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October 19, 2008 -24 animals sterilized 
today by Dr. Tello, our wonderful veterinarian!

Today Dr. Tello sterilized 13 dogs and 11 cats. Of the 13 dogs, all 13 were female. Of the 11 cats, 6 were female and 5 were male. 

I was out of the country until two days before the clinic. Thanks very much to Betsy Boeve, Cindy Reichert, and Francia Pinedo for scheduling the animals and making other arrangements for the clinic.

MANY thanks to our wonderful volunteers and contributors:

Betsy Boeve and Cindy Reichert, who served as registrars and helped give injections 
Beth Park, who gave the injections of anesthesia.
Brenda Paulson, who gave the post-op injections of vitamin B-12, flea and tick treatment, and tattooed the ears of female dogs to indicate they have been sterilized;
Jose Espinosa. He is my permanent employee and I donate his time and work to the clinics. He helps weigh and tag the animals and give the anesthesia; he and I go to the clinic site on Mondays following the Sunday clinics to clean and organize for the next one;
Bob Wald, who performed shaving and pre-op cleaning of the animals.
Eymi Pitti Arcia, high school students who cleaned and sterilized the surgical instruments.
Argelis Gomez (my neighbor), who worked in the recovery area…checking and recording the temperatures and vital signs of the animals as they recovered from the anesthesia;
Francia Pinedo, who assisted Dr. Tello and helped wherever necessary, including translation. Francia is a good friend and I know her to be an excellent - and honest - real estate agent in Volcan. Her web page is http://www.volcan.paradisepanama.net 

to Shirley Cook for contributing sandwiches prepared with her excellent homemade bread; to Beth Park and her mom Lynda Marshall for a big pot of delicious vegetable beef stew; and Dana Larson for soft drinks.

Please forgive me if I have neglected to mention any volunteers or contributors! 

Income and financial donations:

$   165.00

contributions by owners and/or guardians for surgeries 


  cash donation by Bob & Lynn Wald 

      100.00       cash donation by Harry Harrison

At this October 19, 2008 clinic, we sterilized 13 dogs and 11 cats. At my average cost of $20 per dog and $10 per cat, expenses were $370, plus $100 for building rent. I also bought a new cordless shaver ($123.00) and smocks for the volunteers ($39.75). (All but one of the smocks were purchased used at San Benito for $2.00 each.) Total expenses were $632.75. With total contributions of $305, this left a deficit of $$327.75. Since October of 2006 to date, my accumulated deficit is $4,236.00. 

Following are a few pictures taken during the October 19, 2008 clinic. 


Beth Park and Betsy Boeve

People waiting

Noris Caballero, her daughter & 2 dogs

Puppy very similar to one of mine

Little girl watches surgery intently. 

Jose Espinosa & Argelis Gomez 

The Croxfords & their precious puppy!

Betsy Boeve holds a cat.

Young girl waiting with her dog.

Dr. Tello takes a break. 

Young man with his dog in the
recovery area.

Boy with his cat.

Here in Volcan, our small group has been responsible for sterilizing 583 animals to date. Added to the 129 animals that Spay/Panama (from Panama City) sterilized in in Volcan in February of 2005, we have sterilized 712 dogs and cats! 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.

Dorothy Atwater - 771-5883 or 6780-2565 or viajar2566@yahoo.com

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