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Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 33 animals were spayed/neutered
by Dr. Andrés Tello, our wonderful veterinarian.
(Rosemary Rios, one of our dedicated volunteers, 
 also cleaned the teeth of several animals, and she and Dr. Tello
extracted teeth from several animals.)

I am devastated. about the death of my dog, Petey, who died early Saturday morning, March 21, 2015. See Petey's eulogy HERE.  It helped that I had to be very busy with the clinic the following day, even though I kept crying all day.

At this March 22nd, 2015 clinic Dr. Tello sterilized 18 dogs and 15 cats. Of the dogs,11 were female and 7 were male. (One was in heat and one was pregnant, but not too far along to prevent an abortion.) Of the cats, 10 were female and 5 were male. Also, Dr. Tello removed two tumors (not venereal). 

Fanny Romero brought a beautiful male dog that she had rescued about two weeks earlier. He had been tied up and mistreated. He is part Husky and part German Shepherd. Fanny had an emergency in Panama City and needed to leave that morning. I told her I would keep the dog at my house after he was sterilized and then we would try to find a good home for him.

Bless Dr. Tello. He said he could find a good home for the dog. After the dog was awake from the surgery, Jose took him to my house. (The dog also had a tumor on his side, which Dr. Tello removed.) After we completed the clinic, Dr. Tello came to my house and took the dog with him. 

I love happy endings! Thank you, Fanny, and thank you, Dr. Andres Tello!

Our next clinic will be on April 26, 2015. Please call for an appointment.

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

You may click the PayPal "Donate" button below to help the animals. It is to my personal PayPal account at muffiemae@gmail.com and your contribution will not be US tax deductible. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can use a credit card.  Please specify your payment is for  "friends or family" so that PayPal will not charge a fee and every penny will go for the animals. 

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--and provide transportation for those who need it. I have no offices, no salaries, no paid advertising. Every penny goes for the animals. This is a project from my heart, and I pay the deficits from my own pocket. 

Thank you in advance for future financial help, and thanks to everyone who has donated in the past.


Joselyn Espinosa and her sister Cristina Espinosa handled registration.. 
Don Binder and Elsi Morales  weighed animals, gave the anesthesia injections, plus 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. A new volunteer, Natalie Emerieh,  who works with the Peace Corps in the Cordellero,  began receiving some training today. She said she would be a regular volunteer for the time she is here in Panama.. 
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, Francia Pinedo, and Jenny Rodriguez 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. Also, Jenny's sister, Stehanie Rodriguez, came to assist today. We hope she will return in the future to help. She also did a great job.  She and Jenny helped to clean the instruments. 

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 the main dish, Don Binder for drinks plus I brought extra drinks, and thanks to Amanda Rankin for fruit, and Lynn Longbons for dessert.

Income and expenses: 

$  616.75*

contributions by guardians/owners

      25.00     cash donation by Al Jan (Boquete)
      25.00     cash donation by Marguerite Morris (Paso Ancho)
      50.00     PayPal donation by William Feader/Roseanne Bateman (Volcan)
      30.00     cash donation by Bruce Jarvis (Volcan) 
    500.00     cash donation by Ruth King/Charley Van Clief 
$1,246.75       Total Cash Contributions

Also, Regina Polo donated 7 boxes of 1cc syringes and various sutures for Dr. Tello. Thank you, Regina!

*Note: The $616.75 contributions by guardians/owners were for spaying and neutering only. Payments for other procedures were collected from owners and paid to Dr. Tello separately. Neither those payments nor the charges for other services are  included in the income and expenses above.

At this March 22, 2015 clinic Dr. Tello sterilized 18 dogs and 15 cats. With my average costs of $25 per dog and $15 per cat, expenses were $675.00 plus $100 for building rent for a total of $775.00. Income this month was $1,246.75 leaving an excess of $471.75. Thanks to your generous donations, my current out-of-pocket expenses are reduced to $ 519.75. It has been a LONG time since my deficit was under $1,000. So thanks very much to everyone! In the event we begin to have a surplus, perhaps we can think of other ways to spend any excess funds to help the animals! (And it would NOT be toward a "feeding station" for dogs  without any effort to get them sterilized so they continue to breed and produce even more puppies to die early deaths and/or suffer in the street.)

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!


It's heartwarming that so many
young people now know the benefits
of sterilizing their pets! Here Dr. Tello
is checking one of his patients. The 
young man loves his dog!


For other pictures taken during the
click HERE. Click on the first
image to enlarge it, then you can
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Here in Volcan, our small group has been responsible for sterilizing 2,992 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., nor the clinic we performed in Davila in which 35 dogs were sterilized.) 

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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