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Sunday, April 22, 2012 - 36 animals were sterilized today by Dr. Andrés Tello, our wonderful veterinarian. 

Another long day, but we had good weather still again. Spirit smiles upon us. I can't even remember a clinic when we had heavy winds or rains during a clinic. Jose and I had just gotten home after the clinic when the skies opened up and the rain poured in buckets.

We sterilized 28 dogs and 8 cats. Of the dogs, 17 were female and 11 were male. Of the cats, 4 were female and 4 were male. There were a couple of pregnancies/abortions. One dog that had an appointment was pregnant and only about 10 days away from delivery. Dr. Tello does not like to do late-term abortions (which are more like a cecerean), so we gave the owner an appointment for May to sterilize the female dog. Dr. Tello also did exams of a few already sterilized dogs and cats. We had no-shows of 3 dogs and 2 cats.

Clay Conn borrowed some crates and brought 9 dogs from an indio settlement. Of course the owners didn't have any money to pay for the sterilizations, but I am happy to pay for them. Now those dogs will not be breeding and having puppies to suffer painful lives.

One female dog had been having trouble to deliver puppies last December. The owners took her to a local vet, who injected the dog with some unknown drug and kept the dog for two days. The dog managed to deliver two puppies, both dead. The dog was not doing well, and the owners brought her to this clinic to be sterilized. It turned out to be a long, complicated surgery. There was a dead puppy still inside her. The uterus had ruptured and the dead puppy was encapsulated in her intestines. Thanks to Dr. Tello, the dog will be okay. She would have died otherwise. I didn't include photos of this surgery in the Picasa web album noted below, but if you want to see pictures click HERE. The pictures are gory, but they are a good example of Dr. Tello saving a dog from the actions of an incompetent vet. (In our clinics he has saved the lives of numerous dogs that have suffered from incompetent care or surgeries of other vets.)

We do our best to keep to the schedule so people don't have to wait for a long time, but we never know what problems will occur. We were really behind schedule today because of the hour-long surgery for the dog mentioned above.

It has taken six years, but it seems that we have reached "critical mass" for the clinics. We already have 30 on the list for the May 22nd clinic. I will schedule up to 45 to account for no-shows and still sterilize a good number of dogs and cats. 

I didn't even put up notices for this April clinic because we already had so many on the list.  Printing and then putting up 60 notices all around town takes a lot of time. Don Binder had a great idea - to print a generic notice to stay up permanently at each location, saying that our clinics are usually the next-to-the-last Sunday of each month, and to call for an appointment and to confirm the date. 

Thanks to Sharon B. for bringing an indio boy and his cat.  

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 Deirdre Doyno 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, Ericka and Yanitzel Famanía, and Francia Pinedo 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. 
We have a new volunteer, Remy Ruiz, who will be trained at the next clinic.

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: Anne Bakke for a delicious soup (it was a big hit - not a drop was left!) plus garlic bread, Marianne Brown for a rich delicious dessert, Dana Larson for a fruit plate. Anne Bakke also donated the soft drinks.  

Patricia Chan (Spay Panama, Panama City) donated a new shaver blade.

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

Income and expenses: 

$  502.00

contributions by owners and/or guardians

      96.50       cash donation by Jan Barendrecht ($100 less $4.50 PayPal fee)
         20.00       cash donation by Dana Larson

At this April 2012 clinic, Dr. Tello sterilized 28 dogs and 8 cats.  With my average cost of $22 per dog and $11 per cat, expenses were $704 plus $100 for building rent, for a total of $804.  With contributions of $618.50, there was a deficit of $185.50. Therefore, my accumulated deficit is $2,564.61. 

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


Left: Rosemary Rios cleaning the teeth of a dog while Dr. Tello performs surgery.

Lots of great pictures were taken during the April 22, 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.




Here in Volcan, our small group has been responsible for sterilizing 1,559 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 1,688 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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