February 22, 2015 - 46 animals were spayed/neutered
by Dr. Andrés Tello, our wonderful veterinarian.
(And Rosemary Rios, one of our dedicated volunteers,
neutered her brother's cat, with Dr. Tello's supervision...
so actually the count for today was 47.)
This was our 80th clinic in Volcan, which feels like a milestone. We
began the clinics in March of 2006. Wow! Nine years! I am blessed and
grateful to have found my true calling in life!
Tello sterilized 38 dogs and 8 cats. Of the dogs, 30 were female and 8 were
male. Of the cats, 3 were female and 5 were male. Also, Dr. Tello
removed two tumors (not venereal). And he extracted a tooth from one
of my dogs, and removed a growth from the gum of another.
dogs take the longest, and we had a LOT of them today.
female dog had a horribly infected uterus caused by an injection to keep
her from getting pregnant. Everyone needs to know the dangers of these
injections or pills. For a picture of her uterus, click
the squeamish, I didn't include this
picture in the main photo album. The link for it is below.)
people came without appointments and we didn't have time
for their animals until the end of the day. It was a very busy day! Appointments are definitely
advised. At one point, we started taking appointments for the March 22nd
had a mini-celebration for Don Binder's birthday. His daughter Kat in
Michigan alerted me. (And she made a donation in his honor.) Don is a very dedicated
volunteer that we value beyond what words can express.
Guerra had an appointment to neuter her male dog today. She mentioned a
dog nearby that she thought was being abused. Martiza, Jose, and I went to
check the dog. He was on a long rope but didn't have any shade from the
hot sun. It turned out that the people had rescued this young dog
themselves from the street just a month previously. They said they
couldn't take care of him and agreed that Maritza could have the dog. So
we put a chain on him and walked him to the clinic to be neutered.
didn't have the money to pay for neutering the new adoptee. She said she
would bring the $25 to the next clinic. She seems very responsible and I think
she will. But even if she forgets, or can't, I'm glad that still another
dog has a good home.
came with one dog and went home with two. The new one is young, probably
under six months of age, is
very affectionate, and loves to play.
called Martiza the following day.. She is thrilled with the new doggie and said both
dogs are doing fine.
I love happy endings!
next clinic will be on March 22, 2015. Please call for an appointment.
sure to click the link below for the Picasa web album of pictures taken
during this clinic.
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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--and provide
transportation for those who need it. I have no offices, no
salaries, no paid advertising. Every penny goes for the animals.
is a project from my heart, and I pay the deficits from my own
Thank you in
future financial help, and thanks to everyone who has donated in the
Joselyn Espinosa handled registration and did a great job. (Her sister Cristina couldn't
come today.) MaryAnn White assisted.
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.
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, Jenny Rodriguez 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: Susan Lovett for the main dish, Don Binder for drinks, Amanda
Rankin for fruit, and both Craig Larson and Roseanne Bateman brought dessert.
Income and expenses:
contributions by guardians/owners
donation by Al Jan (Boquete - December and January)
donation by Carolyn Price (Concepcion -Dec.and Jan.)
Feader/Roseanne Bateman (Volcan)
donation by Charlene Owen (Volcan)
donation by Diana Villarreal (Volcan)
donation by Yitzel Morales (Volcan)
75.00 PayPal donation by Kat Soupal (Don Binder's daughter) in
from calendar sales, thanks to Pat Chan
The $1,005.00 contributions by guardians/owners were for spaying and neutering
only. Payments for other procedures were collected from owners and paid to Dr. Tello
separately. Neither those payments nor the charges for other services are
included in the income and expenses above.
this February 22, 2015 clinic Dr. Tello sterilized 38 dogs and 8 cats. With my
average costs of $25 per dog and $15 per cat, expenses were $1,070.00 plus
for building rent for a total of $1,170.00. Income this month was
$1,249.77 leaving an excess of $79.77. Because almost everyone at this
clinic contributed $25 for dogs and $15 for cats, plus thanks to your
generous donations, my current out-of-pocket
expenses are reduced to $ 991.50. It has been a LONG time since
my deficit was under $1,000. So thanks very much to everyone!
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!
heartwarming that so many
young people now know the benefits
of sterilizing their
other pictures taken
Click on the
image to enlarge it, then you
rest of the
Here in Volcan, our small group has been
responsible for sterilizing 2,959 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., nor the clinic we
performed in Davila in which 35 dogs were sterilized.)
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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