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Sunday, August 18, 2013 - 38 animals were sterilized today by
 Dr. Andrés Tello, our wonderful veterinarian.

Dr. Tello sterilized 26 dogs and 12 cats. Of the dogs, 23 were female and 3 were male. Of the cats, 8 were female and 4 were male. One dog and one cat were pregnant and Dr. Tello aborted them.

Although we call everyone to confirm their appointments, owners of five animals were no-shows, a few people were courteous enough to call and re-appoint for September, and we had several people come without appointments. It all balances out. It was another great (but long) day) - we had a lot of female dogs which take longer. We finished at 5:30.

I had recently suggested that if only eight people would commit to donating $25 per month each, that amount would largely help to keep my deficit from increasing. Al Jan (Texas) said he'd be the first to commit to $25 per month. Raquel Frame (local) also committed to donate $25 per month. See their donations listed below.

There were two more instances of animal mutilation done by the "gringo vet" in David that some expats are enthralled with. Fortunately Dr. Tello was able to correct the problems the other "vet" caused:

1.  One expat brought her beloved dog that this "vet" in David had supposedly spayed. The dog continued to bleed. The woman asked him if he had left an ovary in. "Oh, no, I always remove both ovaries," he assured her. But when she insisted on looking at the dog's records, sure enough, the records indicated that he had removed only one ovary. He had lied to her. 

That "vet" had made an incision about 4 inches long. (Dr. Tello's incisions are an inch or less.) The woman brought her dog to our clinic for Dr. Tello to do the job properly. This second surgery was much harder on the dog - and on Dr. Tello - because when part of the reproductive organs have been removed, it's very difficult to find the remaining one(s). Dr. Tello had to really dig around inside her to find the remaining ovary - and when he finally did, the ovary had a cyst on it.

I have on good authority that this "gringo vet" in David has done the same with at least 12 other dogs. He told someone that he didn't want to deprive the females of having "fun" (sex). DUH! With an intact ovary the females still go into heat, and yes, still have sex, and are still vulnerable to venereal tumors (eventually fatal).

For your information, Mr. "gringo vet," animals don't have "fun," they are totally driven by hormones. And ask a tiny dog who is being mounted by a 70-lb male if she's having "fun." (I saw this actually happen in the street to a little dog I then scooped up and brought home. Dr. Tello spayed her, and she was pregnant with five puppies, which he aborted. Giving birth to these big puppies would have killed her.)

2. At our July clinic, a man brought his puppy for Dr. Tello to examine. The puppy had recently suffered a broken rear leg and the man had taken her to the "gringo vet" in David, who had put a full-leg cast on the puppy's leg.  However, Dr. Tello couldn't diagnose the problem without seeing the x-rays. Fortunately, the following Saturday Dr. Tello would be operating at a clinic in David. The man said he would get the x-rays and take her to Dr. Tello in David. 

On Friday before the Saturday clinic in David, the man took the puppy back to the "gringo vet" to ask about a horrible smell being emitted from the puppy's leg. "Perfectly normal," assured the "gringo vet." But when Dr. Tello saw the x-rays the following day, he immediately removed the cast. The other "vet" had put a pin in the puppy's leg but left about an inch still sticking outside the leg, and then applied the cast. By the time Dr. Tello saw her, she had developed a severe infection, even into the bone, caused by the incompetence of the other "vet." Dr. Tello treated the puppy and told the owner to give her a series of a particular antibiotic. Dr. Tello told the man he wanted to examine the puppy at our clinic today - and he said it was possible the leg would have to be amputated. But fortunately, she responded well to the antibiotics so far. Dr. Tello advised giving her the same antibiotic for five more days and he thinks her leg will be okay.

If Dr. Tello had not removed the cast when he did, within even a few more days the infection caused by the "gringo vet" would have gotten much worse and made it necessary to amputate the puppy's leg.

Also, the man had previously taken the mother of the puppies to the "gringo vet" in David, who misdiagnosed her, and she died within an hour of getting her back home.

The man had seen several positive reports on yahoo groups about this "vet" but didn't know at the time that people won't post about their negative experiences because of the ridiculous libel laws in Panama. Now he knows the truth. And more and more people are learning the truth about this "vet's" incompetence, but unfortunately at the expense of their pet's well being - and sometimes their life.

Thanks to Sheila Espinosa and Nayan Estaff, two young women who have been rounding up street dogs and cats, getting them to the clinic - AND paying for the sterilizations. (When they have the dogs, I send my employee in my car to transport them to the clinic.) One dog at this clinic was a mama dog who was still nursing her puppies. (In this case, Dr. Tello operates on the animal's side.) It's much better for someone to care for a dog overnight after surgery, but we thought we'd have to return her to the place they got her so she could nurse her puppies. But Clay Conn took Sheila and Nayan to look for the puppies - and they found them. Clay is keeping the mama dog and the puppies at his house for now, and we will sterilize the puppies at the September 22nd clinic.

Clay Conn often rounds up and brings either street animals or animals that belong to poor people who have no transportation and no money. I most often end up paying for those surgeries myself, but that's my choice. Every dog/cat we can sterilize prevents the births of many homeless ones who would suffer terrible lives....and who would continue to breed more that would suffer terrible lives...and on and on.

Please donate! Your PayPal tax-deductible donations for Chiriqui go through Spay Panama's Animals YES in the USA and are eventually forwarded to me. When you click the donate button below, it will specify that your donation is for Chiriqui. 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.  

MANY thanks to our wonderful volunteers and contributors. Without their help and dedication, this important work simply could not be done. No one except the doctor receives any payment. Every penny goes for the animals.

Cristina Espinosa did a good job with registration. She is only 13 years old and is the daughter of my employee, Jose Espinosa. 
Lynn Longbons, Yiniela Rodriguez and Yahir Costello 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, Francia Pinedo, and Maria Cristina Montenegro assisted Dr. Tello, gave post-op injections of B-12 and antiparasite. They, along with Alex Rios, 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, and Alex Rios (Rosemary's brother) cleaned and sterilized the instruments. Alex also pitched in to take the temperature of the animals after surgery and tend to their incisions.

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

We had a lot of delicious food for the doctor and the volunteers! Thanks to everyone who contributed: Susan Lovett for a delicious main dish, Dana Larson for dessert, Lynn Gohman for drinks, and Amanda Rankin for a fruit plate. I took homegrown organic naval oranges for the doctor and volunteers..

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

And also many thanks to those clients at the clinic who donated more than my costs. Those donations, plus generous donations from other sources, total the most amount contributed at any clinic this year (and maybe ever). I am very grateful!

Income and expenses: 

$  765.00

 contributions by guardians/owners

       20.00       cash donation by Lynn Longbons  (local)
       55.00       cash donation by Dana Larson (local)
       20.00        cash donation by David Kimberling (local)
       60.00         cash donation by Carolyn Price (Concepcion)
        25.00      cash donation by Al Jan (Texas)
       40.00      cash donation by Raquel Frame (local)
       40.00      cash donation by Jim & Julie Alexander (Porterillos Arriba)
        20.00      cash donation by Cynthia Schultz (local)
       40.00      cash donation by anonymous (local)
       48.60       $50 donation via PayPal  by Carlos Grant (Arkansas) 
        24.15       $25 donation via PayPal  by Joyce Newton (David)
       97.50      $100 donation via PayPal  by Banker Trust (Dominican Republic)
$1,255.25         Total Cash Contributions

At this August 18, 2013 clinic Dr. Tello sterilized 26 dogs and 12 cats. With my average costs for sterilizations of $25 per dog and $15 per cat, expenses were $830 plus $100 for rent of the building, equals $930.  After contributions of $1,255.25 there was a reduction of my out-of pocket expenses by $325.25 - leaving a current deficit of $1,833.66. That's the smallest deficit I've had in a LONG time. Thanks again to everyone! 

My heartfelt thanks for 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! 

Clay Conn found this sweet homeless puppy. She will be spayed at our September 22nd clinic. He needs to find a home for her.

For other pictures taken during the clinic, click HERE. 

Here in Volcan, our small group has been responsible for sterilizing 2,144 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 2,273 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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