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Sunday, October 20, 2013 - 40 animals were sterilized today by
 Dr. Andrés Tello, our wonderful veterinarian.

Dr. Tello sterilized 27 dogs and 13 cats. Of the dogs, 17 were female and 10 were male. Of the cats, 6 were female and 7 were male. 

Some of the students from Instituto Paulletino in Volcan are making a video and report about the care of animals. Several of the students interviewed Dr. Tello, me, and our volunteers. Two of the students, Jahir Costello and Yiniela Rodriguez, are also regular volunteers at our clinics. When they complete their report and video, I will post them on my web page. Great job, you guys!

Two days before the clinic, my employee (Jose Espinosa) and I rescued a homeless mama dog and her seven six-week-old puppies. We took them to the clinic and Dr. Tello sterilized all of them. Three of the puppies were adopted at the clinic. (Francia Pinedo, one of our volunteers, adopted one.) I still have the mama and four puppies at my house. At least two puppies are spoken for, but the rest need good homes! The puppies are precious, and a big benefit is that they have already been sterilized. The mama is medium sized, very sweet, gentle, and non-aggressive. Please call me if you can provide a loving home for either the mama or a puppy or two.

Another good reason to sterilize puppies and kittens when they are young: as soon as the puppies woke up from the anesthesia, they were playing like nothing had happened. Also, by sterilizing a young male puppy, he will likely not begin to urinate in inappropriate places, "marking" his territory.

We had three VERY wild cats that we had to transfer to my Havahart trap and inject the anesthesia through the cage.

Some time ago Cindy Schultz and her husband rescued a small dog that was covered with mange. Lucy (the dog) stayed at my house for a week or so, and Cindy came to help bathe Lucy and treat her for the mange. Lucy was pretty well cured when Dr. Tello sterilized her. But Cindy told me the mange kept returning and Lucy was scratching herself something terrible. Now, none of the treatments we had used before helped. I suggested that she bring Lucy for Dr. Tello to examine. She had practically no hair on her back. One look, and Dr. Tello said "it's not mange, it is allergies."  He gave her an injection, and Cindy called me a few days later to say how well Lucy is doing now. Lucy will probably need the injection once a month. We are so fortunate to have Dr. Tello and his expertise at our clinics!

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 just had her 14th birthday and is the daughter of my employee, Jose Espinosa. Cristina has been our registrar for at least two years.
Jahir Costello, Yiniela Rodriguez, and Rosemary Rios 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, and Francia Pinedo assisted Dr. Tello, gave post-op injections of B-12 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. 
Helping them and pitching in wherever necessary was a new volunteer, Lisa Dahlmann from Germany. Lisa will be in Panama for 11 more months. She speaks excellent English. Lisa is volunteering through CAFS at FUNDICCEP in Panama. She learned very quickly and did a great job at the clinic. Joining us also from Germany was Rebecca Rothenheber. She is also a volunteer with AFS.
Alejandro Espinosa, the youngest son of my employee Jose Espinosa, cleaned and sterilized the instruments. 

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: Mary Ann White for a delicious main dish, Dana Larson for dessert, Marguerite Morris for drinks, and Amanda Rankin for a fruit plate. 

 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 and to those who donated funds.

Income and expenses: 

$  500.00

 contributions by guardians/owners

       40.00       cash donation by Marguerite Morris  (local)
       20.00       cash donation by "anonymous" (local)
       60.00        cash donation by Carolyn Price (Concepcion)
      10.00       cash donation by Amanda Rankin
      25.00       cash donation by Dana Larson  
      20.00        cash donation by Cynthia Schultz
       25.00      cash donation by Al Jan (Texas)
$ 700.00         Total Cash Contributions

At this October 20, 2013 clinic Dr. Tello sterilized 27 dogs and 13 cats. With my average costs for sterilizations of $25 per dog and $15 per cat, expenses were $870 plus $100 for rent of the building, equals $970. After contributions of $700 there was a deficit of $170, leaving my total out-of pocket expenses of $1,978.66. 

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! 


This is the homeless mama dog and some of her babies after all have been sterilized.

For other fotos taken during the clinic, click HERE (Dr. Tello's two beautiful daughters visited us all day at the clinic. Be sure to see their pictures on the Picasa web album. 

Here in Volcan, our small group has been responsible for sterilizing 2,191 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 2,360 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
skype:  muffiemae

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