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Sunday, July 24, 2016

45 animals were spayed/neutered by Dr. Andres Tello,
our wonderful veterinarian. Two dogs and one cat
were pregnant and aborted. Plus someone had shot a little male
 dog with a pellet gun near the penis and Dr. Tello discovered the
 pellet and removed it. He also examined the rear leg
of that same dog. It was broken in two places. A local vet
had said the leg "wasn't broken" and now it was too late
to do anything about it. Dr. Tello also removed a tumor from
a female dog, removed a hernia, and removed
a big Leishmanaisis wound from a dog's face.

At this  July 24, 2016 clinic Dr. Tello sterilized 25 dogs and 20 cats. Of the dogs, 21 were female and 4 were male. Of the cats, all 20 were female.

With so many female dogs and cats plus the other procedures, we had a long day. I didn't get home until 7:00 pm. We also had some injuries, mostly by cats. Don Binder and Amanda Dettloff were scratched/bitten, and John Gould suffered the worst. He had deep cat scratches and bites on both arms. In the future, we will have the owners of the cats get them out of the crates. Then we can handle them without injury from there.

We have now sterilized 3,560 dogs and cats. Be sure to see my Flickr Album for pictures. The link is near the bottom of this page. 

Marissa Troetsch brought still another animal to be sterilized, this time a male dog. She donated an extra $10 because our volunteers cut the dog's nails. That was sweet of her--we cut nails when necessary as a normal service.

Gisela Munoz and her husband from Bugaba brought a little female dog they adopted from the street. She was very pregnant. Thanks to their kindness and caring, they prevented the little dog from having more puppies and having a sad life on the street.

Our next clinic will be on  August 28, 2016. Please call for an appointment right away because the clinics fill up rapidly.

We had 4 last-minute cancellations and 13 no-shows at this clinic. Jose Espinosa calls everyone to confirm their appointments. When people who have appointments do not show up, without bothering to call and cancel, they will not be given another appointment. They are welcome to bring their animals but will have to wait while we take care of the animals that have appointments.

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!
Don Binder weighed animals and gave the anesthesia injections. He, Elcy 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. 
John Gould helped carry animals to and from surgery and did 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. Dee Braden accompanies us to clean and sterilize the tables with cloro.
Stephanie Rodriguez, Enid Maldonado, 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. Dee also helps organize and clean at the end of the day, and she comes to help when we prepare and clean for the following clinic.

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: The main dish from Susan Lovett, Don Binder provided drinks, Amanda Rankin brought fruit, and Linda Dettloff provided dessert.

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

Income and expenses: 

$  880.00*

contributions by guardians/owners


cash donation by Al Jan 

      10.00  cash donation by Marissa Troetsch
$  915.00  Total Cash Contributions

*Note: The $880 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 24, 2016 clinic Dr. Tello sterilized 25 dogs and 20 cats.  With my average costs of $25 per dog and $15 per cat, expenses were $925 plus $100 for building rent for a total of $1,025. Income this month was $915 leaving a deficit of $145 Therefore, my current out-of-pocket expenses are $1,120.29. 

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 3,560 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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