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Sunday, March 18, 2012 - 37 animals were operated on today by Dr. Andrés Tello, our wonderful veterinarian. 32 of them were sterilizations, and 4 had other types of surgeries - eye surgeries, etc. 

We had a long day and did not leave the clinic building until 5:30 p.m. We sterilized 17 dogs and 15 cats. Of the dogs, 14 were female and 3 were male. Of the cats, 11 were female and 4 were male. One female dog also had a terrible cancerous tumor on her shoulder. One female cat was still nursing, so Dr.Tello operates on the side so he won't disturb the teats. One dog and one cat were pregnant and were aborted while spaying them. Dr. Tello also did exams of a few already sterilized dogs and cats. 

The dog who had the cancerous tumor removed will need to have the stitches removed after 10 days. The owner doesn't know how, so my employee (Jose Espinosa) will go to her house and remove the stitches when it's time.

A few people called to reschedule appointments, but this time only two failed to come without calling to cancel. The word is getting out that people who don't show up without calling to cancel can't make another appointment. They can come to a subsequent clinic but without an appointment they will have to wait a long time - and also take their chances that we will have time to sterilize their animal that day.

Thanks to Sharon Borgman and Marguerite Morris for bringing indio neighbor children and their pets - and for paying to have them sterilized. It was so very heartwarming to see that these children obviously adore their pets. They had no idea what to expect from the surgery and they were obviously worried. I hope that after these children saw how safe and nearly painless the experience was for their animals, they will encourage their friends to have their own animals sterilized.

Also, Charles and Connie Eberle brought a young female dog they recently rescued and adopted. The poor little thing was about one day away from dying. Now she's healthy and happy, and spaying her will help her continue to be that way!

Really good news is that we already have 43 animals scheduled for the April clinic...but I will need to follow up on 11 of those to make sure they come. Clay Conn took me to a little indio settlement near Paso Ancho, and the people there agreed to send 9 dogs and 2 cats. Clay will provide the transportation to and from the clinic. These people live in very primitive conditions and have no money, so I will gladly pay for sterilizing their dogs and cats. We just want to make sure that they don't come up with some "excuse" at the last minute. (It is amazing that people will sometimes refuse free transportation and free sterilization of their animals! I've had that happen after Jose went to get the animal on clinic day but the people had suddenly "changed their minds. )

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! 

If you donate via PayPal, it often takes a long time for the funds to reach me. (See income and expenses below.) If you are local to Panama, please consider donating directly to me. If you're not able to donate in person, I can give you information about how to deposit to my bank account. Thank you!

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 proper 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 March 18, 2012. 

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

Cristina Espinosa did a good job with registration. She is only 12 years old and is the daughter of my employee, Jose Espinosa. 
Don Binder and Anne Bakke administered the anesthesia, shaved and prepped the animals, and give the pre-op injections of antibiotics and anti-inflammatory, and put mineral oil in the eyes of the animals so they would not dry out, and performed whatever other duties were needed. 
Jose Espinosa, my permanent employee, helps weigh and tag the animals, provides transportation for animals 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.
Rosemary Rios, Maria Cristina Montenegro and our two new volunteers, Ericka and Yanitzel Famanía, assisted Dr. Tello, gave post-op injections of B-complex and antiparasite. They dressed the incisions, took the temperature of the recovering animals, tattooed the ears of female dogs, gave flea and tick treatment, and generally checked the well being of the animals. 
Alejandro Espinosa, the 11-year-old son of my employee, cleaned and sterilized the instruments. 

Again, we had a great team of volunteers today and everything ran very smoothly!

We had a lot of delicous food! Thanks to everyone who contributed: Mary Ann White for a delicious ground beef recipe in a crock pot, plus rice, pulled-pork sandwiches, rolls, and potato chips; Richard Kongable for cookies for dessert, David Kimberling and Marguerite Morris for fruit drinks, and Amanda Rankin for a platter of fruit. I took a sweet potato casserole. 

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

Income and expenses: 

$  577.00

contributions by owners and/or guardians

       40.00       cash donation by "anonymous" 
         20.00       cash donation by Ruby McKenzie

At this March 2012 clinic, Dr. Tello sterilized 17 dogs and 15 cats.  With my average cost of $22 per dog and $11 per cat, expenses were $539 plus $100 for building rent, for a total of $639.  With contributions of $637, there was a deficit of only $2. Therefore, my accumulated deficit is $2,379.11. (The people whose animals had non-sterilization procedures paid Dr. Tello direct. Those amounts are not included in the costs above.)

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

Lots of great pictures were taken during the March 18, 2012 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.

The final picture is of Dr. Tello stitching up a big wound after removing a huge cancerous tumor. Don't look at that one if you object to seeing some of the surgeries that are often necessary here.



Here in Volcan, our small group has been responsible for sterilizing 1,523 dogs and cats to date. Added to the 129 animals that Spay/Panama (from Panama City) sterilized in in Volcan in February of 2005, we have sterilized 1,652 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 muffiemae@gmail.com
skype US telephone: 281-725-6198
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