32nd STERILIZATION CLINIC IN VOLCÁN
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22, 2010 - 25 animals were sterilized today
Although our clinics are primarily for sterilization (for the animals of low-income Panamanians), we sometimes allow an already-sterilized dog or cat to come for diagnosis or treatment. In addition to sterilizations today, Dr. Tello x-rayed a dog's leg; surgically removed two broken teeth from another dog; and removed a tumor from my latest adopted street dog.
Dr. Tello sterilized 18 dogs and 7 cats. Thirteen of the dogs were female and 5 were male. Six of the cats were female and 1 was male. Gracias a Dios, we had another beautiful day for the clinic; VERY HEAVY rain began just as I got home afterward.
We now offer teeth cleaning at our clinics, but only if the animal has already been sterilized or will be sterilized that day prior to the cleaning. The charge for cleaning is $25.00, which includes the anesthesia and injections of antibiotics, for pain, anti-parasite, vitamin B-12, and treatment for fleas and ticks when necessary. Rosemary Rios is our dental technician, trained by Dr. Tello, and she does a wonderful job. (I took four of my 14 dogs for teeth cleaning today; 10 more to go!) By appointment only, please.
We are so very fortunate to have a dedicated veterinarian like Dr. Tello. After we finished the clinic, I noticed his pickup wasn't outside. When I asked him about it, he said it was in the shop - and he had taken the bus from his home in Costa Rica. He brought with him his medical bag and the heavy portable X-ray machine, so a bus trip was not easy.
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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 September 19, 2010.
Please remember that our October clinic will be the last one for 2010. There are too many holidays in November and December. After the October clinic, we will resume the clinics in January of 2011.
MANY thanks to our wonderful volunteers and contributors. Without their help and dedication, this important work simply could not be done.
At this August 22nd, 2010 clinic, we sterilized 18 dogs and 7 cats. With my average cost of $20 per dog and $10 per cat, expenses were $430 plus $100 for building rent, for a total of $530. With contributions of $355.00, there was a deficit of $175.00. Therefore, since October of 2006 to date, my accumulated deficit is $3,674.75. (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 August 22, 2010 clinic.
Here in Volcan, our small group has been responsible for sterilizing 1,045 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 1,174 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!
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