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Sunday, April 26, 2015 - 32 animals were spayed/neutered
by Dr. Andrés Tello, our wonderful veterinarian. Dr. Tello also performed surgery for hematoma on a dog's ear, and performed three exams. There were three three pregnancies, which were aborted.
(Rosemary Rios, one of our dedicated volunteers, 
 also cleaned the teeth of two dogs.)

At this April 26th, 2015 clinic Dr. Tello sterilized 20 dogs and 12  cats. Of the dogs, 16 were female and 4 were male. Of the cats, all 12 were female.

Miguel, owner of Deep Forest Tavern (Paso Ancho, near Volcan, deepforestvolcan@gmail.com  ), has a male dog. It was not neutered. He does not feed the dog sufficiently or give it good care. Apparently he just throws out some scraps when they are available. Roseanne Bateman and Marguerite Morris, who attend the Saturday gatherings at Deep Forest Tavern,  noticed that this sweet dog was malnourished and had scabs all over this body. Roseanne began taking dried food to Miguel, gave him food and water bowls, and asked that the dog be given plenty of food and water. Whether Miguel did (or does) any of that is questionable. Hopefully he has changed his treatment of the dog for the better.

Roseanne asked if they could bring the dog (now named "Tramp") to our clinic to be neutered. Of course, no problem, said Miguel...as long as they paid for it. Roseanne took Tramp to her home on Saturday, the day before our clinic, and gave him a bath. Then she and Marguerite brought Tramp to my house, where I kept him overnight in a place separate from my other dogs. Roseanne came to get Tramp at 7:00 am on Sunday, just before Jose and I left to do final preparations for the clinic.

After Tramp was neutered, he again spent the night at my house. Roseanne came Monday morning to return Tramp to Miguel at Deep Forest Tavern.

Shame on people who refuse to give adequate care to a dog (or cat)--and especially those who have plenty of money, just no conscience. Now there are strict laws against abuse of animals; the law includes penalties for not giving adequate food or water. The fine is up to $500.

I have not been to Deep Forest Tavern, and I would never patronize an establishment where a dog's owner doesn't properly care for "his" dog. 

Regarding a large hematoma on a dog's ear at our clinic: Dr. Tello made three small incisions to remove the blood. The sutures, by necessity, were not dissolveable. My employee will go next Monday to remove the stitches. In comparison, a friend had taken her dog with the same problem to two veterinarians in David. I visited my friend some time later. These vets  had made a single long incision, about 3 inches long, which was still horribly open, had infection, and needed frequent daily care for weeks. I haven't seen my friend in David lately, so I hope the ear of her dog finally healed. 

Dr. Tello charged $20 at our clinic for his professional surgery of correcting the hematoma. 

It pains my heart to see so many animals suffer (and killed) by so-called veterinarians who lack proper diagnostic and surgical skills.

Nayan Staff has brought numerous animals to our clinics in the past, street dogs and dogs that don't belong to her. (See her "feature" picture below where I give the link to the Picasa web album for the photos taken at this clinic.)

At this clinic, in addition to bringing some little Chihuahuas to be sterilized, Nayan mentioned that she had rescued a dog that had been hit by a car three days earlier. The dog couldn't walk at at all. She thought it had been paralyzed. Jose, my employee, went with Nayan in my car to Paso Ancho to bring the dog to our clinic. At first we had all thought the dog would have to be euthanized. We were all crying.

After examination, Dr. Tello determined that the problem was the dog had been hit in the head and the spinal column was not the problem. He gave the dog some injections and told Nayan he though the dog would be okay. We called Nayan on Tuesday after the clinic and she said the dog is recovering very well. 

Nayan even offered to pay for my gasoline for taking the dog to and from Paso Ancho. Of course I refused her offer and said "no problem." I am happy to provide transportation for those who need it.

 Bless you again, Dr. Tello, for your expertise and compassion.

People brought a female dog that had been spayed by a male vet who sometimes works in Volcan. This vet had spayed this small dog last December! And the incision was still infected. The problem required still another surgery. This incompetent vet had left undissolveable sutures inside the dog, which naturally would cause infection. Among others of the internal undissolveable sutures, Dr. Tell removed one that was about 7 inches long from inside the dog. The dog will be fine now. Otherwise, she would have eventually died from the infection.

Dr. Tello has also saved the lives of many animals at our clinics that were first taken to the  vet in Volcan, whose nickname is "Dr. Death." .....internal infections, foreign objects left inside the animal, etc. I am surprised that everyone in this area doesn't know how incompetent these vets are! One person came to this April clinic for Dr. Tello to exam a leg amputation that had been done on her dog in Panama City. There were no serious problems with the amputation, and Dr. Tello prescribed an antibiotic to be given for 10 days. This person had already been to "Dr. Death" with the dog and had been charged over $300...for nothing. We charged $10 for the exam and the prescription for the antibiotics.

So again, bless you Dr. Tello for your expertise and compassion, and for coming from Costa Rica to work at our clinics once a month. Our next clinic will be on May 24, 2015. Please call me or my employee, Jose Espinosa, for an appointment. We already have 32 appointments scheduled for May 24th. I will schedule up to 50 to allow for last-minute cancellations and no-shows.

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. 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. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can use a credit card.   

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 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 Emerich,  who works with the Peace Corps in the Cordellero,  began receiving some training for giving injections of antibiotics and pain medication. 
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, Maria Cristina Montenegro and sisters Jenny Rodriguez and Stephanie 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 cleaned and sterilized the surgical instruments. 

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 orange juice, and thanks to Amanda Rankin for fruit, and Marianne Brown for dessert.

Income and expenses: 

$  580.00*

contributions by guardians/owners

      25.00     cash donation by Al Jan (Boquete)
      48.25     donation by Tara Reardon, Washington, DC (50.00 minus 1.75 PayPal fee)
      50.00     cash donation by Carolyn Price (Concepcion)
      20.00     cash donation by Anna Lisa Senn (Volcan) 
      20.00     cash donation by Bryce Kimberling 
$   743.25       Total Cash Contributions

*Note: The $580 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 April 26, 2015 clinic Dr. Tello sterilized 20 dogs and 12 cats. With my average costs of $25 per dog and $15 per cat, expenses were $680.00 plus $100 for building rent for a total of $780.00. Income this month was $743.25 leaving a deficit of $36.75. Thanks for everyone's generous donations. My current out-of-pocket expenses are $556.50. 

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!


Nayan Staff brought some tiny
dogs to be sterilized, plus she 
brought a dog that had been hit
by a car and appeared to be 
paralyzed. But thanks to Dr. Tello, that 
wasn't the case and the dog will
probably be okay. Nayan will
adopt that dog, too.

For other pictures taken during the
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image to enlarge it, then you can
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Here in Volcan, our small group has been responsible for sterilizing 3,024 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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