24th STERILIZATION CLINIC IN VOLCÁN
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13, 2009 - 17 animals
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.
MANY thanks to our wonderful volunteers and contributors. Without their help and dedication, this important work simply could not be done.
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!)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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