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Sunday, March 16, 2014 - 35 animals were sterilized by
 Dr. Andrés Tello, our wonderful veterinarian, plus he treated an already sterilized female for a urinary problem. One kitty was rescheduled for May because she is soon to give birth to kittens. (Dr. Tello also cauterized a tumor on the ear of one of my dogs.)

Dr. Tello sterilized 17 dogs and 18 cats. Of the sterilized dogs, 11 were female and 6 were male. Of the cats, 12 were female and 6 were male. 

Good news - I now have a personal PayPal "Donate" button. You can use this "button" to donate if you don't already have a PayPal account, in which case you can use a credit card.

By using this donate button, the funds will go to my personal PayPal account and your contribution is not tax deductible. But be assured that every penny goes for the animals. On my web page created after each clinic, I give a complete accounting of income and expenses. (See "Income and Expenses" listed below.) Except for our wonderful veterinarian  - whom I pay pittance, really - neither I nor anyone else connected with the clinics receives any pay or financial benefit. I rent the building where we hold the clinics, and I buy all the anesthesia, medications, instruments, supplies, and equipment. I have no offices, no salaries, no advertising, no overhead. Every penny goes for the animals. This is a project from my heart, and I pay the deficits from my own pocket. 

Even easier, if you already have a PayPal account, you can just log in and specify to send money to "friends or family" at my email address, muffiemae@gmail.com.

Again, other than contributing cash or depositing to my personal bank account, donating to my personal PayPal account (muffiemae@gmail.com) is the best way to help support this important project if you don't need a tax-deductible receipt.

Thank you in advance for future financial help, and thanks to everyone who has donated in the past.

On Thursdays before each clinic, my employee and I begin to call people to confirm their appointments. One person, Sunilda Rivera Morales, had appointments for 2 female dogs (one was a Boxer who had given birth to puppies), plus a male dog, for a total 11 dogs. We set her appointments with the agreement that she would contribute $20 and I would pay the rest for sterilizing the 11 dogs (my cost would be $255), PLUS we would provide free transportation to and from the clinic for all of the dogs. When we called her to confirm, she told my employee that "she had given all the dogs away." (The expat who had referred Sunilda said Sunilda lied.) Therefore, I had reserved a lengthy block of time for these dogs in which we suddenly had no other appointments scheduled. 

This inconsiderate woman, Sunilda Rivera Morales, had no regard for our veterinarian who comes from Costa Rica to operate as many animals as possible all day, and Ms. Morales has no regard for the volunteers who work very hard for many hours at each clinic. In addition, she has no regard for the welfare of unsterilized dogs and the many others they will create to suffer. In six years one female dog and her offspring can be the cause of 67,000 puppies being born.

A butcher at Romero's, Reynaldo Gonzales, told me that Sunilda lives with him. Even before the Thursday phone call to Sunilda, I had already been to Romero's, talked with Reynaldo, and confirmed the appointments for the dogs with him. Friday, after Sunilda said she "had given the dogs away," I went to Romero's to speak with Reynaldo - but was told he's on vacation until April 1st.

There are wonderful people in Panama, both expats and Panamanians alike. The ignorant and inconsiderate people like Sunilda Rivera Morales
are not limited to Panama (and some ignorant inconsiderate expats here are not are not excluded either.) Unfortunately, people like this exist all over the world, including in the US. But I appreciate the fact that also there are so many helpful, caring people in the world. I truly believe that "what goes around, comes around," and we will all "reap what we sow." (In this lifetime or another.) One immediate repercussion for Ms. Morales is that the gringa who recommended this inconsiderate woman in the first place had given help to Ms. Morales, financially and otherwise over time. I say "used to" because now Ms. Morales will no longer receive any help from the expat who had been very generous to her.

For a heart-warming subject, another woman, Enilda Gonzales, has a great heart. She is an elderly woman and she is not wealthy. But Enilda often brings animals to our our clinics to be sterilized - animals that don't even belong to her - but she pays to sterilize them. I can't even remember the number of animals Enilda has brought to our clinics! She brought another dog to this clinic, and she has appointments for three more at the April clinic.

On to another heart-warming event. One of our donors wrote me on February 22nd. She said:

"I just wanted to let you know that I made a $50 contribution using the PayPal tool for the Spay Panama-Chiriqui group.  I know that it won't post to you right away, but I wanted you to be aware, since it's coming from the US.  

"My name is Kat Soupal and I'm donating to your group to honor Don Binder.  He's your fabulous gringo volunteer who loves animals... and he's my dad. His birthday was yesterday and I couldn't think of a better gift than one that goes to the place he's passionate about. 

"Thanks for the work you do and your friendship with my dad!  He always talks about each clinic and I always look forward to your photos after each session."

Thank you, Kat, and big hugs to you! Our clinics run so efficiently in a large part because of the dedication of your wonderful dad, Don Binder! All of us love him, too!


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.
Don Binder, Elcy Morales,
Rebecca Rothenheber and Analene Wedding weighed 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 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. 
Alejandro Espinosa and Alex Rios cleaned and sterilized the instruments. Alex also helped dress incisions and take the temperature of animals after surgery.

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 great main dish, Don Binder for dessert and drinks, and Amanda Rankin for a fruit plate. 

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

Income and expenses: 

$  574.00

 contributions by guardians/owners

       40.00       cash donation by Marguerite Morris (Paso Ancho)
       20.00       cash donation by Dee Sund (local)
       25.00       cash donation by Al Jan (Texas)
      25.00        Lee and India Sorenson (Las Tablas) to my personal PayPal account
       48.60       $50 PayPal donation by Kat Soupal minus PayPal fee
    145.80*       PayPal donation (see note below)
$  878.40         Total Cash Contributions

*The $145.80 was recently sent to my personal account in the US by the US entity but they didn't give me any information about whom the donations were from. I suspect that part was for the $50 donation from Carlos Grant (Arkansas) made on July 30, 2013 and another $50 from Carlos Grant made on December 25, 2013. I have no idea about the other approximate $50. So if you've made a donation through the US group and have not received credit on my web site, please let me know!

Now, by having my personal PayPal account for people who want to help our work in Volcan, Chiriqui, we can avoid the "go around" process and the confusion in which I often don't know who donated for Chriqui or in what amount, or whether I even receive the donations meant for Chiriqui..

Again, thank you to everyone who has donated in the past and will donate in the future. We need and appreciate your help!

Everyone is busily at work! 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.

At this March 16, 2014 clinic Dr. Tello sterilized 17 dogs and 18 cats. With my average costs of $25 per dog and $15 per cat, expenses were $695 plus $100 for rent of the building, for a total of $795. Donations this month were $878.40, leaving a surplus of $83.40 which reduced my current out-of-pocket expenses to $1,223.30. Love and thanks 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! 

Here in Volcan, our small group has been responsible for sterilizing 2,454 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 2,583 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
virtual VoxOx US telephone: 817-391-1477
skype:  muffiemae

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