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  January 19, 2020
Very exciting news! We will now have TWO
excellent veterinarians at our clinics!

Today 80 animals were spayed/neutered by Dr. Andres Tello and Dr. Aaron Miranda. In addition, Dr. Tello also performed several exams and some other very lengthy procedures.

At this 135th clinic, our two veterinarians sterilized 54 dogs and 26 cats. Of the dogs, 31 were female and 23 were male. Of the cats, 16 were female and 10 were male. This brings our total of dogs and cats sterilized to 5,316.

Today we sterilized a street dog that wandered to the clinic. After they have been sterilized, street dogs will live a much happier, healthy, and safer life. During the years, we have sterilized numerous street dogs, some of which consider themselves our mascots and always visit the clinics. I always pay for these animals.

We had a big change of the clinic layout. I bought a new stainless steel table for the second veterinarian; and needing more areas for recovery, John Gould donated lumber for my employee to sand, varnish, and construct a large shelf which we mounted on the wall for recovering kitties.

Two doctors and twice the number of animals at each clinic means double the amount of work during--and between--clinics. But previously, by the time a scheduled clinic had arrived, the one for the following month was already full. Having people wait so long meant more pregnancies and a big delay of other critical treatments. So having two doctors was
a necessary progression.

A big thanks to our wonderful volunteers for their hard work and dedication!

We had a lovely day for the clinic, nice and calm after days upon days of gale-force winds.

         Our next clinic will be on February 16, 2020. Call (or preferably 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. 

Only the veterinarians receive any pay. 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 for any 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. And we had three new volunteers today. They participated in all duties, learned quickly, and did a great job:

        Suany Quintero
        Nicole Valdes
        Melanie Marquinez

Francia Pinedo served as registrar.  
Don Binder, Elcy Morales, and John Gould weighed animals and gave the anesthesia injections. They also gave the pre-op injections of antibiotics and anti-inflammation plus post-op injections of anti-parasite and B-complex. And they 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 the doctors and tattooed 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 Esteban Lozada and Charli
Heusel-Navarre, both dedicated volunteers. They dressed the incisions, applied flea and tick treatment, and generally checked the well being of the animals.
Our wonderful John Gould helps provide transportation, cleans instruments, and helps everywhere he is needed! 
Alex Rios cleaned the teeth of six dogs today...three of them were mine.

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 Don Binder and John Gould, and dessert by Liz Waring and Linda Dettloff. Bananas by Amanda Rankin.

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

Income and expenses: 

$ 1,517.00*

contributions by guardians/owners


Al Jan 

         20.00   Phil Huebner
  Dorreene Reynolds
         15.00    Ron Miller
  Olivia Kroekel
         17.00   John Gould
         40.00   Anonymous
      95.00  Calendar sales ( thanks to Pat Chan) 
 $1,754.00  Total cash income

*Note: The $1,517 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 January 19, 2020 clinic Dr. Tello and Dr. Miranda sterilized 54 dogs and 26 cats.  With my average costs of $25 per dog and $15 per cat, expenses were $1,740 plus $200 for building rent (includes rent for December) for a total of $1,940. Income this month was $1,754 leaving a deficit of $186. Therefore,  with my previous out-of-pocket expenses, there is a deficit of $2,000.93. 

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 5,316 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. God is judging these cruel people!

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 
For appointments: 6640-3171 (whatsapp)


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