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  February 16, 2020
This was our second clinic with TWO veterinarians! We are
getting better organized with the new procedures!

Today 72 animals were spayed/neutered by Dr. Andres Tello and
Dr. Cesar Acevedo Gomez. In addition, our doctors also performed several
exams and some other lengthy procedures.

There are many dogs being dumped in this area by cruel people. 
When I see an abandoned dog,
I see an angel that someone threw away.


At this 136th clinic, our two veterinarians sterilized a total of 72 animals...46 dogs  and 26 cats. Of the dogs, 35 were female and 11 were male. Of the cats, 16 were female and 10 were male. This brings our total of dogs and cats sterilized to 5,388.

We had 89 animals scheduled, but there were 17 no-shows. In January, we had 25 no-shows. This is inexcusable and inconsiderate because we confirm appointments with everyone before each clinic. I keep a list of the names for when these people want to make appointments in the future.

I am SO proud of our volunteers--and very thankful for their dedication, hard work, and their love of animals!

Francia Pinedo, Don Binder, John Gould, Elcy Morales, and Alex Rios have been with us for many years.
Charli Heusel-Navarre and Esteban Lozada have been with us for several months. (Esteban could not be here today.)
And our newest volunteers are Suany Quintero, Melanie Marquinez, Nicole Valdes, and Raquel Griffin. This was the second clinic for Suany and Melanie, and the very first one for Raquel. They are doing a GREAT job! (Nicole could not be here today, but we will see her in March.)
Dr. Tello's oldest daughter, Naomi, also assisted today.

And three other young women also want to volunteer: Mercedes Rodriguez, Veronica Salas, and Gabriela Selles. Thank you! But if we have too many volunteers, they get in each other's way. I have the contact information for these young women and will let them know when the need arises. We are thankful to have so many interested people in the community!

Some of the tasks our volunteers perform:

Register the clients and animals; prepare a tag with the names of the animal, the owner, and other information regarding the animal;
weigh the animals in order to give the correct amount of anesthesia, antibiotics, pain medication, antiparasite, B-complex;
measure and administer all the injections;
after the animal is asleep, put oil in the eyes so they don't dry out;
shave and prep the surgical area of the animal;
carry the animal to the doctor's operating table;
assist the doctors when necessary;
carry the animal from the operating table to the recovery area;
clean the doctors' operating table;
clean the used surgical instruments and place them in a sterile solution;
clean any blood from the animal;
make sure the doctors always have a supply of sterile gloves and gauze;
put medication on the surgical site;
apply flea and tick medication;
tattoo the ears of female dogs to indicate they have been spayed;
cover the animal with a blanket and keep watch until they are awake.
Hold an animal over a trash can on occasions when they vomit;
clean up poop and pee from the floor;
clean ears and trim nails when necessary;
And Alex Rios also cleans dogs' teeth when the client requests it.

I'm sure I've forgotten something--or several things--but as you can see, our volunteers are very busy!

And a note about cats: some of them can be very dangerous! Several months ago John Gould donated three large canvas bags with draw strings. We can put the opening over the door of the crate with the cat, "pour" the cat into the bag, and then inject the anesthesia through the bag. This saves a lot of potential injuries by cats!

         Our next clinic will be on March 22, 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 is paid. 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.

We had a lot of delicious food fort he doctor and the volunteers! Thanks to everyone who contributed: We had TWO main dishes today, one by Susan Lovett and one by Olivia Kroekel. (Both were big hits!) Drinks by John Gould and me; dessert by Liz Waring, and bananas by Don Binder. Please forgive me if I forgot anyone!

See the photo album for this clinic HERE

Income and expenses: 

$ 1,354.00*

contributions by guardians/owners


Al Jan 

 $1,379.00  Total cash income

*Note: The $1,354 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 February 16, 2020 clinic Dr. Tello and Dr. Cesar sterilized 46 dogs and 26 cats.  With my average costs of $25 per dog and $15 per cat, expenses were $1,540 plus $100 for building rent, for a total of $1,640. Income this month was $1,379 leaving a deficit of $261. Therefore,  with my previous out-of-pocket expenses, there is an excess of $1,925.93. 

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 5,388 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. (I do not trust care of my dogs or injured dogs that I find in the street to ANYONE except the veterinarians at our clinics.)

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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