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 September 24, 2017

42 animals were spayed/neutered by Dr. Andres Tello,
our wonderful veterinarian, Plus he also performed several
time-consuming procedures. See the explanations below.

Dr. Tello sterilized 25 dogs and 17 cats. Of the dogs, 19 were female and 6 were male. Of the cats, 14 were female and 3 were male. This brings our total of dogs and cats sterilized to 4,105.  

First of all, many thanks to Don Binder who volunteered to buy lunch for all of us. On the Friday before the Sunday clinic, he went to the new "The Black Mountain Coffee House" and ordered two large pizzas that he specifically said he would pick up at 11:30 on Sunday, the 24th. When Don went to get the pizzas, no one knew anything about his previous specific order, and the person who had taken Don's order was not there.

Don did not have a pleasant conversation with the owner, who was rude, arrogant, gave no apology, and assumed no responsibility for the screw up.

The  owner told Don he could return at 1:30. By that time, everyone at the clinic would have been starving. So Don then went to Mary's restaurant and bought meals-to- go for everyone. The unexpected hassles caused by "The Black Mountain Coffee House" took much more of Don's time away from the clinic than we had anticipated.

Don said he would tell everyone knows about this issue. A screw up with a new business is not unusual. But in my opinion, for the owner to offer no apologies and assume no responsibility is unacceptable. Personally, I will never, ever give them any business.  And for you folks reading the above...you decide for yourselves whether to support this unapologetic owner with YOUR business. (The owner's name is said to be "Pepe" but he refused to give his last name.)

In addition to sterilizations, Dr. Tello also performed other procedures. 

*Regarding the little two-month-old female puppy that had been hit by a car a few days prior to the August clinic. Her hip was dislocated, and it was necessary to remove her entire hip joint. Although her recovery time should have been up to six months, at our September clinic when Dr.Tello examined her, she was not limping and was walking with no evidence of pain.

*Dr. Tello removed a horrible tumor from the side of a cat. A picture will be in the photo album; the link to the photo album will be given below.

*A tooth extraction from a dog where an abscess had even eaten a hole into the side of the dog's mouth.

*Dr. Tello examined Bubba, the dog of Betsy and Frank Barbeau. Within the last couple of weeks, Dr. Tello performed the complicated surgical procedure of repairing a torn ligament in Bubba's rear leg. Recovery time for this type of surgery is usually five to six months. But Bubba was already walking on his leg and was healing very quickly. Another recommendation for our wonderful Dr. Tello!

*Exam and subsequent removal of growths from Blake Mitchell's huge dog Ty.

*A female dog rescued from the street by Don Binder (and then adopted by Dana Larson) had a huge cancerous venereal tumor. It was impossible to remove surgically. Dr.Tello had already given the dog the first dose of chemotherapy and when  Dana brought the dog to his September clinic, the tumor had already shrunk significantly.  Tello gave a second dose of chemo. 

(In the past we used to encounter venereal tumors quite often at our clinics; thankfully, because we have sterilized so many dogs in the area, we seldom see them now.)

*Sad news: A volunteer reported that one of the neighborhood dogs (owner unknown) that we had befriended and sterilized had been hit by a car and killed on the road very near the clinic building. When will the ATTT do something about the vehicles that travel at high velocity on these roads? Never?

Great news! The six puppies born to Patricia Ortiz's  newly rescued mama dog were adopted to good homes! 

There were two pregnancies today. (Dr. Tello charges extra extra for pregnancies because the surgery takes longer and is more complicated.)

We had a total of 13 no-shows: 6 female dogs, 1 male dog, 6 female cats.

Remember, we also offer teeth cleaning of dogs. The cost is $25.00. Please make an appointment if you want this procedure. Today we cleaned the teeth of two dogs and already have two appointments clean teeth for October 22nd.

Our next clinic will be on October 22, 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 was on vacation, so Betsy Barbeau handled registration and did a great job!
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. 
John Gould and Amanda Dettloff helped remove cats from crates to anesthetize them (sometimes dangerous!). John carried animals to and from the surgical table and then to the recovery area, plus he provided help in many other ways.
Various volunteers assisted Dr. Tello and gave post-op injections of B-12 and antiparasite. Those include Stephanie Rodriguez (from David) and Amanda Dettloff and Alex Rios. They dressed the incisions, applied flea and tick treatment, tattooed the ears of female dogs, and generally checked the well being of the animals. 
Alex Rios also assisted with after-care duties. Alex also cleaned the teeth of two dogs today. Good job, Alex!
Alexis Vasquez, a new volunteer, assisted in many ways.
Mickey Holgerson is also a new volunteer. Mickey, Panamanian, is a certified translator. We very much appreciate his talents!
Dr. Tello's daughter Enid assisted her dad all day, plus helping him all day at the David clinic the day before. Great job, Enid!
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, drinks, and dessert from Don Binder, fruit from Amanda Rankin. I took organic oranges for everyone to eat and/or take home.

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

Income and expenses: 

$  830.00*

contributions by guardians/owners


Al Jan (Volcan)

     114.42  Darrell Woodwood (Canada) 
 2,050.00  Anonymous (thank you for your generosity!)
$3,019.42  Total cash income

*Note: The $830 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 September 24, 2017 clinic Dr. Tello sterilized 25 dogs and 17 cats.  With my average costs of $25 per dog and $15 per cat, expenses were $80 plus $100 for building rent, for a total of $980. Income this month was $3,019.42 leaving an excess of $2,039.42. Therefore, subtracting my previous deficit, I currently have NO out-of-pocket expenses and have an excess of  $1,886.78.  Many thanks to everyone for your generous donations!

I have always had expenses that I do not list...gasoline for going to David and searching all over town for necessary supplies, medications, etc., medications to treat sick or injured dogs, (either street dogs or those having owners), the cost of the expensive medication to put a dog down when it has been too badly injured, etc. I still won't deduct those costs as expenses, but for larger expenses, I will now subtract the cost of those. (I never have in the past.) 

For example, I have ordered (but not yet received) a 4-foot Ketch-All pole from this company: https://www.ketch-all.com/ketch-all-poles/  I don't yet have the final price because there is a shipping cost to my forwarding company in Miami, and then the cost to bring it from Miami to Panama. This pole will help to catch either vicious or very frightened dogs so that we can treat them for wounds when necessary and then sterilize them.

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!


This is the precious little female dog that was spayed in August and Dr. Tello removed her entire hip joint because she had been hit by a car. The surgery was complicated and extensive and recovery time is usually 5 to 6 months. But just a month later, she is walking with no pain. (She looks wet in this picture because she vomited on the trip from Rio Sereno and we had to wash her.)


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 4,105 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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