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Sunday, June 26, 2016

A record number for us in one day! 
53 animals were spayed/neutered by Dr. Andres Tello,
our wonderful veterinarian.
Plus he removed a cancerous ear from a cat,
removed a tumor from the leg of a dog, removed a growth
from the head of a dog, and performed two examinations.

At this  June 26, 2016 clinic Dr. Tello sterilized 31 dogs and 22 cats. Of the dogs, 26 were female and 5 were male. Of the cats, 13 were female and 9 were male. We had still another long day, and I imagine that will be the usual from now on.

We have now sterilized 3,515 dogs and cats. Be sure to see my Flickr Album for pictures. The link is near the bottom of this page. 

Last month a man brought his female puppy to be spayed and wanted to find a home for her.  Jose's cousin said she wanted the puppy, but she changed her mind. So now the puppy lives with me.  Little Nia,is unique, different from the rest of my dogs. And she's really cute and sweet! I'm glad to have her, but she is number 18 for me. No more!

In addition to giving of their time and hard work, three of our volunteers gave financial donations this month.  Big hugs to Don Binder, Elcy Morales, and Francia Pinedo! (Don brought his neighbor's male dog to be neutered. He donated extra in addition to paying for the sterilization.)

In addition to bringing her two cats to be sterilized, Marissa Troetsch from San Vicente brought cookies, rosquillas, and a gallon of water for our volunteers. Thank you, Marissa!

When you don't have competent veterinarian care available, see this article: Injectable Vitamin C: A Miracle Cure. This could save your pet's life! The link is also on my home page. The file will download to your computer.

Our next clinic will be on  July 24, 2016. Please call for an appointment right away because the clinics fill up rapidly.

We had 6 no-shows at this clinic.

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.


Francia Pinedo handled registration. Francia did a great job!
Don Binder weighed animals and gave the anesthesia injections. He, Elcy Morales, and Amanda Dettloff 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. 
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. Dee Braden accompanies us to clean and sterilize the tables with cloro.
Stephanie Rodriguez, Enid Maldonado, 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 animals. 
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. Dee also helps organize and clean at the end of the day, and she comes to help when we prepare and clean for the following clinic.

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: We had two main dishes from Susan Lovett and Carla Black.  Don Binder provided drinks, Amanda Rankin brought fruit, and I provided dessert.

Please forgive me if I forgot to thank anyone who donated or contributed.

Income and expenses: 

$  865.00*

contributions by guardians/owners


cash donation by Al Jan 

      10.00  cash donation by Robin Gilbertson
      10.00  cash donation by Francia Pinedo
      15.00  cash donation by Elcy Morales
      15.00  cash donation by Don Binder
      48.25  PayPal donation by Ralph Kehle (Texas) $50 minus $1.75 fee
$  988.25  Total Cash Contributions

*Note: The $865 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.

At this June 26, 2016 clinic Dr. Tello sterilized 31 dogs and 22 cats.  With my average costs of $25 per dog and $15 per cat, expenses were $1,105 plus $100 for building rent for a total of $1,205. Income this month was $988.25 leaving a deficit of $216.75 Therefore, my current out-of-pocket expenses are $975.29. 

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! See my Flickr web album HERE
Click on the first picture to see the captions and advance through all the pictures.

Here in Volcan, our small group has been responsible for sterilizing 3,515 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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