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Sunday, March 20, 2016

43 animals were spayed/neutered by Dr. Andres Tello,
our wonderful veterinarian, plus he removed two minor tumors
from a male dog.

At this  March 20, 2016 clinic Dr. Tello sterilized 32 dogs and 11  cats. Of the dogs, 24 were female and 8 were male. Of the cats, 8 were female and 3 were male.

We have now sterilized 3,377 dogs and cats. Be sure to see my Flickr Album for pictures. The link is near the bottom of this page. 

Rosemary Rios did a deep cleaning of my little dog Happy's teeth. And she had to extract one bad molar, which was difficult. Happy's breath had been awful, but now it is sweet and clean smelling. She survived the dental procedure quite well. When she woke up from the anesthesia and Jose brought her home, she ate a full meal.

The day went very smoothly but it was a long one. And we had more animals with lots of fleas than we've seen in a long time.

At about 6:30 we had everything packed up and in my car, ready to leave. Dr. Tello had just finished aspirating a ganglion cyst from my wrist. Most volunteers had gone, leaving only me and Jose, Dr. Tello, Dee Braden and Stephanie Rodriguez. We had already locked the front door when we saw a skinny little female dog nearby. As always, I had dried food in my car. I put some on the porch. She was scared but hungry enough to come eat it. 

Me: "I wish we could spay her."
Dr. Tello: "Do you want to?"
Me: "Right now?"
Dr. Tello: "Yes."

Jose managed to capture her. We unlocked the building, unpacked the necessary supplies, and Dr. Tello spayed her right then. He operated on the side because she was still nursing puppies. He wouldn't even let me pay him for that dog. We love that wonderful man! Not only is he the most skilled, competent vet I've ever known, he also has such a very kind heart.

Our next clinic will be on  April 17, 2016. Please call for an appointment right away because the clinics fill up rapidly.

We had only 6 no-shows at 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.


Norma Serracin handled registration.
Don Binder weighed animals and gave the anesthesia injections. He, Elsy Morales, and her son Cristhian 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. John Gould graciously volunteered to come help lift animals and do whatever else was necessary.
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.
Stephanie Rodriguez, Natalie Emmerich, Francia Pinedo, and Rosemary Rios assisted Dr. Tello. They gave post-op injections of B-12 and antiparasite. They dressed the incisions,  applied flea and tick treatment, tattooed the ears of female dogs, and generally checked the well being of the animals. 
Dee Braden cleaned and sterilized the instruments. As a former surgical nurse, Dee knows exactly what instruments to take to Dr. Tello for male or female dogs and cats.

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, Don Binder for drinks and fruit, and Roseanne Bateman for desert.

Income and expenses: 

$  670.00*

contributions by guardians/owners

       75.00      cash donation by Azel Ames
       70.00**      cash donation by Bill & Leslie Williamson (Canada)
       25.00     cash donation by Al Jan 
$   840.00     Total Cash Contributions

*Note: The $670.00 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.

**Bill and  Leslie Williamson had visited Panama and were staying with Lynn and Jerry Longbons in Chiriqui. Lynn brought them to visit me. We all had a very nice chat, they got to meet some of my small and medium-size dogs that climbed all over them, and they gave the generous donation of $70. Thank you, Bill and Leslie! And do come back to visit us--hopefully during a time when you can visit one of our clinics.

At this March, 2016 clinic Dr. Tello sterilized 32 dogs and 11 cats. (I'm only including expenses for the cats and 31 dogs, because Dr. Tello would not accept payment for spaying the final dog we captured.) With my average costs of $25 per dog and $15 per cat, expenses were $940 plus $100 for building rent for a total of $1,040. Income this month was $840.00 leaving a deficit of $200. Therefore, my current out-of-pocket expenses are $355.89. Thanks very much to everyone! 

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!




Be sure to see all the photos taken during the clinic! (To heck with Google/Picasa. They are discontinuing Picasa web albums so I've switched to Flickr.)

Click HERE.


Here in Volcan, our small group has been responsible for sterilizing 3,377 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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