|GATHERING CLOUDS – COSTCO PARKING LOT AT 7:30 IN THE MORNING|
White clouds and grey clouds gather in the mornings in anticipation of the rainy season, and later disperse. Air temperature is in the high 80´s, with humidity ranging between 60% and 70%. Water temperature in the bay is about 80 degrees farenheit and the manta rays and humans are enjoying it. Couples kiss beneath trees in the coolness of the isla Cuale. It´s unseasonably hot and humid.
|MEGAN Y LESLIE EN FRENTE DE LA ESCUELA EN VOLCANES|
Public school days are split in half between morning and afternoon classes. Eighty to eighty-five percent of the public school students (plus a small number of adults) go to the Community Education after or before their regular classes. The Education Project was founded in 2011 with the intention of breaking the cycle of poverty and is funded by Rotary Clubs and various individuals. In addition to Megan, there are two other teachers who give courses in computer and English without charge. These classes are not offered at the public school. There are families so impoverished that children are sent to school in the mornings without having eaten breakfast and to the afternoon sessions without lunch.
|COCINA/RESTAURANTE EN LA ESCUELA DE VOLCANES|
The Education Project donated a small kitchen/cafeteria to the public school. Scouts from Canada came down to start the the building, which was finished by the families of students. Twenty-five to thirty of the children from the poorest families are given either an oatmeal with raisins breakfast or a taco lunch. Both meals are served with water. The other children either bring their meals or are able to purchase three tacos (with water) for four pesos. There are also snacks to buy. I enjoyed a delicious taco lunch (25 pesos each for visitors) and a refreshing agua de jamaica (hibiscus water) on Monday and Wednesday. http://www.volcanesproject.com/
Leslie gave her education presentation to the morning students at the government school, and on Wednesday, we were in the Education Project building for the first day of the free spay/neuter clinics. Irene of Puro Gato brought twelve 8-10 week-old beautiful kittens, all of whom will be available for adoption next week.
|GATITOS RESCATADOS DE PURO GATO – EN ADOPCIÓN|
Although there was a long line of adults in children waiting for us before 9 AM, only two or three pet owners were turned away. At thirty-nine cats and dogs, we were over our limit for the day. A seven or eight-year old girl, whom Megan said was an excellent student, walked unprompted over to the donation box and put in a few coins. A mother of one of the boy students was watching and asked her son and a friend go to do the same.
|REGISTRANDO MASCOTAS – VOLCANES|
I noticed a medium-size, tan dog standing nearby that was obviously in heat. She was alone and wasn´t being registered. I asked a woman standing near the clinic if she knew whose dog it was. She pointed to a sweet-looking young girl with dust-caked hair in a dirty pink t-shirt. The dog had followed the girl to school. I told the woman that the dog needed to be spayed and then kept in an enclosed space for two weeks. On the streets, not only was the dog guaranteed to get pregnant, she was at great risk for TVT (transmissible veneral tumor). If spayed and then let loose, although the dog couldn´t get pregnant, she was subject to not only infection roaming the dusty roads, but would definitely be mounted and at great risk for injury due to the recent surgery. The scent of estrus lingers for two weeks. The woman shook her head and said the child´s mother wouldn´t care for the dog if she couldn´t care for her daughter. After I arrived back home and after sending sending emails to Megan and a few animal rescuers, Soraya of Puro Gato very generously agreed to foster this nice dog. “Canela” was spayed Thursday morning, and Frank Ohly, one of our regular star volunteers, gave her a ride to Soraya´s home that afternoon. In two weeks, Canela will be returned by Megan to the family, and if this hasn´t contacted TVT, Canela´s life has been saved.
“CANELA” – LA PERRITA QUE ESTABA EN CELO. NO ESTABA EL PRIMER DIÁI EN LA CLÍNICA POR CIRUGÍA – NADA MÁS PARA VISITAR A SU FAMILIA. EL DÍA SIGIENTE ESTABA OPERADA.
|“CANELA” EN CASA PUENTE DE PURO GATO PARA 2 SEMANAS|
I asked several residents why this far away from everything neighborhood was given the name of “volcanes” (“volcanoes”). Shrugs of shoulders and shy smiles. No one knew. Later in the day, when I was taking a photograph of boys in the rocky dirt school playground, I noticed the pointy little hills behind it, and thought perhaps this was why the place had gotten its unlikely name.
Thank you to Megan for contacting PEACEAnimals for a clinic in Volcanes. Thank you for the extraordinary work you are doing for the community. Thank you for helping save the children.
Female cats – 35; Male cats – 16; Female dogs- 61; Male dogs – 29 TOTAL: 141 CATS AND DOGS!!! Plus one pregnancy terminated for a cat with 6 fetuses.
PEACEAnimals is indebted to our fantastic team – Dr. Poli; Dr. Anthony; and Leslie Caratachea. This is very physical work and it is very intense work. These three people have a great love of animals and a passion for their work.
Lunch four days for the vet team from the school cafeteria
Joan Bates Appleyard – $180 USD via PayPal
Chris Townsend – $20 USD – whom I met while she was feeding cats on the isla Cuale and I was walking our dogs. Chris said she visits Vallarta from time to time and always feeds the cats here.
Amy Finch – $100 USD – earmarked for the clinic in Volcanes
Cheryll Conklin – $50 USD – earmarked for the clinic in Volcanes
Greater Good “Helping Pet Overpopulation in Mexico” – $88 USD
|MÁS DONACIÓNES EL LA CLÍNICA DE VOLCANES|
|BLANKITA RESCATADA Y ADOPTADA|
ADOPTED: “Blankita,” the little Chihuahua mix rescued by Karla in Boca de Tomatlán. Patricia Lupton fostered her and found a very good home for her on ranch north of Ixtapa. Blankita took immediately to the autistic young son in the family and reportedly loves being with different kinds of animals. Patricia very generously donated a bag of food and 1,000 pesos for vet expenses.
|LESLIE EN PRE-OP EN LA CLÍNICA DE VOLCANES|
SOS!!! If you can help cat lovers trap cats and kittens on the isla Cuale, please contact Shannon Beston – [email protected] There are MANY that need to get sterilized.
|DESPUÉS DE CIRUGÍA – VOLCANES|
|RESCATADA Y EN ADOPCIÓN – PURO GATO|
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June 3-June 6- NO clinic. Our vets will be in Manzanillo, in the nearby state of Colima, for a veterinary competition. Twenty-five veterinarian groups from all over México will be represented, with all expenses be paid for these teams.
June 10-13- Palmar de Progreso – avenida 16 de septiembre #870 – entre (between) calle musgo y calle remolacha- dos cuadras de secundaria foranea 78 (2 blocks from this school)
From Costco area go on Francisco Villa towards Pitillal . Go right on Calle Revolución. Go left on Calle Ecuador. Follow and stay on Calle Ecuador. About two blocks past Calle De Los Poetas and turn left on 16 de Septiembre . Go about 6 blocks to #870
Toma toda la avenida que lo lleva a UNIRSE, topa con el l crucero que tiene desviación al pitillal, donde hay un semáforo, dobla a la izquierda , pasa por los edificios de Vallarta 500 y en el siguiente semáforo, dobla a la derecha y esa avenida lo lleva a la UMA, sigue derecho pasa el crucero del rastro, y en el siguiente semáforo dobla a la derecha para que tome la avenida de los poetas, se sigue derecho pasa una gasolinera, y en seguida en ese crucero esta un kiosko.
Al llegar a este crucero, puede preguntar a cualquier persona en donde esta la secundaria del magisterio, y estamos a dos cuadras de esa escuela, sobre la misma avenida. No es tan complicado.
Si tiene algún problema para localizar el domicilio: 322 20 58665 María Eugenia García.
|JUNE 17-20: Colonia Villas del Puerto – Calle Faro #526 esq- Yelapa.
Se va camino a Sams, da vuelta a la izq. entrando por la aurora, llega a la glorieta, sigue y lugo vuelta a la izquierda por donde se van los camines.
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