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Sunday, February 16, 2014 - 26 animals were sterilized by
 Dr. Andrés Tello, our wonderful veterinarian, plus he removed
a huge tumor from an already spayed dog.

Dr. Tello sterilized 21 dogs and 5 cats, plus the tumor removal, for a total of 27 dogs and 5 cats. Of the sterilized dogs, 19 were female and 2 were male. Of the cats, 4 were female and 1 was male. 

We had fewer animals this clinic than usual. Blake Mitchell came to help transport 7 dogs from Paso Ancho (belonging to indios) but only one dog could be found. And we had a few cancellations and nine no-shows for this clinic.

A man, Leny Caballero, came early with his male Husky without an appointment. We scheduled him for later in the day. When he arrived we discovered that he wanted a tumor removed from his dog but did not want him sterilized. Dr. Tello told him that before removing the tumor, the dog would first have to be neutered. The huge cancerous tumor, bigger than a tennis ball, was at the dog's rear end and it was bleeding. Mr. Caballero finally said okay for neutering and asked what the entire procedure would cost. Neutering is $25 and it would be $50 extra for removing the tumor. (Cheap!) Mr. Caballero balked and said he would pay only $40 total. Some generous gringos offered to pay the difference. Then Mr. Caballero was concerned about how much time would be required. We told him it would probably take at least 1-1/2 hours for the surgery and then for the dog to wake up. Mr. Caballero decided he didn't have enough time. He left with the poor dog, who will die from the cancerous tumor. (The final picture in the album for this clinic is of this beautiful dog who will die a painful death. The link to the picture album is below.)

After Leny Caballero left, people who know him--expats and Panamanians alike--said he is very wealthy. They said he is the Tropigas distributor for much of Chiriqui, has a large finca with many cows, has a big house, etc., yet he couldn't be bothered to spend either his money or his time to save his dog's life. Everyone at the clinic was outraged. A situation like this makes me sick! But thankfully, on the other hand, we see many Panamanians with far less money who love their pets very much and bring them to our clinics for excellent care.

IMPORTANT NOTE about donations to help support this work for the animals in Chiriqui: lf you don't need a tax-deductible receipt, please 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.) If you don't have a PayPal account, you can use your credit card.

I have removed the PayPal button from my web site for Chiriqui donations that go through the US. Those donations are eventually supposed to come to me, but the situation has become too complicated. It has taken several months for the donation to reach me, if I receive it at all.

Again, other than contributing cash or depositing to my personal bank account, donating to my personal PayPal account (muffiemae@gmail.com) is the best way to help support this important project if you don't need a tax-deductible receipt.

Thank you in advance for future financial help, and thanks to everyone who has donated in the past. 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, Elcy Morales, Jonathan Jaramillo, and a new volunteer, Gretchen Dee, weighed the animals and administered the anesthesia, and gave the pre-op injections of antibiotics and anti-inflammatory. They also put mineral oil in the eyes of the animals so they would not dry out, and performed whatever other duties were needed. Yiniela Rodriguez also helped for part of the day.
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. 
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 wonderful food for the doctor and the volunteers! Thanks to everyone who contributed: Dorreene Reynolds for a delicious main dish, Lynn Gohman for dessert, Azel Ames for drinks, and Don Binder for a fruit plate. 

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

Income and expenses: 

$  595.00

 contributions by guardians/owners

       25.00       cash donation by Mary Ann White
       20.00       cash donation by Jim & Juli Alexander (Porterillos Arriba)
       20.00       cash donation by William Cooper (Monte Lirio)
       25.00       cash donation by Al Jan (Texas)
      25.00        Lee and India Sorenson (Las Tablas) to my personal PayPal account
       10.00       D.L. Jackson (Arkansas) to my personal PayPal account
    500.00       cash donation by Ruth King and Charley Leves
      75.00       cash donation by The Purple House (David)
$ 1,295.00         Total Cash Contributions

At this February 16, 2014 clinic Dr. Tello sterilized 21 dogs and 5 cats. With my average costs of $25 per dog and $15 per cat, and $50 for removal of the dog's tumor (NOT the tumor of Leny Caballero's dog!), expenses were $650 plus $100 for rent of the building, equals $750. Thanks to generous donations this month of $1,295, there was a surplus of $545, which reduced my current out-of-pocket expenses to $1,3161.70.Thanks very much to everyone!

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 2,419 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 2,548 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
virtual Voxox US telephone: 817-391-1477
skype:  muffiemae

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