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Sunday, May 24, 2015 - 29 animals were spayed/neutered 
by Dr. Andrés Tello, our wonderful veterinarian. And Rosemary Rios, our excellent volunteer, cleaned the teeth of one dog.

At this April May 24th, 2015 clinic Dr. Tello sterilized 19 dogs and 10  cats. Of the dogs, 16 were female and 3 were male. Of the cats, 8 were female and 2 were male.

Dr. Tello also examined one dog that was pregnant and ready to deliver within a week. He does not do late-term abortions. An expat brought the dog that belongs to her neighbor. Hopefully we can spay the mama dog in June, and the puppies in July.  

Clay Conn found a homeless dog behind Romero and brought her to the clinic. She was in  terrible condition. Someone had apparently hit her in one eye with a rock or stick, and she was covered with lice. Sadly, under the circumstances, it was best that Dr. Tello euthanize her, which he did.

We had 46 animals on the list but we had 16 no-shows. This is inexcusable because we call everyone on Thursday and Friday before the Sunday clinic to confirm appointments. We understand if something unavoidable happens at the last minute, and sometimes people call even as late as the morning of the clinic to reschedule. That's acceptable, and we reschedule them for the following month. 

But I keep a list of those inconsiderate people who just didn't bother to come or to call and cancel. They can come to future clinics, but instead of registering and receiving a number, they are given a letter: A, B, C, etc. and they have to wait until there's time for them. Sometimes they have to wait all day, until the last scheduled animal has been operated on. Tough!. The clinics are CHEAP! We not only provide our excellent veterinarian, but also provide the costly anesthesia and the animals also receive injections of antibiotics, pain meds, vitamin B-12, antiparasite, flea and tick treatment, clipping of nails, cleaning of ears, etc. Inconsiderate people have to wait until the animals of the responsible people have been served.

In addition to her own female dog, Amelia Mojica brought a homeless female dog that stays around the Poli Clinic. A doctor there gives the dog some food, but he refused to pay the very cheap cost to have her spayed.  (If she wasn't spayed, what would happen to all the puppies she would have?) Some people, including this doctor, are very irresponsible and short sighted.

Amelia kindly brought the sweet dog (appropriately named Poli). Amelia paid part of the fee to sterilize Poli and I paid the rest. I simply can't understand a doctor being so cheap, uncaring, and short sighted.

One person brought a mama dog and her 4 small puppies. Click the link below for the Picasa web album to see a two-pound puppy recovering from the anesthesia after being sterilized. Dr. Tello can safely perform pediatric sterilizations.

Despite sterilizing fewer animals than I'd hoped, we had an unusually frustrating and "messy" day: numerous cases of diarrhea, vomiting, peeing on the floor. One cat had eaten a bird and vomited feathers, bones, and all the rest. She had been anesthetized and Don had a big job of cleaning out her mouth after all the vomiting.

We close the front door when we are ready to anesthetize a cat. I had loaned a crate for some people to transport a very wild cat, but before being injected with anesthesia, it got   loose inside the clinic. What a mess! The cat jumped and ran all over the tables, running up walls, knocking off food, instruments, etc. from the tables. Finally, when the cat was on top of a valance above a window, Dr. Tello was able to give it a very quick injection of anesthesia and the cat was finally asleep.

Thankfully, the cat didn't knock off and break any of the very expensive bottles of medications from the tables. But the cat created an intensive cleanup for us. (We should have had the owners do the cleanup!) 

Francia Pinedo, a volunteer, slipped on some food and rice on the floor, fell down, and sprained her wrist. I had taken some homemade salami, which hardly anyone got to sample because the cat knocked it onto the floor. He knocked other foods to the floor as well.

All this for only $15 to sterilize a cat. We should charge triple for something like this!

Other than the numerous clean-up jobs during the day, plus the mess and chaos caused by that particular cat, we still had a satisfying day. We are happy to have prevented the births of many, many dogs and cats that would have ended up homeless, starving, and dying a lonely, painful death.

Our next clinic will be on June 28th. Again, I will schedule up to 50 to allow for last-minute cancellations and no-shows.  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. 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. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can use a credit card.   

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.. Joselyn also learned to give injections and perform other pre-op tasks. (Elsi Morales, a regular volunteer, is a wonderful teacher.) Joselyn said she really liked learning the other responsibilities. (See the next paragraph about some of the other jobs Joselyn performed. with the training of Elsi and Don.)
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. 
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 following the Sunday clinics to clean and organize for the next one and bring home the many blankets to wash.
Rosemary Rios, Francia Pinedo, and Stephanie 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.
Alex Rios helped to clean and sterilize the surgical instruments.

As always, 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: Rosemary Rios and her mother Olinka for the main dish, Azel Ames for drinks, Marguerite Morris for desert, and Amanda Rankin for fruit. 

Income and expenses: 

$  545.00*

contributions by guardians/owners

      25.00     cash donation by Al Jan (Boquete)
      48.25     donation by Fran Hogan, Boquete (50.00 minus 1.75 PayPal fee)
      50.00     Pay Pal donation by Susan and Pat Farrell, Boquete (no PayPal fee because they signified the payment was for "friends or family.")
      48.25     donation by Maureen Pilsen, Boquete (50.00 minus 1.75 PayPal fee)
$   716.50       Total Cash Contributions

*Note: The $545 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.

Thanks also to John and Heidi Gould for the donation of a large animal crate.

We frequently transport animals to/from the clinics, so if anyone else has crates to donate, we will appreciate it very much!

Also, I need extra crates at my house to use when I'm fostering a dog and giving him/her treatment for necessary conditions. I have a "foster dog" at my house right now. "Max" was neutered at our clinic. Francia Pinedo, one of our volunteers, will adopt him, but he has a horrible problem with raw, bleeding ears. I will keep him and treat him for at least least three weeks of twice-daily treatment that will be required until he is ready for his home with Francia. (He is a VERY sweet dog! I wish I had room to keep all of the rescues!)

I also keep a cone collar on Max so he can't remove the medication from his ears. Much of the time I keep him in a place separate from my other dogs, but I've recently been giving him access to some of my other dogs. (No way should anyone toss a "new" dog into a pack unless they have supervised control of the "meetings." (Chaos and death could result!)

Max is a very sweet dog. For now, I'm keeping the two most aggressive of my dogs in their crates while I allow Max to interact with the other dogs.  Soon he will be able to intermingle with them all. Poor baby, though. He's at a disadvantage for play while wearing his cone collar. (It is necessary, though.)

At this May 24, 2015 clinic Dr. Tello sterilized 19 dogs and 10 cats. With my average costs of $25 per dog and $15 per cat, expenses were $625.00 plus $100 for building rent for a total of $725.00. Income this month was $716.50 leaving a deficit of $8.50. Thanks for everyone's generous donations. My current out-of-pocket expenses are $565.00. 

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!


Joselyn Espinosa has assisted with registration, but today was her first time to learn about giving various injections. She did a great job!

For other pictures taken during the
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Here in Volcan, our small group has been responsible for sterilizing 3,043 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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