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Sunday, July 19, 2015

42 animals were spayed/neutered by Dr. Andres Tello,
our wonderful veterinarian. In addition,
he removed a huge mammary tumor from a female dog
and performed abortions for two cats.

At this July 19, 2015 clinic Dr. Tello sterilized 28 dogs and 14  cats. Of the dogs, 22 were female and 6 were male. Of the cats, 11 were female and 3 were male.

Welcome home to Don Binder! For the June clinic he was in the US visiting kids and grandkids. We missed him.

Roberto, the old man who brought six dogs to the last clinic, brought two puppies to this clinic. Both were sterilized and both were adopted. Good news!

A friendly female dog wandered onto the porch of the clinic and we spayed her. Clay Conn said he would take the dog home with him and care for her overnight.

Jerry Parker, an expat, says his neighbor's female dog comes around his house every day for attention and food--and she had just gotten pregnant. He asked to borrow a crate so he could try to bring her to be spayed.

Hanny and Gijis Hoogerkamp and Marion Torgany  visited us from Porterillos Arriba and they accompanied Jerry. However, they were unsuccessful in finding the dog. Very sad, because she will be too far along for an abortion at the August 23rd clinic. But Jerry prepaid for spaying the dog after she gives birth and gave me the owner's contact information. And hopefully we can sterilize the puppies when they are old enough. Dr. Tello can safely sterilize puppies and kittens at two months of age.

A note about the Hoogerkamps: They have built La Casa de los Animales  in Potrerillos Arriba, a private small-scale animal care center, where neglected, abandoned, wounded or orphaned dogs and cats could recover and be prepared for a second chance in life. See  https://www.facebook.com/ casadelosanimales.

The Hoogenkamps obtained the necessary permits and spent their own money to develop this facility. Unfortunately, however, thus far they have been unable to open because of continued opposition by expat neighbors--whom I'm told would not be affected in the slightest by the facility. Very sad. There are people who care about the welfare of animals and do something about it, even while others try to impede them. Send Hanny a note of encouragement if you wish: hanny@hoogerkamp.nl

We had six no-shows today, including a female dog with a mammary tumor. Unfortunate, because removing a tumor is an additional cost, and the bigger the tumor, the more the cost. (Why do people wait so long? The mammary tumor Dr. Tello removed today was huge!)

Our next clinic will be on August 23rd. 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. 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  handled registration.
Joselyn's sister, Cristina, assisted Don Binder with pre-op injections. 
Don Binder weighed animals and gave the anesthesia injections. He and Cristina 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, applied flea and tick treatment, and performed whatever other duties were needed. 
Jose Espinosa, my permanent employee, also drives my car to provide transportation for animals when necessary. Then Jose and I go to the clinic building the following week to clean, bring home blankets to wash, and organize for the next one.
Rosemary Rios, Francia Pinedo, and Stephanie Rodriguez assisted Dr.Tello, gave post-op injections of B-12 and antiparasite. They dressed the incisions,  tattooed the ears of female dogs, generally checked the well being of the animals. They and Alex Rios cleaned and sterilized 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: Susan Lovett for the main dish, Cindy Schultz for drinks, Theresa Mnich for desert, and Amanda Rankin for fruit. 

Income and expenses: 

$  585.00*

contributions by guardians/owners

      25.00     cash donation by Al Jan (Boquete)
      40.00     cash donation Paula Ayers
      20.00     cash donation anonymous, David
     20.00     cash donation by anonymous, David
$  690.00       Total Cash Contributions

*Note: The $585 contributions by guardians/owners were for spaying and neutering only. Payments for other procedures were paid to Dr. Tello separately. Neither those payments nor the charges for other services are  included in the income and expenses.

At this July 19, 2015 clinic Dr. Tello sterilized 28 dogs and 14 cats. With my average costs of $25 per dog and $15 per cat, expenses were $910.00 plus $100 for building rent for a total of $1,.010. Income this month was $690 leaving a deficit of $320. My current out-of-pocket expenses are $1,192.75. (I paid for 9 dogs and 1 cat at this clinic. Without your donations my deficit would have been much larger. Thank you very much!)

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!

Clay Conn brought this adorable puppy. Even though I already have 14 dogs, I would have seriously considered adopting this one. Except she belongs to an little Indio girl who told Clay, "Be sure to bring back my Princesa."

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Here in Volcan, our small group has been responsible for sterilizing 3,139 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
skype:  muffiemae

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