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Sunday, May 22, 2016

41 animals were spayed/neutered by Dr. Andres Tello,
 our wonderful veterinarian. Plus he removed a huge
venereal tumor from a male dog and he examined and
diagnosed a hind-leg limp of a dog. 

At this  May 22, 2016 clinic Dr. Tello sterilized 25 dogs and 16  cats. Of the dogs, 20 were female and 5 were male. Of the cats, 12 were female and 4 were male. With many large female dogs, we had a long day.

We have now sterilized 3,462 dogs and cats. Be sure to see my Flickr Album for pictures. The link is near the bottom of this page. 

During the April clinic, we "captured" two nearby dogs, a male and a female, and sterilized them. We have since seen the two dogs around the clinic area, and they came to visit us on clinic day. They are very friendly and were glad to see us.

A man brought his female puppy to be spayed. He said he would be leaving Panama in a few days and wanted to find a home for the puppy. Jose's cousin wants the puppy and I am fostering her while the cousin has her fence rebuilt. The puppy, Nia, is really cute!

Blessings and thanks to Roseanne Bateman and Marguerite Morris. They find homeless dogs at a local restaurant and bring them to be sterilized.

And a big thanks to our volunteer, Don Binder. Don installed a fan in the clinic washroom and installed a light in the bathroom!

Welcome to Enid Maldonado, our new volunteer. Enid is a Peace Corps worker in Panama now, and she will be helping at our clinics. She learned very rapidly at her first clinic and did a great job.

Our next clinic will be on  June 26, 2016. Please call for an appointment right away because the clinics fill up rapidly.

We had only 2 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.


Francia Pinedo handled registration. Francia did a great job and has agreed to be our permanent registrar.
Don Binder weighed animals and gave the anesthesia injections. He, Elsy Morales, and Amanda Dettloff 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. 
Enid Maldonado is a new volunteer. She learned to do many tasks at the clinic. Enid is a Peace Corps worker and we are very glad that she will be volunteering at the clinics.
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. Dee Braden accompanies us to clean and sterilize the tables with cloro.
Stephanie Rodriguez, Natalie Emmerich, 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: Dorreene Reynolds for the main dish, Don Binder for drinks and fruit, and Suzie Foster for dessert.

Please forgive me if I forgot to thank anyone who donated or contributed.

Income and expenses: 

$  850.00*

contributions by guardians/owners


  cash donation by Al Jan 

$  875.00  Total Cash Contributions

*Note: The $850 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 May 22, 2016 clinic Dr. Tello sterilized 25 dogs and 16 cats.  With my average costs of $25 per dog and $15 per cat, expenses were $865 plus $100 for building rent for a total of $965. Income this month was $875 leaving a deficit of $100.00 Therefore, my current out-of-pocket expenses are $758.54. 

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! See my Flickr web album HERE

Click on the first picture to see the captions and advance through all the pictures.


Here in Volcan, our small group has been responsible for sterilizing 3,462 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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