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 March 24, 2019

 Our 126th spay/neuter clinic! Today 53 animals were
 spayed/neutered by Dr. Andres Tello, 
our wonderful veterinarian. It was another long day--Dr. Tello
also performed several exams and
time-consuming surgeries other than spaying/neutering.

At this 126th clinic, Dr. Tello sterilized 38 dogs and 15 cats. Of the dogs, 29 were female and 9 were male. Of the cats, 6 were female and 9 were male. This brings our total of dogs and cats sterilized to 4,892.

There were two pregnancies, which take more time. Plus Dr. Tello also performed complicated and lengthy surgeries (other than spaying and neutering) on four animals. 

So it was another long day. The extra surgeries and exams took a much longer time. I didn't get home until 8:00 pm, and then I had an hour of "must do" after-clinic duties that night.

And once again, a feral cat got loose inside the building. John Gould sustained a very deep wound from the cat.  Dr. Tello finally captured the cat with my Ketch pole (well worth the money it cost!) ...but of course before he could get near enough to use it, the cat had already caused a lot of damage. My employee needed to go to clinic the following day and repair the damage. 

Dr. Tello had severe pain from gout; he could hardly walk. Blessings and much gratitude that he even came to operate all day at our clinic. He always needed to sit in a chair between surgeries and for exams and other treatments. We are so very fortunate to have this excellent and dedicated veterinarian!

We had two new volunteers, brothers Esteban (15) and David (13). Esteban learned quickly how to do every task. He paid attention and busily handled everything necessary. I hope (and think) that Esteban will be a regular volunteer.

I was hoping that David would learn to clean teeth; he's 13, and Alex Rios is 16 and will not be with us forever. But it appeared that David didn't have much interest in the work and he may not return. So it looks like our recent volunteer, Luis Pablo Caballero, does have interest in learning to clean dogs' teeth. Alex will continue to train Pablo, who is 10 years old. But Alex was only 10 years old when he began volunteering. It is encouraging when these young people have compassion for animals and want to help!

Agueda Castillo, a regular and valuable volunteer, was sick and couldn't come. We missed her and wish her the best!

We had more vomiting, peeing and pooping on the floor than usual. We always advise people NOT to feed their dogs after Saturday evening before the clinic, but the vomit indicates that they didn't follow the rules.

Our next clinic, April 28th, is already full. We are taking reservations for our May 12th clinic. I'm not looking forward to getting everything done with the short time between clinics, but we had to schedule it this way because of Dr. Tello's schedule and obligations. Call or whatsapp 6640-3171 for appointments. Francia Pinedo has the list and she has assumed the responsibility of scheduling appointments and confirming them beforehand.

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

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 are our regular volunteers. I believe that we now have the best team of volunteers we have ever had!

Francia Pinedo served as registrar.  
Don Binder weighed animals and gave the anesthesia injections. He and Elcy Morales also 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. Esteban also helped with these duties and David also helped.
Various volunteers assisted Dr. Tello and gave post-op injections of B-12 and antiparasite. Those include 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.
And of course our wonderful John Gould who helps provide transportation and helps everywhere he is needed! 
Elcy Morales also helped by cleaning and sterilizing the surgical instruments.
Luis Pablo Caballero, our recent and youngest volunteer (10 years old). We love him. He also helped clean and sterilize the surgical instruments and worked at other tasks as well. He is also learning to clean dogs' teeth.
Alex Rios cleaned the teeth of four dogs and he helped with other tasks as well. 

We had a lot of delicious food for the doctor and the volunteers! Thanks to everyone who contributed: The main dish by Sue Lovett, drinks by Carla Black, and desert by Linda Dettloff.

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

Income and expenses: 

$  1,055.00*

contributions by guardians/owners


Al Jan 

       15.00  Calendar sales (thanks to Patria Chan, Spay Panama)
$ 1,095.00  Total cash income

*Note: The $1,055 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 March 24, 2019 clinic Dr. Tello sterilized 38 dogs and 15 cats.  With my average costs of $25 per dog and $15 per cat, expenses were $1,175 plus $100 for building rent for a total of $1,275. Income this month was $1,095 leaving a deficit of $80. Therefore,  with my previous out-of-pocket expenses, there is currently an excess of $2,794.28. 

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!

And I can never thank our volunteers enough! They work hard and they are wonderful!

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

Here in Volcan, our small group has been responsible for sterilizing 4,892 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!. But sadly, cruel and uncaring people are bringing dogs to this area and dumping them.

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 whatsapp, 6361-3234
skype:  muffiemae

For appointments: 6640-3171 (phone or whatsapp)

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