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Sunday, April 21, 2013 -  37 animals were sterilized today by
 Dr. Andrés Tello, our wonderful veterinarian, plus he removed a terrible mouth tumor from a Boxer. (See my report about this below.)

Dr. Tello sterilized 18 dogs and 19 cats. Of the dogs, 13 were female and 5 were male. Of the cats, 14 were female and 5 were male.  Today we surpassed the 2,000 mark of dogs and cats sterilized.

All the expats who visit the clinics say they are pleasantly amazed to see how many Panamanians are now really loving their animals. And that's a result of the clinics! Tim Lovett came today to start learning Don Binder's job in the event Don has to be gone.

Jose (my employee) took my car to pick up two dogs that don't have a home (but are "staying" near someone's house) and then returned them after surgery. I paid for the sterilization of one and another expat paid for the other. We have another dog in the same area to bring to the next clinic. Jose also took a man and his dog home at the end of the day. Sometimes people come in a taxi and then can't get a taxi to go home.

People came from Chitre to bring their Boxer that has a horrible mouth tumor. (A picture is included in my Picasa web album about the clinic - link below.) They came here because they used to live in Boquete and are very familiar with Dr. Tello's expertise. They had sent pictures. When I showed them to Dr. Tello, he said he thought not much could be done to help the dog. After they arrived and he saw the dog "in person," he thought chances of survival were slim. But he said he would operate and do what he could. Lo and behold, after he operated and removed the tumor, he thought the dog does have a good chance of survival. They will bring the dog back a week later, to David, where Dr. Tello will be operating at a clinic there. He will have a better idea after a follow-up exam. We are hoping for positive news!

Because of generous donations this month, plus people who contributed more than my cost when they brought their animals, there was actually a surplus of $92.75. My gratitude to all of you!

Also, someone contributed $50 via PayPal - after PayPal charges I received $48.60 - but Spay Panama did not tell me who the donor was. The amount is credited below, but I would like to thank the donor personally. So please let me know who you are!

The next clinic will be on May 19, 2013 and we already have 20 animals scheduled. 

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 was to sterilize at least 30 animals during each clinic - but we are now exceeding that number. 

MANY thanks to our wonderful volunteers and contributors. Without their help and dedication, this important work simply could not be done. And by the way, with the exception of Don Binder who is a dedicated volunteer, all the rest are Panamanians.

Cristina Espinosa did a good job with registration. She is only 13 years old and is the daughter of my employee, Jose Espinosa. 
Don Binder, Yahir Costello and Yiniela Rodriguez weighed the animals, administered the anesthesia, shaved and prepped the animals, and gave the pre-op injections of antibiotics and anti-inflammatory, 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. He also takes my car to pick up and deliver animals when necessary. Then 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, Francia Pinedo, and Jenny Rodriguez 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, generally checked the well being of the animals, and performed whatever other tasks were necessary. 
Alejandro Espinosa, the youngest son of my employee Jose Espinosa, cleaned and sterilized the instruments.

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

Many thanks to Don Binder for getting commitments for the food and drinks.

We had a lot of delicious food for the doctor and the volunteers! Thanks to everyone who contributed: Don Binder for chili, Marianne Brown for cup cakes, Susan Lovett for a fruit plate, and Azel Ames for drinks. 

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

Income and expenses: 

$  595.00

contributions by guardians/owners

       24.15      donation by Lee and India Sorenson ($25 minus .85 PayPal fee) (Las Tablas)
       48.60      donation by ??? ($50 minus 1.40 PayPal fee)
       20.00      cash donation by David Kimberling, Paso Ancho
       40.00       cash donation by Marguerite Morris, Paso Ancho
     200.00      cash donation by "anonymous" (Volcan)

At this April 21, 2013 clinic, Dr. Tello sterilized 18 dogs and 19 cats. With my average cost for sterilizations of $25 per dog and $15 per cat, expenses were $735 plus $100 for building rent, for a total of $835.  With contributions of $927.75, there was a surplus of $92.75. Therefore, my accumulated deficit is reduced to $2,126.60. My heartfelt 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! 

A spiritual moment between Don Binder and this puppy.


For other pictures taken during the clinic, click HERE. 


Here in Volcan, our small group has been responsible for sterilizing 1,984 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 2,113 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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