47 animals were spayed/neutered by Dr. Andres Tello,
our wonderful veterinarian, Plus he also performed several other
the 4,000 mark! Another milestone for our little once-a-month clinic
with only one doctor!
Tello sterilzed 27 dogs and 20 cats. Of the dogs, 22 were female and 5 were male.
Of the cats, 12 were female and 8 were male. This
brings our total of dogs and cats sterilized to 4,017.
Dr. Tello removed a
a hernia from one dog and a mammary tumor
from an already sterilized female dog.
had a somewhat rocky beginning because Don Binder had not returned from
the US. Other volunteers had to weigh the animals and give injections
of anesthesia. They are wonderful volunteers, but they were not accustomed to those duties.
That's the main reason people had to wait a long time. We will be back on
track in August.
One WILD cat bit and clawed John Gould. (This was the
second time for a cat injury to John.) But Tuesday John reported that he
is well on the road to recovery.
one of the male dogs was brought by Fanny Romero, a caring bi-lingual
Panamanian woman. She didn't know the owners of the dog, but she saw them on the
street and their dog had just been hit by a car. His rear leg was badly broken.
Dr. Tello knew the people didn't have the money for him to take the dog to
his clinic with him and perform surgery--so with a length of 1-inch
plastic tubing, he fashioned a splint. He split the tube, softened it
until pliable under a light bulb and with the soldering iron, then wrapped
it with a piece of a blanket and then wrapped
the whole thing with duct tape. Fanny
gave money to pay for neutering the dog and the work to prepare the splint
and bandage the leg. Thank you, Fanny!
I sent extra pain and antibiotic
injections with the owners. Also, the splint and bandage will need to be removed
Wednesday, the wound cleaned, and then the splint/bandage re-applied.
Alexis Vasquez and I will go do that. Alexis and I took them and the dog home so
we know where they live. Changing the bandage every three days will need
to be repeated for three weeks. The dog, Zeus, will need to be kept
confined in a box and the people will need to lift him out to urinate and defecate
three times a day.
Monday, July 24, I went to check on the little dog and took a big bag of
Kirklands dog food. Zeus was lying in his own pee and I knew that the
people did not have the ability to care for him properly. I got their
permission to take Zeus to the border to meet Dr. Tello so he could
perform the necessary surgery. I will pay for the surgery myself.
took Zeus to the border on Tuesday. Dr. Tello performed the necessary
surgery and I went back to get the dog on Friday. Zeus is at my house
for now. He has a pin in his leg to stabilize it, and Dr. Tello will
remove the pin during our August 20 clinic.
were three pregnancies, one cat and two dogs. Dr. Tello charges $10 extra for
pregnancies because the surgery takes longer and is more complicated.
had a total of 11 no-shows: 3 female cats, 2 male cats, 5 female dogs, and 1 male dog.
Plus three animals with appointments couldn't be found on the day of the
clinic. I always schedule up to 55 for each clinic to allow for the
we also offer teeth cleaning of dogs. The cost is $25.00. Please make an
appointment if you want this procedure.
next clinic will be on August 20, 2017. Please call for an appointment
right away. The clinics fill up rapidly.
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Except for our
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.
is a project from my heart, and I pay the deficits from my own
Thank you in
future financial help, and thanks to everyone who has donated in the
Francia Pinedo handled registration. Francia did a great job, as always!
Elcy Morales weighed animals and gave the anesthesia
injections. She and Kimberly Castillo 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.
John Gould and Amanda Dettloff helped
remove cats from crates (sometimes dangerous!) and Amanda helped with
after-surgery injections. John carried animals to and from the surgical table and then to the recovery
area, plus he provided help in many other ways.
Espinosa, my permanent employee, 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 assisted Dr. Tello and gave post-op injections of B-12 and
antiparasite. She dressed the incisions, applied flea
and tick treatment, tattooed the ears of female dogs, and generally checked the well being of the
Alex Rios assisted with after-care duties
and cleaned and sterilized the surgical instruments.
We also had two new volunteers: Alexis Vasquez and Heredia de la Hoz.
Welcome to the team, Alexis and Heredia!
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 Susan Lovett, Betsy Barbeau provided drinks
and a cake, and Amanda Rankin for fruit.
forgive me if I forgot to thank anyone who donated or contributed.
Income and expenses:
contributions by guardians/owners
Al Jan (Volcan)
and Betsy Barbeau
thanks to Patricia Chan (Spay Panama) for donating a large roll of brown
paper that we use to wrap the gauze and gloves and then sterilize them
in the autoclave. That's much less expensive than buying them
thanks to Sandy Huebner for donating some surgical smocks and pants for
The $940 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.
this July 23, 2017 clinic Dr. Tello sterilized 27 dogs and 20 cats. With my
average costs of $25 per dog and $15 per cat, expenses were $975 plus $100
for building rent, for a total of $1,075. Income this month was $1,213.39 leaving
an excess of $138.39. Therefore, my current out-of-pocket expenses are
$193.69. Many thanks to everyone for your generous
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
female Pitbull puppy. Her family loves her very much.
have an undeserved reputation of being vicious. They are vicious only if
they have been taught to be so!
sure to see all the photos taken during the clinic!
See my Flickr web album HERE
on the first picture to see the captions and advance through all
Volcan, our small group has been
responsible for sterilizing 4,017 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.)
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!.
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!
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.
remember that TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
Dorothy Atwater - 6517-8752 or
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