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November 9, 2008 -27 animals sterilized 
today by Dr. Tello, our wonderful veterinarian!

Today Dr. Tello sterilized 20 dogs and 7 cats. Of the 20 dogs, 16 were female and 4 were male. Of the 7 cats, 3 were female and 4 were male.  There were no venereal tumors this time - we are making progress!

This was our last clinic for 2008. The next one will be in January 2009.

MANY thanks to our wonderful volunteers and contributors:

Betsy Boeve and Cindy Reichert, who served as registrars and helped give injections 
Beth Park, who gave the injections of anesthesia.
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;
Bob Wald, who performed shaving and pre-op cleaning of the animals.
Eimy Pitti and Yimel Caballero, 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. (Thanks also to Francia Pinedo for helping to schedule the animals.) 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 

to Amanda Rankin for contributing sandwiches and papaya; to Sharon Borgman for contributing sandwiches; Jennifer Taylor for soft drinks; and Linda Weldon for a big pan of killer brownies! (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:

$   325.00

contributions by owners and/or guardians for surgeries 


  cash donation by Bob & Lynn Wald 

       20.00       cash donation by Lynda Marshall
           20.00          cash donation by Marisol Jansen
           20.00       cash donation by Linda Weldon
           30.00       cash donation by Warren & Eva Croxford
           20.00       cash donation by David & Lydia Dell
             5.00       cash donation by Azel Ames
            50.00       cash donation by "anonymous"

Also, thanks to Patricia Chan (Spay/Panama) for her donation of a $20 bottle of Endovet (injectable anti-parasite medicine) and a $7 bottle of tattoo ink.

At this November 9, 2008 clinic, we sterilized 20 dogs and 7 cats. At my average cost of $20 per dog and $10 per cat, expenses were $470, plus $100 for building rent for a total expense of $570. With total contributions of $510, this left a deficit of $60.00 for this clinic. Since October of 2006 to date, my accumulated deficit is $4,296.00.   

Your contributions are welcome and needed!

Following are a few pictures taken during the November 9, 2008 clinic. 


Girl waits with her dog.

Bob Wald preparing to shave.

Yimel Caballero holds a puppy.

Kitty in a box. Cindy Reichert at registration table.

Francia Pinedo helps Dr. Tello. 

Betsy Boeve helps Dr. Tello while owners watch the surgery. 

The killer brownies contributed by Linda Weldon!

Young woman tends to her cat after surgery.

Argelis Gomez & Yimel Cabellero.

Brenda Paulson (left) works in post-surgery. 

Bob Wald shaves and Beth Park gives pre-op injections.

Collie post-surgery and ready to go home.

People tending to their animals post-surgery.

Young woman waits with her dog.

This cat was brought in a bird cage.

Cindy and I try to figure out what we're doing!

Two cute puppies.

More animals recovering from surgery.

Left: Shirley Cook watches her female dog being spayed. This was a difficult surgery because approximately three years ago, a local veterinarian tied the dog's tubes instead of truly spaying her. Therefore, she still went into heat, still had sex, and was still vulnerable to venereal disease. With no fallopian tubes attached to the ovaries, the ovaries were very difficult to find. The former "vet" had also left part of the uterus inside and it was infected. Dr. Tello finally found everything that needed to be removed.

Another cute puppy.

Doggie nervously awaits his turn.

This cat is NOT happy!

Here in Volcan, our small group has been responsible for sterilizing 610 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 739 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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