On a jungled hillside overlooking the Bay of Banderas, I could see the white, frothy splash of a breaching whale and the large, wet exhalation of another one. A week ago and quite by accident, I was swimming approximately 30 meters from two or three humpback whales. I have never seen so many as I have this winter. These beautiful, intelligent cetaceans are in a very safe and beautiful place in which to breed and give birth. https://www.newscientist.com/article/2124149-never-before-seen-gatherings-of-hundreds-of-humpback-whales/
|BALLENA (HUMPBACK WHALE) EN BOCA DE TOMATLÁN. FOTO SACADA EL AÑO PASADO.|
|PHOTO TAKEN BY CARMEN DE ALBA ON MARCH 11TH, 2017|
|PRIMAVERA TREE- PUERTO VALLARTA|
Puerto Vallarta is blooming with the bright, yellow blossoms of primavera (“spring”) trees. And the town is booming in the midst of a building frenzy, primarily in the touristic areas of “old town” and the “zona romántica,” both near near los muertos beach. Tall cranes, jackhammers and tractors are doing their work on what were once empty lots (the one across from the isla cuale was where several discarded cats lived), mostly-empty parking lots and villas that are being torn down. One regrets the loss of old Vallarta-style homes, whether they are elegant villas or humble adobes.
|ZONA ROMÁNTICA Y VIEJO VALLARTA|
We are watching the condominiumization of Puerto Vallarta, This is not just about the loss of the old Puerto Vallarta look. There is a serious concern that the current infrastructure cannot support this much expansion.
“ANIMAL WELLBEING” OFFICE OF MAYOR´S OFFICE: At their request, I met on March 7th with Armando Rubio of the acopio (a vet and lawyer) and Silvia Alvarez, coordinator of Bien Estar Animal (“Animal Wellbeing”), a local government office. One of the items on their agenda:
SAN JUAN DE ABAJO, NAYARIT:
It is an hour´s drive northeast of Puerto Vallarta, and one I made six months ago to the same home on calle Jesús Casas. I drove slowly over the many speed bumps on the road going east at the freeway stoplight in Mezcales, which is half way to Sayulita. The small towns are clean and similar in size and look – always a bandstand and church at the central plaza. Palm trees and corn fields line the two-lane, paved road leading to the arched entrance of San Juan de Abajo.
Surgeries had been completed by noon, and some of the volunteers and vet team were already seated at a long table enjoying a delicious meal of grilled corn, carne asada, vegetables, quesadillas, fresh fruit and agua de guayava. The communities outside Vallarta are especially grateful for the clinics and thank PEACEAnimals by always providing lunches and volunteers.
|SAN JUAN DE ABAJO|
We would appreciate more involvement at the clinics in Vallarta colonias. It can involve extra driving time, but it´s a great way to see Mexico and how people and animals live away from palm-lined beaches. It is of course an enormous help to the vet team to have some extra assistance, which results in a higher number of animals sterilized.
STERILIZATIONS AT SAN JUAN DE ABAJO CLINIC, NAYARIT – March 8-11
MALE DOGS- 16; FEMALE DOGS- 61; MALE CATS – 18; FEMALE CATS – 31 TOTAL: 126
PLUS: Pregnancies terminated for 1 cat with 4 fetuses and 1 cat with 6 fetuses
|DESPUÉS DE ESTERILIZACIÓN – SAN JUAN DE ABAJO – AFTER SPAYING|
DONATIONS AT SAN JUAN DE ABAJO CLINIC – 1,210 pesos
Heather and Rob Erickson – Two used, large dog kennels (they also worked as volunteers).
|PONIENDO UNOS PESOS UN LA CAJA DE DONACIÓNES – DONATING SOME PESOS – CLÍNICA
EN SAN JUAN DE ABAJO
DONATIONS TO PEACEANIMALS: Debra Wolfson – $50 USD – “In honor of Matt Messner and Neil Sechan for their generous hospitality and a great visit.”
Oregon Humane Society – Five kennels in different sizes,T
Pixie Project – hundreds of sutures, plus thermometers, surgical instruments, breathing tubes, gloves, etc. http://www.pixieproject.org/
(Amy Welch, treasurer of PEACEAnimals and Banderas Bay Charities, Inc., brought 7 bags of the above supplies down from her Portland home on March 17th).
Pam Lock – 550 “PEACEAnimal” leashes to be given to dog owners who bring their pets to our clinics for spay/neuter..
|DESPUÉS DE ESTERILIZACIÓN – CLÍNICA EN SAN JUAN DE ABAJO|
CLINIC MARCH 15-18 – Pets for Life team was in San Blas, Nayarit. As a Mexican SC (business), they secure approximately 9 clinics a year, which are paid for either by local governments or animal advocate groups.
EDUCATION PROGRAM: Due to a scheduling conflict, no program presented March 7th.
|WITH PEACEANIMALS COLORING BOOK (CON LIBRITO PARA COLOREAR DE PEACEANIMALS)
CLÍNICA EN SAN JUAN DE ABAJO
OTHER DONATIONS: Troy Valens – Owner of Sea Monkey and Cheeky Monkey restaurants – $10 USD gift certificates to Sea Monkey and Cheeky Monkey for “sharing” AmazonSmile post (see paragraph below):
AS OF MARCH 18, EIGHTEEN PEOPLE HAVE SHARED SMILEAMAZON AND RECEIVED THESE GIFT CERTIFICATES.
NEW!!! Three hundred PEACEAnimals blue mesh shopping/beach bags with,extra-long straps have just arrived. The PEACeAnimals logo and website are on one side and the familiar mermaid on the other. They can be purchased now at board member Lucy Muniz´s Lucy´s CuCu Cabana -295 Basilio Badillo, Galeria Uno at 561 Morelos, Colleción la Bohemia at Constitución and Basilio Badillo, and Galeria Dante at 269 Basilio Badillo. More locations to be added. Price: 200 pesos each. Please help us raise visibility and funds for the clinics.
|NUEVAS BOLSAS DE PEACEANIMALS – 200 PESOS – PARA DONDE COMPRAR – VEAN ARRIBA.|
DONATE WITHOUT SPENDING MONEY: PEACEAnimals is able to receive donations from Amazon Smile under the umbrella of Banderas Bay Charities, Inc. Amazon donates 0.5% of eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organizations selected by their customers. This is a very simple way to help fund our clinics: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/47-4752247
EVEN SIMPLER, LOG ON TO WWW.AMAZONSMILE.ORG AND TYPE IN BANDERAS BAY CHARITIES, INC. (PEACEANIMALS RECEIVES ALL OF THESE DONATIONS).
|LA MANCHA ROJA ES MEDICAMENTO PARA GARRAPATAS Y PULGAS – SAN JUAN DE ABAJO – RED STAIN IS TREATMENT FOR FLEAS AND TICKS – ADMINISTERED TO ALL CATS AND DOGS AT CLINICS.|
|PONIENDO 2 GATITOS EN SU MOCHILA DESPUÉS DE ESTERILIZACIÓN – SAN JUAN DE ABAJO – PUTTING KITTENS IN BACKPACK AFTER THEIR SURGERY|
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.
|TRANSPORTANDO MASCOTAS A CASA DESPUÉS DE CIRUGÍA – SAN JUAN DE ABAJO|
March 22 – la Peñita de Jaltemba, Nayarit (PETS FOR LIFE)
March 29-April 1 (PETS FOR LIFE)- La Cruz, Nayarit – Calle Coral 10.
April 5 – april 8 – colonia azul turquesa, Nayarit – En la calle circuito azul turquesa, en el salón comunitario – near the model homes (a un castad de las casas modelos)
April 12 – 15 – EASTER VACATION – VACACIÓNES DE PASCUA
April 19-22 – Pitillal- en el mercado municipal
April 26-29 – Pitillal – en el mercado municipal
April 30 – special one-day clinic to be held in conjuction with pet adoptions – next to Vallarta stadium – 30 animals only.
|LEAVING CLINIC IN SAN JUAN DE ABAJO – SALIENDO DE LA CLÍNICA|
PETS FOR LIFE SPECIAL ONE-DAY CLINICS ARE HELD ON THE ISLA CUALE THE FIRST SUNDAY OF EVERY MONTH. CLINICS OPEN FOR REGISTRATION AT 7 AM.
PETS FOR LIFE, A MEXICAN S.C. (BUSINESS), IS PAID 4,500 PESOS FOR THE STERILIZATION OF 30 ANIMALS. IF NUMBERS ARE GREATER, INDIVIDUALS OR ANIMAL RESCUE ORGANIZATIONS MAKE UP THE DIFFERENCE.
For each cat or dog over the number 30, sponsors of the Sunday clinics will be charged 150 pesos. To sponsor a Sunday clinic, please contact: [email protected]
January 8, 2017 – October 2017 – ANONYMOUS DONOR HAS PROVIDED FUNDING (SPAY/NEUTER FOR 30 CATS AND DOGS) TO PEACEANIMALS FOR 10 SUNDAY CLINICS ON THE ISLA CUALE.
|SAN JUAN DE ABAJO – AFTER SURGERY – DESPUÉS DE CIRUGÍA|
|EN FRENTE DE LA CLÍNICA EN SAN JUAN DE ABAJO – PEACE TRAILER IN FRONT OF CLINIC|
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.
|CHIHUAHUAS DESPUÉS DE CIRUGIÁ – SAN JUAN DE ABAJO|
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.
Clinic schedule, including directions and other clinic information are always on website: www.peaceanimals.org, on this blog and on the PEACEAnimals FaceBook page.
Please “like” PEACEAnimals and Calle Cero on FaceBook.
LUNCH DONATIONS NEEDED FOR VET TEAM.
|NECESITAMOS DONACIÓNES DE ALMUERZOS PARA EL EQUIPO.|
PEACEAnimals has a lunch budget of 70 pesos per vet team member (four persons) per day – 4 days a week. Please consider donating lunches for them, and please advise so we can create a lunch schedule. By having lunches donated, these savings can used for purchases of supplies and medicines.
|VOLUNTARIOS Y EQUIPO ALMORZANDO (Y CHECANDO MENSAJES) SAN JUAN DE ABAJO – VOLUNTEERS AND VET TEAM ENJOYING LUNCH. (AND CELL PHONES)|
|DR. POLI PREPARANDO CARNE ASADA DESPUÉS DEL TRABAJO – SAN JUAN DE ABAJO – PREPARING CARNE ASADA FOR VOLUNTEERS AND VET TEAM|
|SAN JUAN DE ABAJO – Y 2 HAULAS GRANDES DONADAS – 2 LARGE KENNELS DONATED AT CLINIC|
|PEACEANIMALS VET TEAM – EL EQUIPO DE PEACEANIMALS – DR. ANTHONY, LESLIE, DR. POLI Y DR. PACHECO|
PEACEAnimals is under the umbrella of Banderas Bay Charities, Inc., a US 501 (c)(3) charity located in Portland, Oregon.
|PERRA NO QUERÍA DEJAR LA SOMBRA DESPUÉS DE SU CIRUGÍA. SPAYED DOG RELUCTANT TO LEAVE A SHADY PLACE. CLINIC IN SAN JUAN DE ABAJO.|
Please make payments payable to either BBC INC or Banderas Bay Charities, Inc. Donations are tax deductible and should be earmarked for PEACEAnimals.
|SCULPTURE AND PAINTING BY WONDERFUL ARTIST AND DOG LOVER, PIPO BROCKMANN –
|CALLEJEROS DE MÉXICO CON PERRA EN CELO. MEXICAN STREET DOGS FOLLOWING SMALL FEMALE DOG IN HEAT.|
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
TAMBIÉN NECESITAMOS VOLUNTARIOS, POR FAVOR.