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September 13, 2009 - 17 animals sterilized 
today by Dr. Tello, our wonderful veterinarian,
 plus the removal of a large venereal tumor from a female dog!

Dr. Tello sterilized 11 dogs and 6 cats. Of the 11 dogs, 7 were female and 4 were male. Of the 6 cats, 5 were female and 1 was male. The dog in which he removed the large venereal tumor had already been sterilized at our clinic four months ago, so afterward she was no longer having sex. But she had obviously already been infected with venereal disease; however the tumor was in the early stages at that time and was not evident. When I saw the owner shortly before the September clinic, he said the dog had been dripping blood from her vagina. I advised him to bring her to the clinic. Sure enough, she had developed a large internal tumor. Now she will be back to good health!

Here's a very heart-warming story: The Friday before the clinic, I saw a large, skinny male dog in front of Farmacia Don Bosco. They told me he didn't have an owner. Some cruel idiot had even branded him on his right rear flank. Often these homeless dogs have been so mistreated by people that that they run away even when you try to feed them. But this dog was friendly. I always carry dried food in my car, so I gave him all I had. He was ravenous. As with many dogs I see on the street, I wished there was some way to get him to the clinic.

Lo and behold, Sunday morning he came walking up to the clinic! So of course we sterilized him. Even more ironic, Diwa, a new volunteer who is also new to Volcan, had seen this dog on the street and wanted to adopt him. But she could not get him into a car. So after the surgery, Richard Kongable gave Diwa and her new dog a ride home. (Diwa also brought a neighborhood cat to the clinic that was in heat.)

A sad part is that after he had a good meal and a nice nap, he took off. (Diwa does not have a securely fenced yard.) He's apparently "his own dog" - but at least he has now been sterilized. And I have a feeling that he will go back to Diwa's.

Here is (in part) a nice personal note I received after the clinic: "Hi, Dottie - _______(their puppy) is doing great..no problems at all..i was so impressed by the clinic- clean, organized and very professional. You and your crew do such a good job.

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

Wally Ewen served as registrar at the last two clinics, but he doesn't like the job. So today he quickly trained Argelis Gomez and Diwa Kadiroff and then went to do the job he really enjoys, which is post-op.
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;
Beth Park, assisted by her daughter Rachel, administered the anesthesia and other pre-op injections.
Richard Kongable provided transportation and did any other various jobs he was asked to do, including some pre-op shaving and prepping.  
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 and often helps with pre-op shaving and prepping. Jose and I go to the clinic site on Mondays following the Sunday clinics to clean and organize for the next one;
Devin Licata, who assisted Dr. Tello.
Francia Pinedo was not here today because she was in Panama City with her sister who was having surgery. But thanks very much to her for helping schedule animals prior to the clinic, as she always does. (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, who cleaned and sterilized the surgical instruments and monitored the animals while they recovered from the anesthesia.

Thanks to Kate Stamm for providing delicious (and huge!) tuna-salad sandwiches individually wrapped! We really appreciated that; people didn't even have to take them out of the wrapper to eat. Thanks to Amanda Rankin for fruit and cookies, and to Richard Kongable for the drinks. I made a big pot of yellow split-pea pilaf.

Patrick and Agnes McKittrick came to visit us and brought some delicious pastries. They have just begun to organize clinics in David.

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

Income and expenses: 

$   388.00

contributions by owners and/or guardians

            5.00        cash donation by Richard Kongable (not including the $50 he contributed for sterilizing a neighbor's dog)
        200.00      cash donation by frequent contributors who which to remain anonymous.
      100.00      cash donation by Betsy Boeve
       40.00      cash donation by Dana Larson and Craig Wynn

At this September 13, 2009 clinic, we sterilized 11 dogs and 6 cats, plus removed a venereal tumor from one dog. (I pay Dr. Tello extra for a surgery like that because it is more difficult and time consuming.) At my average cost of $20 per dog and $10 per cat, expenses were $300, plus $100 for building rent, for a total expense of $400. With contributions of $743.00, there was actually a POSITIVE cash flow of $343.00 which helped to reduce my running deficit. Therefore, since October of 2006 to date, my accumulated deficit is reduced to $3,500.75. 

At this last clinic we had several gringos who were happy to contribute $50 for a dog and $40 for a cat, so that really helps reduce my costs. Azel Ames and Kate Stamm contributed $60 for their puppy - plus provided the sandwiches. Thanks to everyone for your generosity!

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 September 13, 2009 clinic. (Sorry, as usual I don't have a picture of every volunteer!) 

Devin Licata assisting Dr. Tello.

Azel Ames and Kate Stamm

Andrea Gonella with
another dog he rescued. He needs a good home for her! She is very sweet.

Another "satisfied customer" with her two babies recovering from surgery.

Sweet dog awaiting his turn. (He needs a good home also.)

Diwa with her new dog that she hopes will come back. Note the horrible brand on his rear flank.

Amanda Rankin and her sweetie!


Devin Licata and Dr. Tello

Jose Espinosa, Argelis Gomez, Wally Ewen, Eymi Pitti, and Richard Kongable

Here in Volcan, our small group has been responsible for sterilizing 832 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 961 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, 6780-2565 or viajar2566@yahoo.com

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