17th STERILIZATION CLINIC IN VOLCÁN
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11, 2009 - 27 animals
We usually do only sterilizations, with other exams or treatments done only if people are willing to sterilize their animals first. However, Dr. Tello does do exams in special cases, such as the animals of regular volunteers and/or contributors....and naturally, those animals have already been sterilized. In addition to the 27 sterilizations today, he also examined 2 dogs and 2 cats.
Today Dr. Tello sterilized 17 dogs and 10 cats. Of the 17 dogs, 16 were female and 1 was male. Of the 10 cats, 7 were female and 3 were male. There were no venereal tumors this time - we continue to make progress.
People from all over Chiriqui are hearing about our program and are coming from Concepcion and David. Today two people who live in David rode the bus to Volcan and brought two kittens in a cardboard box. The kittens recently adopted the people and they wanted to make sure the kittens were sterilized promptly and competently.
Today we had visitors from the Coronado area: Mary Rhodes, Sheila Louise Scott, and Barbara Schlottke. Because we have the one-vet clinics here once a month instead of the multi-vet clinics every few months, I had an extra stainless steel operating table and three positioners/stabilizers that I donated to the group. Mary in turn donated $120 toward the costs of our clinics here. I didn't want to take the money because the funds of all of us who organize these projects are used exclusively toward the same effort - to end the suffering of the animals. But Mary insisted despite my objections, so thank you!
These three women had never participated in a one-vet clinic like we now have here. They said they learned more in two hours at our clinic than they had learned at all the multi-vet clinics where they had attended and assisted. They were very complimentary of our volunteers, saying they were all extremely upbeat and helpful. While the three women didn't actually participate in the work, our volunteers at each station showed them what they were doing to the animals, how they were doing it, and why. Now Mary wants to take their "show on the road" with a single vet and sponsor regular clinics at various small Indian villages in their area. I wish them the best - these women have more energy than I have! To go to remote locations and take everything necessary to hold a clinic is a massive and complicated undertaking.
MANY thanks to our wonderful volunteers and contributors. Without their help and dedication, this important work simply could not be done.
Income and financial donations:
At this January 11, 2009 clinic, we sterilized (and/or examined) 19 dogs and 11 cats. (I pay Dr. Tello even if he just examines an animal.) At my average cost of $20 per dog and $10 per cat, expenses were $490, plus $200 for building rent for a total expense of $690. (Even though we did not have a clinic in December, I still had to pay the $100 building rent.) With total contributions of $842.25, we actually had a positive cash flow for this clinic of $152.25. Therefore, since October of 2006 to date, my accumulated deficit is reduced to $4,143.75. This was our best month ever for total contributions! Thank you and bless you! Your contributions are welcome and needed!
Following are a few pictures taken during the January 11, 2009 clinic.
Here in Volcan, our small group has been responsible for sterilizing 637 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 766 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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