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Sunday,  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.)

Yeaaaa! 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! 

Dr. 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.

Female dogs take the longest, and we had a LOT of them today. 

One 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 HERE. (To protect the squeamish, I didn't include this picture in the main photo album. The link for it is below.)  

Four 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 clinic.

We 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.

Maritza 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. 

Maritza 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.

Martiza 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.  

We called Martiza the following day.. She is thrilled with the new doggie and said both dogs are doing fine.

I love happy endings!

Our next clinic will be on March 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.


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. 
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, 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. 
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 drinks, Amanda Rankin for fruit, and both Craig Larson and Roseanne Bateman brought dessert.

Income and expenses: 


contributions by guardians/owners

      25.00     cash donation by Al Jan (Boquete - December and January)
      25.00     cash donation by Carolyn Price (Concepcion -Dec.and Jan.)
      52.25     PayPal donation by William Feader/Roseanne Bateman (Volcan)
      20.00     cash donation by Charlene Owen (Volcan) 
      20.00     cash donation by Diana Villarreal (Volcan) 
      20.00     cash donation by Yitzel Morales (Volcan) 
      72.52     75.00 PayPal donation by Kat Soupal (Don Binder's daughter) in Michigan.
      10.00     from calendar sales, thanks to Pat Chan
$1,249.77         Total Cash Contributions

*Note: 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.

At 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 $100 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!

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!


It's heartwarming that so many
young people now know the benefits
of sterilizing their pets!


For other pictures taken during the
click HERE. Click on the first
image to enlarge it, then you can
advance through the 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.) 

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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