19th STERILIZATION CLINIC IN VOLCÁN
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15, 2009 - 28 animals
Today Dr. Tello sterilized 14 dogs and 14 cats. Of the 14 dogs, 11 were female and 3 were male. Of the 14 cats, 8 were female and 6 were male. There were several pregnancies and one tumor (on a male dog) this time. It's encouraging that Panamanians are learning that their male pets need to be sterilized as well as the females.
We had one female dog from David that was in very bad condition. About six months ago, she had been supposedly "spayed" by a "vet" in David, who merely tied her tubes. Then after the surgery, her stitches came loose and her intestines fell out. A second vet sewed her up again. A terrible internal infection had been building all this time. For two weeks before she arrived at the clinic, she was passing blood clots from her vagina and was vomiting everything she ate or drank. She had lost 10 or 15 pounds. When Dr. Tello opened her up, he found severe infection in her uterus. It looked like a big fat sausage, at least a foot long, filled with pus. There was also a large cyst on one ovary. He removed the uterus and ovaries. I sent extra antibiotics home with her. If this sweet dog had not had the proper surgery and treatment that she received at our clinic, she would have died within a very short time. (Pictures appear below; again, they are graphic - but this is "real life" and people need to have the message. Dr. Tello says it is not uncommon for infections like this to develop when a vet merely ties the tubes and does not remove the uterus and ovaries.)
Besides the goal of ending the overpopulation of dogs and cats, another reason I sponsor these clinics is to provide competent surgery for the animals and avoid the kind of results mentioned above.
We had two other "challenging" cats today. See the picture below. Betsy Boeve got bitten and clawed very badly, and Jose Espinosa was bitten right through welding gloves.
MANY thanks to our wonderful volunteers and contributors. Without their help and dedication, this important work simply could not be done.
Income and financial donations:
At this March 15, 2009 clinic, we sterilized 14 dogs and 14 cats. At my average cost of $20 per dog and $10 per cat, expenses were $420, plus $100 for building rent for a total expense of $520. With contributions of $569.00, there was a positive cash flow for this clinic of $49.00. Therefore, since October of 2006 to date, my accumulated deficit is reduced to $4,034.75. Thank you and bless you! Your contributions are welcome and needed!
Following are a few pictures taken during the March 15, 2009 clinic.
Here in Volcan, our small group has been responsible for sterilizing 694 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 823 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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