100th STERILIZATION CLINIC IN VOLCAN
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What a wonderful celebration we had for our 100th clinic, which brought the
of sterilized dogs and cats to 3,707. (And after having days upon days of heavy rains, we
again had a nice day for the clinic--overcast, but no inundating rains.
Organizing the celebration was a lot of work and preparation--and during the process I sometimes wished I had not thought of the idea at all. But I'm glad I did and everything turned out perfectly.
want to give credit and appreciation to those who made this milestone event such
a big success! I've made a separate "thank you" page.
HERE to read about the wonderful people
who contributed to the organization of our special event.
Dell provided video of the event, but because he is having some computer
problems the link
for the excellent videos will be delayed. I will post a separate email giving the link when the
video is ready. Many people have no idea what actually goes on in our clinics but the video will give them a better idea. (David and Lydia were also surprised at all the work and long hours involved in each clinic.) Thank you, David, for the excellent video and camera work!
Within my web page below, you'll see a link to my usual Flickr album.
November 20, 2016
animals were spayed/neutered by Dr. Andres Tello,
At this November 20, 2016 clinic Dr. Tello sterilized 25 dogs and 20 cats. Of the dogs, 19 were female and 6 were male. Of the cats, 17 were female and 3 were male. This brings our total of sterilized dogs and cats to 3,707.
We never know what will be necessary at a clinic, so thank God for the expertise of Dr. Tello. One small dog was in heat and she bled profusely during spaying because of the distended veins. Dr. Tello stopped the bleeding but said she needed a blood transfusion.
He had just neutered a white male dog ("owner" unknown) that has decided to join our local "mascots." Dr. Tello withdrew 120 cc's of blood from a vein in the dog's neck and then injected the blood into the leg vein of the small dog. After that, she was quickly awake and doing very well. Surprisingly, blood of all dogs is the same. There is no need to match types. Dr. Tello said the 120 cc's of blood taken from the male dog would be replaced within a week or less.
This male "blood-donor dog" is very friendly, apparently is never tied up and seems well fed. We released him when he was fully awake. Indeed, even after his "blood donation" plus having just been neutered, he was running around like nothing had happened to him. When Jose and I went to the clinic on Monday, the day after the clinic, the "mascots" and this white dog came running to greet us. So evidently we now have THREE clinic mascots!
I've mentioned before about our "mascots" -- the two neighborhood dogs, one male, one female, that wandered nearby about four months ago and we sterilized them. They are not skinny, obviously have owners and are well taken care of--except they were not sterilized. Now they are. They love us, consider themselves our mascots, and come to visit during every clinic. In fact, it's difficult even to keep them OUTSIDE of the building during a clinic. On my walks, my route takes me by the clinic building and the "mascots" always come running to greet me. (And now they have begun to accompany me all the way back to my house.)
The other white male dog that we "captured" and sterilized at the October clinic is still at my house. Jose and I are giving daily treatments for his ear infections. This poor dog, we now call Freddie, is badly traumatized. He had a huge bloody wound around half of his neck (which has now healed). He had evidently been tied with a wire and had worked at it for weeks trying to get loose, thus causing major wounds to his neck. When we've completely recovered "Freddie" from every issue, I MUST find a forever home for him. No way would I release him near the clinic because he would no doubt return to his "owner" who would tie him with a wire again. So please...contact me to come meet Freddie if you'd like to a adopt a best friend. (Freddie loves to "shake hands.")
I am humbly grateful that with helping these animals, I have found my life's purpose!
Now, just a couple of notes of appreciation received after our November clinic:
We had 5 no-shows at this November clinic, and a few people brought fewer animals than they had scheduled.
You may click the PayPal "Donate" button below to help the animals. It is to my personal PayPal account at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.