March 20, 2016
animals were spayed/neutered by Dr. Andres Tello,
our wonderful veterinarian, plus he removed two minor tumors
from a male dog.
this March 20, 2016 clinic Dr.
Tello sterilized 32 dogs and 11 cats. Of the dogs, 24 were female and
male. Of the cats, 8 were female and 3 were male.
have now sterilized 3,377 dogs
and cats. Be sure to see my Flickr Album for pictures. The link is
near the bottom of this page.
Rios did a deep cleaning of my little dog Happy's teeth. And she had to
extract one bad molar, which was difficult. Happy's breath had been awful,
but now it is sweet and clean smelling. She survived the dental procedure
quite well. When she woke up from the anesthesia and Jose brought her
home, she ate a full meal.
day went very smoothly but it was a long one. And we had more animals with
lots of fleas than we've seen in a long time.
about 6:30 we had everything packed up and in my car, ready to leave. Dr.
Tello had just finished aspirating a ganglion cyst from my wrist. Most
volunteers had gone, leaving only me and Jose, Dr. Tello, Dee Braden and
Stephanie Rodriguez. We had already locked the front door when we saw a
skinny little female dog nearby. As always, I had dried food in my car. I
put some on the porch. She was scared but hungry enough to come eat
"I wish we could spay her."
Dr. Tello: "Do you want to?"
Me: "Right now?"
Dr. Tello: "Yes."
managed to capture her. We unlocked the building, unpacked the necessary
supplies, and Dr. Tello spayed her right then. He operated on the side
because she was still nursing puppies. He wouldn't even let me pay him for
that dog. We love that wonderful man! Not only is he the most skilled,
competent vet I've ever known, he also has such a very kind heart.
next clinic will be on April 17, 2016. Please call for an appointment
right away because the clinics fill up rapidly.
had only 6 no-shows at 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
Norma Serracin handled registration.
Don Binder weighed animals and gave the anesthesia
injections. He, Elsy Morales, and her son Cristhian 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, and performed
whatever other duties were needed. John Gould graciously
volunteered to come help lift animals and do whatever else was
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, Natalie Emmerich, Francia Pinedo, and Rosemary Rios assisted Dr. Tello. They gave post-op injections of B-12 and antiparasite.
They dressed the incisions, applied flea
and tick treatment, tattooed the ears of female dogs, and generally checked the well being of the
Dee Braden cleaned and sterilized the instruments. As
a former surgical nurse, Dee knows exactly what instruments to take to
Dr. Tello for male or female dogs and cats.
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 and
fruit, and Roseanne Bateman for desert.
Income and expenses:
contributions by guardians/owners
cash donation by Azel Ames
cash donation by Bill & Leslie Williamson (Canada)
donation by Al Jan
The $670.00 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.
and Leslie Williamson had visited Panama and were staying with
Lynn and Jerry Longbons in Chiriqui. Lynn brought them to visit me. We all had a
very nice chat, they got to meet some of my small and medium-size dogs that
climbed all over them, and they gave the generous donation of $70. Thank
you, Bill and Leslie! And do come back to visit us--hopefully during a
time when you can visit one of our clinics.
this March, 2016 clinic Dr. Tello sterilized 32 dogs and 11 cats. (I'm
only including expenses for the cats and 31 dogs, because Dr. Tello
would not accept payment for spaying the final dog we captured.) With my
average costs of $25 per dog and $15 per cat, expenses were $940 plus $100
for building rent for a total of $1,040. Income this month was $840.00 leaving
a deficit of $200. Therefore, my current out-of-pocket expenses are
$355.89. Thanks very much to everyone!
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! (To heck with
Google/Picasa. They are discontinuing Picasa web albums so I've
switched to Flickr.)
Volcan, our small group has been
responsible for sterilizing 3,377 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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