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April 19, 2009 - 28 animals sterilized 
today by Dr. Tello, our wonderful veterinarian!

Today Dr. Tello sterilized 22 dogs and 6 cats. Of the 22 dogs, 17 were female and 5 were male. Of the 6 cats, 5 were female and 1 was male.  In addition, one female dog had cancer throughout her body and had to be euthanized.

I now have a Havahart trap for cats, and a "pusher" so that we can crowd them to the end of the cage and give the anesthesia right through the wire. This should eliminate the injuries from cats that we've sometimes experienced in the past.

MANY thanks to our wonderful volunteers and contributors. Without their help and dedication, this important work simply could not be done.

Cindy Reichert, who served as registrar;
Betsy Boeve and Argelis Gomez, who gave the injections of anesthesia and pre-op injections;
Kevin Espinosa, who did pre-op shaving and prepping. Kevin is Jose's son. This was his first time and he did a great job.
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 gave the post-op injections of vitamin B-12 and anti-parasite, flea and tick treatment, and tattooed the ears of female dogs to indicate they have been sterilized;
Francia Pinedo, who assisted Dr. Tello and helped wherever necessary, including translation. (Thanks also to Francia for helping to schedule the animals. She also does the translation for the Spanish version of this web site.) 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 
Eymi Pitti and Karolyn Rovira, who cleaned and sterilized the surgical instruments and monitored the animals while they recovered from the anesthesia.

Thanks to Marianne Brown for contributing delicious sandwiches (with her homemade bread), Lynda Marshall for cup cakes, and Richard Kongable for the soft drinks. I provided a pot of navy beans.

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

Income and financial donations:

$   436.00

contributions by owners and/or guardians

           60.00        cash donation by Lynda Marshall

At this April 19, 2009 clinic, we sterilized 22 dogs (and euthanized one) and 6 cats. At my average cost of $20 per dog and $10 per cat, expenses were $520, plus $100 for building rent for a total expense of $620. With contributions of $496.00, there was a deficit of $124.00. Therefore, since October of 2006 to date, my accumulated deficit is $4,158.75.  I very much appreciate your contributions, which are welcome and needed!

Following are a few pictures taken during the April 19, 2009 clinic. 







Kevin Espinosa, first time volunteer.

Karolyn Rovira, first time volunteer.





Here in Volcan, our small group has been responsible for sterilizing 722 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 851 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 - 6780-2565 or viajar2566@yahoo.com

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