May 18, 2014 - 33 animals were sterilized by
Dr. Andrés Tello, our wonderful veterinarian. In addition,
Dr. Tello performed eye surgery on one dog and removed a tumor from
another. Sadly, one dog had to be euthanized.
Cats, Cats this time! Dr.
Tello sterilized 12 dogs and 21 cats. Of the sterilized dogs, 9 were
female and 3 were male. Of the cats, 14 were female and 7 were male.
of the cats were feral and mean! Volunteers usually escape injury but this
time Don Binder, our dedicated volunteer received deep scratches from a
cat - and he was also bitten by a dog. This dog escaped after being given
the anesthesia injection, and two volunteers chased her for several blocks
until they were able to catch her. Plus, we had more "unruly"
animals at this clinic than usual.
male dog had a venereal tumor, which Dr. Tello removed when he neutered
the dog. Thankfully, we see fewer of these horrible tumors than we did in the past. But
sadly, every female this dog has had sex with, just one time, will also develop internal
venereal tumors, eventually fatal unless the owners become aware and bring
the female dog to our clinic to have the tumors removed by Dr. Tello.
male cat had a lot of scratches. Someone said he was one of 13 male cats
chasing a female in heat. I feel sorry for the poor female cat!
sure to click the link below for the Picasa web album of pictures taken
during this clinic. Our next clinic is on June 8th. We had to schedule it
earlier than usual for June because of Dr. Tello's schedule.
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.
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
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.
is a project from my heart, and I pay the deficits from my own
you already have a PayPal account, you can just log in and specify to send
money to "friends or family" at my email address, firstname.lastname@example.org.
other than contributing cash or depositing to my personal bank account,
donating to my personal PayPal account (email@example.com) is the
best way to help
support this important project if you
don't need a tax-deductible receipt.
Thank you in
future financial help, and thanks to everyone who has donated in the
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.
was Otis Witt, also from Germany, and a new volunteer--also from
Germany, Tabea Hertel.
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.
Espinosa cleaned and sterilized the instruments.
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,
Amanda Rankin for a fruit plate, and
Dorreene Reynolds for dessert. I took organic oranges and maracuya
from my garden.
Please forgive me
if I have neglected to mention any volunteers or contributors! And
many thanks to the people at this clinic who donated more than my actual
cost for the sterilization of their animals.
Income and expenses:
contributions by guardians/owners
donation by Al Jan
and India Sorenson (Las Tablas) to my personal PayPal account
this May 18, 2014 clinic Dr. Tello sterilized 12 dogs and 21 cats. With my
average costs of $25 per dog and $15 per cat, expenses were $615 plus $100
for rent of the building, for a total of $715. Donations this month were
$695, leaving a deficit of $20 which leaves my current out-of-pocket
expenses to $1,359.30. Love and thanks to everyone!
heartfelt thanks for the generous donations of those who have contributed
in the past and who will contribute in the future!
very much appreciate any and all contributions. They are welcome and
thank you to everyone who has donated in the past and will donate in the
future. We need and appreciate your help!
are Rare picture of Dr.Tello without his mask.
For other pictures taken
during the clinic,
HERE. Click on the
first image to
enlarge it, then you
can advance through
rest of the pictures.
Here in Volcan, our small group has been
responsible for sterilizing 2,527 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 2,656 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.
remember that TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
Dorothy Atwater - 6517-8752 or firstname.lastname@example.org
virtual VoxOx US telephone: 817-391-1477
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