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Sunday, August 19, 2012 -  41 animals were sterilized today by
 Dr. Andrés Tello, our wonderful veterinarian. In addition, he extracted fluid from an eye of a dog with glaucoma. 

We sterilized 24 dogs and 17 cats. Of the dogs, 19 were female and 5 were male. Of the cats, 13 were female and 4 were male. 

Our day flowed smoothly, so there are no "exciting" events to report this time. The next clinic will be on September 23, 2012. 

Don Binder and Azel Ames are trying to coordinate some help for me with a couple of things - someone to wash the soiled blankets after the clinics (the animals lie on them while they recover from the anethesia), and someone to solicit the food and drinks for the volunteers at each clinic. That would lift two of the tasks from me and would be a big help.

Another project that I hope someone will start is to coordinate an effort to befriend and subsequently bring to the clinic for sterilization the approximate 15 dogs that congregate at the "dog feeding station" that someone initiated here.  I disagree with having a feeding program that is not coordinated with sterilization because these dogs continue to breed and spread venereal disease/tumors. Considering that in 6 years a female dog and her off springs can be the source of 67,000 puppies, having a "feeding program" without sterilization is like us trying to empty the ocean with a teaspoon. I will pay for the surgeries if necessary.

Along with getting these dogs to the clinics for sterilization, someone would need to coordinate volunteers for the fostering of these dogs overnight after surgery. They will still be woozy from the anesthesia until the following day and to immediately turn them back onto the street would leave them vulnerable to attack by other dogs or to being hit by a car.

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, either in Panama or in the US. Thank you! I can give you a tax-deductible receipt for your US tax return.

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 - and lately we have been exceeding that number. Our next clinic will be on September 23, 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 Jahir Costillo administered the anesthesia, shaved and prepped the animals, and gave 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, Maria Cristina Montenegro, and Francia Pinedo 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. Jenni Rodriguez from David (who volunteers at the clinics there) came to our clinic around noon and stayed to help.
Alejandro Espinosa 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 for the doctor and the volunteers! Thanks to everyone who contributed: Jorge (Restaurante Mana) for the main dish, Azel Ames for the drinks, Amanda Rankin for a fruit plate, and Dana Larson for a delicious chocolate cake.

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

Income and expenses: 

$  656.00

contributions by guardians

       20.00      cash donation by Dana Larson
    550.00      cash donation by Kelly Aldridge*

*When Mary Houkal lived in the Volcan area, she volunteered at the clinics. Then she and her husband went back to the US for a while. Now they are off for an adventure in other lands. Kelly Aldridge was their landlady in the US. She told Mary not to pay the last month's rent because they had been such good tenants. Mary suggested that Kelly send the rent money to Spay Panama-Chiriqui, which she did. Thank you Kelly - and Mary!

At this August 19, 2012 clinic, Dr. Tello sterilized 24 dogs and 17 cats. With my average cost for sterilizations of $22 per dog and $11 per cat, expenses were $715 for sterilizations, plus $100 for building rent, for a total of $815.  With contributions of $1,226, there was $411 in excess of expenses. Therefore, my accumulated deficit is reduced to $1,819.21. My hearfelt thanks for all the generous donations of those who have contributed in the past and who will contribute in the future! 

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


Lots of great pictures were taken during the August 19, 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 side (or the top, depending on your version of Picasa) to advance the pictures.


Here in Volcan, our small group has been responsible for sterilizing 1,711 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 1,840 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 -  6517-8752 or muffiemae@gmail.com
skype US telephone: 281-725-6198
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