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September 14, 2008 -32 animals sterilized 
today by Dr. Tello, our wonderful veterinarian!

Today Dr. Tello sterilized 20 dogs and 12 cats. Of the 20 dogs, 16 were female and 4 were male. Of the cats, 7 were female and 5 were male. Some surgeries were quite lengthy. There was a venereal tumor in one dog. One was a huge female dog in heat. Another female had a protracted uterus. Dr. Tello spayed the dog and did the necessary repairs.  The surgery for this last dog took an entire hour. 

MANY thanks to our wonderful volunteers and contributors:

Betsy Boeve and Cindy Reichert, who served as registrars, helped give injections, acted as a "taxi" to take people and their pets home, etc. 
Fariza Castillo, 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;
Norma Miranda who gave the pre-op injections of anesthesia plus injections for antibiotics and pain/inflammation;
Brenda Paulson, who gave the post-op injections of vitamin B-12, flea and tick treatment, and tattooed the ears of female dogs to indicate they have been sterilized;
Jose Espinosa. He is my permanent employee and I donate his time and work to 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;
Wally Ewen, who performed shaving and pre-op cleaning of the animals.
Yimel Caballero and
Eymi Pitti Arcia, high school students, who cleaned and sterilized the surgical instruments.
Argelis Gomez (my neighbor), who worked in the recovery area…checking and recording the temperatures and vital signs of the animals as they recovered from the anesthesia;
Francia Pinedo, who 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 
Yimel Caballero and Eymi Pitti Arcia, high school students, who cleaned and sterilized the surgical instruments.

Thanks to Sharon Borgman for contributing egg salad sandwiches; to Beth Park and her mom Lynda Marshall for a big pot of delicious chili; Dana Larson for soft drinks, and Linda Weldon for contributing her delicious home-baked sweets. (Linda accepts orders for her delicious baked goods; contact her at lindadenisew@yahoo.com for a list of items and prices.)

Please forgive me if I have neglected to mention any volunteers or contributors! 

Income and financial donations:

$   309.00

contributions by owners and/or guardians for surgeries 


  cash donation by anonymous 

       20.00       cash donation by Emerita Rodriguez

  cash donation by Dana Larson

       20.00        cash donation by Beth Park
       20.00        cash donation by Lynda Marshall
       50.00        cash contribution by Brenda and Harold Paulson
       16.00        value of mange medications contributed by Betsy & Cindy

At this September 2008 clinic, we sterilized 20 dogs and 12 cats. At my average cost of $20 per dog and $10 per cat, expenses were $520, plus $100 for building rent, for a total of $620. With total contributions of $505, this left a deficit of $115.00. Thanks very much to everyone. Since October of 2006 to date, the accumulated deficit is $3,908.25. 

Following are a few pictures taken during the September 14, 2008 clinic. At the end there is a picture of a prolapsed uterus. Repair of this condition required an hour of surgery. If you are "squeemish," don't look at this one. I include pictures like this to help people realize how the vast numbers of these poor animals suffer. Gracias a Dios, we are making a difference in many of their lives! 


Two cats being prepared for surgery.

Argelis Gomez

Eymi Pitti and Yimel Caballero

Cindy Reichert and Betsy Boeve.

Dr. Andres Tello 

Young woman with her dog. 

Precious puppy!

Dr. Tello spaying a large female.

Lynda Marshall, Beth Park, and Brenda Paulson.

Big Boxer. 

People waiting.

Norma Miranda and Wally Ewen work in pre-op. Fariza Castillo (background) prepares anesthesia.

This little lady doesn't have a home and would be a wonderful pet. She is friendly and loving. We brought her from the school at Nueva California and spayed her. She came home with me after the clinic, where she spent the night in my kennel. Jose and I took her back to the school Monday  morning. I went to visit her on 9/26 and she remembered me and was happy to see me. Contact me if you'd like to adopt this adorable dog.

This is what a prolapsed uterus looks like.  It's disturbing to imagine how long this poor dog had been suffering.

Here in Volcan, our small group has been responsible for sterilizing 559 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 688 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.

Dorothy Atwater - 771-5883 or 6780-2565 or viajar2566@yahoo.com

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