38th STERILIZATION CLINIC IN VOLCÁN
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20, 2011 - 29 animals were sterilized today
We had another wonderful day. Dr. Tello sterilized 18 dogs and 11 cats. Of the 18 dogs, 11 were female and 7 were male. Of the 11 cats, 10 were female and 1 was male.
Rosemary Rios, whom Dr. Tello trained to clean and extract teeth (and to empty anal glands) is a real champ. She really did an extraordinary job today with Goldie, a greyhound belonging to volunteers Don and Mary Binder. They were heavily involved with greyhound rescue in Florida, and Goldie came to Panama with them. From Don and Mary, I've learned a lot about greyhounds that I didn't know: they are a high-maintenance breed, they have a propensity for bad teeth, and many types of anesthesia can kill them. Through their work with greyhounds, Don and Mary became very qualified in hound care and in the knowledge of when the dog needs intervention - which she did today. Fortunately, Dr. Tello knows the type of anesthesia that's okay for greyhounds and he had it with him. Rosemary ended up extracting nine teeth from Goldie. Poor Goldie had experienced difficulty eating for several days because of her teeth. She will be in much better condition now!
Rosemary had some help with the procedure. Fanny Romero, the new chef at Kid's World, brought her cat to be sterilized. Her son, Jonathan Jaramillo, came with her. We were a little short handed, and Jonathan was thrilled when we asked him to stay and help. Don Binder trained him in giving injections and other pre-op duties; Jonathan also cleaned instruments for a while and learned to use the autoclave. Before long, though, he was helping Rosemary with Goldie. (See the link for the picture album below.) Jonathan attends college in Panama and he wants to be a doctor. I hope we gave him the idea of being a veterinarian instead!
Please donate! Your PayPal tax-deductible donations for Chiriqui go through Spay Panama's Animals YES in the USA and are eventually forwrded to me. Please send me an email if you donate by PayPal so I can thank you personally!
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. PLEASE BE AWARE that if you donate through PayPal, I cannot credit your donation on my web page until I actually receive the funds. If you have donated through PayPal and your donation has not been credited on my web page, please contact me.
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 April 24th, 2011.
MANY thanks to our wonderful volunteers and contributors. Without their help and dedication, this important work simply could not be done.
At this March 20, 2011 clinic, we sterilized 18 dogs and 11 cats. With my average cost of $22 per dog and $11 per cat, expenses were $517 plus $100 for building rent, for a total of $617. With contributions of $923.70, there was a positive cash flow of $306.70. Therefore, my accumulated deficit was reduced to $3,863.59. (I began the clinics in March of 2006 but it didn't occur to me to keep financial records until October of 2006.)
It's rare to receive a large donation such as that by Ruth King and Charley Leves mentioned above, and I very much appreciate it! They've donated a like amount before. They live in Panama but not in the Volcan area. I've never met them personally, but they are supportive of what we're doing here. (They volunteer at sterilization clinics in their own area.)
So - I very much appreciate any and all contributions. They are welcome and needed!
Here in Volcan, our small group has been responsible for sterilizing 1,228 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 1,357 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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