TENTH STERILIZATION CLINIC IN VOLCÁN
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11, 2008 -39 animals
Tello sterilized 27 dogs and 12 cats. Nineteen of the dogs were female.
Surgeries for female dogs take the longest. He also removed 2 venereal
tumors (one of which was very large) and repaired the bleeding and torn
vagina of a female dog who had recently given birth to very large
finished the day and locked the doors of the clinic at 6:30 p.m. I have
never seen Dr. Tello so tired, and the day was too long for all of us.
Fariza and I returned to the clinic on Monday, the following day, to
take the refuse to the dump, to clean everything, and to begin to
organize for the next clinic. Monday and Tuesday Jose and I laundered
all of the blankets used for the recovery area. Many have blood and/or
vomit on them after each clinic.
that I have rented the building as a permanent location so that we can
have a clinic each month with only one (very good!) doctor, things flow
The narrative regarding this 10th clinic will be relatively short. If people want to read in more detail about how we got to this point, please click on the Clinics link.
thanks to our caring volunteers who contribute funds, their time, food,
and/all of the above. This work could not be done without you wonderful
people! After listing the volunteers and contributions below, I will
post pictures taken during the clinic. Some of the pictures may be
disturbing to some people. (Actually, there are fewer potentially
"disturbing" pictures from this clinic than from any of our
past clinics. That shows that we are making progress!) But for those who
object to seeing what is real life for many of the animals here in
Panama, please do not look at the pictures. They appear at the very
end of this page, so you can skip them if you wish.
MANY thanks to our wonderful volunteers and contributors:
Income and financial donations:
In the May 2008 clinic, we sterilized 27 dogs and 12 cats. At an average cost of $20 per dog and $10 per cat, expenses totaled $660. I also gave Fariza Castillo $20 for phone cards to schedule appointments, paid $17.85 for the 10x20 tarp, and paid $100 for the building rent, for a total of $797.85. Total contributions were $756.00, which left a deficit of $41.85.
since I’ve rented the building so we can have the clinics once a month
with only Dr. Tello, I don’t have the transportation expense of
bringing vets from Panama City; plus Dr. Tello works for a pittance
compared to the skill and expertise he offers to us.
began these clinics in March of 2006. As we became more organized, in
October of 2006 (with our fourth clinic) I began to keep account of
expenses versus income. (Before that, I just paid whatever was
necessary and didn’t keep an account.)
As I prepared the web page for this 10th clinic, I was curious to
figure the amount of the deficit so far. Since October of 2006 to date,
I have a deficit of $3,435.25. But the deficits for each clinic
are getting smaller. The clinics are mainly for the dogs and cats of
low-income Panamanians. But now many of the Panamanians are beginning to
contribute $20 for dogs, even street dogs that they kindly bring to be
clinics are now so popular and well known that by the end of the day at
each clinic, we already have 40+ animals signed up for the next one.
Following are a few pictures taken during the May 11, 2008 clinic:
Here in Volcan, our small group has been responsible for sterilizing 451 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 580 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.
Dorothy Atwater - 771-5883 or 6780-2565 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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