November 23, 2014 - 38 animals were spayed/neutered
by Dr. Andrés Tello, our wonderful veterinarian, plus he removed
tumor from the leg of a dog, removed a venereal tumor,
removed many large tumors from a
female dog, sewed shut the
eyelids of a cat who had no eyes, treated a wound on a dog's leg,
and euthanized a cat.
cats, cats today! More than usual. Dr.
Tello sterilized 20 dogs and 18 cats. Of the dogs, 16 were female and 4 were
male. Of the cats, 14 were female and 4 were male. One cat was so wild and mean that we
had to put him
in my Havahart trap and inject the anesthesia through the wires.
more animals were scheduled but their owners did not cancel and did not
come. I can't say I was disappointed. Our day was long enough as it was.
We did have several people come without appointments and we were able to
sterilize their animals.
had a new volunteer, Virginia Fuentes, and she did a great job. Today she
learned registration. At the next clinic she will learn other tasks such
as giving pre-op and post-op injections.
was another long, tiring day but as always, it was very emotionally and
spiritually rewarding. This was our final clinic for 2014, and the next
one, January 18, 2015 will be very full also. We already have 16 animals
scheduled for January.
employee's son (also named Jose) brought his female pit bull puppy to be
spayed. By the evening she was doing great. He said his boss had taken the
puppy's mother to a local vet, said to be the "least bad" in
this area to be spayed. The vet charged him
$150 and within 12 days the dog was dead. I can't count the number of dogs
whose lives Dr. Tello has saved after they've been operated on by other
vets. They've usually had massive infections inside.
Gonella is a man with a big heart who rescues many dogs. About six weeks
ago he rescued a female dog that was near death from starvation. Now she's
sleek and beautiful. At this clinic, where we sterilized her, she had been
in heat and she was pregnant with 12 puppies! Now no more puppies for this
sure to click the link below for the Picasa web album of pictures taken
during this clinic.
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(See "Income and Expenses" listed below.) Except for our
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.
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future financial help, and thanks to everyone who has donated in the
Cristina Espinosa came for a while and trained our new volunteer,
Virginia Fuentes, to register people.
Don Binder and Elsi Morales weighed animals, gave the anesthesia injections, plus gave the pre-op
injections of antibiotics and anti-inflammatory. He 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 and Maria Cristina Montenegro 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, administered flea and tick treatment,
generally checked the well being of the animals, and performed whatever
other tasks were necessary.
Rios cleaned 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: Lynn Longbons for the main dish, Don Binder for drinks and
pineapple, and Marguerite Morris for dessert. I took prunes and organic oranges from my trees for everyone to take home.
Income and expenses:
contributions by guardians/owners
donation by Al Jan (formerly from Texas, now in
donation by Carolyn Price (Concepcion)
donation by Lotti
donation by Janet Lee (Nueva Suisa)
donation by Erica Astbury (Florida/Bocas) $100-3.20 PayPal fee
The $740.00 contributions by guardians/owners were for spaying and neutering
only. Payments for other procedures/exams done by Dr. Tello were collected from owners and paid to Dr. Tello
separately. Neither those payments or the charges for other services are
included in the income and expenses above.
this November 23, 2014 clinic Dr. Tello sterilized 20 dogs and 18 cats. With my
average costs of $25 per dog and $15 per cat, expenses were $770 plus $100
for rent of the building, for a total of $870. Income this month was
$916.80, leaving an excess of $46.80. Therefore, my current out-of-pocket
expenses are reduced to $1,313.14.
heartfelt thanks for the generous donations of those who have contributed
for this clinic, who have contributed in the past, and who will contribute in the future! We need and appreciate your help! Love and thanks to everyone!
happy female dog will not have
any more puppies!
other pictures taken
during the clinic, click
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first image to enlarge it, then you
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rest of the pictures.
Here in Volcan, our small group has been
responsible for sterilizing 2,721 dogs and cats to date. (And this number does
not include the extraordinary surgeries that Dr. Tello has performed at
our clinics...removal of tumors, amputations, etc.) Added to the
129 animals that Spay/Panama (from Panama City) sterilized in in Volcan
in February of 2005, we have sterilized 2,850 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--but thankfully, we see a
lot fewer venereal tumors than we did in the past!.
In 7 years a female cat and her off springs can be the source of 420,000
kittens. In 6 years a female dog and her off springs can be the
source of 67,000 puppies. Unless your dog/cat is totally
confined and unable to continue the population increase (AND the spread of
venereal disease), please do the humane thing of having them sterilized!
the health and safety of your dog/cat, however, have the sterilization
performed by a competent vet who is experienced in early sterilization
(eight weeks of age and up) and small-incision surgeries, and one
who closes with stainless steel sutures....like Dr. Tello, who we are so
fortunate to have operate at our clinics. (I do not trust care of my dogs
or injured dogs that I find in the street to ANYONE except Dr. Tello.)
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
US telephone: 817-349-6345
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