27th STERILIZATION CLINIC IN VOLCÁN
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14, 2010 - 25 animals
Again, we had a beautiful day. Dr. Tello sterilized 16 dogs and 9 cats. All were female except for one male dog that also had a venereal tumor. During the January clinic, Dr. Tello operated on a huge tumor in a female dog and it needed a second operation today. There were two very sick dogs that he took home with him to treat. One has a vaginal tumor too large to remove surgically, so he will administer chemotherapy.
Here's a heartwarming story: A woman brought a small female dog that she didn't want. Another Panamanian woman offered to contribute $10 for the dog's operation and she said she would adopt it. When Dr. Tello was spaying the dog, he found that she had been pregnant a few months back with only a couple of puppies, but they had died inside her and she did not abort them. Infection would have soon set in and killed her. She also had a hernia, filled with fluid, that Dr. Tello fixed. The dog was also covered with ticks. We sprayed her liberally with Frontline spray, and while she was recovering from the anesthesia, the adoptive owner was repeatedly picking ticks off of her. So, finally, a happy ending for this poor little doggie that had led a miserable life up to now.
Because the majority of the animals were female dogs (which take longer for surgery), we had a long day even with fewer than 30 total animals.
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.
At this February 14, 2010 clinic, we sterilized 16 dogs and 9 cats, plus a second surgery for a tumor. With my average cost of $20 per dog and $10 per cat, expenses were $430, plus $100 for building rent, for a total expense of $530. With contributions of $479.00, the deficit was $51.00. Therefore, since October of 2006 to date, my accumulated deficit is $3,402.75. (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 February 14, 2010 clinic.
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 923 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 1,052 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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