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Sunday, June 8, 2014 - 36 animals were sterilized by
 Dr. Andrés Tello, our wonderful veterinarian. In addition, he removed two huge tumors and removed an eye from a dog.

Dr. Tello sterilized 21 dogs and 15 cats. Of the sterilized dogs, 17 were female and 4 were male. Of the cats, 8 were female and 7 were male. 

Dr. Tello left on the 9th for Jekyll Island, Georgia to attend a marine biology seminar, with focus on turtle rescue. He wants to get involved with turtle rescue in Costa Rica.  Because of his travel commitment, we had the June clinic much earlier in the month than usual. Even though we thought we would not have many animals and would finish early, it turned out to be a very long day. Two of the tumor removals took over an hour each, and removal of a dog's eye took extra time. 

A long time ago some veterinarian had merely tied the tubes of a female dog without removing her uterus and ovaries. This eventually caused mammary tumors in a line down each side of her body. Dr. Tello spayed her properly and removed the tumors on one side. It required 49 stitches to close the long incision. He will remove the tumors from the other side at our July 20 clinic. 

An indio brought his dog with a huge tumor (picture in the Picasa web album). The tumor weighed 2 lbs. 4 ounces. Dr. Tello removed the tumor and also spayed her. The indio had only $25 toward the entire procedures. Normally Dr. Tello would charge $50 at our clinics for the tumor removal alone (much less than in his private practice) and the spaying would be $25. Since the indio didn't have but $25, Dr. Tello didn't even let me pay him the $50 myself. 

The young man brought her to the clinic with a wire wrapped around her neck. I sent Jose to buy a collar and leash for her. After she was awake, we asked the indio how he would get the dog home. He didn't know, and he didn't know how to call a taxi. I had Jose take him and the dog home in my car. He got a lot of extra service and help for only $25.

Be sure to click the link below for the Picasa web album of pictures taken during this clinic. In the Picasa web album, I did not include the extremely graphic pictures of the tumors being removed, but if you want to see them, click HERE. These were major surgery.

I now have a personal PayPal "Donate" button. You can use this "button" to donate. 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. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can use a credit card. 

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, 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. Every penny goes for the animals. This is a project from my heart, and I pay the deficits from my own pocket. 

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.

For several months, Lee and India Sorenson (Las Tablas) have donated $25 for each clinic. This month will be their final donation, though. They have to return to the US for health reasons, and the cost of living in the US is much higher. We wish them the very best, and I am grateful for their financial contributions. I wish I had had the opportunity to meet them.


Cristina Espinosa did a good job with registration. She is 14 and has been doing registration for at least two years. She is the daughter of my employee, Jose Espinosa. 
Don Binder, Elcy Morales,
Rebecca Rothenheber (from Germany), 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 cleaned and sterilized the instruments. 

Again, we had a great team of volunteers and everything ran very smoothly! This was the last clinic for Rebecca Rothenheber. She will be returning to Germany. She did a great job and we will miss her!

We had a lot of delicious food for the doctor and the volunteers! Thanks to everyone who contributed: Mary Ann White for a great main dish, Don Binder for drinks, Amanda Rankin for a fruit plate, and Lynn Gohman for dessert. 

For her way of helping the clinics, Diwamani Kardiroff (Diwa) has offered to give complimentary massages to the doctor and volunteers.

 Please forgive me if I have neglected to mention any volunteers or contributors!  And many thanks to the people at this clinic who donated more than my actual cost for the sterilization of their animals.

Income and expenses: 

$  685.00

 contributions by guardians/owners

       25.00       cash donation by Al Jan 
      25.00        Lee and India Sorenson (Las Tablas) to my personal PayPal account
       20.00       Dorreene Reynolds
       15.00        Jim and Juli Alexander (Porterillos)
       15.00        David Kimberling
       20.00        Audrey Stoeckel (Boquete)
       30.00        Diane Wolfe (Boquete)
$  835.00         Total Cash Contributions

At this June 8, 2014 clinic Dr. Tello sterilized 21 dogs and 15 cats. With my average costs of $25 per dog and $15 per cat, expenses were $750 plus $100 for rent of the building, for a total of $850. Income this month was $835, leaving a deficit of $15 which leaves my current out-of-pocket expenses to $1,374.30. 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! We need and appreciate your help! 

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 2,563 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 2,692 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
US telephone: 817-391-1477
skype:  muffiemae

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