $5.00 per cc. As an example, a big dog, say 80 lbs., requires 3cc of anesthesia alone. 

Then we also give medications for pain, antibiotics, antiparasite, Vitamin B complex, and treatment for fleas and ticks, and more of each is required for the bigger dogs. 

Added to that are the miscellaneous items required: smocks for the volunteers, cost of the stainless steel surgical and teeth cleaning instruments, tables and stainless steel operating tables, gloves, gauze, iodine, alcohol, cloro, spray bottles, distilled water, hydrogen peroxide, cream for the surgical site, muzzles, crates for dogs and cats, towels, blankets, trash bags, paper towels, soap, toilet paper, and many other things not listed here. The cold sterilization solution for instruments costs $55 per gallon.

Then of course I bring a big bag of blankets, towels, and the volunteers' smocks home to wash after each clinic.

I have considered adjusting the prices for dogs. For example, charging an additional $5.00 for each 15 lbs. over 25 lbs. That idea seems very fair, but it is on hold for now.  

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

Thank you in advance for future financial help, and thanks to everyone who has donated in the past.

We had a lot of delicious food for the doctor and the volunteers! Thanks to everyone who contributed: Main dishes by Susan Lovett, desserts by Liz Waring, fruit by Dorreene Reynolds.  I provided the drinks, and as always I provide purified water, coffee, cream, and sugar.  Please forgive me if I forgot anyone!

I did not take pictures for photo albums. No one is recognizable with their masks!

Here in Volcan, our small group has been responsible for sterilizing 5,624 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. (I do not trust care of my dogs or injured dogs that I find in the street to ANYONE except the veterinarian at our clinics.)

Thanks to everyone who participated in our clinics, and to those who had their pets sterilized. Always remember that TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

Dorothy Atwater 
For appointments: 6640-3171 (whatsapp messages, no phone calls)

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