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Sunday,  October 18, 2015

33 animals were spayed/neutered by Dr. Andres Tello,
our wonderful veterinarian. 

At this  October 18, 2015 clinic Dr. Tello sterilized 17 dogs and 16  cats. Of the dogs, 14 were female and 3 were male. Of the cats, 13 were female and 3 were male.

 In addition to spaying a female dog, Dr. Tello removed her eye. The people called Jose the next day to say the dog was doing wonderfully, that she was running and playing, and didn't even seem to know she had had surgery--both for spaying and the removal of her eye. (That's the result of surgery done by a competent vet like Dr. Tello.)

In addition to spaying her, Dr. Tello also removed a large tumor from a female  Rottweiler. This was the largest dog we have had. She weighed 127 lbs. 

We had fewer than usual at this clinic. Just as we were finishing, someone without an appointment came with a cat. We sterilized the cat. Just as we were ready to close the doors, people arrived with their dog. They had had an appointment at 12:40. They arrived at that time and paid--but then left with their dog.  I had already put away the instrument and medications, but Dr. Tello kindly brought everything necessary from his truck and spayed their dog that was in heat.

One street dog: I had seen two dogs at the gas station on the right just as you come into Volcan.  On clinic morning Jose put a crate in my car and went to look for the dogs.  He managed to bring one, but the other one couldn't be found. We sterilized the one male dog, and we hope to bring the second one to our November clinic. I pay for street dogs to be sterilized.

No shows:

Edizon Flores - 1 female dog
Ricardo Gonzales - 1 female dog
Jose Sanchez - 1 female dog
Miriam del Cid - 2 female cats
Edwardo Bremmer - 2 female dogs
Laydis Calderon - 1 female dog
Negro Niche - 1 female cat ( not sure if this name is spelled correctly)
Joe Jones - 2 female dogs

It is inexcusable when people confirm they will be there and then just don't bother to show up OR call to cancel.  I wonder how many more dogs and cats will be born because of their owner's irresponsibility.

Our next clinic will be on November 22, 2015. Please call for an appointment right away because this clinic is already half full.  This will be  our final clinic for 2015. 


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.


Cristina Espinosa  handled registration.
Don Binder weighed animals and gave the anesthesia injections. He and Elsi Morales 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.
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. 
Alejandro Espinosa cleaned and sterilized the 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: Don Binder for the main dish and drinks, Lynn Gohman for desert, and Amanda Rankin for fruit.  

Income and expenses: 

$  490.00*

contributions by guardians/owners

      25.00     cash donation by Al Jan (Boquete)
      10.00     cash donation by Theresa Mnich (Volcan)
  1,000.00**     cash donation by  Charley Leves Van Clief **
 $1,525.00     Total Cash Contributions

*Note: The $490.00 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.

**I believe that Charley Leves Van Clief and his wife Ruth King still live in the Coronado area. They are very much involved in the welfare of animals, and from time to time they give a large donation for our clinics in Volcan. Thank you, Charley and Ruth! I can't even remember when my out-of-pocket expenses have been as low as they are for this month. Many thanks and hugs to you!

At this October 18, 2015 clinic Dr. Tello sterilized 17 dogs and 16 cats. With my average costs of $25 per dog and $15 per cat, expenses were $665.00 plus $100 for building rent for a total of $765. Income this month was $1,525 leaving a positive cash flow of $760. Thus my current out-of-pocket expenses are reduced to $528.00. 

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!

They love their doggie!

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Here in Volcan, our small group has been responsible for sterilizing 3,213 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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