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Sunday, June 28, 2015 - 34 animals were spayed/neutered 
by Dr. Andres Tello, our wonderful veterinarian. In addition,
he removed an eye from one dog and removed a growth 
that completely covered the eye of one dog. Now the
dog can see with both eyes!

At this June 28, 2015 clinic Dr. Tello sterilized 27dogs and 7  cats. Of the dogs, 18 were female and 9 were male. Of the cats, 6 were female and 1 was male.

Dee Braden, a nurse, is a new volunteer and she injected the anesthesia.. It was great timing to have her at this clinic in Don Binder's absence. Dee wants to be a regular volunteer.

Clay Conn and his wife Marukel met an old man, Roberto, who has adopted about 18 dogs. He lives in Paso Ancho and walks to Volcan. Roberto said he would come to the clinic with numerous dogs. I hoped he would come because I reserved quite a bit of time for him. (He doesn't even have a phone so that we could call and confirm.)  I had bought a quantity of rope because I was apprehensive that so many loose dogs might become aggressive with the ones belonging to other people. 

Much to my surprise, the dogs were very well behaved and stayed right with Roberto. (I wish my own dogs were so well behaved!) At first Roberto didn't want to neuter the males, but he changed his mind after I showed him a picture of Dr. Tello removing a venereal tumor. We sterilized six, 4 females and 2 males. ( One of the males had the tumor covering an eye that Dr. Tello removed. He also extracted a tooth.)  

Six more of Roberto's dogs are scheduled for our July 19th clinic. Roberto told Marukel that it is such a blessing to have the dogs sterilized; that he was always worrying about more and more being born and how he could care for them. But obviously he does manage to care for them--all are well fed.

Clay and Marukel took Roberto and his dogs home in their pickup. A happy ending!

Clay and Marukel brought a mama dog and her eight puppies (not theirs). We sterilized all of them. Rosemary Rios, our excellent volunteer, lives in David and goes to EMT school there. She took one puppy with her that a friend in David wanted to adopt. The next day, Rosemary called Marukel to say she had found homes for all the puppies. Marukel took them to David to their new homes Another happy ending!

I always over-book because we are certain to have no-shows. This time there were eight, despite having Jose call everyone to confirm and remind them. Nevertheless, we always end up having a full day.

Our next clinic will be on July 19th. Again, I will schedule up to 50 to allow for last-minute cancellations and no-shows.  Please call for an appointment. We already have 36 on the list for July.

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. 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.
Joselyn's sister, Cristina, has volunteered as the registrar for a long time. At this clinic she received training for giving injections, plus some other tasks. Cristina said she really liked learning the other responsibilities. 
Dee Braden and Jose Espinosa weighed animals and gave the anesthesia injections.
Elsi Morales and Cristina Espinosa 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, applied flea and tick treatment, and performed whatever other duties were needed. 
Jose Espinosa, my permanent employee, also drives my car to provide transportation for animals when necessary. Then Jose and I go to the clinic building the following week to clean, bring home blankets to wash, and organize for the next one.
Rosemary Rios, Francia Pinedo, Jenny Rodriguez and Stephanie Rodriguez assisted Dr.Tello, gave post-op injections of B-12 and antiparasite. They dressed the incisions,  tattooed the ears of female dogs, generally checked the well being of the animals, and cleaned and sterilized the surgical instruments.

As always, 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: Fanny Romero for the main dish, Pete Daily for drinks, Dorreene Reynolds for desert, and Amanda Rankin for fruit. 

Income and expenses: 

$  334.00*

contributions by guardians/owners

      25.00     cash donation by Al Jan (Boquete)
      48.25     donation by Gordon Bakke, Volcan (50.00 minus 1.75 PayPal fee)
      25.00     cash donation by Carolyn Price, Concepcion
      40.00     cash donation by Marguerite Morris, Paso Ancho
     100.00     cash donation by anonymous
$   572.25       Total Cash Contributions

*Note: The $334 contributions by guardians/owners were for spaying and neutering only. Payments for other procedures were paid to Dr. Tello separately. Neither those payments nor the charges for other services are  included in the income and expenses.

At this June 28, 2015 clinic Dr. Tello sterilized 27 dogs and 7 cats. With my average costs of $25 per dog and $15 per cat, expenses were $780.00 plus $100 for building rent for a total of $880.00. Income this month was $572.25, leaving a deficit of $307.75. My current out-of-pocket expenses are $872.75. (I paid for 15 dogs at this clinic and without your donations my deficit would have been much larger. Thank you very much!)

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!

Hernan Santos, his wife Maylyn, son Samuel, and their beloved puppy, Doggui.

For other pictures taken during the
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Here in Volcan, our small group has been responsible for sterilizing 3,097 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
skype:  muffiemae

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