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Happy New Year to everyone!

Sunday,  January 18, 2015 - 31 animals were spayed/neutered
by Dr. Andrés Tello, our wonderful veterinarian.

Dr. Tello sterilized 23 dogs and 8 cats. Of the dogs, 16 were female and 7 were male. Of the cats, 4 were female and 4 were male. We had no unusual procedures today, except we did have some very big female dogs. The surgeries take much longer for them. One white Labrador weighed 97 lbs!

We had eight no-shows.

Gene Robinson is a sweet man with a kind heart. Someone had dumped a precious young male dog at Gene's property. He and his wife were not able to keep the dog, but Gene found a good home for the dog and brought him to the clinic to be neutered. Thank you, Gene!

We are looking forward to a great 2015, and another year in which to reduce the suffering of dogs and cats due to overpopulation!

Our next clinic will be on February 22, 2015. Please call for an appointment.

Be sure to click the link below for the Picasa web album of pictures taken during this clinic. 

You may click the PayPal "Donate" button below to help the animals. It is to my personal PayPal account at muffiemae@gmail.com and your contribution will not be US tax deductible. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can use a credit card.  Please specify your payment is for  "friends or family" so that PayPal will not charge a fee and every penny will go for the animals. 

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--and provide transportation for those who need it. I have no offices, no salaries, no paid advertising. Every penny goes for the animals. This is a project from my heart, and I pay the deficits from my own pocket. 

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


Cristina Espinosa for registration. 
Don Binder and Elsi Morales  weighed animals, gave the anesthesia injections, plus 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. Helping them was a new volunteer, Maria Luiza Radeva from Germany. She is based in Panama City, though, so this was her only day to volunteer in Volcan. She did a great job.
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, Francia Pinedo, 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. 
Alex 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: Susan Lovett for the main dish, Don Binder for fruit, Lynn Gohman for drinks and Mary Ann White for  dessert. 

Income and expenses: 

$  590.00

contributions by guardians/owners

      50.00     cash donation by Al Jan (Boquete - December and January)
      50.00    cash donation by Carolyn Price (Concepcion -Dec.and Jan.)
       15.00     cash donation by Sue Flentge (Boquete)
      10.00     cash donation by anonymous (Volcan)
      20.00     cash donation by anonymous (Volcan) 
      53.00     cash donation by Cynthia Schultz (Volcan) 
      20.00     cash donation by David Kimberling (Paso Ancho) 
      72.52     75.00 PayPal donation by Kat Soupal (Don Binder's daughter)
      47.75     50.00 PayPal donation by William Feader (Paso Ancho)
      48.60     50.00 PayPal donation by Rebecca Binder (Don Binder's daughter-in-law)
     160.00     from calendar sales, thanks to Pat Chan
$  1,136.87         Total Cash Contributions

At this January 18, 2015 clinic Dr. Tello sterilized 23 dogs and 8 cats. With my average costs of $25 per dog and $15 per cat, expenses were $695 plus $200 for building rent (for December and January) for a total of $895. Income this month was $1,136.87 leaving an excess of $241.87. Therefore, my current out-of-pocket expenses are reduced to $1,071.27. 

My 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!


This young female dog will never have
any puppies! Great!


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 2,912 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.) 

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!.

Remember: 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!

For 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. Always remember that TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

Dorothy Atwater -  6517-8752 or muffiemae@gmail.com
US telephone: 817-349-6345
skype:  muffiemae

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