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September 19, 2010 - 29 animals were sterilized today
by Dr. Andrés Tello, our wonderful veterinarian. 

Despite the unusually heavy rains this season, we continue to have beautiful days for our clinics. Today Dr. Tello sterilized 16 dogs and 13 cats. Ten of the dogs were female and 6 were male. Eight of the cats were female and 5 were male.

One female dog had a heavy vaginal discharge. When Dr. Tello operated, he found dead puppies inside her. They had started to deteriorate and he said they had been dead about a month. The owners said they had given her injections to keep her from getting pregnant. Perhaps she was already pregnant when she received the last injection. I'm so glad they brought her today. She would have died from infection before much longer. Dr. Tello normally makes very tiny incisions, an inch long or less. With this dog, he had to make a much longer incision to remove the dead puppies, which were all lumped together in a ball about the size of a tennis ball. The dog would need more antibiotics than what she received at the clinic, so on the following Tuesday they brought her to my house for another injection of antibiotics. I was amazed to see her! Less than 48 hours after her serious surgery, she was energetic and happy, and her incision looked great. (See a picture below.)

By the way, injections and pills to keep a female from getting pregnant can cause severe infection of the uterus - and so can simply tying the tubes like many vets do. We've seen these infected uteruses numerous times, and the infection would eventually kill the dog. When Dr. Tello spays a female, he removes the ovaries and the uterus - which is the correct way to spay a female.

GREAT NEWS! I'm excited to report that I now have a PayPal donate button on my web site for your U.S. tax-deductible donations! It isn't necessary to have a PayPal account to donate; you can also use any major credit card. You will receive a receipt for a tax deduction.

Our excellent veterinarian is paid a small amount for his expertise and skill, and I provide the building and all the equipment, medications, and supplies. Neither I nor any of the volunteers receives any payment or "perks." Every penny goes for the animals. A donation of $20 pays for the sterilization of one dog; $10 pays for the sterilization of one cat.

If you prefer that your donation is anonymous (when reported on my web page), there will be a place during the donation process for you to note the instruction.

Donors and amounts are reported on my web page for each clinic. Income and expenses are listed on each clinic web page. Thank you for your help!
Your contribution helps make Spay/Panama-Chiriqui services possible.  

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 October 24, 2010.

Because of so many holidays in November and December, I had planned for October to be the final clinic for this year. But I decided to go ahead and have one in November. I think it will be on November 28th.

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

Ana Blanco (a new volunteer) handled registration.
Rosemary Rios did a great job cleaning animal's teeth. 
Dana Larson and Mary Binder administered the anesthesia and the pre-op injections of antibiotics and anti-inflammatory.
Richard Kongable 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.
Wally Ewen 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. Wally also trained a new volunteer, Rosalba Cabellero, who was a very quick learner.
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 and Hilary Delgado cleaned and sterilized the surgical instruments for part of the day, and when they left, Tom Rennen took over.

Thanks to Marianne Brown for donating a crock pot of delicious food. I provided the soft drinks, a bowl of fruit, and a cake.

Also, thanks to Bryce Kimberling for again providing "taxi service" to bring two cats from Guadalupe and take them home after surgery.

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: 

$  392.00

contributions by owners and/or guardians

      20.00      cash donation by Dana Larson
      30.00      cash donation by "anonymous"

At this September 19th, 2010 clinic, we sterilized 16 dogs and 13 cats.  With my average cost of $20 per dog and $10 per cat, expenses were $450 plus $100 for building rent, for a total of $550. With contributions of $442.00, there was a deficit of $108.00. Therefore, since October of 2006 to date, my accumulated deficit is  $3,782.75.  (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 September 19, 2010 clinic. 

Ana Blanco, registrar

People waiting.

Two people with their cat.

This doggie is almost asleep.

Three of my dogs, after having their teeth cleaned. The one in front has an amputated front leg. The one rear right was not quite asleep - and BIT Rosemary.

Rosemary Rios shows
 her injured thumb.

This doggie is ready for the
operating table.

Dr. Tello operates on a big dog.

Rosalba Caballero working in

Man watches surgery on his dog.

Mary Binder.

Joyce Stahl with her dog after surgery.

Maria Nunez with her dog.

Deirdre Doyno with her adopted dog.

Still sleeping after surgery.

This is the dog who had the dead puppies inside her. The picture was taken less than 48 hours after her serious, very invasive surgery.

Here in Volcan, our small group has been responsible for sterilizing 1,074 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 1,203 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!


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

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