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Sunday, October 23, 2011 -  35 animals were sterilized today
by Dr. Andrés Tello, our wonderful veterinarian

We sterilized 20 dogs and 15 cats. Of the dogs, 17 were female and 3 were male. Of the cats, 10 were female and 5 were male. There were several abortions today - unfortunate, but better than having homeless, suffering dogs or cats that continue the overpopulation problem.

Enilda Gonzales has a very kind heart and she brings numerous animals to the clinic. Most of them do not even belong to her, but most of the time she manages to contribute to the cost. My employee, Jose, provided transportation for her to bring two dogs to this clinic. At first she was not going to come because she said she didn't have any money but I told her to come anyway!

Great news! At the September clinic, Enilda brought a dog with a huge cancerous tumor on her abdomen (not venereal). Dr. Tello removed the tumor, and my employee Jose went to Enilda's house 10 days later to remove the 16 stitches. The dog has gained weight and is doing very well!

Because of the excellent veterinary expertise and skill of Dr. Tello, I allow people to bring their dogs/cats at the end of the day for Dr. Tello to examine - and treat when necessary - providing the animal has already been sterilized. The cost is $10 for the clinic and Dr. Tello charges $5.00 for an exam, plus any medications that he administers. (And of course there's an extra charge if any surgery is required that he is able to perform that day.) Anyone who wishes to bring their dog/cat for an exam must contact me ahead of time to make arrangements.

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! 

If you donate via PayPal, it often takes a long time for the funds to reach me. (See income and expenses below.) If you are local to Panama, please consider donating directly to me. If you're not able to donate in person, I can give you information about how to deposit to my bank account. Thank you!

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 proper 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 23, 2011. 

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

Mary Ann White AGAIN took the blankets and dishes home from the clinic to wash! I don't have words to express my gratitude!

Cristina Espinosa did a good job with registration today. She is only 12 years old and is the daughter of my employee, Jose Espinosa. 
Don Binder and Mary Ann White pitched in to administer the anesthesia, shave and prep the animals, and give the pre-op injections of antibiotics and anti-inflammatory, and put mineral oil in the eyes of the animals so they would not dry out. 
Jose Espinosa, my permanent employee, helps weigh and tag the animals, provides transportation for animals 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.
Rosemary Rios and Dirdre Doyno assisted Dr. Tello, gave post-op injections of B-complex and antiparasite. They and our excellent new volunteer, Mary Houkal, dressed the incisions, took the temperature of the recovering animals, tattooed the ears of female dogs, gave flea and tick treatment, and generally checked the well being of the animals. 
Alejandro Espinosa, the 10-year-old son of my employee, cleaned and sterilized the instruments. 

Again, we had a great team of volunteers today and everything ran very smoothly!

We had a lot of delicous food! Thanks to everyone who contributed: Valley of the Moon Restaurant for Chicken a la King and rice, Mary Ann White for chips and homemade salsa, Amanda Rankin for a fruit plate, Marianne Brown for soft drinks, and Raquel Frame for baklava. I took tapioca pudding.

Rosemary Rios had her 18th birthday this week, so I made a card for everyone to sign and I took a cake. At noon we surprised her with the card, cake, and the "Happy Birthday" song. Mary Ann White gave Rosemary a "Garfield" scrub top. (See it in the pictures.)

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

Income and expenses: 

$  620.00

contributions by owners and/or guardians

     121.65      PayPal donation by Rita Decook ($125 less $3.35 PayPal fee) 

At this October, 2011 clinic, Dr. Tello operated on 20 dogs and 15 cats.  With my average cost of $22 per dog and $11 per cat, expenses were $605 plus $100 for building rent, for a total of $705.  With contributions of $741.65, there was a positive cash flow of $36.65. Therefore, my accumulated deficit is reduced to $2,236.69. 

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

Lots of great pictures were taken during the October 23, 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 1,396 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 1,525 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 muffiemae@gmail.com
skype US telephone: 281-725-6198
skype:  muffiemae

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