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Sunday, April 20, 2014 - 40 animals were sterilized by
 Dr. Andrés Tello, our wonderful veterinarian.

Dr. Tello sterilized 22dogs and 18 cats. Of the sterilized dogs, 17 were female and 5 were male. Of the cats, 16 were female and 2 were male. 

Many people say "thank you" to me, Dr. Tello, and our volunteers, but it is especially heartwarming to receive a follow-up thank you and an acknowledgment of how well the person's dog or cat is doing. The dog pictured here had a huge tumor, fortunately non-cancerous. (She actually had  four tumors but the one pictured was the biggest one. Dr. Tello removed the tumors at our February clinic. 

The owner called me a couple of weeks ago to again say "thanks to everyone" and to report that her dog is in excellent condition.

Be sure to click the link below for the Picasa web album of pictures taken during this clinic. Our next clinic is on May 18th and we already have 30 animals on the list. 

Good news - I now have a personal PayPal "Donate" button. You can use this "button" to donate if you don't already have a PayPal account, in which case you can use a credit card.

By using this donate button, the funds will go to my personal PayPal account and your contribution is not tax deductible. But be assured that every penny goes for the animals. On my web page created after each clinic, I give a complete accounting of income and expenses. (See "Income and Expenses" listed below.) Except for our wonderful veterinarian  - whom I pay pittance, really - neither I nor anyone else connected with the clinics receives any pay or financial benefit. I rent the building where we hold the clinics, and I buy all the anesthesia, medications, instruments, supplies, and equipment. I have no offices, no salaries, no advertising, no overhead. Every penny goes for the animals. This is a project from my heart, and I pay the deficits from my own pocket. 

Even easier, if you already have a PayPal account, you can just log in and specify to send money to "friends or family" at my email address, muffiemae@gmail.com.

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.


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,
Rebecca Rothenheber (from Germany), Jahir Costello, and Yiniela Rodriguez, and Alice Dahlmann (also from Germany) 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.
 Also helping were two new volunteers from Germany, Leander Galach and Otis Witt. They learned quickly and did a great job. They are in Panama volunteering for various projects, heard about the clinics, and were eager to come help.
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 cleaned and sterilized the instruments. 

Maria Cristina, Jahir Costello, Rosemary Rios, and Yiniela Rodgriguez had to leave early, and Jose (my employee) had an injured wrist, so we were very fortunate to have these two strong young German men at the clinic as new volunteers!

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 great main dish, Don Binder for drinks, and Dorreene Reynolds for dessert. 

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

Income and expenses: 

$  754.00

 contributions by guardians/owners

       25.00       cash donation by Al Jan 
      25.00        Lee and India Sorenson (Las Tablas) to my personal PayPal account
$  804.00         Total Cash Contributions

Again, thank you to everyone who has donated in the past and will donate in the future. We need and appreciate your help!

What a cutie! We had several very
young puppies sterilized today.

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.

Included in the Picasa web album
are pictures of the
very helpful group of
volunteers from Germany.


At this April 20, 2014 clinic Dr. Tello sterilized 22 dogs and 18 cats. With my average costs of $25 per dog and $15 per cat, expenses were $820 plus $100 for rent of the building, for a total of $920. Donations this month were $804, leaving a deficit of $116 which leaves my current out-of-pocket expenses to $1,339.30. Love and thanks 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! 

Here in Volcan, our small group has been responsible for sterilizing 2,494 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 2,623 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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