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April 24, 2011 - 17 animals were sterilized today
by Dr. Andrés Tello, our wonderful veterinarian. 

Today was Easter Sunday, which was the only day Dr. Tello could come to Volcan this month. I wish more people had brought their pets to be sterilized, but each one counts! Of the 9 dogs, 6 were female and 3 were male. Of the 8 cats, 6 were female and 2 were male.

Jose's son, Jordan Espinosa, was a new volunteer today. He helped Eymi Pitti and learned about cleaning instruments and operating the autoclave.

Jonathan Jaramillo returned from Panama City to participate today. The rest of the volunteers have been "regulars" for quite some time. I appreciate everyone's dedication very much!

No picture of my employee, Jose, this month. He spent much of the day transporting people and animals to and from the clinic. I'm very grateful to have an employee who can drive!

We finished by 2:00. I was glad to have a short day because I had a very sick dog that I was having to care for.

Next Saturday, April 30th, we will help Billie and Allen Rosen (from David) who want to have a clinic in Divala (Quebrada Negra). It's an indigenous village off the highway toward Paseo Canoas. Dr. Tello will be operating there, too. I'll take a lot of our equipment, medications, and supplies to use for the clinic, and several of our volunteers will go to help. I've seen the clinic site - it's a school with no electricity and no running water. Dr. Tello isn't daunted by this. He has performed surgeries in places much more primitive than what this will be.

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. 

Jacky Suna handled registration.
Mary Binder and Dana Larson administered the anesthesia and the pre-op injections of antibiotics and anti-inflammatory. 
Don Binder performed pre-op shaving and prepping, plus helped to anesthetize the animals. 
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.
Jonathan Jaramillo assisted Dr. Tello and helped with translations. 
Deirdre Doyno 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. She also administered after care of the animals.
Eymi Pitti and Jordan Espinosa cleaned and sterilized the surgical instruments. And Jordan's little brother (also Jose's son) Alejandro helped where it was needed.

Thanks to Dorreene Reynolds for a delicious crockpot of chili, to Amanda and Tony Rankin for a plate of watermelon, Becky Barends for the soft drinks, and Sharon Borgman for some pastries. 

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

Income and expenses: 

$  230.00

contributions by owners and/or guardians

      20.00      cash donation by Dana Larson
      20.00      cash donation by Doreene Reynolds
      40.00      cash donation by Marguerite Morris
     48.60      cash donation by Mary Quish ($50 less PayPal fee of $1.40)

At this April 24, 2011 clinic, we sterilized 9 dogs and 8 cats.  With my average cost of $22 per dog and $11 per cat, expenses were $286 plus $100 for building rent, for a total of $386. With contributions of $358.60, there was a deficit of $27.40. Therefore, my accumulated deficit is $3,890.99.  (I began the clinics in March of 2006 but it didn't occur to me to keep financial records until October of 2006.)

I very much appreciate any and all contributions. They are welcome and needed! 

Lots of great pictures were taken during the April 24, 2011 clinic. To see the rest of the pictures, 
click HERE.  When you click on the first picture, it will enlarge and then you'll see the narrative at the bottom of the picture. There are arrows at the top to advance the pictures.

Here in Volcan, our small group has been responsible for sterilizing 1,245 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 1,374 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 -  6780-2565 or viajar2566@yahoo.com
skype:  muffiemae

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