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.)
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.
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.
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
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.
is a project from my heart, and I pay the deficits from my own
you already have a PayPal account, you can just log in and specify to send
money to "friends or family" at my email address, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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.
Morales, had no
regard for our veterinarian who comes from
Costa Rica to operate as
many animals as possible all day, and
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
six years one female
dog and her offspring can
be the cause of 67,000
puppies being born.
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
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.
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.
to another heart-warming event. One
of our donors wrote me on February 22nd. She said:
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.
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.
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
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,
Rothenheber and Analene
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.
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.
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
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
Please forgive me
if I have neglected to mention any volunteers or contributors!
Income and expenses:
contributions by guardians/owners
donation by Marguerite Morris (Paso Ancho)
donation by Dee Sund (local)
cash donation by Al Jan (Texas)
and India Sorenson (Las Tablas) to my personal PayPal account
$50 PayPal donation
by Kat Soupal minus PayPal fee
PayPal donation (see note
$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!
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..
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.
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
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.
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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