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November 21, 2010 - 36 animals were operated on today
by Dr. Andrés Tello, our wonderful veterinarian. 

Dr. Tello sterilized 35 animals today, and removed a venereal tumor from a female dog that had already been sterilized. (That dog had been spayed by another vet who attempted unsuccessfully to remove the tumor.) Dr. Tello sterilized 23 dogs and 12 cats. Eighteen of the dogs were female and 5 were male. Eight of the cats were female and 4 were male.

Rosemary Rios first volunteered as the registrar, and she is now doing lots of other useful jobs! In addition to cleaning dogs' teeth during this clinic, with Dr. Tello's guidance she extracted two "baby" canine teeth that had never fallen out from a grown dog, and Rosemary also emptied anal glands of dogs.

This year has gone by really fast! This clinic was the last one for 2010. A rest during December will be welcome - but I'm also excited to think about all the animals we will help next year. We will resume on January 23, 2011. During 2010, we sterilized 247 dogs and cats, which brought us to a total of 1,269 sterilized in Volcan. It is very gratifying to see that more and more Panamanians really LOVE their pets. One woman at this clinic said that her dog was like "her baby." 

We have a wonderful group of volunteers! Thanks, and hugs and kisses from me to all of you!

Please donate! Your PayPal tax-deductible donations for Chiriqui go through Spay Panama's Animals YES in the USA and are eventually forwrded to me. Please send me an email if you donate by PayPal so I can thank you personally! 

Donors and amounts are reported on my web page for each clinic. Income and expenses are listed on each clinic web page. Thank you for your help! Your contribution helps make Spay/Panama-Chiriqui services possible.  

Anyone who is local to Volcan, PLEASE talk with your friends and neighbors, explain the importance of sterilization and tell them about our clinics.  My goal is to sterilize at least 30 animals during each clinic. Our next clinic will be on January 23, 2011.

MANY thanks to our wonderful volunteers and contributors. Without their help and dedication, this important work simply could not be done. 

Ana Blanco and Jacky Suna (a new volunteer) handled registration.
Rosemary Rios did a great job cleaning animal's teeth and emptying their anal glands. 
Dana Larson and Deirdre Doyno administered the anesthesia and the pre-op injections of antibiotics and anti-inflammatory.
Don Binder performed pre-op shaving and prepping. 
Jose Espinosa, my permanent employee, helps weigh and tag the animals, provides transportation for animals in my car when necessary, and helps with various duties. Jose and I go to the clinic site on Mondays following the Sunday clinics to clean and organize for the next one.
Rosita Caballero performed post-op care: cleaned the surgical site, tattooed the ears of female dogs to indicate they have been sterilized, gave injections of vitamin B-12 and antiparasite, and administered flea and tick treatment when necessary. 
Marcos Garcia, a new volunteer, cleaned and sterilized the surgical instruments.

Thanks to Kate Stamm and Azel Ames for donating a crock pot of delicious chicken and rice; to Sharon Borgman for the soft drinks; Dana Larson for brownies; and Amanda Rankin for a fruit plate.

Also, thanks to Kate and Azel for donating a muzzle and two dog collars. 

Thanks to Patricia Chan/Spay Panama for donating two dental instruments.

Thanks to Osvaldo Ivan Flores for translating this web page into Spanish. He is the editor of a local newspaper, Chiriqui Libre.

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

Income and expenses: 

$  442.00

contributions by owners and/or guardians

      20.00      cash donation by Dana Larson
      20.00      cash donation by "anonymous"
      20.00      cash donation by "anonymous"
      97.50      PayPal donation by Debi Shaimas ($100 less $2.50 fee)
      54.00      cash donation by Beth Park
      15.00      cash donation by Tom Rennen
      60.00*      owner payment (see below)*

*At the October clinic, we sterilized 4 dogs and 1 cat for these owners. They contributed only $30 at the time but said they would bring $60 to me later. They brought the $60 on November 18th, so I  am crediting their additional contribution as income for this month.

At this November 21st, 2010 clinic, we sterilized 23 dogs and 12 cats.  With my average cost of $20 per dog and $10 per cat, expenses were $600 plus $100 for building rent, for a total of $700. With contributions of $728.50, there was a positive cash flow of $28.50. Therefore, since October of 2006 to date, my accumulated deficit is reduced to $3,754.25.  (The clinics began in March of 2006 but it didn't occur to me to keep financial records until October of 2006.)

Please donate! I very much appreciate your contributions, which are welcome and needed! 

Lots of great pictures taken during the November 21, 2010 clinic. 

Jacky Suna, registrar

People waiting.

Dog being weighed.

This doggie has been anesthetized and is waiting for surgery.

Don Binder shaving and prepping.

Jose Espinosa, left; man watches while Dr. Tello sterilizes his cat.

Two BIG Rottweilers recovering from anesthesia. The male weighs 105 lbs.

Rosita prepares an injection.

Another doggie recovering
from anesthesia.

Maria Caballero brought two of her dogs. Rosita giving an injection.

Doggie on the operating table. It is normal for their tongues to be out and their eyes open.

Dana Larson just gave an injection..

Marcos Garcia and Rosemary Rios help Dr. Tello.

Don Binder, Dana Larson, Deirdre Doyno 

Rosemary, Rosita, Jose, Ana, and
Dr. Tello.

This doggie is saying, "Uh, oh - what's going on???"

Don Binder comforts the dog.

Here the same dog wants to give Deirdre a kiss.


Rosemary proudly displays the teeth she extracted.

Dr. Tello was too fast for us; he rests for a minute while we prep another animal.

Me, Jacky, Ana, Rosita. The girls labeled this picture "The Queen and her Princesses."

Here in Volcan, our small group has been responsible for sterilizing 1,140 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 1,269 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.

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 - 771-5883, 6780-2565 or viajar2566@yahoo.com
skype:  muffiemae

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