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Sunday, January 19, 2014 - 49 animals were treated by
 Dr. Andrés Tello, our wonderful veterinarian. He sterilized 47
dogs and cats plus performed an ear operation on one dog -
and sadly, one cat's face was destroyed with cancer and she
had to be put down.

Dr. Tello sterilized 32 dogs and 15 cats, plus the ear operation and the euthanasia, for a total of 33 dogs and 16 cats. Of the dogs, 23 were female and 10 were male. Of the cats, 12 were female and 4 were male. 

IMPORTANT NOTE about donations to help support this workfor the animals in Chiriqui: lf you don't need a tax-deductible receipt, the best way to donate is to send money to my personal PayPal account, which is muffiemae@gmail.com. Just go to PayPal,  hover your mouse over Transfer, then click "Send Someone Money." (This will be classified as sending money to Friends or Family.)

Again, if you don't need a tax-deductible receipt, this is the best way to help support this important project. The only previous PayPal method was to send funds to the account of Spay Panama Animals Yes USA, a 501c3 affiliated with Spay Panama in Panama City. Donors needed to specify the donation was for Chiriqui. Getting the funds here for Chiriqui ended up being too confusing and cumbersome for the person in the US. Sometimes I have not received the funds meant for Chiriqui, and when I did it took a long time for the funds to reach me.

For example, Lee and India Sorenson donated $25 last April. It wasn't until December that they notified me they had been donating $25 on a monthly basis - and they asked if I had received the funds. After investigating, in December I finally received payment for 5 of the 8 months of their donations ($120.80 less PayPal fees) plus $24.16 from Howie Elders that he donated last October. However, instead of a total of $144.96, the net was $119.96 because the person in the US sent a wire to my US bank account instead of a free ACH transfer. The wire cost $25, which is money better spent for the welfare of the animals.

Also, I am still waiting for donations sent via PayPal the "old way" from Carlos Grant in Arkansas - $50 on July 30th and $50 on December 25th.

I don't fault the person in the US who is responsible for sending the funds for Chiriqui. I know it has to be confusing, plus extra work for her. But to make sure I get the funds, and get them in a timely manner, please contribute via my personal PayPal account: muffiemae@gmail.com. Thank you!

Both the Sorensons and Carlos Grant said they will donate to my personal PayPal account in the future, and Al Jan in Texas has set up an automatic transfer of $25 each month from his US bank account to my personal US bank account. Transfers from your bank account to my PayPal account are free (thus providing more money for the animals). When you use a debit card or credit card, there is a fee of 2.9% plus $0.30 per transaction. And of course sending funds from your US bank account to mine via ACH transfer is free.

When you donate via my personal PayPal account, PayPal will automatically send me an email telling me that I have received funds. Thank you in advance for future financial help, and thanks to everyone who has donated in the past. Every penny goes for the animals.

Thanks and blessings to all of you who brought animals to our clinics to be sterilized last year and to those who came to our first clinic of 2014. We look forward to another successful year of reducing the suffering caused by overpopulation!

Please donate! Remember, if you don't need a tax-deductible receipt, please donate to my personal PayPal account, which is muffiemae@gmail.com.

If you DO need a tax-deductible receipt, use the link below. Your PayPal tax-deductible donations for Chiriqui go through Spay Panama's Animals YES in the USA and are eventually sent to my personal US bank account. When you click the donate button below, it will specify that your donation is for Chiriqui. Please send me an email if you donate by PayPal so I can make sure that I do receive your donation.If you donate via the PayPal link below, it takes a long time for the funds to reach me and the funds will be sent by wire to my US bank account, which means $25 less for the animals for each wire.

MANY thanks to our wonderful volunteers and contributors. Without their help and dedication, this important work simply could not be done. No one except the doctor receives any payment. Every penny goes for the animals.

Cristina Espinosa did a good job with registration. She recently had her 14th birthday and is the daughter of my employee, Jose Espinosa. Cristina has been our registrar for at least two years.
Don Binder, Jahir Costello, Lisa Dahlman, and Rebecca Rothenheber 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 Francia Pinedo assisted Dr. Tello, gave post-op injections of B-12 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. 
Helping them and pitching in wherever necessary was a new volunteer, Elcy Morales. She learned very quickly.
Alejandro Espinosa and Alex Rios cleaned and sterilized the instruments. Alex also helped dress incisions and take the temperature of animals after surgery.

Again, we had a great team of volunteers and everything ran very smoothly! 

We had a lot of delicious food for the doctor and the volunteers! Thanks to everyone who contributed: Susan Lovett for a delicious main dish, Pauline David for dessert, Don Binder for drinks, and Amanda Rankin for a fruit plate. 

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

Income and expenses: (Note some donations were made in December 2013, when we didn't have a clinic.)

$  862.00

 contributions by guardians/owners

       40.00       cash donation by Malcolm Henderson  (Bocas, December)
       20.00       cash donation by Carol Kennedy (David, December)
      110.00       cash donation by Carolyn Price (December & January)
       50.00       cash donation by Al Jan (Texas, December & January)
       25.00        Lee and India Sorenson (Pedasi, to my personal PayPal account)
     240.00       Calendar sales (thanks to Pat Chan for donating the calendars)
      *Numerous donations, most from long ago. See explanation for this and the 25.00 wiring fee in the 4th paragraph from the top above.
    -25.00        Wiring fee
$ 1,466.96          Total Cash Contributions

At this January 19, 2014 clinic Dr. Tello operated on 33 dogs and 16 cats. With my average costs of $25 per dog and $15 per cat, expenses were $1,065 plus $200 for rent of the building, equals $1,265. (No clinic in December, but I still had to pay the $100 per month building rent.) With income of $1,466.96 there was a surplus of $201.96. Therefore, my current out-of-pocket expenses are  reduced to $1,871.70. 

My heartfelt thanks for 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! 

Ahhhhaaaa - what a cute face!

For other pictures taken during the clinic, click HERE. Click on the
first image to enlarge it, then you can advance through the
rest of the pictures.


Here in Volcan, our small group has been responsible for sterilizing 2,264 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 2,393 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.

Dorothy Atwater -  6517-8752 or muffiemae@gmail.com
virtual VoxOx US telephone: 817-391-1477
skype:  muffiemae

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