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  March 28, 2021

We had two vets today, and between them, they sterilized 64 animals total. We had 17 no-shows
 ....11 female dogs, 5 female cats, and 1 male cat. Of course I keep the information about those people, and when they want an appointment in the future, there will be an extra charge for them.

After the second vet left, Dr. Tello spent much more time--which required much more time for our volunteers as well-- while he performed several exams and performed two lengthy surgeries of removing huge tumors. Also someone brought a female dog that was unable to deliver huge puppies and Dr. Tello performed a caesarian procedure. 

All six puppies were born alive after Dr. Tello performed the caesarian. (And if the person with the female dog had had her dog sterilized before, the invasive surgery would not have been necessary.) 

In my opinion Dr. Tello does not charge enough! In a private clinic, procedures such as the caesarian procedure and the removal of the tumors would have cost a minimum of $150
for each procedure--or more. 

And of course we and our volunteers had to clean huge amounts of blood and fluids from the table during these extra procedures!

 And if the people who brought dogs with two huge tumors had made appointments when the tumors were small, recovery from the surgery would have been much easier for the dog --and we would not have had to spend so much time--both for Dr. Tello and for us cleaning up massive amounts of blood!

Dr. Tello charges the people a fraction of the cost at a private clinic, but in the future, I will insist that the charges are more in line with the costs at a private clinic when people should have brought their animals to our clinics much earlier! 



Dr. Tello and our second vet sterilized 64 animals--33 dogs and 31 cats. Of the dogs, 26 were female and 7 were male. Of the cats, 21 were female and 10 were male. This brings our total of dogs and cats sterilized to 5,779. We had 17 no-shows at this clinic!

We have announced that when people have confirmed appointments but do not bother to come without canceling, when they want a subsequent appointment there will be an extra charge. For the previous two clinics, we had few no-shows, but for this one we had 17 no-shows.

Above I have noted most of the details for this clinic except that we had TWO wild cats escape inside the building (not at the same time). A terrible experience while the cats climb the walls, knock medications off the tables, etc. Thankfully, I have a ketch pole, and after a time we were able to capture the cats without too much damage to people and equipment.

Several of our previous regular volunteers are no longer able to come. We need at least two additional dedicated volunteers. Please contact me if you are willing to be trained as a volunteer! 6640-3171 (whatsapp text messages only, please.)

Volunteers present at this clinic were:

Francia Pinedo
Alex Rios 
Danika Cabellero  (a new volunteer who did a great job)
Suany Quintero
Kathleen Arauz
Elcy Morales
Alcides Quintero
Dr. Tello's daughter, Naomi. assisted today.
Rodrigo Morales uses my car to transport animals when necessary.

Our next clinic will be on April 18, 2021. We will have two veterinarians at this clinic, and it almost full. Send a whatsapp text message to 6640-3171 for appointments on April 18, 2021, and then the following clinic will be on May 25th.

Only the veterinarians receive any pay. Neither I nor anyone else connected with the clinics is paid. 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 for any deficits from my own pocket. 

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

Phyllis and Kevin Klecha again went above and beyond! They provided the main dish and a fruit plate, soft drinks, and they even brought bottled water. I provided the dessert, coffee, cream, sugar. And Sylvia Marshall surprised us with a donation of delicious chocolate cupcakes. 

Again, no photo album for this clinic. It's not worthwhile with everyone having to wear masks! 

Income and expenses: 

$ 1,493.00*

contributions by guardians/owners


Al Jan 

    200.00        Sylvia Marshall
      50.00   Susan Campbell
$1,768.00  Total cash income

*Note: The $1,493 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 March 28, 2021 clinic, our veterinarians sterilized 33 dogs and 31 cats.  A more realistic average costs are $30 per dog and $15 per cat, expenses were $1,365 plus $100 for building rent, plus $35 for gasoline for the doctors, for a total of $1,530. Income this month was $1,768 leaving a excess of $238. Therefore,  with my previous out-of-pocket expenses, there is an excess of $2,523.93. 

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 5,779 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 veterinarians at our clinics.)

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 
For appointments: 6640-3171 (whatsapp)


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