January 24, 2016
animals were spayed/neutered by Dr. Andres Tello,
our wonderful veterinarian, plus he removed a huge
mammary tumor from a female dog.
this January 24, 2016 clinic Dr.
Tello sterilized 27 dogs and 17 cats. Of the dogs, 22 were female and
male. Of the cats, 10 were female and 7 were male.
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.
was a very long day. We had a lot of big female dogs, plus removing the
mammary tumor took 45 minutes.
call everyone to confirm appointments. Nevertheless, we had 11 no-shows today,
which totaled 20 animals on the list that were not brought.
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.
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.
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.
may click the PayPal "Donate" button below to help the animals.
It is to my personal PayPal account at firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
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.
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
Dee Braden cleaned and sterilized the instruments.
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:
contributions by guardians/owners
donation by Al Jan (Boquete--December and January)
PayPal donation by Kat Soupal (100.00 - 3.20 fee)
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.
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!)
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.
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
a deficit of $103.20. Thus my current out-of-pocket
expenses are $1,035.75.
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!
sure to see all the photos taken during the clinic!
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.)
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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