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Sunday, August 28, 2016

45 animals were spayed/neutered by Dr. Andres Tello,
our wonderful veterinarian. Two cats were pregnant.
Plus, Dr. Tello examined three dogs and drained synovial fluid 
from the elbow of one. Dr. Tello also removed a venereal tumor
from a female dog, and he had to remove the eye of another dog. 

First, we had a very sad event. People (who did not have an appointment) came rushing to the clinic with their dog in the back of their pickup. He had been badly injured by a choperadora--a big machine that cuts grass for cows. Both of his front legs were  terribly mangled. It was fortunate that Dr. Tello could lovingly and gently put the dog down to end his suffering.

Cats, cats, cats! At this August 28, 2016 clinic Dr. Tello sterilized 22 dogs and 23 cats. Of the dogs, 17 were female and 5 were male. Of the cats, 17 were female and 6 were male.

We have now sterilized 3,605 dogs and cats. Be sure to see my Flickr Album for pictures. The link is near the bottom of this page. 

We already had dental instruments for cleaning teeth, but I recently bought two excellent sets of instruments for extracting teeth--one set for the clinics and one to give to Dr. Tello. Here's a picture of one set.

Rosemary Rios cleaned the teeth of three dogs. Two of the dogs were mine, Happy and
Prissy Lou. Prissy is about 12 years old. She has terrible teeth from bad nutrition before I rescued her in March of 2006. Dr. Tello removed one of her teeth at the July clinic and two teeth at this clinic. They were both difficult extractions. One tooth had a tiny bit showing above the gum line and about 1/2 inch of root below the gum line. Removing it required a lot of strength, so Dr. Tello had to do it instead of Rosemary.

Then when Rosemary cleaned the teeth of Lucky, Marguerite Morris' dog, she extracted SIX teeth! Those came out easily, though.

Haydee Janson brought her female dog to be spayed. They also intend to prevent the overpopulation of their farm workers' dogs. Haydee said they will bring a few to the clinics each month. She has an appointment for five dogs in September.

In the Volcan area, we desperately need more people to get involved with:
--fostering animals in need
--helping to find homes for animals in need
--filing denuncias against people who abuse animals

Here is a wonderful video, Dog Rescuers' Creed

The only thing missing from the video is mention of the JOY these dogs bring to our hearts after we rescue them!

Bob and Lil Miller from Altos del Maria visited me at my home this month. They organize and sponsor clinics in their general area--Gorgona, Coronado, etc. Very nice and dedicated people! I really enjoyed meeting and visiting with them.

Our next clinic will be on September 18, 2016. Please call for an appointment right away because the clinics fill up rapidly.

We had 11 no-shows at this clinic. Jose Espinosa calls everyone to confirm their appointments. When people who have appointments do not show up without bothering to call and cancel, they will not be given another appointment. (Unless, of course, there have been unforeseen circumstances.) They are welcome to bring their animals but will have to wait while we take care of the animals that have appointments.

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 and Elcy 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, and performed whatever other duties were needed. 
John Gould helped carry animals to and from surgery and did 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. Dee Braden accompanies us to clean and sterilize the tables with cloro.
Stephanie Rodriguez 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: The main dish from Susan Lovett, Don Binder provided drinks, Amanda Rankin brought fruit, and Linda Dettloff provided dessert.

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

Income and expenses: 

$  870.00*

contributions by guardians/owners


cash donation by Al Jan 

        5.00  cash donation by David Kimberling
      25.00  cash donation by Haydee Janson
      60.00  cash donation by William Feader/Roseanne Bateman
      20.00  cash donation by anonymous
$ 1,005.00  Total Cash Contributions

*Note: The $870 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 August 28, 2016 clinic Dr. Tello sterilized 22 dogs and 23 cats.  With my average costs of $25 per dog and $15 per cat, expenses were $895 plus $100 for building rent for a total of $995. Income this month was $ 1,005 leaving an excess of $10. Therefore, my current out-of-pocket expenses are $1,110.29. 

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 3,605 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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