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Sunday,  November 23, 2014 - 38 animals were spayed/neutered
by Dr. Andrés Tello, our wonderful veterinarian, plus he removed
a tumor  from the leg of a dog, removed a venereal tumor,
removed many large tumors from a female dog, sewed shut the
eyelids of a cat who had no eyes, treated a wound on a dog's leg,
and euthanized a cat.

Cats, cats, cats today! More than usual. Dr. Tello sterilized 20 dogs and 18 cats. Of the dogs, 16 were female and 4 were male. Of the cats, 14 were female and 4 were male. One cat was so wild and mean that we had to put him in my Havahart trap and inject the anesthesia through the wires.

Ten more animals were scheduled but their owners did not cancel and did not come. I can't say I was disappointed. Our day was long enough as it was. We did have several people come without appointments and we were able to sterilize their animals.

We had a new volunteer, Virginia Fuentes, and she did a great job. Today she learned registration. At the next clinic she will learn other tasks such as giving pre-op and post-op injections.

This was another long, tiring day but as always, it was very emotionally and spiritually rewarding. This was our final clinic for 2014, and the next one, January 18, 2015 will be very full also. We already have 16 animals scheduled for January.

My employee's son (also named Jose) brought his female pit bull puppy to be spayed. By the evening she was doing great. He said his boss had taken the puppy's mother to a local vet, said to be the "least bad" in this area to be spayed. The vet charged him $150 and within 12 days the dog was dead. I can't count the number of dogs whose lives Dr. Tello has saved after they've been operated on by other vets. They've usually had massive infections inside.

Andrea Gonella is a man with a big heart who rescues many dogs. About six weeks ago he rescued a female dog that was near death from starvation. Now she's sleek and beautiful. At this clinic, where we sterilized her, she had been in heat and she was pregnant with 12 puppies! Now no more puppies for this wonderful dog.

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 came for a while and trained our new volunteer, Virginia Fuentes, to register people.  
Don Binder and Elsi Morales  weighed animals, gave the anesthesia injections, plus gave the pre-op injections of antibiotics and anti-inflammatory. He 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 and Maria Cristina Montenegro 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. 
Alex Rios cleaned 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: Lynn Longbons for the main dish, Don Binder for drinks and pineapple, and Marguerite Morris for  dessert. I took prunes and organic oranges from my trees for everyone to take home.

Income and expenses: 

$  740.00*

 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)
       15.00       cash donation by Lotti Gambetta (Boquete)
       15.00         cash donation by Janet Lee (Nueva Suisa)
      96.80         cash donation by Erica Astbury (Florida/Bocas) $100-3.20 PayPal fee
$  916.80         Total Cash Contributions

*Note: The $740.00 contributions by guardians/owners were for spaying and neutering only. Payments for other procedures/exams done by Dr. Tello were collected from owners and paid to Dr. Tello separately. Neither those payments or the charges for other services are  included in the income and expenses above.

At this November 23, 2014 clinic Dr. Tello sterilized 20 dogs and 18 cats. With my average costs of $25 per dog and $15 per cat, expenses were $770 plus $100 for rent of the building, for a total of $870. Income this month was $916.80, leaving an excess of $46.80. Therefore, my current out-of-pocket expenses are reduced to $1,313.14. 

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!


This happy female dog will not have
any more puppies!


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 2,721 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 2,850 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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