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Every animal counts, but this was the fewest number of animals we sterilized
 at a single clinic in a LONG time. It was a disappointing day in that regard. 

We had six last-minute cancelations and 15 no-shows.  Sometimes there are valid reasons
 for last-minute cancelations, but when people who have confirmed their appointments
 do not show up without bothering to notify us, it is rude and demonstrates disrespect
 for the doctor and our volunteers. Those inconsiderate people can bring their animals to 
subsequent clinics--but they will not be given appointments. They will be given
 a letter - A, B, C, etc., instead of a number and they will have to wait until
we have time available for them.

We do keep a list of people who fail to honor their confirmed appointments.

 September 18, 2016

23 animals were spayed/neutered by Dr. Andres Tello,
our wonderful veterinarian. Plus, Dr. Tello examined three animals,
removed a growth from a dog, and also removed a venereal tumor
from a male dog when he neutered the dog.

At this September 18, 2016 clinic Dr. Tello sterilized 16 dogs and 7 cats. Of the dogs, 13 were female and 3 were male. Of the cats, 5 were female and 2 were male. (He also neutered a male rabbit.)

Early in the day, people (who did not have an appointment) came rushing to the clinic with their puppy, begging for Dr. Tello to examine and treat her. (They had already taken the puppy to a local veterinarian that many people know as "Dr. Death." The puppy was not getting better. No surprise there.) 

The clinics are for sterilization. The policy is not to treat for other conditions unless the animal has already been sterilized--or will be that day. We do not provide a "general clinic."  But with the people's promise to bring the puppy for spaying at our October clinic, Dr. Tello did go ahead and diagnose and treat her (which was contrary to the "diagnosis" of "Dr. Death.")

We had another sad event. Marcos Vargas, who had an appointment to spay his dog, saw some people drive by the clinic and THROW a dog out of their car! Marcos put the dog in his vehicle and alerted us. Dr. Tello diagnosed that the dog was very sick with distemper and was near death. Dr. Tello lovingly and gently euthanized the dog to end her suffering. Marcos then agreed to take the body and bury it. 

Many blessings and thanks to Marcos. And to the people who did such a cruel thing? I hope they are reincarnated as a dog with the same sickness--and owners who treat them just as they treated this poor dog. Karma! That would be justice well served.

I want to extend love and special thanks to those in the Volcan area who DO rescue and foster dogs in need and who do whatever they can to help to prevent suffering. Although these people (expats and Panamanians alike) are too few, they are still too numerous to mention by name in this web page. 

But still, in the Volcan area we still 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

Whether people believe in heaven, the afterlife, karma or whatever, the people who help stop the suffering of animals right here in THIS life receive joy in their hearts for the help they offer to those who cannot speak for themselves.

Also I want to extend a heartfelt thanks to each of our dedicated volunteers. Without them and our wonderful Dr. Andres Tello, these clinics would not be possible. When I remember the scores of starving, mange-ridden and dying dogs roaming the streets in Volcan before we began the clinics in March of 2006, the exponential increase that would have happened is too depressing to consider.  

My heartfelt thanks also to those who contribute financially to help support the clinics.

Our next clinic will be on October 23, 2016. Please call for an appointment right away because the clinics fill up rapidly. And remember, our November clinic on the 20th will be the final one for 2016.

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, Amanda Dettloff,  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. 
Stephanie Rodriguez assisted Dr. Tello. She 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. 
Alex Rios 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: The main dish from Amanda Dettloff, Don Binder provided drinks, Amanda Rankin brought fruit, and Jeannie Friedman provided dessert.

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

Income and expenses: 

$  475.00*

contributions by guardians/owners


cash donation by Al Jan 

      40.00  cash donation by Judy Odom (Boquete)
      15.00  cash donation by Lotti Gambetta (El Frances Arriba)
    100.00  cash donation by Kit Cooper
       2.00  cash donation by Lil Maria Herrera
$ 657.00  Total Cash Contributions

*Note: The $475 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 September 18, 2016 clinic Dr. Tello sterilized 16 dogs and 7 cats.  With my average costs of $25 per dog and $15 per cat, expenses were $505 plus $100 for building rent for a total of $605. Income this month was $657 leaving an excess of $52. Therefore, my current out-of-pocket expenses are $1,058.29. 

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 3,628 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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