pandemic has caused many problems for animals as well as people.
We had permission from Minsa for the four clinics, but under the
circumstances we sterilized a lot fewer animals than usual. And
we had no clinics at all for seven months.
Our next clinic will be in January of 2021. To find out the date
and make an
appointment, send a Whatsapp message to the clinic phone in
early January, 6640-3171. Whatsapp text messages only. I do not
answer phone calls at that number.
were 236 animals sterilized at the four clinics--110 female
dogs, 25 male dogs, 66 female cats, 35 male cats. This brings
our total to 5,624.
volunteers at these clinics were:
Francia Pinedo, Elcy Morales,
Alex Rios, Agueda Castillo (home from university because of
the pandemic), Suany Quintero, Melanie
Marquinez, Nicole Valdes, Alcides Quintero, Veronica
Salas, Diego Delgado, Rodrigo Morales, and Naomi Tello, Dr.
income (including the donations listed below) $5,562. Expenses
were $5,090, leaving an excess of $472. That added to the amount
in February leaves a positive cash flow of $2,398.
250.00 - Al Jan (March through December donations)
50.00 - Hazel Blumberg-McKee
1,000.00 - Pat Chan/Spay Panama
15.00 - Lorenzo Prouvost
10.00 - Temistocles Vanegas
5.00 - William Cooper
5.00 - Monica Steyn
20.00 - Dan Bourbeau (Boquete)
5.00 - Adriadne Herra
5.00 - Haydee Janson
25.00 - Don and Mary Binder
accounting on my web pages, expenses are based only on the cost
of $25 per dog and $15 per cat, plus rent for the building, but
my expenses are actually much greater than that. I pay the
veterinarian, provide the anesthesia and all other medications
and supplies. We use the best and safest anesthesia, which costs
almost $5.00 per cc. As an example, a big dog, say 80 lbs.,
requires 3cc of anesthesia alone.
Then we also give medications for pain, antibiotics,
antiparasite, Vitamin B complex, and treatment for fleas and
ticks, and more of each is required for the bigger dogs.
Added to that are the miscellaneous items required: smocks for
the volunteers, cost of the stainless steel surgical and teeth
cleaning instruments, tables and stainless steel operating
tables, gloves, gauze, iodine, alcohol, cloro, spray
bottles, distilled water, hydrogen peroxide, cream for the
surgical site, muzzles, crates for dogs and cats, towels,
blankets, trash bags, paper towels, soap, toilet paper, and many
other things not listed here. The cold sterilization solution for instruments
costs $55 per gallon.
of course I bring a big bag of blankets, towels, and the
volunteers' smocks home to wash after each clinic.
have considered adjusting the prices for dogs. For example,
charging an additional $5.00 for each 15 lbs. over 25 lbs.
That idea seems very fair, but it is on hold for now.
also offer teeth cleaning of dogs. The cost is $25.00.
Please make an appointment if you want this
you in advance for future financial help, and thanks to
everyone who has donated in the past.
had a lot of delicious food for the doctor and the
volunteers! Thanks to everyone who contributed: Main dishes
by Susan Lovett, desserts by Liz Waring, fruit by Dorreene
Reynolds. I provided the drinks, and as always I provide
purified water, coffee, cream, and sugar. Please
forgive me if I forgot anyone!
I did not take pictures for photo albums. No one is recognizable
with their masks!
Volcan, our small group has been responsible for
sterilizing 5,624 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
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!
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
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 veterinarian at
to everyone who participated in our clinics, and
to those who had their pets sterilized. Always
remember that TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
appointments: 6640-3171 (whatsapp messages, no
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