|PESCANDO EN PUNTA NEGRA|
At dawn at Punta Negra, the only people there were casting nets for small fish. Our three dogs ran back and forth on the beach while I swam in the warm, pale peridot-colored water. Overhead, frigates (called”tijeras” by locals, which means “scissors” for their split tail feathers) made wide circles, swooping down frequently to scoop up fish.
|TIJERAS EN PUNTA NEGRA PESCANDO. PUNTA NEGRA ESTÁ NOMBRA PARA LA PUNTA DE PIEDRAS NEGRAS. FRIGATES CIRCLING OVERHEAD. THE BEACH IS NAMED FOR THE BLACK, ROCKY POINT.|
A thirty-minute fast drive south to another kind of beauty – a private nursery specializing in fruit trees and the most extensive collection of the heliconia species in all of Mexico.
|CARMEN DE ALBA CON YAKA EN UN VIVERO PRIVADO AL SUR DE VALLARTA-JACKFRUIT PLANT.|
My friend Carmen de Alba and I spent an hour touring the gardens with the owner, sampling the few fruits that had fruited and learning the proper names of the many exotic plants. I brought home white ginger, an extremely fragrant jasmine, and have ordered seeds for a cocoa tree and a few other beautiful plants.
In the opposite direction, MOJONERAS is a colonia thirty minutes northeast of Vallarta by car and sixty minutes by bus. It is dusty place with very little beauty.
|PLAZA DE MOJONERAS|
There is a cement park with very small grassy area, some trees and a bandstand. A very drunk man with a grey moustache and very few front teeth asks me to take his picture next to two shaggy dogs seeking shade. He tells me they are not his dogs, but that they´re “very nice.”
|PERROS BUSCANDO SOMBRA EN EN EL PARQUE DE MONJONERAS. ESTE SEÑOR DIJO QUE NO ERAN LOS SUYOS PER QUE ERAN MUY NOBLES.|
Two women wearing cotton print dresses walk by, holding up black umbrellas to protect them from the burning sun. I see a small black and tan unaltered dog near the vegetable and fruit stand across from the bandstand and ask if there is an owner. No. Two young boys approach and I give them 20 pesos to have them walk the dog a block to the clinic. Yellow-shirted young children stand in line in the schoolyard waiting for a turn in the jumpy house. I take a photo and a smiling, plump woman approaches the fence and apologetically tells me photographs are not allowed.
|LIMPIO (CLEAN) PARQUE EN MOJONERAS|
The clinic was held in a government building around the corner from the primary school. There were two new fans this week, purchased because the heat and humidity (temperatures in the high 80´s with over 70% humidty) were causing cats in the recovery area to pant while still sedated. Also there, a very large dark grey and white Pit Bull that looked exactly like the photograph of one in an SOS post for an abandoned Pittie from another colonia. The dog at the clinic was in fact a rescue and had been brought in from another neighborhood.
|PIT BULL RESCATADO EN OTRA COLONIA Y FUÉ TRAIDO POR SU RESCATADORA A LA CLÍNICA EN MOJONERAS|
Josué, a sweet, round-faced ten-year old, was there every day to volunteer. I remembered him from last year, when he also helped daily at the clinic. The pet registration form has questions to answer, including, “Did your pet eat this morning?” The small black street dog vomited a couple of times after being tranquilized, which gave the answer to the of the food question. When I asked Josué to please clean up after the dog, he looked very surprised and asked, “why me?” Leslie, our vet tech, replied that it was part of a day at a clinic.
|JOSUÉ CON EL PERRITO NEGRO DE LA CALLE QUE FUÉ ESTERILIZADO|
Although the neighborhood was very quiet, with very few people out on the streets, Dr. Poli said that Mojoneras is a “very rough” area. He mentioned that at night there are gang members, mostly from southern Mexico, who come out with guns and machetes. Our housekeeper is from Mojoneras and says that she never goes out after dark.
MAY MARKS THE THIRD YEAR OF PEACEANIMALS MOBILE FREE SPAY/NEUTER CLINICS. DURING THESE PASTTHREE YEARS, OUR EXCELLENT VET TEAM HAS STERILIZED MORE THAN 12,000 CATS AND DOGS. OUR MISSION IS TO HELP PREVENT THE FUTURE SUFFERING OF ANIMALS. THESE CLINICS DO THAT. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF THIS IMPORTANT ENDEAVOR.
PEACEANIMALS BOARD NEWS: Ken Dahl agreed this week to serve on the board of directors. He is a great addition to our talented and commited group of individuals. Ken has extensive experience in Corporate Financing, Mergers, Acquisitions and Corporate Restructuring efforts. He is currently General Director of Riviera Ventures S.A. de C.V., a Residential Developer located in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Ken also provides assistance to various local entities involved in the areas of education, healthcare and daycare for underprivileged children. Ken currently serves as president of the board of directors of PEACE USA and as treasurer of the Robert and Patricia Dahl Family foundation, and has been a full-time resident of Puerto Vallarta since 2007.
|KEN DAHL – NUEVO MIEMBRO DE LA MESA DIRECTIVA DE PEACEANIMALS|
CAT NEWS: Puro Gato reports at least fifteen new cats and kittens have been abandoned on the isla cuale this past week. There are mamas with babies and babies by themselves. Shannon Beston, who feeds the island cats daily, has more than 20 rescued kittens from the island in her office now.
|UNOS DE LOS GATITOS RESCATADOS DE LA ISLA CUALE POR SHANNON BESTON Y PARA ADOPCIÓN|
|OTRO RESCATADO Y PARA ADOPCIÓN – CONTACTO: [email protected]|
Kittens are almost always easier to find homes for than adult cats. I have been feeding four homeless cats for a couple of years that stay two blocks from our home. I have known the scruffy white and grey cat for the ten years I have lived here. For the first few years, I called him the “devil cat” because he was very wild and frequently climbed over our walls to fight with our seven cats. With time and by feeding him, he became tame (and rather plump) and I was able to take him to a PEACEAnimals clinic for neutering. He found shelter in an abandoned house with a male tabby, a black male with a white stripe down its nose and a long-haired, black female cat. I took them all for spay and neuter to our clinics and fed them. Anna Laurita, owner and teacher at the wonderful DavannaYoga, made sure they were fed when I was away. The abandoned house has now been boarded up and is being convered into a restaurant.
|VIVIENDO EN LA CALLE 10 AÑOS. CARIÑOSO Y NECESITA HOGAR. CONTACTO: [email protected]|
Last week, after having fed all of the cats in the morning, I found the black female lying dead on the sidewalk near their feeding place in the late afternoon. There was no foam near her mouth, which would indicate a poisoning – just a small amount of blood next to her body. I believe it was “Paco,” a dog that I had taken to be neutered, who had killed her. Although he apparently has an owner, Paco is always on the streets and I had seen him viciously attack two streets cats in the past. They were able to escape. The little black cat apparently had no place no run to in time. She was sweet and she was confident and I feel very sad about this.
|MANCITOS, AMOROSOS, ESTERILIZADOS – 2-3 AÑOS DE EDAD – NECESITAN HOGARES – [email protected]|
The scruffy cat is about ten years old and has become an angel. He´s the one who seems more interested in receiving pats and rubs than eating. The other two males are two or three years old. They would all make great pets. The only shelter from the sun and from the rains that will soon arrive, is under cars parked on Aldama street between Guadalupe Sanchez Miramar in centro They need homes. I will be happy to deliver one or all to you. Please contact me.
|NUESTRO VOLUNARIO JOSUÉ CON EL CACHORRITO RESCATADO POR LESLIE Y EN ADOPCIÓN. FUÉ ESTERILIZADO EN LA CLÍNCA DE MOJONERAS.|
RESCUED: A beautiful three-month old male Chihuhaua – by Leslie Caratachea, vet tech and education director of PEACEAnimals. Leslie saw him on the sidewalk, where neighbors said the puppy´s owner had put it because he didn´t want a dog anymore. The puppy was at the clinic on Thursday and is now spayed and ready for adoption. Contact Leslie via FB if interested.
|TIRADA, RESCATADA Y PARA ADOPCIÓN. TIENE 3 MESES Y ESTÁ ESTERILIZADA||. EN ADOPCIÓN.|
CONTACTO: Leslie Caratachea por FB
STERILIZATIONS IN IXTAPA – MAY 11-14 – Female dogs – 35; Male dogs – 20
Female cats – 34; Male cats – 28 – TOTAL: 117
DONATIONS IN IXTAPA -1,200 pesos
STERILIZATIONS IN MOJONERAS – May 18-21- Male dogs-19; Female dogs – 30; Malecats – 14; Female cats – 39 TOTAL: 102
|GATOS RECUPERANDO DESPUÉS DE ESTERILIZACIÓN – MOJONERAS|
DONATIONS IN MOJONERAS -930 PESOS
DONATIONS TO PEACEANIMALS: Paula Sendar – $50 USD – In memory of “Hamlet,” the ten-year old Corgi of board members Matt Messner and Neil Sechan. Hamlet died after a long, happy, healthy and very loved life.
Pamela Evans – a used, medium-size dog crate, used sheet and two small used blankets
|“PANCHITO” EL AÑO PASADO- TENÍA SARNA Y ESTABA MUY DEMACRADO|
HAPPY ENDING! Monica Díaz had sent me photos and the story of a rescued dog named “Panchito” last year for this blog. He was suffering from terrible mange and extreme malnutrition. The blog asked for help, and it was received. On Saturday, Monica emailed to tell me that Panchito is now a lifeguard in Pasitos de Guayabitos.
|PANCHITO AHORA TRABAJA COMO SOCORRISTA|
AMAZONSMILE – PEACEAnimals is now able to receive donations from Amazon Smile. Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organizations selected by their customers. https://smile.amazon.com/ch/47-4752247
EDUCATION PROGRAM: Tuesday, the day before our first surgery week clinic, is the day Leslie Caratachea hopes to visit schools. Tuesday, May 10th, was Mother´s Day in Mexico and extra classroom time was devoted to mothers. Tuesday, May 17th, was “Teacher´s Day,” and devoted to teachers.
|ESCUELA PRIMARIA EN MOJONERAS CELEBRANDO LOS MAESTROS. PRIMARY SCHOOL IN MOJONERAS CELEBRATING TEACHERS.|
May 25-28 – calle Lázaro Cárdenas #243 esquina Juárez – el Pitillal
Directions: Pass the church on your left and plaza on the right and go 2 blocks and turn right on Lazaro Cardenas. Go about 2 blocks till you get to Juarez.
June 1-4 – calle 5 de mayo #72 – col. tierra blanca en la localidad de San Juan de Abajo, Nayarit
|LESLIE Y NUESTRO VOLUNTARIO, JOSUÉ, CON PERRITO ANTES DE ESTERILIZACIÓN – MOJONERAS|
June 8-11 – las Varas, Nayarit –
October 26-29 – San Vicente, Nayarit
November 9-12 – La Peñita, Nay. (Pets for Life)
November 16 – Oaxaca (Pets for Life)
|DR. POLI RECIBIENDO UNA LLAMADA IMPORTANTE DURANTE CIRUGÍA. DR. POLI RECEIVING AN “SOS” DURING SURGERY – MOJONERAS.|
CALENDAR FOR SPECIAL SUNDAY ONE-DAY CLINICS ON THE ISLA CUALE, WHERE SO MANY CATS AND KITTENS ARE ABANDONED. PURO GATO WILL HOLD ADOPTIONS ON THE ISLA FROM 11-2 ON THESE SAME DATES.
Junio 5 -domingo – SHANNON BESTON
July 3 – domingo – PEACEAnimals
Diciembre 4- domingo – PURO GATO
THE ABOVE GROUPS HAVE HIRED AND WILL PAY PETS FOR LIFE 4,500 PESOS FOR THE STERILIZATION OF 30 ANIMALS. IF NUMBERS ARE GREATER, THE SAME ORGANIZATIONS WILL REQUEST DONATIONS FROM THEIR SUPPORTERS TO MAKE UP THE DIFFERENCE. For each cat or dog over the number 30. sponsors of the Sunday clinics will be charged 150 pesos.
PEACEAnimals does not buy advertising or pay for posters, flyers, megaphone announcers or locations. All monies raised go directly to actual costs of the clinics.
|LESLIE – CLÍNICA EN MOJONERAS|
All pet registration forms with signatures of owners or rescuers are submitted by Dr. Poli to the local department of health, with copies to PEACEAnimals.
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WE NEED DONATIONS OF USED AND NEW KENNELS FOR CATS AND DOGS OF ALL SIZES.
LINEA DESIGNADA PARA DIRECIÓNES Y COMO LLEGAR (EN ESPAÑOL) A LAS CLÍNICAS CADA SEMANA: (322) 113 3955
PARA REPORTAR ABUSO A LOS ANIMALES – 293 3690