26th STERILIZATION CLINIC IN VOLCÁN
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17, 2010 - 39 animals
Our first clinic for 2010 was a great success and we had a beautiful day... sunny, moderate temperature, and without the strong winds that we often get this time of year.
Dr. Tello sterilized 19 dogs and 20 cats. Of the 19 dogs, 13 were female and 6 were male. Of the 20 cats, 15 were female and 5 were male. In addition to sterilization, he also removed a large venereal tumor from a female dog and from another dog he also removed a tumor from the shoulder.
It is encouraging that people are bringing their male pets to be sterilized, especially male dogs that are at high risk for internal venereal tumors (the same as females) which are eventually fatal if not discovered and removed. As far as I know, Dr. Tello is one of the very few veterinarians in Panama who knows how to remove these tumors....he may be the ONLY one. There are certainly no other vets capable of this kind of surgery in our area.
We had a great team of volunteers. These clinics are long days and hard work, but besides the gratification of knowing we are reducing the overpopulation and suffering of so many animals, we actually have FUN. We are all friends and we enjoy working together.
Please inform your friends and neighbors about our clinics and the importance of sterilizing their pets. Besides preventing the eventually fatal venereal tumors in both male and female dogs, sterilization also prevents the birth of many puppies and kittens that would end up homeless and suffering miserable lives. Remember, in 7 years a female cat and her unsterilized offsprings can be responsible for the birth of 420,000 cats; in 6 years, a female dog and her unsterilized offsprings can be responsible for the birth of 67,000 dogs. Please help to end the overpopulation!
Please donate! A donation of just $20 per month will pay for the cost of sterilzing one dog; a $10 donation will pay for the sterilization of one cat.
MANY thanks to our wonderful volunteers and contributors. Without their help and dedication, this important work simply could not be done.
Thanks very much to Ruth King and Charley Leves. I've never met them, but they have donated $500 in the past as well. The same with Freda Clarke in Florida, who has made two large cash donations.
At this January 17, 2010 clinic, we sterilized 19 dogs and 20 cats. With my average cost of $20 per dog and $10 per cat, expenses were $580, plus $300 for building rent, for a total expense of $880. (Although we didn't have a clinic in November or December, I still had to pay the $100 per month building rent.) With contributions of $1,148.00, there was actually a POSITIVE cash flow of $268.00. Therefore, since October of 2006 to date, my accumulated deficit is reduced to $3,351.75. (The clinics began in March of 2006 but it didn't occur to me to keep financial records until October.)
Please donate! 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 some pictures taken during the January 17, 2010 clinic. Sorry, I didn't get a picture of every volunteer, but the ones I missed have pictures on other clinic pages.
Thanks to everyone who participated in our clinics today, and to those who had their pets sterilized.
Here in Volcan, our small group has been responsible for sterilizing 898 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 1,027 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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