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 June 24, 2018

 41 animals were spayed/neutered by Dr. Andres Tello, our
 wonderful veterinarian. Plus he also performed several 
other procedures, including repair of a hernia, and several exams. 

Dr. Tello sterilized 25 dogs and 16 cats. Of the dogs, 19 were female and 9 were male. Of the cats, 8 were female and 8 were male. This brings our total of dogs and cats sterilized to 4,458.  

We had a total of 22 no-shows. Inexcusable!

A big problem has developed in the Volcan area. More and more dogs are being brought here and dumped. I used to recognize every dog I saw on the street. Now I see skinny females in heat on the street (who will give birth to puppies that will also suffer), females with big teats, and unsterilized males with wounds from fighting over females in heat.

Please! Does anyone have suggestions for a solution to this problem?

The clinic day went very smoothly. Nothing extraordinary to report, so I'll mention three dogs that I rescued recently.

This is Nelson, a beautiful brindle. I found him June 8th on the street. He had obviously been dumped. He was skin and bones and had a bad eye. I took him to the border to Dr. Tello, who neutered him and removed his eye. 

After he recovered, he is now with John Gould and Heidi Wheeler. Here's hoping he works out for them!

This is Goldie. When I was walking the day before the clinic, I saw her huddled up beside a building. She, too, was skin and bones and covered with fleas. I flagged down a police pickup; they brought her and me to my house. Dr. Tello spayed her the next day and also removed a large mammary tumor. She is 10-plus years old and has eye conditions so that I must put special drops in her eyes twice a day for life. (The bandage is to keep her from licking her sutures.) Now she's a joyful little dog, and I'm so glad I can give her a good life for her remaining years.

This is Eddie. On June 25, the day after the clinic, Abdel Victoria contacted me about a dog that had been hit by a taxi; he was at the Cadena de Frio and had a broken front leg. The next day, I brought him home, put a splint on his leg, and arranged to meet Dr. Tello at the border. I just brought him back yesterday, June 30th. He has a pin in his leg that Dr. Tello will remove at the July clinic. He's a young male (now neutered) and he needs a good home. Can you help?.

The July 22nd clinic is already fully booked and we are taking reservations for August 12. The August 12th clinic is almost half full now. We will have a second clinic in August, on the 26th.

Remember, we also offer teeth cleaning of dogs. The cost is $25.00. Please make an appointment if you want this procedure. Today Alex Rios cleaned the teeth of two dogs.

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.


Following is a list of our wonderful volunteers: 

Francia Pinedo served as registrar.  
Don Binder weighed animals and gave the anesthesia injections. He and Elcy Morales and Agueda 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 helped remove cats from crates to anesthetize them (sometimes dangerous). John and other volunteers 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, Alex Rios, John Gould, Kathleen Arauz, and Elcy Morales. They dressed the incisions, applied flea and tick treatment, tattooed the ears of female dogs, and generally checked the well being of the animals. 
Elcy Morales, Stephanie Rodriguez, and Alex Rios 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 by Jan Atkins, drinks by Don Binder, fruit by Amanda Rankin, and dessert by Linda Dettloff.

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

Income and expenses: 

$    770.00*

contributions by guardians/owners


Al Jan (Volcan)

        15.00  Alberto Tribaldos 
        48.25  Hazel Blumberg ($50 Paypal minus $1.75 fee)
$   858.25  Total cash income

*Note: The $770 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 24, 2018 clinic Dr. Tello sterilized 25 dogs and 16 cats.  With my average costs of $25 per dog and $15 per cat, expenses were $865 plus $100 for building rent for a total of $965. Income this month was $858.25 leaving a deficit of $106.75. Therefore, subtracted from my previous out-of-pocket expenses, there is currently an excess of $2,712.53 

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!

See the photo album for this clinic here: https://imgur.com/a/STxGdDc

Here in Volcan, our small group has been responsible for sterilizing 4,458 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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