22, 2015 - 33 animals were spayed/neutered
by Dr. Andrés Tello, our wonderful veterinarian.
(Rosemary Rios, one of our dedicated volunteers,
also cleaned the teeth of several animals, and she and Dr. Tello
extracted teeth from several animals.)
am devastated. about the death of my dog, Petey, who died early Saturday
morning, March 21, 2015. See Petey's eulogy HERE.
It helped that I had to be very
busy with the clinic the following day, even though I kept crying all
this March 22nd, 2015 clinic Dr.
Tello sterilized 18 dogs and 15 cats. Of the dogs,11 were female and 7 were
male. (One was in heat and one was pregnant, but not too far along to
prevent an abortion.) Of the cats, 10 were female and 5 were male. Also, Dr. Tello
removed two tumors (not venereal).
Romero brought a beautiful male dog that she had rescued about two weeks
earlier. He had been tied up and mistreated. He is part Husky and part
German Shepherd. Fanny had an emergency in Panama City and needed to leave
that morning. I told her I would keep the dog at my house after he was
sterilized and then we would try to find a good home for him.
Dr. Tello. He said he could find a good home for the dog. After the dog
was awake from the surgery, Jose took him to my house. (The dog also had a
tumor on his side, which Dr. Tello removed.) After we completed
the clinic, Dr. Tello came to my house and took the dog with him.
happy endings! Thank you, Fanny, and thank you, Dr. Andres Tello!
next clinic will be on April 26, 2015. Please call for an appointment.
sure to click the link below for the Picasa web album of pictures taken
during this clinic.
may click the PayPal "Donate" button below to help the animals.
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and your contribution will not
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for the animals.
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 and her sister Cristina Espinosa handled 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. A new volunteer, Natalie Emerieh,
who works with the Peace Corps in the Cordellero, began receiving
some training today. She said she would be a regular volunteer for the
time she is here in Panama..
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 Jenny Rodriguez 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. Also, Jenny's sister, Stehanie
Rodriguez, came to assist today. We hope she will return in the future
to help. She also did a great job. She and Jenny helped to clean
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 plus I
brought extra drinks, and thanks to Amanda
Rankin for fruit, and Lynn Longbons for dessert.
Income and expenses:
contributions by guardians/owners
donation by Al Jan (Boquete)
donation by Marguerite Morris (Paso Ancho)
Feader/Roseanne Bateman (Volcan)
donation by Bruce Jarvis (Volcan)
donation by Ruth King/Charley Van Clief
Regina Polo donated 7 boxes of 1cc syringes and various sutures for Dr.
Tello. Thank you, Regina!
The $616.75 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 March 22, 2015 clinic Dr. Tello sterilized 18 dogs and 15 cats. With my
average costs of $25 per dog and $15 per cat, expenses were $675.00 plus
for building rent for a total of $775.00. Income this month was $1,246.75 leaving an excess of
$471.75. Thanks to your
generous donations, my current out-of-pocket
expenses are reduced to $ 519.75. It has been a LONG time since
my deficit was under $1,000. So thanks very much to everyone! In the event
we begin to have a surplus, perhaps we can think of other ways to spend
any excess funds to help the animals! (And it would NOT be toward a
"feeding station" for dogs without any effort to get them
sterilized so they continue to breed and produce even more puppies to die
early deaths and/or suffer in the street.)
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
pets! Here Dr. Tello
is checking one of his patients. The
young man loves his dog!
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 2,992 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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