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Sunday, February 21, 2016

24 animals were spayed/neutered by Dr. Andres Tello,
our wonderful veterinarian, plus he amputated a leg from male dog.
One could never see a finer surgery. Dr. Tello also extracted
a tooth from my big 107 lb. dog Reggie.

At this  February 21, 2016 clinic Dr. Tello sterilized 17 dogs and 7  cats. Of the dogs, 13 were female and 4 were male. Of the cats, all 7 were female.

We have now sterilized 3,334 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 disappointing day in that we had a lot of last-minute cancellations, plus the owners of 22 scheduled animals did not show up. Nevertheless, each animal counts. Fortunately, six people came without appointments; otherwise we would have sterilized even fewer animals.

Using a pedometer, I was amazed that even with a shorter day I walked 6.16 miles during the clinic. I'm always busy answering questions, getting supplies for volunteers, helping to see that everything runs smoothly, etc. Interesting how far one can walk during the day in a relatively small building.

Abdel Victoria, like me, has 16 rescued dogs he loves very much. The foot of a male dog, Rambo, had been slashed off with a machete. Dr. Tello correctly amputated the leg up to the shoulder. Dogs do just fine on 3 legs. They do NOT do okay on 3-1/2 legs.

Rambo was also neutered at the clinic. I visited Abdel on Tuesday, the second day after Rambo's surgical procedures. Rambo was happily running and playing.

Our next clinic will be on  March 20, 2016. Please call for an appointment right away because the list is almost full already.

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.


Norma Serracin handled registration.
Don Binder weighed animals and gave the anesthesia injections. He and Elsy 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. John Gould graciously volunteered to come help lift animals and do whatever else was necessary.
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, Rosemary Rios and Alex 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, Don Binder for drinks, Azel Ames for desert, and Amanda Rankin for fruit. 

Income and expenses: 

$  465.00*

contributions by guardians/owners

       40.00      Louise Mahoney
       19.12      Kathleen Barber (20 minus .18 PayPal fee)
      72.52      Kat Soupal (75.00 minus 2.48 PayPal fee)
      25.00     cash donation by Al Jan 
  1,200.00**      Pat Chan/Spay Panama
$1,821.64     Total Cash Contributions

*Note: The $465.00 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.

**I am grateful for the generous donation from Pat Chan/Spay Panama. (Pat also sent calendars for our volunteers.)

At this February 21, 2016 clinic Dr. Tello sterilized 17 dogs and 7 cats. With my average costs of $25 per dog and $15 per cat, expenses were $530 plus $100 for building rent for a total of $630.00. Income this month was $1,821.64 leaving a positive cash flow of $1,191.64. These generous donations reduce my current out-of-pocket expenses to only $155.89. Thanks very much to everyone! 

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 3,334 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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