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Sunday, February 17, 2013 -  36 animals were sterilized today by
 Dr. Andrés Tello, our wonderful veterinarian, plus he performed
several exams, minor eye surgery on already sterilized animals, and unfortunately, had to euthanize one dog. 

Dr. Tello sterilized 19 dogs and 17 cats. Of the dogs, 15 were female and 4 were male. Of the cats, 11 were female and  6 were male. 

We again had a very long day because so many of the dogs were big females. Dr. Tello also had to perform several abortions, in both dogs and cats.

The dog that had to be euthanized had contracted Clostridium, a bacteria that I had never heard of. It rapidly kills tissue, among other things. This dog had a very swollen and discolored penis and the tissue surrounding it was also discolored. Dr. Tello said it would be an emergency operation with only a 50/50 chance of survival. The owners elected to have him euthanize the dog, which I think was a wise decision. If you want to see the effects of Clostridiumon to this dog, click HERE

Right after the clinic, I read an article that said all 16 hospitals administered by Panama’s Social Security Fund (CSS) are limiting patient visits to one per person to prevent a massive bacterial epidemic (of Clostridium). 

The next clinic will be on March 24th.

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 March 24, 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, Jenni Rodriguez and Yiniela Rodriguez 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, 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. 
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!

Many thanks to Don Binder for getting commitments for the food and drinks.

We had a lot of delicous food for the doctor and the volunteers! Thanks to everyone who contributed: Mary Ann White for the main dish, Lynn Gohman for dessert, Amanda Rankin for a fruit plate, and ....Carla Black gave frozen lemonade to Don Binder to bring but he forgot. Don went to the store and bought drinks. (We will have the lemonade for the March clinic.)

Also thanks to Patricia Chan (Spay Panama) who contributed Spay Panama calendars to sell and to give to our volunteers. With previous sales of $145 and $20 this month, the calendars helped to raise $165 total.

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

Income and expenses: 

$  700.00

contributions by guardians

       20.00      cash donation by Phil and Sandy Huebner
      20.00      calendar sales 

At this February 17, 2013 clinic, Dr. Tello sterilized 19  dogs and 17 cats. With my average cost for sterilizations of $25 per dog and $15 per cat, expenses were $730 plus $35 for several exams plus $100 for building rent, for a total of $835.  With contributions of $740, there was a deficit of $125. Therefore, my accumulated deficit is $2,204.35. My hearfelt thanks for all the generous donations of those who have contributed in the past and who will contribute in the future! 

Many thanks to those who contributed more than my actual costs. Otherwise the deficit would have been a lot higher.

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

Nice pictures taken during the clinic 

Click HERE.   for the photos.


Here in Volcan, our small group has been responsible for sterilizing 1,913 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 2,042 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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