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Sunday, September 27, 2015

41 animals were spayed/neutered by Dr. Andres Tello,
our wonderful veterinarian. In addition,
he removed a large fatty tumor from the neck of a female dog,
had to euthanize one dog, and took another dog (from Boquete)
 to his clinic to x-ray and examine.

At this September 27, 2015 clinic Dr. Tello sterilized 24 dogs and 17  cats. Of the dogs, 21 were female and 3 were male. Of the cats, 12 were female and 5 were male.

Sadly, Dr. Tello had to euthanize one male dog that had a cancerous tumor. The owners had taken the dog to the Volcan vet, widely known as "Dr. Death,"  who had needlessly given the dog numerous injections at $25 each. Surgery would have been the only solution, which "Dr. Death" would not have been capable of anyway. By the time the owners found out about our clinics and Dr. Tello, the cancer had spread throughout the dog's body and it was too late for surgery.

And unfortunately, we have other vets in the Volcan area that could be called "Dr. Death."

Barbara and Ian Phillips from Boquete brought their dog Dodger for Dr. Tello to examine. Dodger had already been to other vets. They brought an x-ray taken by the last vets, who are trusted by numerous expats who are unaware of what competent vet care is. The x-ray was unreadable. Dr. Tello showed us on his smart phone examples of  what "good" x-rays look like.

Dr. Tello has state-of-the art digital x-ray equipment. He doesn't even have to anesthetize an animal to keep it still while he x-rays it because taking a good x-ray takes only a fraction of a second. 

Dr. Tello took Dodger to Costa Rica with him for proper x-rays, and most probably, surgery. 

I was out for a walk on September 3rd and someone called me to report that a dog and her six day-old puppies had been abandoned at a bus stop. Jose and I went to get them. Otherwise the puppies would no doubt have died of exposure that night during the heavy rain. 

Abandoning the mama dog and her puppies is an inexcusable act of cruelty. Our clinics every month are inexpensive and they easily solve the issue of unwanted puppies and kittens.

Today, October 3rd, they are four weeks old. I will have the mama spayed at our October 18th clinic and the puppies sterilized at our November 22nd clinic. (Four are males, two are females.) I will probably keep the mama (Daisy) but will need to find good homes for the puppies after they have been sterilized. Jose says two of the puppies probably have a rottweiler daddy.

Left: The abandoned mama dog and her just-born six puppies.

Above: At 4-weeks old, the puppies are now eating puppy-food slush and are slowing
being weaned.

We had five no-shows today, even though Jose calls everyone two days in advance to confirm their appointments.  It is inexcusable when people confirm they will be there and then just don't bother to show up OR call to cancel.  I wonder how many more dogs and cats will be born because of their owner's irresponsibility.

Yeni Rodriguez - 1 female dog 
Maria Fernandez - 1 male dog 
Raquel Camarena - 2 female dogs 
Migzela Santamaria - 1 female dog

(I'm not sure all the spellings are correct.)

Our next clinic will be on  October 18th. Again, I will schedule up to 50 to allow for last-minute cancellations and no-shows.  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. 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 and Cristina Espinosa  handled registration.
Don Binder weighed animals and gave the anesthesia injections. He and Elsi Morales 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.
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. 
Karen Weatherson from San Diego was visiting our volunteer Dee Braden. Several of our volunteers arrived late, so Dee and Karen gave the post-op injections, etc., until the others arrived. Then Dee and Karen, who are both surgical nurses, cleaned and sterilized the instruments. I have never before seen such an organized tray of instruments. Karen has returned to the US, and Dee has been appointed as the professional volunteer with instruments for future clinics!

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: Roseanne Bateman for the main dish, Don Binder for drinks, Carla Black for desert, and Amanda Rankin for fruit.  Also, Richard Reynolds brought fresh-baked buttered bread. Delicious!

Income and expenses: 

$  767.75*

contributions by guardians/owners

      25.00     cash donation by Al Jan (Boquete)
      20.00     cash donation Phil Huebner (Volcan)
      25.00     cash donation by William Feader/Roseanne Bateman (Volcan)
      25.00     cash donation by Dorreene Reynolds (Paso Ancho)
$  862.75       Total Cash Contributions

*Note: The $767.75 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 September 27, 2015 clinic Dr. Tello sterilized 24 dogs and 17 cats. With my average costs of $25 per dog and $15 per cat, expenses were $855.00 plus $100 for building rent for a total of $955. Income this month was $862.75 leaving a deficit of $92.25. My current out-of-pocket expenses are $1,288. 

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!

A BIG puppy!

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Here in Volcan, our small group has been responsible for sterilizing 3,180 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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