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Sunday, November 18, 2012 -  42 animals were sterilized today by
 Dr. Andrés Tello, our wonderful veterinarian, plus he performed
other procedures on three more, for a total of 45 animals. 

We sterilized 28 dogs and 14 cats. Of the dogs, 20 were female and 8 were male. Of the cats, 4 were female and 10 were male. (I'm gratified that more and more people are bringing male dogs and cats!) In addition, Dr. Tello removed a huge hernia from one dog, removed a tumor from another one, had to perform an abortion while spaying one female dog, and sadly, one dog had such extensive tumors that they could not be removed and she had to be put down.

Note to James Penowich and Deborah Ashby: I did receive your donations (noted below; thank you!) but I like to report where the donations are from and I did not receive that information or your email address. Would you please send me an email telling me where you live?

This  was our final clinic for the year 2012 (wow, how times flies!) and our next clinic will be on January 20, 2013. This will be a short web page except for my usual boiler-plate request for donations and of course the link to the pictures taken during the clinic. Love and hugs to all of you from me, and I wish all of you very wonderful holidays and a prosperous 2013! 

OK - following are four paragraphs of the boiler-plate stuff: 

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, either in Panama or in the US. Thank you! I can give you a tax-deductible receipt for your US tax return.

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 - and lately we have been exceeding that number. Our next clinic will be on January 20, 2013.

MANY thanks to our wonderful volunteers and contributors. Without their help and dedication, ths important work simply could not be done. And by the way, with the exception of Don Binder who is a dedicated volunteer, all the rest are Panamanians.

Cristina Espinosa did a good job with registration. She is only 13 years old and is the daughter of my employee, Jose Espinosa. 
Don Binder and Jahir Costillo weighed the animals, administered the anesthesia, shaved and prepped the animals, and gave the pre-op injections of antibiotics and anti-inflammatory, put mineral oil in the eyes of the animals so they would not dry out, and performed whatever other duties were needed. Jordan Espinosa, the very competent 17-year-old son of Jose Espinosa, was also an excellent volunteer.
Jose Espinosa, my permanent employee, helps weigh and tag the animals, provides transportation for animals when necessary, and helps with various duties. He also takes my car to pick up and deliver animals when necessary. Then 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, Yiniela Rodriguez, 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, generally checked the well being of the animals, and performed whatever other tasks were necessary. Jenni Rodríguez came from David to help. 
Alejandro Espinosa, the youngest son of my employee Jose Espinosa, 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 for the doctor and the volunteers! Thanks to everyone who contributed: Olivia Kroekel for her famous arroz con pollo (boy, it disappeared fast!), Dana Larson for dessert, Patty Miranda for papaya, and Don Binder for bananas and fruit drinks.

Many thanks to David Kimberling for washing the soiled blankets this month, and to Don Binder for getting commitments for the food and drinks..

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

Income and expenses: 

$  804.00**

contributions by guardians

       97.50      PayPal donation by James Penowich (100.00-2.50 PayPal fee)
       23.90      PayPal donation by Deborah Ashby (25.00 - 1.10 PayPal fee)
      20.00      cash donation by Dana Larson, Paso Ancho
      25.00         cash donation by Marguerite Morris, Paso Ancho
       20.00      cash donation by David Kimberling, Paso Ancho
       10.00      cash donation by David Fishlow - local
       40.00      cash donation by "anonymous" (Volcan)

**Also, many thanks to the few people who brought animals and donated in excess of my actual costs per animal, and especially to David and Lydia Dell and Andy Fink (Fink's Hardware) for contributing $60 each for their dogs. Therefore, my out-of-pocket expenses were reduced by $30 for this clinic.

At this November 18, 2012 clinic, Dr. Tello sterilized 28 dogs and 15 cats. With my average cost for sterilizations of $25 per dog and $15 per cat, expenses were $910 plus $100 for building rent, for a total of $1,010.  (Actually I paid Dr. Tello extra for the more complicated surgeries: removal of the tumor, the abortion, removal of the hernia, the euthanasia - but I'm not including those extra payments in my figures here.) With contributions of $1,040, there was an excess in contributions of $30. Therefore, my accumulated deficit is $2,010.55. My hearfelt thanks for all the generous donations of those who have contributed in the past and who will contribute in the future! 

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

This little boy loves his doggie! His dog has been anesthetized and is next in line for surgery.

Lots of great pictures were taken during the November 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 side (or the top) to advance the pictures.


Here in Volcan, our small group has been responsible for sterilizing 1,830 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 1,959 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 -  6517-8752 or muffiemae@gmail.com
skype US telephone: 281-725-6198
skype:  muffiemae

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