Sunday, February 16, 2014 -
26 animals were sterilized by
Dr. Andrés Tello, our wonderful veterinarian, plus he removed
a huge tumor from an already spayed dog.
Tello sterilized 21 dogs and 5 cats, plus the tumor removal, for a
total of 27 dogs and 5 cats. Of the sterilized dogs, 19 were
female and 2 were male. Of the cats, 4 were female and 1 was
We had fewer
animals this clinic than usual. Blake Mitchell came to help transport 7
dogs from Paso Ancho (belonging to indios) but only one dog could be
found. And we had a few cancellations and nine no-shows for this clinic.
A man, Leny
Caballero, came early with his male Husky without an appointment. We
scheduled him for later in the day. When he arrived we discovered that
he wanted a tumor removed from his dog but did not want him sterilized.
Dr. Tello told him that before removing the tumor, the dog would first
have to be neutered. The huge cancerous
tumor, bigger than a tennis ball, was at the dog's rear end and it was
bleeding. Mr. Caballero finally said okay for neutering and asked what
the entire procedure would cost. Neutering is $25 and it would be $50
extra for removing the tumor. (Cheap!) Mr. Caballero balked and said he
would pay only $40 total. Some generous gringos offered to pay the
difference. Then Mr. Caballero was concerned about how much time would
be required. We told him it would probably take at least 1-1/2 hours
for the surgery and then for the dog to wake up. Mr. Caballero decided
he didn't have enough time. He left with the poor dog, who will die
from the cancerous tumor. (The final picture in the album for this clinic is of
this beautiful dog who will die a painful death. The link to the picture
album is below.)
Caballero left, people who know him--expats and Panamanians alike--said
he is very wealthy. They said he is the Tropigas distributor for much
of Chiriqui, has a large finca with many cows, has a big house, etc.,
yet he couldn't be bothered to spend either his money or his time to save his dog's
life. Everyone at the clinic was outraged. A situation like this makes
me sick! But thankfully, on the other hand, we see many Panamanians with far
less money who love their pets very much and bring them to our
clinics for excellent care.
about donations to help support this work for the animals
in Chiriqui: lf you don't need a tax-deductible receipt, please send
money to my personal PayPal account, which is firstname.lastname@example.org. Just go to PayPal, hover your mouse over Transfer, then
click "Send Someone Money." (This will be classified as sending money
to Friends or Family.) If you don't have a PayPal account, you can use
your credit card.
I have removed the
PayPal button from my web site for Chiriqui donations that go through
the US. Those donations are eventually supposed to come to me, but the
situation has become too complicated. It has taken several months for
the donation to reach me, if I receive it at all.
other than contributing cash or depositing to my personal bank account,
donating to my personal PayPal account (email@example.com) is the
best way to help
support this important project if you
don't need a tax-deductible receipt.
Thank you in
future financial help, and thanks to everyone who has donated in the
past. No one except
the doctor receives any payment. Every penny goes for the animals.
Cristina Espinosa did a good job
with registration. She recently had her 14th birthday and is the
daughter of my employee, Jose Espinosa. Cristina has been our
registrar for at least two years.
Binder, Elcy Morales, Jonathan Jaramillo, and a new volunteer, Gretchen
the animals and administered the anesthesia, and gave the pre-op
injections of antibiotics and
anti-inflammatory. They also put mineral oil in the eyes of the animals
would not dry out, and performed whatever other duties were
needed. Yiniela Rodriguez also helped for part of the day.
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
Rosemary Rios, Maria Cristina Montenegro, and
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.
Espinosa and Alex Rios cleaned and sterilized the instruments. Alex
also helped dress incisions and take the temperature of animals after
Again, we had a great
team of volunteers and everything ran very smoothly!
We had a lot of
wonderful food for the doctor and the volunteers! Thanks to everyone
who contributed: Dorreene Reynolds for a delicious main dish, Lynn
for dessert, Azel Ames for drinks, and Don Binder for a
Please forgive me
if I have neglected to mention any volunteers or contributors!
Income and expenses:
contributions by guardians/owners
donation by Mary Ann White
donation by Jim & Juli Alexander (Porterillos Arriba)
cash donation by William Cooper (Monte
cash donation by Al Jan (Texas)
and India Sorenson (Las Tablas) to my personal PayPal account
D.L. Jackson (Arkansas) to my personal PayPal account
donation by Ruth King and Charley Leves
donation by The Purple House (David)
this February 16,
2014 clinic Dr. Tello sterilized 21 dogs and 5 cats. With my average
costs of $25 per dog and $15 per cat, and $50 for removal of the dog's
tumor (NOT the tumor of Leny Caballero's dog!), expenses were $650 plus $100 for rent of the building, equals
$750. Thanks to
generous donations this month of $1,295, there was a surplus of $545,
which reduced my current out-of-pocket expenses to $1,3161.70.Thanks
very much to everyone!
My heartfelt thanks for the generous donations of those who
have contributed in the past and who will contribute in the
very much appreciate any and all contributions.
They are welcome and needed!
Ahhhhaaaa - what a cute face!
For other pictures taken
during the clinic, click
HERE. Click on the
first image to enlarge it, then you
can advance through the
rest of the pictures.
Here in Volcan, our small group has been
responsible for sterilizing 2,419 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 2,548 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.
remember that TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
Dorothy Atwater - 6517-8752 or firstname.lastname@example.org
virtual Voxox US telephone: 817-391-1477
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