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March 20, 2011 - 29 animals were sterilized today
by Dr. Andrés Tello, our wonderful veterinarian. 

We had another wonderful day. Dr. Tello sterilized 18 dogs and 11 cats. Of the 18 dogs, 11 were female and 7 were male. Of the 11 cats, 10 were female and 1 was male.

Rosemary Rios, whom Dr. Tello trained to clean and extract teeth (and to empty anal glands) is a real champ. She really did an extraordinary job today with Goldie, a greyhound belonging to volunteers Don and Mary Binder. They were heavily involved with greyhound rescue in Florida, and Goldie came to Panama with them. From Don and Mary, I've learned a lot about greyhounds that I didn't know: they are a high-maintenance breed, they have a propensity for bad teeth, and many types of anesthesia can kill them. Through their work with greyhounds, Don and Mary became very qualified in hound care and in the knowledge of when the dog needs intervention - which she did today. Fortunately, Dr. Tello knows the type of anesthesia that's okay for greyhounds and he had it with him. Rosemary ended up extracting nine teeth from Goldie. Poor Goldie had experienced difficulty eating for several days because of her teeth. She will be in much better condition now!

Rosemary had some help with the procedure. Fanny Romero, the new chef at Kid's World, brought her cat to be sterilized. Her son, Jonathan Jaramillo, came with her. We were a little short handed, and Jonathan was thrilled when we asked him to stay and help. Don Binder trained him in giving injections and other pre-op duties; Jonathan also cleaned instruments for a while and learned to use the autoclave. Before long, though, he was helping Rosemary with Goldie. (See the link for the picture album below.) Jonathan attends college in Panama and he wants to be a doctor. I hope we gave him the idea of being a veterinarian instead!

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.  PLEASE BE AWARE that if you donate through PayPal, I cannot credit your donation on my web page until I actually receive the funds. If you have donated through PayPal and your donation has not been credited on my web page, please contact me.

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 April 24th, 2011.

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

Jacky Suna handled registration.
Mary Binder and Dana Larson administered the anesthesia and the pre-op injections of antibiotics and anti-inflammatory. 
Don Binder performed pre-op shaving and prepping, plus helped to anesthetize the animals. 
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.
Francia Pinedo assisted Dr. Tello and helped with translations. 
Deirdre Doyno 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. She also administered after care of the animals.
Dana Larson, Jonathan Jaramillo and I took turns in cleaning and sterilizing the surgical instruments. 

Thanks to Anne and Gordon Bakke for a delicious crockpot of chili casserole, to Amanda Rankin for a plate of watermelon, Dana Larson for the soft drinks, and Azel Ames for an assortment of tasty pastries.

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

Income and expenses: 

$  385.00

contributions by owners and/or guardians

      20.00      cash donation by Dana Larson
      10.00      cash donation by Christine Spigarelli
      20.00      cash donation by Gordon and Anne Bakke
    488.70      cash donation by Ruth King & Charley Leves
       ($500 less PayPal fee of $11.30)

At this March 20, 2011 clinic, we sterilized 18 dogs and 11 cats.  With my average cost of $22 per dog and $11 per cat, expenses were $517 plus $100 for building rent, for a total of $617. With contributions of $923.70, there was a positive cash flow of $306.70. Therefore, my accumulated deficit was reduced to $3,863.59.  (I began the clinics in March of 2006 but it didn't occur to me to keep financial records until October of 2006.)

It's rare to receive a large donation such as that by Ruth King and Charley Leves mentioned above, and I very much appreciate it! They've donated a like amount before. They live in Panama but not in the Volcan area. I've never met them personally, but they are supportive of what we're doing here. (They volunteer at sterilization clinics in their own area.)

So - I very much appreciate any and all contributions. They are welcome and needed! 

Lots of great pictures were taken during the March 20, 2011 clinic. To see the rest of the pictures, 
click HERE.  When you click on the first picture, it will enlarge and then you'll see the narrative at the bottom of the picture. There are arrows at the top to advance the pictures.

Here in Volcan, our small group has been responsible for sterilizing 1,228 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 1,357 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 -  6780-2565 or viajar2566@yahoo.com
skype:  muffiemae

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