17, 2008 -28 animals
today by Dr. Tello, our wonderful veterinarian from Costa Rica!
Dr. Tello sterilized 16 dogs and 12 cats. Of the 16 dogs, 12 were female
and 4 were male. Of the cats, 7 were female and 5 were male. One male
dog had a venereal tumor, which Dr. Tello removed. There were no
pregnant animals today. We are indeed making progress!
is difficult because many people who have appointments don't show up or
bother to call and cancel their appointments, nor are we able to reach
them by phone on clinic day. And people who have appointments often
arrive either hours before or hours after their scheduled time.
Sometimes several people arrive who do not have
appointments. Most of the time we go ahead and accept them, but we
have them wait until we have a lull in the action.
when scheduling, we allow a specified amount of time for each animal. But
when we have a female dog that is very large, and/or in heat,
and/or is pregnant and/or has a venereal tumor (or sometimes more than
one of the above conditions), the surgery takes a lot longer than the
time we have allocated. We never know in advance. With all these (always) unknown variables,
people frequently have a long wait even when they arrive on time for
their scheduled appointment. For this we apologize, but we haven't found
a solution...and probably will not be able to find one.
to our wonderful volunteers and contributors:
Boeve, who served as registrar, helped give injections, took a woman
to buy medicine for her very sick dog, acted as a "taxi" to
take people and their pets home, etc.
Yina Ortiz, who administered the anesthesia.
who performed pre-op treatment and
injections. Fariza is now working in Panama City, but she still comes
home to Volcan to help with our clinics;
who gave the post-op injections of antibiotics and pain/inflammation,
Rabies vaccine, flea and tick treatment, and tattooed the ears of
female dogs to indicate they have been sterilized;
Espinosa. He is my permanent employee and I donate his time and work
for the clinics. He helps weigh and tag the animals and give the
anesthesia; he and I go to the clinic site on Mondays following the
Sunday clinics to clean and organize for the next one;
Bob Wald, who
is our main "regular" for shaving and pre-op cleaning of the animals.
and Eymi Pitti
Arcia, high school students, who cleaned and sterilized
the surgical instruments. Today the person who said she would help in
the recovery area did not show up. So Yimel and Eymi pitched in and
helped take temperatures and make sure the animals were doing well at
all times after surgery as they recovered from the anesthesia.
assisted Dr. Tello and helped wherever necessary, including
translation. Francia is a good friend and I know her to be an
excellent - and honest - real estate agent in Volcan. Her web page is http://www.volcan.paradisepanama.net
very much to Lynn and Jerry Longbons for contributing $50 to sterilize
their female dog "Loki," for providing sandwiches and
drinks, and for donating several medications to the clinic. Lynn is a
nurse. She is one of our regular volunteers but is in the US to work for a few months. Because Lynn is a
dedicated volunteer, I had told her that they could pay only $20 to
sterilize Loki, which is my cost. But they contributed a
lot more than that, both in money and other contributions.
thanks to Betsy Boeve. She also was a nurse in the US and she is one
of our dedicated volunteers. When an animal comes to the clinic
with an existing illness and needs medication afterwards, Betsy
volunteers to go to the owner's home each day and give the injections. At this last clinic
we had a Rottweiler with severe breathing problems. Dr. Tello
prescribed three different medications, and Betsy will go give the
injections every day for seven days.
Sharon Borgman for contributing egg salad sandwiches; Mary Binder
for a big pot of delicious chili; Dana Larson for soft drinks; and as
mentioned above, Jerry Longbons for sandwiches and drinks; Linda
Weldon for Black Forest Cheesecake and double chocolate chip cookies.
accepts orders for her delicious baked goods; contact her at email@example.com
for a list of items and prices.)
forgive me if I have neglected to mention any volunteers or
and financial donations:
by owners and/or guardians for surgeries
donation by anonymous
cash donation by Bob and Lynn Wald
cash donation by anonymous
TOTAL CASH CONTRIBUTIONS
this August 2008 clinic, we sterilized 16 dogs and 12 cats. At my average
cost of $20 per dog and $10 per cat, expenses totaled $440, plus $100 for building rent, for a
total of $540. With total contributions of $488, this left a deficit
of only $52.00 for this clinic. Thanks very much to everyone - the deficits are getting to
be more manageable than they were in the past. Since October of 2006 to date, the
accumulated deficit is $3,733.25.
are a few pictures taken during the August 17, 2008 clinic:
This is Loki, the puppy of Lynn
& Jerry Longbons, still snoozing from the anesthesia after
Boeve with "Spot."| Spot needed a new home. See the
success story about
Espinosa wears welding gloves to take a cat out of a cage. Some
cats can be vicious!
Concha. He and Claudette brought their dog Cindy to be spayed.
Another cute picture of
is Molly, not awake yet. She is my new adopted dog - my
Dr. Tello hard at work.
Eymi Pitti babysits a recovering
From the rear, Francia Pinedo pets a dog; then there is Jane Grove
from Caizon, Dana Larson and her husband, and a young man in the
foreground with a Rottweiler.
People caring for their pets
post-surgery. Mary Binder (foreground) came by to deliver her
donated chili and sits with Loki. Jerry Longbons, Loki's
"dad" is in the background.
Two cats waiting their turn.
Both of them are named "Brisa." Their tags said Brisa#1
Click on the
thumbnail above to see a larger picture. The amount of blood shown
here is not abnormal during the spaying of a mature female dog. In
fact, there is sometimes a lot more. This is why we urge people to
sterilize their dogs and cats while they are young. Dr. Tello is
trained in pediatric sterilization, and we take animals as young
as 8 weeks. When they are young, there is virtually no blood and
the surgery is much easier on the animal.
Eymi Pitti with
Yina Ortiz, another of our
regular volunteers. See explanation of the picture at the right.
Click on the thumbnail above to
view a larger picture. At the end of the day at a previous clinic
we took a picture of Yina napping with her puppy. Brenda Paulson,
a very talented artist painted this picture and presented it to
Yina as a gift.
story regarding Spot: He is deaf, which I learned is not uncommon
with Dalmatians. Spot is a very sweet and energetic dog. Eymi fell in love with Spot and took him home with her
after the clinic. Spot will have a good home with Eymi and her family.
(They have several other pets, all of which have been sterilized at our
clinics, and they love them and take very good care of them.)
in Volcan, our small group has been responsible for sterilizing 527 animals to
date. Added to the 129 animals that Spay/Panama (from Panama City) sterilized in in Volcan
in February of 2005, we have sterilized 656 dogs and cats! 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, both male and female, which
is eventually fatal.
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