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Sunday, January 20, 2013 - 47 animals were sterilized today by
 Dr. Andrés Tello, our wonderful veterinarian, plus he performed
several exams on already sterilized animals. 

This was a record number for us. Dr. Tello sterilized 33 dogs and 14 cats. Of the dogs, 26 were female and 7 were male. Of the cats, 10 were female and 4 were male. 

We had a very long day because so many of the dogs were big females. In addition, one surgery took an hour...a young woman brought her big female dog that Narcisa supposedly spayed a few months ago. The young woman said Narcisa told her the dog was pregnant and charged her $150 to "spay" and do an abortion. The dog had a terrible infection in the long incision. She had taken the dog back to Narcisa, who gave the dog an injection and told her "it was normal." NO, IT WASN'T! Dr. Tello discovered that Narcisa had put non-absorable stitches inside the dog, which he had to remove. And as usual, Narcisa merely cut and tied the tubes and did not remove the uterus and ovaries. (Because of this, of course, the dog still went into heat.) The ovaries are very difficult to find when they are no longer attached to the tubes. Gracias a dios that the young woman brought her dog to our clinic before she died of the infection. It's unbelievable that anyone is allowed to continue butchering animals like this!

We had one cat that was very scared and he got loose inside the building. (We always close the door when we prepare to inject the anesthesia.) In the process of trying to catch him, Don Binder received some serious scratches and bites. Don is a real trooper!

One dog that Dr. Tello examined had a torn ligament in her rear leg. Dr. Tello took the dog with him so he could perform the delicate and complicated surgery in his clinic.

The clinics are now getting filled far in advance. We already have 32 scheduled for February 17th!

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 February 17, 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. 
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. Also, Jenni Rodríguez and Estela Guerra came from David to help. 
Alejandro Espinosa, the youngest son of my employee Jose Espinosa, and Alex, brother of Rosemary Rios, 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: Vicki Lansen for the main dish, Marianne Brown for dessert, Amanda Rankin for a fruit plate, and Janet Robinson for drinks.

Many thanks 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: 

$  874.00

contributions by guardians

       48.60      PayPal donation byTara Reardon, U.S. (50.00-1.40 PayPal fee)
       48.60      PayPal donation by Dolores Reardon, U.S. (50.00-1.40 PayPal  fee)
     145.00      calendar sales 

Many thanks to Gene and Janet Robinson who donated generously for spaying their dog.

At this January 20, 2013 clinic, Dr. Tello sterilized 33 dogs and 14 cats. With my average cost for sterilizations of $25 per dog and $15 per cat, expenses were $1,035 plus $50 for several exams plus $100 for building rent, for a total of $1,185.  With contributions of $1,116.20, there was a deficit of $68.80. Therefore, my accumulated deficit is $2,079.35. 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! 

I took a lot of pictures but I discovered later that there was a problem with my camera. There were only two pictures in it!

Left, top, is an example of the very tiny incision Dr. Tello makes to spay a female. 

Left, bottom, the young woman in the red shirt is the one who brought her dog to have the bad surgery corrected (mentioned above).

Click HERE for the photos taken by Janet Robinson.


Here in Volcan, our small group has been responsible for sterilizing 1,877 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 2,006 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
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