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Sunday, May 20, 2012 - 37 animals were sterilized today by
 Dr. Andrés Tello, our wonderful veterinarian, plus he performed
eye surgery on a dog that had been sterilized previously. 

We sterilized 24 dogs and 13 cats. Of the dogs, 21 were female and 3 were male. Of the cats, 9 were female and 4 were male. Sterilization of females requires more time and we had mostly females today. So it was a long, tiring day! None of this important work could be done without Dr. Andres Tello, and we are all so very grateful for him!

For the most part (as usual for our clinics) it was a beautiful day - no wind, no rain - but I don't remember another clinic day being so hot inside the building. The heat was very tiring.

Heavy rain started just as the final two animals had begin to awaken from the anesthesia. Their guardians were expecting a taxi - but I knew from experience that taxi service in Volcan during a rain is almost non-existent. So I waited at the clinic while Jose took my car to deliver two people and their dog to their home, near NASA, and then another person to her home which was near the clinic. In the meantime, I tried to concentrate on something other the fact that every bone and muscle in my body hurt! Getting up at 4:30 a.m. to prepare to leave for the clinic very early and then being on my feet all day felt especially brutal today!

Jose and I finally got home at 6:00 p.m. Then after a clinic I always have another approximate 1-1/2 hours of "must do" work - refrigerating medications, taking care of the surgical instruments, cleaning shavers, etc. - and of course allowing my 14 rescued dogs to give me lots of love because they have missed me all day.

Between our April and May clinics, I had my 71st birthday. Sometimes I get very tired and I consider quitting the work (and financing) of these clinics.  But then I remember that I have truly found my soul's purpose in this lifetime: to help these many, many animals to lead a healthier, happier life and to help eliminate their suffering. When I remember the multitudes of starving, mange-ridden and dying dogs roaming the streets when I moved to Volcan in 2004 and see difference we have made with the clinics, it is all worth it. And again, it is truly heartwarming that we now see so many Panamanians who really LOVE their dogs and cats! I know this is a direct result of the clinics through education and awareness that we provide.

We have wonderful, dedicated volunteers for the clinic days (that often change from month to month) and I appreciate them so much! But other than these folks who help on clinic days, I am the sole sponsor, organizer, and financier of the clinics. So I very much appreciate everyone who volunteers and donates their time, money, and/or food! 

Our "June" clinic will be on July 1st. Normally the June clinic would be on June 17th, but that is Father's Day in Panama. So instead, we will move that clinic to July 1st, and then we will have another clinic on July 22nd.

Very good news is that for the last couple of months, the clinics have begun to fill up very rapidly. We already have 20 reservations for the July 1st clinic!

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, 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. 

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 pene casserole and a fantastic salad plus garlic bread, Dorreene Reynolds for "killer brownies," Amanada Rankin for a fruit plate, and Donna Carr for the drinks.

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

Income and expenses: 

$  635.00

contributions by guardians

      48.60       cash donation by John Taylor ($50 less $1.40 PayPal fee)
        50.00       cash donation by Carla Black

At this May 20, 2012 clinic, Dr. Tello sterilized 24 dogs (plus eye surgery for one dog) and 13 cats.  With my average cost of $22 per dog and $11 per cat, expenses were $693 plus $100 for building rent, for a total of $793.  With contributions of $733.60, there was a deficit of $59.40. Therefore, my accumulated deficit is $2,624.01. 

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

Dr. Tello, Deirdre Doyno, and me (Dorothy). Dee has finished her Peace Corps work here and this will probably be the last clinic in which she can volunteer. She is a wonderful person and a wonderful volunteer, and we will miss her a lot!

Lots of great pictures were taken during the May 20, 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 side (or the top, depending on your version of Picasa) to advance the pictures.


Here in Volcan, our small group has been responsible for sterilizing 1,596 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 1,725 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
skype:  muffiemae

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