Ten minutes after leaving Boca de Tomatlán in a panga, we began to see dolphins. It wasn´t possible to see them swimming below us because the water in Banderas Bay was a deep emerald green, but there were many shiny, sleek dark grey dolphins on top. Some were swimming in close tandem with
their small calves, while other individuals were making graceful, curving leaps out of the water before gliding across the glittering bay.
We motored to los arcos (“the arches”) national marine park, the rocky outcroppings where waves have carved out arches. High above us, fluffy white pelican chicks were being fed in their nests. Blue footed boobies and terns were making their own nests in close by. The water surrounding los arcos is supposedly the deepest in the bay – 1,600 feet.
More than a mile from the shore, the water surface temperature was 71 degrees farenheit. Deeper down, the water is much cooler, but soon too warm for the humpback whales, who will begin swimming north. They will have accomplished what they made the long journey south for – to breed and to give birth.
Back on the beach, a large Ridgeback/Shepherd-mix dog was nursing her ten multi-colored puppies. They had been born five days before on the sand underneath the Embarcadero restaurant. Mama and babies were t brought two days after this photo was taken to the centro de acopio, the no-kill pound. They will all be sterilized, vaccinated and available for adoption in a few weeks. Call: 293-3690
|PERRA DE LA PLAYA EN BOCA DE TOMATLÁN CON SUS 10 BEBÉS QUE NACIERON 5 DÍAS ANTES. LA FAMILIA SE FUÉ 2 DÍAS DESPUÉS DE SACAR ESTA FOTO AL CENTRO DE ACOPIO Y VAN ESTAR VACUNADOS Y ESTERLIZADOS Y PARA ADOPCIÓN EN UNAS SEMANAS. MARCA: 293 3690|
|AZUL TURQUESA – ATRÁS DE LA CLÍNICA|
Azul Turquesa is an hour´s drive southeast of Vallarta, reached after winding through small towns and patches of empty fields and fields planted with mango trees and corn. There is nothing turquoise-blue in sight. The clinic was requested, organized and staffed with volunteers by the same individuals that organized the clinic in San Juan de Abajo, which is a bit further east. The small group of animal advocates also paid the vet team for the extra driving time and gasoline and provided lunches. The operating room was in the communal “salon,” and kept cool with several fans blowing. On the small, green front lawn in front of the building, a long recovery table was set up for post-surgery procedures. One of the dog owners, a woman in her forties with a fluffy, highlighted pony tail, attentively massaged and caressed her blonde Cocker Spaniel, repeating over and over, “O, mi amor, mi angel,” as the dog slept away.
As I was leaving the clinic, I saw Vicky Boyd, who lives part time in Mezcales and is a very active dog rescuer. She had brought Marta, a Mexican neighbor, and her two dogs to have them sterilized. Vicky showed me the below photograph and asked if I knew who could help. She had seen the emaciated dog a few days earlier at a mechanic´s shop in San Vicente. When she asked if she could help “Laila,” the owner´s main concern was apparently for himself, asking if he was “in trouble.”
|“LAILA,” RESCATADA POR DE SU DUEÑO EN MASCOTA. NECESITA CASA PUENTE A AYUDA CON LOS COSTOS DEL VETERINARIO. ES HEMBRA PIT BULL DE 4 AÑOS. TIENE ERLICHIA Y ANAPLASMA.|
|VICKY BOYD WITH PHOTO OF LAILA AND CARMEN|
The four-year old female Pit Bull is eating well and being dosed via IV with meds. Laila is fighting for her life and needs to continue this fight in a safe and nurturing environment.If you can help with medical expenses, please contact Vicky – 650/548-1757; 044 322 199 3129; [email protected], or take donations to Centro Medico Veterinario either in Mezcales or to their clinic in Puerto Vallarta (Call for addresses and directions of clinics – 178 0130) or– make a donation via PayPal to PEACEAnimals earmarked for “Laila.”
To date, the following donations have been received for Laila:
Malka Sekey and Steve Oseas – $100 USD (via PayPal to PEACEAnimals)
Shelly Walden -$25 USD (via PayPal to PEACEAnimals)
Linda Thompson for Reika´s Angels – $25 USD
Julie Anne Montagano – $35 USD (via PayPal to PEACEAnimals)
Elizabeth Brousseau ´- $35 USD (via PayPal to PEACEAnimals)
Louise Munro – $75 USD (via PayPal to PEACEAnimals)
Lourdes Tovar – $115 USD (via PayPal to Colina Clinic)
|SI PUEDE DONAR DINERO PARA LOS GASTOS VETERINARIOS, DAR CASA PUENTE OR ADOPTAR- CONTACTOS ARRIBA.|
IF ANY FUNDS ARE REMAINING AFTER LAILA COMPLETES HER TREATMENT, THEY WILL BE USED FOR FUTURE SOS CASES LIKE LAILA´S. THESE ANIMALS AND THE COST OF THEIR TREATMENTS WILL BE REPORTED IN THE BLOG. COST OF LAILA´S CARE WILL BE REPORTED IN THIS BLOG.
|WONDERFUL STATUE OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLE WEST OF AZUL TURQUESA – FORMIDABLE ESTATUA DE GENTE INDIGINA UN POCO AL OESTE DE AZUL TURQUESA|
STERILIZATIONS AT COLONIA AZUL TURQUESA:
|REGRESANDO SUS PERROS A CASA DESPUÉS DE ESTERILIZACIÓN – TAKING DOGS HOME AFTER SPAY7NEUTER – AZUL TURQUESA|
MALE DOGS- 26; FEMALE DOGS-58 ; MALE CATS -24; FEMALE CATS – 52
TOTAL: 160 – the most animals ever sterilized at one of our clinics!
PLUS: Pregnancies terminated for 2 dogs with 9 fetuses each; 1 dog with 1 fetus; 1 dog with 7 fetuses; 1 cat 2 with 5 fetuses; 2 cats with 4 fetuses each; 2 cats with 3 fetuses each
TOTAL: 45 ANIMALS NOT BORN TO SUFFER AND REPRODUCE. This is an extraordinarily high number of terminated pregnances at a clinic and indicates a huge urgency for sterilization in the area.
DONATIONS AT CLINIC IN COLONIA AZUL TURQUESA: 1,720 pesos (500 pesos of this were from Vicky Boyd, who paid for the sterilization of her two neighbor´s dogs)
|VOLUNTARIA CON CALLEJERO RECUPERANDO DESPUÉS DE ESTERILIZACIÓN – VOLUNTEER WITH MALE STREET CAT RECOVERING AFTER NEUTERING. GATO DEJADO DONDE FUÉ ENCONTRADO. RETURNED WHERE FOUND AFTER HE RECOVERED FROM ANESTHESIA.|
EDUCATION PROGRAM: The school nearest Azul Turquesa did not grant permission.
DONATIONS TO PEACEANIMALS:
Laura Quan – 406 pairs of sterile surgical gloves in varying sizes
Mike Smith – $1,000 USD
Vallarta Adventures – 10,000 worth of vet supplies (monthly donation from November to May)
OTHER DONATIONS: For “Laila,” the starving, sick female Pit Bull in Mezcales. thank you to Brischa Borchgrevink, owner of LADRA dog refuge and advisory board member of PEACEAnimals, for posting on LADRA´s FB.
Shelly Walden – (via PayPal to PEACEAnimals)
Julie Ann Montagano – $35 USD (via PayPal to PEACEAnimals)
Yvonne McLean – An undisclosed amount to pay for tests and necessary vet care for all two dozen cats at the AngeliCAT shelter. Felines are having blood panels done to check organs, biochemistry and biometrics, gum disease, parasites and fleas.
|YVONNE MCLEAN AND “CHEPE” DE ANGELICAT – VOLÓ A CANADA SÁBADO|
Yvonne is from Gibsons, a town outside Vancouver, and came to Puerto Vallarta to study Spanish in February. She volunteered at AngeliCAT´s refuge, and raised $1,000 CA and donated $500 CA for food and supplies. And she fell in love with “Chepe,” a shy and more-or-less one-eyed black male cat at the AngeliCAT shelter Yvonne flew flew home with Chepe on April 8th.
FUNDRAISER! “All in Time,” a multi-award winning movie by filmmakers Marina Donahue (daughter of local animal advocate, Cathy Gordon) and Chris Fetchko, was screened at the Palm in Puerto Vallarta on April 2 and 3. Thanks to Mark Rome for organizing the event and securing the donation for the use of the very popular Palm nightclub. By all reports, audiences loved not just the film, but the lively Q & A afterwards, with Marina as the person answering questions.
|MARK ROME, CATHY GORDON AND HER DAUGHTER, FILMMAKER MARINA DONAHUE Www.allintimefilm.com|
Tickets were 100 pesos each, with total ticket sales adding up to 13,700 pesos and a donation from Salud restaurant of 1000 pesos. Thank you to Langostinos restaurant, Cassandra Shaw Jewelry and Lucy´s CuCu Cabana for promoting and selling tickets to the fundraisers. PEACEAnimals board member, Lucy Muñiz, sold 14 PEACEAnimals beach bags and 52 of Ada Colorina´s art cards. Monies from ticket sales raised will be divided equally between PEACEAnimals and Colina clinic. Total raised for PEACEAnimals: 10,150 pesos. Total raised for Colinia clinic: 10,150 pesos. (Lucy added 40 pesos to make funds raised even). I was in California and sorry to have missed these events.
|FUNDRAISER FOR PEACEANIMALS AND COLINA CLINIC
Q & A AT THE PALM FOR THE AWARD-WINNING FILM, “ALL IN TIME”
RAISING FUNDS AND VISIBILITY: Three hundred PEACEAnimals blue mesh shopping/beach bags with,extra-long straps are now available. 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, Cork&Bottle at Los Mercados – Aquiles Serdan 265, Charlie’s Sport Fishing and Tours- Local 8B -Marina Vallarta,,Galeria Dante at 269 Basilio Badillo , and Macaria at Josefa de Ortiz #129, between Morelos and the malecón. More locations to be added. Price: 200 pesos each.
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).
|AZUL TURQUESA – DESPUÉS DE ESTERILIZACIÓN – AFTER STERILIZATION|
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.
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 – 10 AM-12N – at the stadium in Puerto Vallarta – CAPITAL PIRATA FM 105.9 is sponsoring a dog adoption day, combined with a free PEACEAnimals clinic – 30 animals only. Location: inside the Vallarta stadium (Explanada de la Unidad Deportiva Augustín Flores Contreras). DÍA DE ADOPCIÓNES DE PERROS Y ESTERILIZACIÓNES GRATIS DE PEACEANIMALS (30 animalitos solamente). Apartir de las 10 hasta las 12 el 30 de abril en el estadio.
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. (As SPCAPV paid for 100% of the April clinic, the anonymous donor´s donation for 10 clinics of 30 animals each will include November).
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.
|DR. PACHECO – AZUL TURQUESA|
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.
|MARTA DE MEZCALES CON SUS DOS MASCOTAS|
Clinic schedule, including directions and other clinic information are always on website: www.peaceanimals.org, on this blog and on the PEACEAnimals FaceBook page.
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LUNCH DONATIONS NEEDED FOR VET TEAM.
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.
|NECESITAMOS DONACIÓNES DE ALMUERZO PARA EL EQUIPO CADA SEMANA.|
|VOLUNTARIOS – AZUL TURQUESA|
|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.
Please make payments payable to either BBC INC or Banderas Bay Charities, Inc. Donations are tax deductible and should be earmarked for PEACEAnimals.
|VOLUNTARIA CON 4 GATITOS ESTERILIZADOS – 3 ADOPTADOS|
|OIL PAINTING BY PIPO BROCKMANN – CONTEMPO GALLERY – PUERTO VALLARTA|
|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.