15, 2008 -21 animals
on this day by Dr. Tello, our wonderful veterinarian!
I scheduled this particular clinic, I did not realize it would be on
Father's Day - which is a big deal in Panama. Neither Dr. Tello nor any
of our Panamanian volunteers complained about working on this day, but
of 45 animals scheduled, only 21 showed up. That was okay. I think we
were all relieved to have a short day for a change. We were finished by
2:30. Dr. Tello sterilized 13 dogs (10 females and three males) and
eight cats (six female and 2 male). Amazingly, there were no venereal
tumors this day.
to our wonderful volunteers and contributors:
Reichert and Betsy Boeve, who served as registrars and also took turns
bringing animals to the clinic and taking them home after
Yina Ortiz, who administered the anesthesia.
who gave the pre-op injections of antibiotics and pain/inflammation;
Espinosa. He is my permanent employee and I donate his time and work
to the clinics. He helps weigh and tag the animals and give the
anesthesia; Jose also uses my car to bring animals to the clinic when
necessary and to take them home after surgery.
Wald, who did shaving and pre-op cleaning of the
Brenda Paulson who performed post-op treatment and
injections - such as anti-parasite, vitamin B-12, and Rabies
vaccinations plus treatment for fleas and ticks; and tattooed the
ears of the female dogs to indicate they have been sterilized.
Amanda Rankin, who
worked in the recovery area…checking and recording the
temperatures and vital signs of the animals as they recovered from the
who cleaned the surgical instruments and sterilized them in the
helped carry the animals from one station to another, and also washed
and sterilized some of the instruments. He is bi-lingual
and he was also a big help in translating when needed. (Tom's web site
is http://panamawest.com )
Pinedo (http://www.volcan.paradisepanama.net), who
assisted Dr. Tello and helped wherever necessary, including
to Trish Holmes for contributing sandwiches, iced tea, and deviled
eggs; to Nancy Young for contributing sandwiches; Betsy Boeve and
Cindy Reichert for delicious guacamole; to Brenda Paulson for bringing
delicious homemade bread; and to Jennifer Taylor, who
contributed the soft drinks.
a big thanks to Anna Mendicino, who washed all the blankets after the
clinic. (The animals lie on the floor on blankets while they
recuperate and wake up from the anesthesia, and we usually have a
large number of dirty blankets after a clinic.)
also like to thank Andrea Gonella for his big heart. At each clinic he
brings several dogs belonging to either his workers or friends of his
workers. And Andrea always pays $20 for each dog. A condition of
employment with him is that his workers consent to have their dogs
forgive me if I have neglected to mention any volunteers or
and financial donations:
by owners and/or guardians for surgeries
donation by Jerry Longbons
cash donation by Lynda Marshall
TOTAL CASH CONTRIBUTIONS
this June 2008 clinic, we sterilized 13 dogs and 8 cats. At an average
cost of $20 per dog and $10 per cat, expenses totaled $340...plus $20
for a phone card for Fariza Castillo and $100 for the building rent, for a
total of $460. Total contributions were $280.00, which left a deficit
Since October of 2006 to date,
there is a deficit of $3,615.25.
are a few pictures taken during the June 15, 2008 clinic:
Cindy Reichert registers a
woman with her cat.
Paulson and Tom Rennen
Dr. Tello and Francia Pinedo
kitty's turn is next.
Cindy Reichert, Betsy Boeve,
done for the day, Yina naps with her puppy.
in Volcan, our small group has been responsible for sterilizing 472 animals to
date. Added to the 129 animals that Spay/Panama (from Panama City) sterilized in in Volcan
in February of 2005, we have sterilized 601 dogs and cats! There are
many more to go, but we are making progress! Now that we are able to
hold the clinics once every month, we will progress even faster. 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.
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