September 27, 2015
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.
this September 27, 2015 clinic Dr.
Tello sterilized 24 dogs and 17 cats. Of the dogs, 21 were female and
male. Of the cats, 12 were female and 5 were male.
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.
unfortunately, we have other vets in the Volcan area that could be called
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
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.
Tello took Dodger to Costa Rica with him for proper x-rays, and most
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.
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.
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
The abandoned mama dog and her just-born six puppies.
At 4-weeks old, the puppies are now eating puppy-food slush and
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.
Rodriguez - 1 female dog
Maria Fernandez - 1 male dog
Raquel Camarena - 2 female dogs
Migzela Santamaria - 1 female dog
not sure all the spellings are correct.)
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.
sure to click the link below for the Picasa web album of pictures taken
during this clinic.
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Except for our
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.
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 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.
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
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!
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:
contributions by guardians/owners
donation by Al Jan (Boquete)
cash donation Phil Huebner (Volcan)
donation by William Feader/Roseanne Bateman (Volcan)
cash donation by
Dorreene Reynolds (Paso Ancho)
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.
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
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.
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!
other pictures taken
Click on the
image to enlarge it, then you
rest of the
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.)
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
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