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 July 21, 2019

Today 42 animals were  spayed/neutered by 
Dr. Andres Tello, our wonderful veterinarian.
In addition, Dr. Tello also performed
 several exams and other additional


At this 130th clinic, Dr. Tello sterilized 27 dogs and 15 cats. Of the dogs, 19 were female and 8 were male. Of the cats, 9 were female and 6 were male. This brings our total of dogs and cats sterilized to 5,052. 

I had seen another male dog at the (newer) Berard's, very friendly and loving. He apparently was still another dog that had been dumped in this area, that then became homeless. 

Before the clinic, I gave the dog food from the supply of kibble that I keep in my car. My employee was to find the dog and bring him to the July clinic to be neutered. But on clinic day, the dog was nowhere to be found. Then I talked with the people in Berard's. They said the dog usually didn't come around on Sundays; but later in the afternoon, someone from Berard's called us and said the dog was there! John Gould and I went to get him. I paid to neuter him, and one of our volunteers adopted the sweet dog.

A young woman brought her two beloved dogs to be spayed. The dogs still had lumps, which she said were from bot-flies (torselos). She had taken the dogs to the local "Dr. Death" (alleged veterinarian), who injected some unknown substance and charged the young woman $50. We found that the site on one of the dogs was infected; in the other dog, the worm was dead but still inside the dog...that can cause a terrible infection if left inside. 

Fortunately, the young woman came to us. With a cost of only $25 each for spaying, there was no extra charge to treat the infected site on the one dog and to remove the dead worm from the other dog.

Today we had no-shows of 12 dogs and 8 cats.

Our next clinic is on August 18. Call or whatsapp 6640-3171 for appointments. 

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

Except for Dr. Tello, 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 volunteers. 

Francia Pinedo served as registrar.  
Don Binder weighed animals and gave the anesthesia injections. He and Yulianis Camarena also gave the pre-op injections of antibiotics and anti-inflammatory. Bruce Jarvis also volunteered today. 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. 
Various volunteers assisted Dr. Tello and gave post-op injections of B-12 and antiparasite and tatooed the ears of female dogs to indicate they have been spayed.  (Dr. Tello's incisions are so very tiny that there will soon be no indication of surgery.) Those included Elcy Morales, Kathleen Arauz, Alex Rios, and Luis Caballero. 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 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 and Luis Caballero cleaned the teeth of two dogs today. 

See the photo album for this clinic here: 

We had a lot of delicious food for the doctor and the volunteers! Thanks to everyone who contributed: The main dish by Susan Lovett, drinks by me (Dorothy) and John Gould, fruit by Amanda Rankin, and dessert by Liz Waring and Denise Reed. 

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

Income and expenses: 

$  745.00*

contributions by guardians/owners


Al Jan 

          20.00  Roseanne Bateman
        5.00  Anonymous
        5.00  Azel Ames
  $ 800.00  Total cash income

*Note: The $745 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 July 21, 2019 clinic Dr. Tello sterilized 27 dogs and 15 cats.  With my average costs of $25 per dog and $15 per cat, expenses were $900 plus $100 for building rent for a total of $1,000. Income this month was $800 leaving a deficit of $100. Therefore,  with my previous out-of-pocket expenses, there remains an excess of $2,457.28. 

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!

Here in Volcan, our small group has been responsible for sterilizing 5,052 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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