sterilized on this date!
seventh sterilization clinic was held on December 2, 2007. Again,
thanks to Jorge Acosta, Director of the bi-lingual school "Paulletino,"
for allowing us to use the school for the clinic.
this day, we sterilized 19 cats and 47 dogs. Of that number, four
dogs were pregnant (and were aborted), two dogs were lactating
(nursing), one cat was lactating, and one venereal tumor was removed.
veterinarians were Dr. Andres Tello of Costa Rica, John
Booth and Hanna MacNaughton (two volunteer veterinarians from Canada),
and Dr. Laura Kieswetter of Volcan. Laura is mainly a large-animal vet
but she has had one day of training for dogs and cats by Dr. Escrucerias
of the McKee Foundation. She feels she needs more training and operated
on just two animals. But we appreciate that she was our designated
post-surgery person to call if any unexpected problems occurred in the
first few days after the surgeries.
to our wonderful volunteers and contributors:
Valdes and his daughter Vivian, who served as registrars and did a
Dr. Chely (from
Boquete) who administered the anesthesia;
who helped weigh and tag the animals;
TJ Stephens who
did shaving and pre-op cleaning of the animals;
Wally Ewen, who
also helped with the shaving an pre-op cleaning;
(from Boquete), who also helped with the shaving and pre-op cleaning;
and Jakki Champ (from Boquete) who helped with anything and
everything. (Ruby heads the sterilization clinics in Boquete, and she
is a real pro; Jakki is Ruby's daughter.)
Yina Ortiz, who
gave the pre-op injections of antibiotics and pain prevention;
who assisted Dr. Tello;
who is a surgical nurse and helped wherever she was needed;
who helped wherever he was needed, and helped give IV injections when
an animal needed a second dose.
Judy Odom (from
Boquete) and Fariza Castillo, who did the post-op cleaning and care of
the animals and gave the post-op injections of anti-parasite and
and Eymi Pitti Arcia, high school students, who cleaned and sterilized
Nina Stephens did a super job in after care, checking the temperature and
vital signs of the animals as they recovered from anesthesia. (She
also helped us transport equipment and supplies to the clinic on
Saturday before the Sunday clinic.)
Gabriel, friends of Fariza Castillo, who served as "taxi"
service to carry the anesthesized animals from one station to another.
*Sharon Borgman provided food and lodging for the two Canadian vets.
*Nina Stephens donated 20 sandwiches PLUS helped me with the massive
amounts of laundry that's always needed after a clinic - the blankets
and towels that are used on the floor in the recovery area.
*Gail Hockberger donated 7 dozen cookies, a vegetable plate and funds
(which will be listed below).
*Marianne Brown contributed a crockpot of Sloppy Joes, rolls, fruit,
and their own home-grown coffee.
*Jennifer Taylor contributed 20 sandwiches.
*Ken and Anne Reid contributed 20 sandwiches.
*Lydia and David Dell donated 14 one-liter bottles of soft drinks.
*Lynn Longbons prepared and donated 2008 calendars as a fund raiser.
also to those who stayed to help us pack up the equipment and
supplies, and then sweep and mop the floors and replace the school
forgive me if I have forgotten anyone - and if I have, please call me
so that I can correct this web page!
and financial donations:
by owners for surgeries (included a $20 donation by Lynn
Longbons) (this figure also included $9.00 in calendar sales)
donation by "anonymous"
donation by Gail Hockberger
donation by Richard Mower
cash donation by Bob and Lynn Wald (they also adopted a dog at
cash donation by "anonymous"
cash donation by "anonymous"
Costs for this
clinic were approximately $1,130, leaving a deficit of $302. Thanks to
everyone who contributes! Our deficits are getting smaller each time.
are a few pictures taken during the clinic:
Ray Valdes, registrar.
(sorry, I didn't get a picture of his beautiful daughter
Mama and baby were both
are much easier on the younger ones.
She loves her doggie!
Dr. Chely from Boquete
Francia Pinedo assists Dr.
A horrible neck wound from
being tied by a wire or something similar.
John Booth from Canada
Hanna from Canada
Judy Odom in post-op.
Stephens in the recovery area.
Animals in recovery.
Aren't they sweet!
left: Lynn Longbons and Bob Wald. Near left, Bob Wald with
"Bosco," the dog he and his wife adopted at the
to all of our wonderful volunteers and everyone who has
participated in the sterilization process for these dogs and cats. We simply could not
provide this vital service without you! We love you all - and so do these fortunate animals! Together we
are making a difference!
in Volcan, our group has been responsible for sterilizing 339 animals to
date. Added to the 129 animals that Spay/Panama sterilized in in Volcan
in February of 2005, we have sterilized 468 dogs and cats! 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.
Atwater - 771-5883 or 6780-2565 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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