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August 16, 2009 - 26 animals sterilized 
today by Dr. Tello, our wonderful veterinarian!

Dr. Tello sterilized 18 dogs and 8 cats. Of the 18 dogs, 14 were female and 4 were male. Of the 8 cats, 7 were female and 1 was male. 

This will be a short report. A few days before the clinic I contracted herpes zoster (shingles) which is very painful. Therefore, I took very few pictures. This web page has been delayed because I still have the severe pain. 

A very belated THANK YOU to Ron and Kim Miller! Way back in May of 2008, they were kind enough to bring my new (big) animal weighing scale from the US, which saved me a lot in shipping and customs fees. I mentioned that "someone" was bringing the scale but I failed to mention their names. Ron and Kim are developing Finca Santa Marta so that we can have delicious, truly organic vegetables, eggs, chickens, etc. They also want to develop a talapia farm.

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

Wally Ewen, who served as registrar;
Lynn Longbons, ho 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;
Beth Park, who administered the anesthesia and other pre-op injections.
Rachel (Beth's daughter) who helped in after care while the animals recovered from anesthesia.  
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;
Norma Miranda, who did pre-op shaving and prepping.
Francia Pinedo, who assisted Dr. Tello and helped wherever necessary, including translation. (Thanks also to Francia for helping to schedule the animals prior to the clinics. 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 Lynn Longbons for providing delicious sandwiches with homemade bread, individually wrapped! We really appreciated that; people didn't even have to take them out of the wrapper to eat them. Thanks to Sharon Borgman for a wonderful pot of chicken soup, and to Sandy Huebner for the drinks - including tea made with some of her homegrown  herbs. (Sandy also received training to serve as registrar in the future.)

Sandy and Phil Huebner also donated three corded animal shavers. I gave two to other organizations and kept one for a backup in case we have a problem with our cordless ones.

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

Ingreso y donaciones financieras:

$   502.00

contributions by owners and/or guardians

            1.00        cash donation by Susan Lawson
        527.00      cash donation by Freda Clark of Florida ($530 less $3.00 PayPal fee). This is the second time that Freda has made a similar generous donation. Thank you, Freda!
       20.00      cash donation by Marianne Brown

At this August 16, 2009 clinic, we sterilized 18 dogs and 8 cats. At my average cost of $20 per dog and $10 per cat, expenses were $440, plus $100 for building rent, for a total expense of $540. With contributions of $1,050.00, there was actually a POSITIVE cash flow of $510.00. Since October of 2006 to date, my accumulated deficit is $3,843.75. 

(In an email Freda Clarke said she wanted her contribution to bring my deficit below $4,000. Thank you again, Freda!)

 Please contribute! I very much appreciate your contributions, which are welcome and needed! (US citizens: please contact me about how to make IRS tax-deductible contributions.)

Following are the few pictures taken during the August 16, 2009 clinic.  

Two kitties being shaved and prepped.

Francia Pinedo, Dr. Tello, and a BIG dog! 

Norma Miranda shaving a dog.

Karolyn Rovira, Wally Ewen, Eymi Pitti

Beth Park

People waiting their turn.


Rachel (Beth Park's daughter)


Here in Volcan, our small group has been responsible for sterilizing 815 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 944 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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