I returned to Mexico on September 29th after a three-week family trip, and was pleasantly surprised to not find steamy weather.  Instead, it was overcast with breezes and a drizzle of rain.  Current Temperature:  86 degrees; Humidity:  75%  Thunderstorms expected.  Feels fine!

PERRO DESPUÉS DE ESTERILIZACIÓN – SAN JUAN DE ABAJO, NAYARIT

After visits to foggy, windy and very cold San Francisco (September is usually Indian Summer in the city), I flew to warm southern California and then to Hawaii to spend ten days with my mother.  Dawn is about six o´clock, and is when I walked every morning next to the road that goes over the base of Diamond Head (ancient volcano) and that looks over the Pacific ocean.

EL MAR PACIFICO ABAJO DEL CAMINO DE DIAMOND HEAD EN HONOLULU, HAWAII

The air is perfumed with the fragrance of the pale pink and pale yellow plumeria that grow in gardens where white doves coo and green parrots screech. 

A chicken with a home pecks daily in the grass next to the sidewalk, and further up the hill, a rooster high up in a tree is always cock-a-doodle-doo-ing.  A bit further is a colony of wild chickens and roosters that live on a jungled slope that tumbles down to the beach.  A friendly, elderly Chinese man missing a few front teeth goes there to feed bread to them, hoping to catch two of the roosters.  He says he has six chickens and he wants them to lay eggs, and they won´t without a rooster.  The man tells me that he gets the heels of the bread from his wife, who works at the Outrigger Club and that rich people don´t like to eat the heels.  Across the street is a dirt turn-about where tame, discarded cats (and more chickens) are fed by people who live nearby.  On two sprinkly mornings as I walked  back from the lookout at the top of the hill,  the largest and most brilliant arch of a rainbow plunged into the Pacific.  The promise of the rainbow is beauty. 

Regarding the homeless cats on Diamond Head – All cats have been sterilized, with ears notched on the left side if female and on the right if male.  They are also microchipped, and if taken to the Humane Society, “owners” are contacted, who will return them to the same place.  I took my mother to the beautiful HS one morning, where she adopted an eight-year old male tabby and named him “Lucky.”  If animals are over the age of six and the new owner is over sixty, there is no adoption fee.

“LUCKY,” ADOPTADO DEL HUMANE SOCIETY EN HONOLULU POR MI MAMA
PLAYA EN WAIMANALO, OAHU, HAWAII

LOCAL PRODUCE FOR SALE IN WAIMANALO – A 45 GORGEOUS DRIVE FROM DIAMOND HEAD; AGRICOLAS LOCALES EN VENTA EN WAIMANALO, OAHU, HAWAII

LA ISLA CONEJO – MAKAPU – AMANEJANDO A WAIMANALO.  RABBIT ISLAND – MAKAPU – ON THE WAY TO WAIMANALO.

Two days before I had left Vallarta, I jumped out of our car to take a photograph of a pack of street dogs on the busy four-lane libramiento (tunnel road).  It was a very good example of what exists in   but what one doesn´t always see in town.  Approaching the dogs, I saw immediately that six of the dogs were unaltered males and they were pursuing a thin black, white-chested female lab mix. The dog was obviously in heat and her teats indicated that she had had at least one litter.

HABÍAN 6 PERROS SIGIENDO UNA PERRA EN CELO – EL LIBRAMIENTO

All the male dogs were all attempting to mount the female, and soon a fight broke out.  There was a chicken stand on the road, so I bought half a chicken and tried to lure the panting female into my car.  She approached, but the tan alpha male chased her away and then all the male dogs were running after the female through traffic to the other side of the busy street.   Suddenly, a red car swerved off the road and parked close to mine.  A pretty, dark-haired woman got and quickly walked towards me.  It was someone I knew from the clinics – Lupita Rodríguez – and she was carrying a short leash.    Minutes later, Colette Zarry, owner of Colina free spay/neuter clinic, and Lydia Damato, active animal advocate and rescuer, passed by in a taxi, saw us, and immediately pulled over.  The four of us tried for about an hour to catch the female, who took refuge under a car,  but the tan dog wouldn´t let her move. He wasn´t interested in the chicken, only in the black female dog.   We returned the next day to the same spot, and happily the female was caught and taken to Colette´s.  She emailed me in California to advise that a black male Lab mix and a male Terrier mix had been caught the following day.  All dogs were sterilized at Colina clinic, treated at a vet and released to their “owners” two weeks later.

EN EL CAMINO ENTRE SAN VICENTE Y SAN JUAN DE ABAJO, NAYARIT – ON THE ROAD TO SAN JUAN

SAN JUAN DE ABAJO, NAYARIT:  It was an unexpected day on Friday.  I left our home at noon, drove north 30 minutes to Mezcales and at the stoplight there, headed east towards the foothills of the Sierra Madres. 

LA ENTRADA A SAN JUAN.  ENTRANCE TO SAN JUAN

Parking my car near the plaza, I searched in vain for the clinic.  No one knew the name of the street I was looking for, so I asked a taxi driver to speak with Leslie, our vet tech, for directions.  He passed the phone back to me and Leslie laughingly told me that I was in San Vicente and had 20 more minutes of driving east.  As I continued on my journey, the area became greener, more countrified and with a fantastic view of the foothills of the Sierra Madres.  In a hurry to arrive at the clinic before all the animals had been collected, I didn´t slow down for a speed bump, which turned out to be a very oversized one that bounced me out of my seat.

EL QUIOSCO DE MÚSICA EN SAN JUAN – BANDSTAND IN SAN JUAN

I arrived safely in this charming, very typical Mexican town with festooned terra cotta-colored church and a white bandstand near a fountain and surrounded by greenery.

IGLESIA EN SAN JUAN

The clinic took place in the large front patio of someone´s home.  Mercedes Gomez Santos who has 24 rescue dogs, raised the extra costs of gasoline and driving time and Miguel Angel Rodríguez Camello, who lives next door to the clinic, provided some of the food.  Volunteers provided the team with breakfast and lunch daily.

A few minutes after my arrival, Dr. Anthony asked if the grey Nissan with a very large red pool of liquid pooling underneath it was mine.  Yes.  He bent down and put his finger in it.  Oil.  The speed bump.  Dr. Poli said to relax and that there would be a solution.  I was completely confident that there would be,  even though I only had two hundred pesos and my camera/phone with me.  The volunteers then set out a beautiful lunch of beef stew, grilled corn, cooked vegetables, a platter of fresh fruit and a delicious green drink made from a local plant.

DONACIÓNES DE DESAYUNOS Y ALMUERZOS CADA DÍA EN LA CLÍNICA DE SAN JUAN DE ABAJO

After sterilizing 50 cats and dogs and after lunching, our skilled vets, Dr. Poli, and Dr. Pacheco, showed their expertise as mechanics.  Dr. Poli formed a large plug out of sugar and handsoap, jacked up my car and Dr. Pacheco slid under it and plugged the damaged oil pan.

DR.POLI Y DR. PACHECO ARREGLANDO EL PROBLEMA DEL ACEITE AGUJIENDO POR UN ACCIDENTE CON UN TOPE MUY GRANDE.

Merdedes brought us 3 quarts of oil and refused to be repaid.  Oil put into car, which wouldn´t start.  Dr. Poli used cables and then Dr. Anthony and I drove in front of Dr. Poli, Pacheco and Leslie to a mechanic´s shop in colonia Coapinole,  near Dr. Poli´s home.  Poli bought a gallon of oil and delivered it to the shop.

PERROS VIVIENDO EN EL TALLER.  DOGS LIVING AT THE MECHANIC SHOP.
AL LADO DEL TALLER – ESQUINA DE MARISCOS
PLATANOS FRITOS

I sat with a book next door at Esquina de Mariscos,   an attractive, open-air restaurant,  and ordered fried bananas while I waited two hours for the oil pan to be sautered.  Cost – 300 pesos.   Poli paid Rogelio, the mechanic.  After jump starting the Nissan, Rogelio, Anthony and I drove to an auto supply shop owned by Rogelio´s friend  He was a stocky man about sixty who was wearing a white sombrero and spoke with a nasal voice.  His eyebrows were thick and black, a perfect match for his handlebar moustache, and when he leaned back in his chair and smiled, his eyes almost disappeared.  

EL MECÁNICO ROGELIO CON DR. ANTHONY

New battery was installed in five minutes by a young employee.  Cost – 900 pesos.  Anthony paid.  I arrived home at 7:30 in the evening, glad to have experienced a first-time visit to a charming town, a very successful clinic,  a great lunch,  and the kindness and generosity of the Mexican people.  (Vets will be reimbursed at this coming week´s clinic).

STERILIZATIONS at San Juan de Abajo, Nayarit – September 28-October 1:
Male dogs – 11; Female dogs – 62; Male cats – 32; Female cats – 48  TOTAL:  153 CATS AND DOGS!

SAN JUAN DE ABAJO, NAYARIT

DONATIONS at San Juan de Abajo: 1,280 pesos

STERILIZATIONS in colonia Joyas de Pedregal September 13-16:  42 Female dogs; 24 Male dogs. 10 Female cats; 18 Male cats   TOTAL:  94

Plus one pregnancy terminated for a dog with 7 fetuses.

DESPUÉS (AFTER) DE ESTERILIZACIÓN – SAN JUAN DE ABAJO

DONATIONS at colonia Joyas de Pedregal:  670 PESOS

CALLE CERO (“ZERO STREET”) TEN MILLION HOMELESS DOGS IN MEXICO. 

PETS FOR LIFE CLINICS SPONSORED BY CALLE CERO IN PUERTO VALLARTA DURING NATIONAL STERLIZATION WEEK – September 17-24 – A TOTAL OF 200 CATS AND DOGS WERE STERILIZED. 

DONATIONS TO PEACEANMALS:

Marco ?    Used, medium-size dog kennel

THE PIXIE PROJECT:   non-profit animal adoption center and rescue headquartered in Portland, Oregon – www.pixieproject.org  (Thank you to Amy Welch, treasurer of Banderas Bay Charities Inc. ,for bringing these items to Puerto Vallarta in November).


5 boxes
Triflex sterile latex surgical gloves – sizes 5, 7, 8
1 gallon
Fecatect Na127 solution
10
Tracheal tubes
4
Endotracheal tubes
12 sheets
For operating
Misc Instruments
29 forceps, 6 scissors, 9 suture probes
21
Gauze pads with straps
100
Bouffant caps
200
Convertors – self-seal pouch  3.5” x 22”
1 box
Size 6 triflex Latex Surgical gloves – 50 pairs
1 box
Size 8 Latex Biogel Surgical gloves – 50 pairs
Asstd Medicine
1 bottle Noromectin; 1 bottle Vitamin B12; 1 bottle atropine sulfate; 2 bottles dexamethasone; 2 bottles sulix (furosemide); ¼ or less of 1 bottle ivomec (ivermectin); 1 bottle dopram; 2 bottles potassium chloride; 2 bottles metoclopramide.

Charles Sparling – $100 USD

Michael Turner – $50 USD (monthly)

GreaterGood – $5.00 USD

DESPUÉS DE ESTERILIZACIÓN – SAN JUAN DE ABAJO

VALLARTA ADVENTURES DOG ADOPTION WALK:  Patricia Meneses, organizer of this event, advised that the dog walk will take place every other Friday at 7 PM.  The starting point is in front of MacDonald´s on the north end of the malecón and continues to los arcos and back.   Rescue dogs for adoption will be wearing neon green jackets that say “Adoptame.”  Patti needs more volunteers to help with this walk, which is an enjoyable one.  Please contact her at [email protected] 

                 

DESPUÉS DE ESTERLIZACIÓN – SAN JUAN DE ABAJO

    

EDUCATION PROGRAM:  Schools are back in session.  Leslie Caratachea presented to the Secondaria 81 school.  The director only gave her the time to visit one classroom with 33 students.

UN GATITO RECUPERANDO DESPUÉS DE ESTERILIZACIÓN EN UNA CLÍNICA ESPECIAL EL PRIMER DOMINGO EN SEPTIEMBRE –  PAGADA POR CASA YVONNEKA – EN LA ISLA CUALE.  TREINTA ANIMALITO FUERON ESTERILIZADOS.  THIRTY CATS AND DOGS STERILIZED AT THE  SEPTEMBER SUNDAY SPECIAL CLINIC ON THE ISLA CUALE.  THIS ONE WAS SPONSORED BY  CASA YVONNEKA.

CACHORRITOS RECUPERANDO EN LA MISMA CLÍNICA PAGADA POR CASA YVONNEKA

AMAZONSMILE – PEACEAnimals is able to receive donations from Amazon Smile under the umbrella of Banderas Bay Charities, Inc. 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   

If you would like PEACEAnimals to be the charity receiving a percentage of your purchases on AmazonSmile, please list Banderas Bay Charities, Inc.  PEACEAnimals receives all these donations.  Thank you.

GREATERGOOD – PLEASE CLICK!  Your daily clicks or direct donations help animals, people and the planet.  www.greatergood.org; www.greatergood.com  To donate specifically to PEACEAnimals, please click on:  http://bit.ly/1cWY0lP

HAWAII

HORARIO/SCHEDULE:



PLEASE CHECK OUR WEBSITE, FB PAGE OR BLOG FOR NEW DATES AND LOCATIONS.  FAVOR DE CHECAR NUESTRO WEBSITE, PÁGINA EN FB O BLOG PARA NUEVAS FECHAS Y HOGARES.

October 5-8 Col. Palmar del Progreso – Avenida 16 de septiembre # 870 en el local de Maru Garcia Lorenzo
Driving directions: going north on Francisco Villa:

Left on Revolution.  Go a few blocks
Right on Corona.  Follow to the end.
Right on De Las Poetas.  Drive a few blocks
Left on  De Los Maestros (Kiosko store on right)
Veer to the right
Drive through town a few blocks and when you pass the school on the right side you are now on 16th of Sept.
Peace trailer down a few more blocks on right side.

 
October 12-15- Col. Coapinole Calle Corea del Sur #904 esquina Ramón Corona

October 19, 20 and 21 – San Vicente, Nayarit – THREE DAY CLINIC- NO CLINIC ON SATURDAY BECAUSE BUILDING IS BEING USED FOR  A QUINCEAÑERA.  
 
November 9-12 – La Peñita, Nay.  (Pets for Life)

OAXACA PETS FOR LIFE CLINICS IN DECEMBER HAVE BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO THE BLOCKING OF ROADS BY THE TEACHERS UNION.  

December 21-January 4, 2017 – CHRISTMAS VACATION

January 11-14, 2017 – Bucerias, Nayarit (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.  THE CLINICS OPEN AT 9 AM.  ARRIVE EARLY!

Octubre 2  – domingo – PURR PROJECT
Noviembre 6 – domingo –  PV ANIMAL

            Diciembre 4- domingo – PURO GATO

2017 – January 7, 2017 – October 2017 –  ANONYMOUS DONOR HAS DONATED FOR THESE 10 CLINICS.


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.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SPONSOR A ONE-DAY SUNDAY CLINIC ON THE ISLA CUALE, THE COST IS ONLY 4,500 PESOS TO STERILIZE 30 CATS AND DOGS.  PLEASE CONTACT SHANN[email protected]

DESIGNATED LINE WITH RECORDING ADVISING LOCATION AND DIRECTIONS – ONLY IN SPANISH – (322) 113 3955
To report animal abuse,  phone: 322-223-3690
  

WE NEED LOCATIONS FOR OUR CLINICS.   REQUIRED:  BATHROOM, ELECTRICITY, WATER AND PARKING AVAILABILITY. 
UBICACIÓN (LOCATION) PARA LA CLÍNICA EN SAN JUAN DE ABAJO
NOTE:  PEACEAnimals, per our agreement with independent contractors, Pets for Life, is obliged to pay extra for driving time and gasoline for areas outside Puerto Vallarta.  We ask that private or government groups pay those extra expenses.

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.  Dr. Poli, as director of PEACEAnimals, a Mexican AC  (non-profit) and Pets for Life, a Mexican SC (business), selects clinic locations.

VOLUNTARIOS – DE LA IZQUIERDA A LA DERRECHA – SAN JUAN  DE ABAJO – LEFT TO RIGHT – MIGUEL ANGEL RODRÍGUEZ CAMELLO; ARACELI MUÑOZ DE FIERRO; MERCEDES GOMEZ SANTOS; YURIDIA VALDEZ; LILIANA AGUIRRE SALVADOR ESPINOZA



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.

PERRA DESPUÉS DE ESTERILIZACIÓN – SAN JUAN DE ABAJO
Clinic schedule, including directions and other clinic information are always on website:  www.peaceanimals.org,  on this blog:  www.gretchen-peace-and-pv.blogspot.com and on the PEACEAnimals FaceBook page.
Please “like” PEACEAnimals and Calle Cero on FaceBook.

LESLIE – ALMUERZO DONADO EN SAN JUAN

LUNCH DONATIONS NEEDED FOR VET TEAM:  PEACEAnimals has a budget of 70 pesos per vet team individual (three persons) per day for 4 days a week for lunches.  Please consider bringing lunches for our vet team to the clinics. If you can do this, please advise so we can create a lunch schedule. By having lunches donated, these savings can used for purchases of supplies and medicines.

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS AT THE CLINICS.    Please sign up:  Leslie Caratachea via FB or [email protected]

UN PERRITO MEZCLA CHIHUAHUA QUE FUÉ RESCATADO POR ? Y QUE TUVO SU PIERNA AMPUTADA POR DR. POLI EL JUEVES POR UN HABER ESTADO ATROPELLADO POR UN COCHE.  AL MISMO DÍA, TAMBIÉN FUE ESTERILIZADO.  LO VÍ EL VIERNES Y ESTABA MUY BIEN.  ON THURSDAY, A SMALL CHIHUAHUA MIX RESCUED BY ? HAD HIS LEG AMPUTATED DUE TO HAVING BEEN HIT BY A CAR.  HE WAS ALSO NEUTERED AND WAS HOPPING AROUND VERY EASILY THE NEXT DAY.  SAN JUAN DE ABAJO.


WE NEED DONATIONS OF USED AND NEW KENNELS FOR CATS AND DOGS OF ALL SIZES.

If directions needed, please call our dedicated line (directions are only in Spanish) or refer to our website or this blog:   113 3955
COST FOR ONE SURGERY WEEK CLINIC IS APPROXIMATELY $1,800 USD. 
PLEASE CONSIDER MAKING A DONATION VIA CHECK, CREDIT CARD, PAYPAL, BEQUEST OR STOCK TRANSFER.  Note:  Stocks are transferred at full value without the donating stock owner being taxed.

PEACEAnimals is under the umbrella of Banderas Bay Charities, Inc.,  a US 501 (c)(3) charity located in Portland, Oregon.   Please make payments payable to either BBC INC or Banderas Bay Charities, Inc.  Donations are tax deductible and should be earmarked for PEACEAnimals.
Banderas Bay Charities, Inc (BBC, Inc) offers tax-deductible receipts in the US, Canada, and Mexico.

Amy Welch, Secretary-Treasurer [email protected]
505 N Tomahawk Is Dr  Portland, OR 97217    
503 285 4007
THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS SPONSORS:


Thank you for your interest and support.

HAWAII


Gretchen DeWitt – President – Board of Directors
https://www.facebook.com/PeaceAnimals
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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

NECESITAMOS LUGARES PARA NUESTRAS CLÍNICAS EN COLONIAS Y PUEBLOS. PRECISO:   BAÑO, ELECTRICIDAD, AGUA Y PARA ESTACIONARSE.

INFORMACIÓN EN ESPAÑOL SOBRE LA ESTERILIZACIÓN PARA MASCOTAS Y LAS CLÍNICAS GRATIS EN NUESTRO WEBSITE – www.peaceanimals.org

FAVOR DE DONAR ALMUERZOS PARA EL EQUIPO. NOS CUESTA 210 PESOS 4 DÍAS LA SEMANA Y CON SUS DONACIÓNES DE COMIDA, PODEMOS USAR ESTE DINERO PARA SUMINISTROS.  GRACIAS.

NECESITAMOS VOLUNTARIOS, POR FAVOR.
GRACIAS POR SU INTERÉS Y SU APOYO.
Gretchen DeWitt – Presidente de le mesa directiva
[email protected]
https://www.facebook.com/PeaceAnimals