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Sunday, January 24, 2016

44 animals were spayed/neutered by Dr. Andres Tello,
our wonderful veterinarian, plus he removed a huge
mammary tumor from a female dog.

At this  January 24, 2016 clinic Dr. Tello sterilized 27 dogs and 17  cats. Of the dogs, 22 were female and 5 were male. Of the cats, 10 were female and 7 were male.

We have now sterilized 3,310 dogs and cats. Be sure to see my Picasa Web Album for pictures. The link is near the bottom of this page. 

It was a very long day. We had a lot of big female dogs, plus removing the mammary tumor took 45 minutes. 

We call everyone to confirm appointments. Nevertheless, we had 11 no-shows today, which totaled 20 animals on the list that were not brought. 

It is rude and inexcusable that people do not call to cancel after they have confirmed  their appointments.  Today, for us, it was probably a blessing. We didn't finish until after 6:00. With 20 additional animals? Who knows what time we would have finished. But for the 20 unsterilized dogs and cats? It was not a blessing for them.

I keep records. The people who have confirmed but do not come without calling to cancel will not be given another appointment. They are always welcome to come with their animals, but instead of being given a number, they will be given a letter--A,B,C, etc. and they will have to wait--probably for a much longer time than normal. 

But my heart is full with happiness and gratitude. Not only have we significantly reduced the number of homeless, starving dogs in the Volcan area, we have seen a change in the hearts and minds of many Panamanians toward their animals. Every single person at our clinics loves their pets dearly. Their dogs/cats are their family, just like my 16 rescued dogs are my family.

Our next clinic will be on  February 21, 2016. Please call for an appointment right away because we already have 47 on the list for February. I will schedule up to 55 or 60 to allow for cancellations and/or no-shows.

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.


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.
Stephanie Rodriguez, Jennie Rodriguez, Natalie Emmerich, Francia Pinedo, and Rosemary Rios assisted Dr. Tello. They gave post-op injections of B-12 and antiparasite. They dressed the incisions,  tattooed the ears of female dogs, and generally checked the well being of the animals. 
Dee Braden cleaned and sterilized the 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: Susan Lovett for the main dish, Ken and Anne Reid for drinks, Craig Wynn for desert, Richard Reynolds for homemade bread, and Amanda Rankin for fruit. I took organic limones for everyone to take home.

Income and expenses: 

$  835.00*

contributions by guardians/owners

       5.00      Dorreene Reynolds
      25.00      Carla Black
      15.00      Dee Sund
      50.00     cash donation by Al Jan (Boquete--December and January)
      96.80**      PayPal donation by Kat Soupal (100.00 - 3.20 fee)
$1,026.80     Total Cash Contributions

*Note: The $835.00 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.

**Kat Soupal is Don Binder's daughter. She donated to the clinic in honor of Don and Mary Binder for Christmas. Kat knows how important the clinics are to Don. (We love you, Don! Thank you SO much for your dedication!)

A bit of nostalgia here: See how we first began in March of 2006: http://spaypanama-chiriqui.org/First.html...and then...and on until our 90th clinic today. We had a simple beginning with a big idea. And now look how far we have come....thanks to our wonderful volunteers and our wonderful Dr. Andres Tello.

At this January 24, 2016 clinic Dr. Tello sterilized 27 dogs and 17 cats. With my average costs of $25 per dog and $15 per cat, expenses were $930 plus $200 for building rent (December and January) for a total of $1,130.00. Income this month was $1,026.80 leaving a deficit of $103.20. Thus my current out-of-pocket expenses are $1,035.75. 

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!




Be sure to see all the photos taken during the clinic!

click HERE.


Here in Volcan, our small group has been responsible for sterilizing 3,310 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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