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Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 30 animals were operated on by
 Dr. Andrés Tello, our wonderful veterinarian. He spayed/neutered 29 dogs and cats, amputated a leg of one dog, performed eye surgery on another dog, and gave 2 liters of fluid to a dog via IV.

Dr. Tello sterilized 19 dogs and 10 cats. Of the dogs, 15 were female and 4 were male. Of the cats, 6 were female (one was pregnant) and 4 were male.

We had 12 no-shows, despite the fact that we call everyone a couple of days prior to the clinic to confirm their appointments. It was just as well, though. We thought we were going to finish early, but after most of our volunteers had already left, another person arrived. He was quite late for his appointment, which was only to spay a big dog. But it turned out that the dog's front leg also had to be amputated. When the young man entered the building with the dog, he let go of her collar and she started to run out the door. I grabbed her collar and she jerked me down onto the floor on my butt, hard. I still have a bruise. The spaying and amputation took an hour and 15 minutes.

Here's a note from a happy client: "Hi, Dottie - I just wanted to let you know how well the little dog I brought in yesterday did.  She was up and at "em this morning, ate a good breakfast and you can just barely see the incision.  You and Dr. Tello do such an excellent job and now there's one less dog that will become pregnant after being assaulted by every dog in the neighborhood.  Thank you!  Lynn"

Our next clinic, #77, will be on October 19th. Anyone who wants an appointment needs to call right away because the clinics fill up fast. Our last clinic of the year will be on November 23rd.

Be sure to click the link below for the Picasa web album of pictures taken during this clinic. 

I now have a personal PayPal "Donate" button. You can use this "button" to donate. 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. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can use a credit card. 

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, 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. Every penny goes for the animals. This is a project from my heart, and I pay the deficits from my own pocket. 

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 served as registrar. She recently had her 15th birthday, and she has been volunteering since she was 12.
Don Binder weighed animals, gave the anesthesia injections, plus many other tasks.
Elcy Morales and Jahir Costello helped w
eigh the animals and  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.
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, Jenny Rodriguez, 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, administered flea and tick treatment, generally checked the well being of the animals, and performed whatever other tasks were necessary. 
The volunteers who usually clean the instruments did not show up today, without telling me they were not coming. So different volunteers took turns cleaning 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: Mary Ann White for the main dish, Lynn Gohman for drinks, Lynn Longbons for  dessert, and Amanda Rankin for fruit. I took organic oranges from my trees for everyone to take home.

Income and expenses: 

$  535.00

 contributions by guardians/owners

       25.00       cash donation by Al Jan (formerly from Texas, now in Panama)
      25.00        cash donation by Carolyn Price (Concepcion)
         5.00       cash donation by Jim and Julie Alexander (Porterillos)
     174.98         James McKeown, Fort Worth, TX (180.51 minus 5.53 PayPal fee)
       20.00         cash donation by Joanne Baze, David
         5.00         cash donation by Amanda Rankin, Volcan
       75.00        cash donation by Kit Cooper, Nicaragua/Florida
$  864.98         Total Cash Contributions

Note: The $535.00 contributions by guardians/owners were for spaying and neutering only. Payments for other procedures--eye surgery, amputation, and any other services went to Dr. Tello direct and those payments are not included in the income or in my costs.

At this September 21, 2014 clinic Dr. Tello sterilized 19 dogs and 10 cats. With my average costs of $25 per dog and $15 per cat, expenses were $625 plus $100 for rent of the building, for a total of $725. Income this month was $864.98, leaving an excess of $139.98. Therefore, my current out-of-pocket expenses are reduced to $1,439.94. 

My heartfelt thanks for the generous donations of those who have contributed for this clinic, who have contributed in the past, and who will contribute in the future! We need and appreciate your help! Love and thanks to everyone!


She loves her doggie! Sights like this really warm my heart!

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 2,657 dogs and cats to date. (And this number does not include the extraordinary surgeries that Dr. Tello has performed at our clinics...removal of tumors, amputations, etc.) Added to the 129 animals that Spay/Panama (from Panama City) sterilized in in Volcan in February of 2005, we have sterilized 2,786 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--but thankfully, we see a lot fewer venereal tumors than we did in the past!.

Remember: In 7 years a female cat and her off springs can be the source of 420,000 kittens.  In 6 years a female dog and her off springs can be the source of 67,000 puppies. Unless your dog/cat is totally confined and unable to continue the population increase (AND the spread of venereal disease), please do the humane thing of having them sterilized!

For the health and safety of your dog/cat, however, have the sterilization performed by a competent vet who is experienced in early sterilization (eight weeks of age and up) and small-incision surgeries, and one who closes with stainless steel sutures....like Dr. Tello, who we are so fortunate to have operate at our clinics. (I do not trust care of my dogs or injured dogs that I find in the street to ANYONE except Dr. Tello.)

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
US telephone: 817-349-6345
skype:  muffiemae

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