The beach where most tourists go is los muertos (“the dead ones”). There may have been a cemetery nearby long ago, or perhaps it was named after some drownings. It is a fairly long and narrow beach, with many restaurants, umbrellas and licensed beach vendors dressed in white selling pareos, clothing, bedspreads, baskets and jewelry. During high season, los muertos is very crowded, and on week-ends throughout the year, locals flock to the part of the beach that is closest to the very modern pier. Like California beaches, the water is never very clear, and the waves, although sometimes big, break too close to shore to be able to ride them.
|3 FOTOS DE CONCHAS CHINAS – UNA DE MIS PLAYAS FAVORITAS|
There are beautiful beaches for snorkeling and bodysurfing just outside town to the south. My favorites beaches – Punta Negra, Conchas Chinas and Las Gemelas – are all “blue” beaches, which means they are cleaned daily and no dogs off leash allowed. Punta Negra does allow dogs off leash on the north side of the black rocks. Take an umbrella and food or water to these three beaches. There is little or no shade, hardly ever a beach vendor – but the water is beautiful and the beaches never many people except on Saturday afternoons and Sundays when the locals aren´t at work.
|LAS GEMELAS (“THE TWINS”) NOMBRADO PORQUE HAY UNA PLAYA APARECIDA AL OTRO LADO DE LAS ROCAS. NAMED BECAUSE THERE IS A SIMILAR BEACH ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE LARGE ROCKS.|
Pitillal, although part of the municipality of Vallarta, and only a 20-25 minute drive from centro, seems like its own town. There may be more people living there than in Vallarta proper, and it´s a very busy place. A pretty church built in the colonial style faces the main plaza, and the side streets are filled with shops and restaurants.
|CORN TORTILLA FACTORY CLOSE TO CLINIC IN EL PITILLAL – TORTILLERÍA EN EL PITILLAL|
The clinic took place four blocks off of the main plaza in a bodega that is normally rented by its owner as a party location. The space was donated to PEACEAnimals. On Wednesday, our first clinic day every week, I brought a donated kennel and some of the thousand educational coloring books for children that bring in pets for spay/neuter. Thirty-one cats and dogs arrived, including four kittens and a feral cat rescued from the isla Cuale by Puro Gato. The adult grey cat will be returned to the isla and hopefully homes found soon for the pretty orange and white kittens. Last week Puro Gato brought ten rescue kittens to the clinic in Mojoneras.
Lunch for the vet team and volunteers was donated by Candora Tacos. Jeanne Lapointe, from Montreal, was one of the volunteers on a very hot day. She is a vet student from Montreal and will be working at the LADRA refuge/boarding facility for two months.
|NIÑOS TIRANDO PIEDRAS Y RAMAS PARA NUESTROS PERROS EN EL RÍO CUALE. LOS REGALÉ FOLLETOS EDUCACIONAL PARA COLAREAR DE PEACEANIMALS. YOUNG CHILDREN THROWING ROCKS AND BRANCHES FOR OUR DOGS AT THE LOW CUALE RIVER.|
I took half-a-dozen to the five and six–year old boys who play every day after school in the río cuale under the hanging bridge closest to the beach. They are there every afternoon after school and stay until their mothers finish work at the nearby mercado artenasía. The river is extremely shallow now and will remain so until the rains.
Although there is a large trash can on the sidewalk above the river bank, a lot of trash is either left or thrown out by the river. I was happily surprised and appreciative to see a young man collecting bags of it one later afternoon.
|SIDEWALK BY THE ARTISAN MERCADO AND NEXT TO THE RÍO CUALE – BANQUETA A UN LADO DEL RÍO CUALE Y CERCA DEL MERCADO ARTENASÍA|
|HAY UN CUBO EN LA BANQUETA ARRIBA, PERO SIEMPRE TIRAN BASURA EN LA ORILLA DEL RÍO|
|UN JOVEN RECOGIENDO BASURA DE LA ORILLA POR LO BIEN DEL RÍO Y DE LA BAHÍA|
STERILIZATIONS IN PITILLAL – MAY 25-28 – Female dogs – 52;Male dogs -23; Female cats – 41; Male cats –27 TOTAL: 143
PLUS pregnancies terminated for 1 dog with 4 fetuses; 1 dog with 3 fetuses; 1 cat with 3 fetuses
DONATIONS IN PITILLAL – 1,860 pesos
|CHIHUAHUAS DESPUÉS DE ESTERILIZACIÓN – EL PITILLAL|
DONATIONS IN MOJONERAS – May 18-21 clinic – 930 PESOS
DONATIONS TO PEACEANIMALS: Dr. Conrad Zagory – $100 USD
GreaterGood – $241 USD
|ENCONTRADA EN EL MALECÓN, RESCATADA Y YA ESTÁ EN LA SPCAPV|
RESCUED: I had seen a small, black male Terrier mix in my neighborhood. He was filthy and his long hair was very matted. I could approach him, but as I was always with my three dogs, he ran away when I got very close. I thought I had seen him on the malecón one day, and was concerned that he would be hit by a car when he tried to cross the street. I sent a photo to the SPCAPV, who responded that they would take him. Two days later I saw the little black dog again on the malecón. It looked different that I remembered, but I picked the dog up and brought it home. It was a female dog, and not the one I had originally been searching for. After being fed and given water, her tail was no longer tucked between her legs and she was licking my face. The little dog is adorable and now safe at the SPCAPV. Am still hoping to find the male look-alike.
|PERRITO CALLEJERO QUE ESTABA BUSCANDO Y EN CAMBIO ENCONTRÉ LA PERRITA APARECIDA|
KITTENS AND CATS: PEACEAnimals has spayed and neutered hundreds that have been rescued by AngeliCAT, Paraiso Felino and Puro Gato. These volunteer organizations are unable to donate. PEACEAnimals makes it less expensive for organizations and individuals to rescue animals. Cats and dogs are not only sterilized for free, they are all treated for ticks, fleas, parasites and mange, if it is present. Consulations are free, as is uncomplicated treatment. Donations to PEACEAnimals will help us continue to relieve the expenses of rescuers.
From Shannon Beston, who has been feeding and rescuing kittens and cats on and around the isla Cuale for years:
“…We are working at PREVENTING NEW BIRTHS. Last week we took 2 pregnant stray cats for surgery to the Peace clinic preventing 4+2 new births. By having those female cats fixed, it potentially prevented hundreds of unwanted kittens.”
|GATITOS RESCATADOS DE LA ISLA CUALE POR PURO GATO – EN LA CLÍNICA DE PITILLAL|
Shannon now has twenty-one rescue kittens at her office. If you´re in the mood to adopt: [email protected] All cat refuges are full to capacity.
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: Leslie Caratachea was unable to visit a school in Pitillal.
|NEW EDUCATIONAL COLORING BOOKS FOR CHILDREN WHO BRING THEIR PETS TO THE CLINICS. NUEVOS FOLLETOS DE EDUCACIÓN PARA COLOREAR PARA NIÑOS QUE TRAEN SUS MASCOTAS A LAS CLÍNICAS|
June 1-4 – calle 5 de mayo #72 – col. tierra blanca en la localidad de San Juan de Abajo, Nayarit
June 8-11 – las Varas, Nayarit – calle Veracruz esquina con Juan escutia s/n en el salón ejidal frente a la plaza principal
June 15-18 – el Pitillal – 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. (mismo lugar que tuvimos en mayo – same place as May 25-28 clinic).
June – date to be confirmed – colonia Cristobal Colon – calle oceano 713 indico
October 26-29 – San Vicente, Nayarit
November 9-12 – La Peñita, Nay. (Pets for Life)
|DR. POLICARPO – DIRECTOR DE PEACEANMALS Y PETS FOR LIFE|
November 16 – Oaxaca (Pets for Life)
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.
|ENTRADA A LA BODGEA QUE NOS PRESTÓ EL DUEÑO – EL PITILLAL ENTRANCE TO THE BODEGA IN PITILLAL WHERE THE CLINIC TOOK PLACE.|
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.
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.
Please “like” PEACEAnimals and Calle Cero on FaceBook.
WE NEED DONATIONS OF USED AND NEW KENNELS FOR CATS AND DOGS OF ALL SIZES.
|JEANNE LAPOINTE- VOLUNTARIA DE MONTREAL, CANADA – EL PITILLAL|
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