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  1. On May 20, 2018 at our 116th clinic, Dr. Tello spayed/neutered 47 dogs and cats. In addition, Dr. Tello performed several other procedures, including amputation of a dog's leg. http://spaypanama-chiriqui.org/116th.html See the information on my web page about the new law that could mean prison for animal abusers. They recently held a big training session for the Bocas del Toro area about preventing abuse of animals. In a picture, slide shows were presented and dozens of people were in attendance. Also good news is that the corregidurias, political appointees who have no real power, are being replaced by Justices of the Peace. They have more broad-reaching authority, including the power to levy fines and actually order people to jail. The clinics are a full-time job for me, but the work is a project from my heart, something I can't NOT do. I'm still bothered greatly when I see a suffering animal, or a female dog with big milk-filled teats. It's difficult for me to internalize the fact that we can't save them all. But we are making progress, both with the number of dogs and cats spayed/neutered and the fact that Panama is now serious about preventing animal abuse. As I created the web page for this 116th clinic, I happened to look back at the 8th clinic, which was on March 16, 2008-- exactly two years after we began the clinics. I was really excited to have rented the building that I still rent today. It is ideal for our purposes. http://spaypanama-chiriqui.org/Eighth.html. It is a very long web page but interesting to see where we were then and where we are now. As of that date, we had sterilized 378 animals, and to date the number is 4,417. Among the changes since then, the volunteers are all different today. In that web page, I mentioned the costs of certain medications and supplies. Like everything else, those costs are much higher now. And my phone numbers and email address are not the same as then. Also different from the earlier days: I walked door to door all over town each month, handing out literature about the benefits of sterilization and trying to sign people up for appointments. After I was able to stop doing that, then for a long time I put up 60 notices all over town each month, inviting people to register for the next clinic. Now, for a long time, it has been just word of mouth and clinics are full two months in advance. Good news in a way, and in another way, while people wait, puppies and kittens are being born to unsterilized dogs and cats. We will have two clinics in August to try to help this situation. Big thanks to Dr. Andres Tello, to all our volunteers, contributors whether financial or otherwise, and to the people who bring their animals to be sterilized. It is heartwarming to witness so many Panamanians who dearly love their pets! Big hugs, Dottie
  2. On May 21st, Dr. Tello sterilzed 23 dogs and 13 cats. Of the dogs, 19 were female and 4 were male. Of the cats, 6 were female and 7 were male. This brings our total of dogs and cats sterilized to 3,921. http://spaypanama-chiriqui.org/105th.html We are very fortunate to have such a skilled and compassionate veterinarian as Dr. Andres Tello! He is the best veterinarian I have ever known--anywhere. Dr. Tello also performed several examinations, removed two tumors, and performed a complicated surgery to remove an enormous ear hematoma. Sara Cotton brought this neighborhood dog (already spayed). Sara will give the dog the necessary treatment after the surgery. Sara has brought several dogs from her neighborhood to be sterilized and paid for the surgeries herself. Bless you, Sara! Regarding clinic costs: Now most (but not all) clients are able to pay $25 per dog and $15 per cat. However, costs still exceed income. Dr. Tello is the only one who is paid, but there is the cost of anesthesia, medications, supplies, and equipment--and of course rent for the building. The cost of the anesthesia alone is $3.80 per cc. No one is turned away for inability to pay, and we also give some "complimentary" sterilizations of dogs that wander near the clinic. Now we have another potential "mascot" that we want to neuter. Every time I go to the clinic, he accompanies the other local dogs we have sterilized. This one is still afraid of people, but little by little, he is gaining trust. I was recently able to feed him a treat by hand. Probably by the June or July clinic, we will be able to lure him into the clinic building to be neutered. Thanks to generous donations lately, my out-of-pocket expenses have been reduced significantly. (In the past the deficits have sometimes been more than $4,000.) Special thanks to our financial contributors! See the income and expense breakdown for this clinic on the web page. And see the link to the photo album on the web page, too. We had a BIG surprise when Danielle McGrath brought her dog Oscar for teeth cleaning. And she thought two molars would need to be extracted--there was a hole into the gum above two upper molars on each side of Oscar's mouth. But what a surprise! Dr. Tello found a stick embedded crosswise in Oscar's mouth, which created the holes above the teeth into the gum. It had been there for maybe a month and was partially dissolved by saliva. Danielle said Oscar never complains about anything, so she had no idea! Both Oscar and his sister Gracie are very lucky dogs. In November of 2015, I rescued the two puppies that were only about four weeks of age. Danielle adopted them both and they have a very good home. Our next clinic will be on June 18, 2017. Please call for an appointment right away. The clinics fill up rapidly. As always, many thanks to Dr. Tello, our volunteers, those who bring their animals to be sterilized, and everyone who contributes, whether financially or otherwise. TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE! Dottie
  3. After a welcome rest in December, we happily resumed the clinics on January 22nd. Dr. Tello sterilized 44 animals, which brings our total to 3,751. We would have had 18 more animals today, except 9 dogs and 9 cats were either last-minute cancellations or no-shows. See the web page at http://spaypanama-chiriqui.org/101st.html If you'd rather just see the photo album, the link is https://www.flickr.com/photos/panama_expat/sets/72157677863139431 We had a long but fairly uneventful day, except for two animals. One female dog had a venereal tumor. She had been spayed at our clinics three or four months ago, so obviously she was infected at the time and the tumor continued to grow. And one little dog, who had been bred many times, had a huge infected uterus filled with pus. She had had no obvious adverse symptoms but she soon would have died if she had not been spayed today. Besides preventing the suffering due to overpopulation, these are just two more reasons to sterilize both males and females before sexual maturity. Shortly before this clinic, someone asked me if I dread the clinics or look forward to them. My immediate reply was that I look forward to them. Helping so many animals--and their owners/guardians--is very heartwarming, not only to me but to our Dr. Andres Tello and to all of our volunteers. I consider it a privilege to be able to serve the animals and my community in this way. It is also very heartwarming to see so many youngsters bringing their pets. Education starts with the children! Dottie
  4. http://spaypanama-chiriqui.org/100th.html We had a grand celebration for our 100th clinic! See my web page for details. 45 animals were spayed/neutered by Dr. Andres Tello, our wonderful veterinarian, plus he performed 10 other procedures: exams, extracting teeth, removing growths from an already sterilized dog, etc. Three of my own dogs were among the 10 extra procedures. With one, he removed a growth from underneath her chin and recommended a medication for another condition she has. With another, he removed a growth on her gum in her mouth. At this November 20, 2016 clinic Dr. Tello sterilized 25 dogs and 20 cats. Of the dogs, 19 were female and 6 were male. Of the cats, 17 were female and 3 were male. This brings our total of sterilized dogs and cats to 3,707. We never know what will be necessary at a clinic, so thank God for the expertise of Dr. Tello. One small dog was in heat and she bled profusely during spaying because of the distended veins. Dr. Tello stopped the bleeding but said she needed a blood transfusion. Go to my web page and the link to my Flickr album to see pictures of how this blood transfusion was done. Please call for appointments for January 22nd. Call quickly because we already have 34 appointments on the list! (No clinic in December.) Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone! Dottie
  5. Every animal counts, but this was the fewest number of animals we sterilized at a single clinic in a LONG time. It was a disappointing day in that regard. See http://spaypanama-chiriqui.org/98th.html We have now sterilized 3,628 dogs and cats. We had six last-minute cancelations and 15 no-shows. Sometimes there are valid reasons for last-minute cancelations, but when people who have confirmed their appointments do not show up without bothering to notify us, it is rude and demonstrates disrespect for the doctor and our volunteers. Those inconsiderate people can bring their animals to subsequent clinics--but they will not be given appointments. They will be given a letter - A, B, C, etc., instead of a number and they will have to wait until we have time available for them. We do keep a list of people who fail to honor their confirmed appointments. ---------------- I want to extend a heartfelt thanks to each of our dedicated volunteers. Without them and our wonderful Dr. Andres Tello, these clinics would not be possible. When I remember the scores of starving, mange-ridden and dying dogs roaming the streets in Volcan before we began the clinics in March of 2006, the exponential increase that would have happened is too depressing to consider. Our next clinic will be on October 23, 2016. Please call for an appointment right away because the clinics fill up rapidly. And remember, our November clinic on the 20th will be the final one for 2016. For people who just want to see pictures taken during the clinic without reading the web page, here is the link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/panama_expat/sets/72157672887694950
  6. A record number for us in one day with one veterinarian! 53 animals were spayed/neutered by Dr. Andres Tello, our wonderful veterinarian. We have now sterilized 3,515 dogs and cats. Read all about our 95th clinic and be sure to see my Flickr Album for pictures at http://spaypanama-chiriqui.org/95th.html Our next clinic will be on July 24, 2016. Please call for an appointment right away because the clinics fill up rapidly. Many thanks to everyone who volunteers, donates, and brings their animals to be sterilized! Dottie
  7. 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. http://spaypanama-chiriqui.org/94th.html 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, Niña, 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. 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 the web page. Dottie
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