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 June 25, 2017

49 animals were spayed/neutered by Dr. Andres Tello,
our wonderful veterinarian. He also performed several
time-consuming procedures.

Dr. Tello sterilzed 30 dogs and 19 cats. Of the dogs, 22 were female and 8 were male. Of the cats, 9 were female and 10 were male. This brings our total of dogs and cats sterilized to 3,970.  Even with so many animals, we did not have an extra-long day because there were a lot of male cats. The surgery is quicker for them than the females.

And there was only one pregnancy, a cat. Dr. Tello charges $10 extra for pregnancies because the surgery takes longer and is more complicated.

We are grateful to see so many Panamanian owners who dearly love their dogs and cats! Now we very seldom see any underfed animals. Most are fat, happy, and well cared for.

We had a total of 9 no-shows: 1 female cat, 1 male cat, 6 female dogs (2 with tumors), and 1 male dog.

Alex Rios cleaned the teeth of one dog today. Please make an appointment to have this procedure done if you wish. The cost is $25.00.

Our next clinic will be on July 23 , 2017. Please call for an appointment right away. The clinics fill up rapidly. 

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, as always!
Don Binder weighed animals and gave the anesthesia injections. He 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, shaved the surgical site before surgery, and performed whatever other duties were needed. 
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 and Amanda Dettloff assisted Dr. Tello and 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. 
John Gould did a great job as usual. He carried animals to and from the surgical table and then to the recovery area, plus he provided help in many other ways.
Alex Rios cleaned the teeth of one dog today. Alex also assisted with after-care duties. 
Dee Braden cleaned and sterilized the surgical 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 Betsy Barbeau, Don Binder provided drinks, Dalys Miller for dessert, and Amanda Rankin for fruit. 

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

Income and expenses: 

$  984.00*

contributions by guardians/owners


Al Jan (Volcan)

      95.30  Darrell Woodwood (Canada) - $100 minus PayPal fee
        5.00   Paula Ayers (Paso Ancho)
      10.00   J.J. Lerond (Volcan)
       5.00   Marianne Brown (Paso Ancho)
$1,124.30   Total cash income

*Note: The $984 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 June 25, 2017 clinic Dr. Tello sterilized 30 dogs and 19 cats.  With my average costs of $25 per dog and $15 per cat, expenses were $1,035 plus $100 for building rent, for a total of $1,135. Income this month was $1,124.30 leaving a deficit of $10.70. Therefore, my current out-of-pocket expenses are  $332.08. Many thanks to everyone for your generous donations!

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!


No babies for this little doggie!

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 3,970 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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