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July 11, 2010 - 34 animals were sterilized today
by Dr. Andrés Tello, our wonderful veterinarian. 

I am very pleased with the number of animals sterilized today, and I hope we can have at least this number at every clinic. Dr. Tello sterilized 19 dogs and 15 cats. Of the 19 dogs, 15 were female and 4 were male. Of the 15 cats, 8 were female and 7 were male. In addition, Dr. Tello removed dozens of warts from the mouth of an already sterilized male dog belonging to one of our volunteers. 

Rosemary Rios is an enthusiastic young volunteer who usually handles registration. Today she had help from Arohi Bhatt, an exchange student from Toledo, Ohio who is staying with Rosemary for five weeks. Arohi is helping to rebuild an elementary school in Volcan. (Her picture is below.)

Rosemary also learned how to clean animal's teeth today! Hilary Delgado helped her. (Sorry, I didn't get a picture of this procedure...I will next time!)

Anyone who is local to Volcan, PLEASE talk with your friends and neighbors, explain the importance of sterilization and tell them about our clinics.  My goal is to sterilize at least 30 animals during each clinic. Our next clinic will be on August 22nd. 

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. Each contribution goes directly to services for the animals or medical supplies.  Except for Dr. Tello (who receives a pittance), none of us receives any salaries or "perks." Every penny of your contribution goes for the animals.  Your contribution helps make Spay/Panama-Chiriqui services possible.  

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

Rosemary Rios and Arohi Bhatt did a wonderful job as registrars, and Rosemary also learned how to clean animal's teeth. 
Argelis Gomez administered the anesthesia.
Mary Binder administered the pre-op injections of antibiotics and anti-inflammatory.
Don Binder performed pre-op shaving and prepping. 
Jose Espinosa, my permanent employee, helps weigh and tag the animals, provides transportation for animals in my car when necessary, and helps with various duties. Jose and I go to the clinic site on Mondays following the Sunday clinics to clean and organize for the next one.
Lynn Longbons performed post-op care: cleaned the surgical site, tattooed the ears of female dogs to indicate they have been sterilized, gave injections of vitamin B-12 and antiparasite, and administered flea and tick treatment when necessary. 
Francia Pinedo assisted Dr. Tello and helped with translations. 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 
Karolyn Rovira,  Hilary Delgado, and Eimy Pitti cleaned and sterilized the surgical instruments and monitored the animals while they recovered from the anesthesia.

Thanks to Reggie Hesse for donating a delicious pot of arroz con pollo (rice with chicken), Charles Eberly for soft drinks, and Amanda Rankin for a tasty fruit salad. I provided a big cake from Price Smart.

Thanks to Osvaldo Ivan Flores for translating this web page into Spanish. He is the editor of a local newspaper, Chiriqui Libre.

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

Income and expenses: 

$  393.00

contributions by owners and/or guardians

       60.00      cash donation by "anonymous"
       20.00      cash donation by "anonymous" 
       20.00      cash donation by Marianne Cone and Jim Brown

At this July 11th, 2010 clinic, we sterilized 19 dogs and 15 cats.  With my average cost of $20 per dog and $10 per cat, expenses were $530, plus $200 for building rent. (We did not have a clinic in June but I still had to pay rent for that month.) Total expenses were $730.00. With contributions of $493.00, there was a deficit of $237.00 Therefore, since October of 2006 to date, my accumulated deficit is  $3,499.75.  (The clinics began in March of 2006 but it didn't occur to me to keep financial records until October of 2006.)

Please donate! I very much appreciate your contributions, which are welcome and needed! 

Lots of great pictures taken during the July 11, 2010 clinic. 

Rosemary Rios & Arohi Bhatt

Cute doggie!

Little girl with her puppy

Women with her dog. Mary Binder helping.

People waiting..

My neighbor brought his newly adopted female dog.

Little boy and his dog.


Iris Pinero with a rescued female dog.


Woman sits with her cats after surgery.

Lynn Longbons is performing post-op duties.

Francia Pinedo assisting Dr. Tello

Argelis Gomez & Karolina Rovira

Mary Binder.

People waiting.

People with their animals post-surgery.

Doggie being prepper for surgery.

Two kitties in recovery.

This kitty is on the operating table, ready for surgery.

This is a mother dog and her puppy, both to be sterilized today.

And here's the mom and daughter in recovery after surgery.

A little male dog after surgery.

Dog being weighed before getting anesthesia.

This dog has been anesthetized and will soon be having surgery.

More people waiting.

Thes two dogs are best friends. They haven't even been anesthetized yet.

Mary Binder cleans the surgical site with iodine.

An adorable doggie!

Dana Larson gives a pre-op injection.

A young man and his sweet dog.

Lynn and Jerry Longbons with their cat.

Don Binder shaves a doggie.

Argelis Gomez & Jose Espinosa. Jose is my wonderful and trusted employee.

Hilary Delgado

Eymi Pitti

We are SO fortunate to have Dr. Tello as our veterinarian at our clinics. We could not do this work without him!

You can't see them in this picture, but this is the dog that had dozens of warts all over his mouth and inside of it. They are all gone now!

Here in Volcan, our small group has been responsible for sterilizing 1,020 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 1,149 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.

Thanks to everyone who participated in our clinics today, and to those who had their pets sterilized. ...always remember that TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

On a personal note, I've never been happier and more content than I am right here, right now - living in Panama with my 13 rescued street dogs, having a dependable and trusted employee, and doing this work to help end the suffering of dogs and cats. Life is good!

Dorothy Atwater - 771-5883, 6780-2565 or viajar2566@yahoo.com
skype:  muffiemae

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