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Sunday, January 22, 2012 -  36 dogs and cats were sterilized today
by Dr. Andrés Tello, our wonderful veterinarian - plus he also
neutered a male goat and extracted two teeth from a dog.

We sterilized 21 dogs and 15 cats. Of the dogs, 18 were female and 3 were male. Of the cats, 11 were female and 4 were male. Dr. Tello also did exams of a few already sterilized dogs and cats.

I am so very gratified to see that more and more Panamanians are loving their dogs and cats and are taking good care of them. See the link near the end of this page for pictures taken during the clinic. In many of the pictures, the love is obvious. So the clinics are accomplishing much more than just sterilization....they are changing attitudes about animals, too.

We already have 16 animals scheduled for the February 19th clinic. To have that many scheduled so far in advance is a first!

On a sad personal note, today after the clinic Dr. Tello helped Waggles, my old 3-legged dog, cross the Rainbow Bridge. By now, she didn't even want to get up - I'm sure it was too difficult for her and she was very tired. She was ready to go, and I didn't want her to suffer any longer.

Waggles was about 6 years old when I rescued her from the street. She had a horribly maimed front leg, was pregnant and had a venereal tumor. She no doubt had had one litter after another. Dr. Tello took her and amputated her leg, aborted, spayed, and removed the venereal tumor. She was home a week later. She had a very happy life with me for almost 7 years. After such a horrible life for her first several years, it was amazing that she never had any health problems later. She could dig a hole to China with that one front leg and could jump and snatch food from the air with nary a miss. I will miss her sweet, gentle spirit. Click HERE to see pictures of Waggles. 

I am very grateful to my friend Andrea Gonella for allowing me to bury Waggles on his finca. He and his workers even prepared her grave in advance.

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 February 19, 2012.. 

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

Cristina Espinosa did a good job with registration. She is only 12 years old and is the daughter of my employee, Jose Espinosa. 
Don Binder and Mary Houkal administered the anesthesia, shaved and prepped 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, and performed whatever other duties were needed. 
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, Deirdre Doyno, Zabrina Serrano, and Maria Cristina Montenegro assisted Dr. Tello, gave post-op injections of B-complex and antiparasite. They 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 11-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: Mary Ann White brought sandwiches and a crock pot of delicious wonton soup. (Everyone said Mary Ann is welcome to cook for us any time!)  Amanda Rankin contributed a platter of watermelon; Lynn Longbons the soft drinks and a cake; Anne Bakke some individual servings of yogurt.

Also, thanks to Marianne Brown for the donation of two blankets.

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

Income and expenses: 

$  690.00

contributions by owners and/or guardians

       40.00       cash donation by Heidi Smetz 
       20.00      cash donation by Joan Folwell
       50.00      cash donation by Kim Houkal
       50.00       cash donation by Mary Houkal

The $160 of cash donations above came from Mary Houkal, a volunteer, and her friends and family. Thank you Mary for your donation and for solictiting the others. Because of you guys, I had a positive cash flow this month of $23.

At this January 2012 clinic, Dr. Tello sterilized 21 dogs and 15 cats.  With my average cost of $22 per dog and $11 per cat, expenses were $627 plus $200 for building rent, for a total of $$827.  (Even though we did not have a clinic in December, I still had to pay the rent of $100 per month.) With contributions of $850, there was $23 over costs. Therefore, my accumulated deficit is reduced to $2,355.11. 

I have not included the cost of neutering the goat and the teeth extractions in the above  costs, as I arranged separate payment for Dr. Tello. 

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

Lots of great pictures were taken during the January 22, 2012 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 1,465 dogs and cats to date. Added to the 129 animals that Spay/Panama (from Panama City) sterilized in in Volcan in February of 2005, we have sterilized 1,594 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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