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Sunday, March 24, 2013 -  34 animals were sterilized today by
 Dr. Andrés Tello, our wonderful veterinarian, plus he performed
two abortions, eye surgery on an already sterilized BIG cat (both eyes),
and removed dew claws from a Doberman. 

Dr. Tello sterilized 15 dogs and 19 cats. Of the dogs, 11 were female and 4 were male. Of the cats, 18 were female and  1 was male. 

For a long time we seldom saw cats at the clinics. Now more and more people are bringing cats, and today we had more cats than dogs! 

One young woman was holding her big cat outside instead of bringing it right in to be put in a crate. The cat went wild, scratched her in several places, and escaped. She lives not far from the clinic, so I hope the cat went home.

A young man brought his big cat - over 14 pounds - that had been previously sterilized at our clinic. The cat had developed extra lower eyelids, with eyelashes that were inside and scratching his eyes. Dr. Tello removed the extra eyelids and the cat will be fine now. He said the normal charge would be $40 for EACH eye, but he charged the young man only $30 for operating on both of the cat's eyes. 

We also had a little excitement when a cat escaped inside the building. (We always close the front door before anesthetizing a cat.) This cat ran all over the building, over the tables, up on the window valances. It finally settled upon one valance, and Dr. Tello was able to get it. 

One of my neighbors, Lucinio, recently adopted a male puppy....a BIG puppy; he's part Pit Bull.  Lucinio has never had a dog during the eight years he has been my neighbor, and now he's completely in love with his puppy - and the puppy adores him, too. It took some convincing, but he finally agreed that we could neuter the puppy at this clinic. They are both happy with the surgery.

A note about a dog I adopted two months ago from another neighbor. They wanted to get rid of her because they said she killed their chickens. She is about 1-1/2 years old and she was spayed at one of our clinics when she was a puppy. I renamed her Foxy because she resembles a pretty little fox. Foxy is very adorable, about 30 lbs. She was not skinny, but it was obvious that she had never been petted and probably never even been touched. She was very timid and scared. It took her a couple of weeks to trust me and even longer to acclimate with my other dogs. Now she loves me like crazy and when she is in the house, she's usually right by my side or in my lap. And she has made a "best buddy" of Sally Ann, who is a little smaller than Foxy. At first Sally Ann complete ignored Foxy, but now they tumble and run and play and chase each other every day. (When I first brought Sally Ann to my house, she was timid and afraid like Foxy. It is so wonderful to see dogs blossom and develop personalities after they have been either abused or merely ignored.)

The next clinic will be on April 21st. 

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 and Yahir Costello 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, and Jenny Rodrigues 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, 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 delicious food for the doctor and the volunteers! Thanks to everyone who contributed: Marukel Conn for arroz con pollo, Erik and Feena Westra for a delicious Danish dessert, Amanda Rankin for a fruit plate, and Carla Black for drinks. Claudia Flores also brought a dish of arroz con pollo.

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

Income and expenses: 

$  590.00

contributions by guardians

       25.00      cash donation by Kim Henderson (my daughter)

At this March 24, 2013 clinic, Dr. Tello sterilized 15 dogs and 19 cats. With my average cost for sterilizations of $25 per dog and $15 per cat, expenses were $660 plus $50 for other procedures, plus $100 for building rent, for a total of $810.  With contributions of $615, there was a deficit of $195. Therefore, my accumulated deficit is $2,219.35. My heartfelt 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! 

Cute kids with a two-month-old female puppy that was spayed today.


For other pictures taken during the clinic, click HERE. 


Here in Volcan, our small group has been responsible for sterilizing 1,947 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 2,076 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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