EASTER is a two-week holiday in Mexico. Beginning with Semana Santa (Holy Week) on Palm Sunday, it ends with Easter on Saturday. That evening, as we were walking by the front of the church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, we saw worshipers assembled and waiting to go inside. Dangling over the heads was a paper maché, life-size figure of Jesus, with a large, metal crown of thorns encircling his torso. Inside the church above the altar, a porcelain Jesus on the cross was draped in purple.
|LA IGLEASA DE NUESTRA SEÑORA DE GUADALUPE – PASCUA
Across the street in the plaza, people were celebrating Easter in a more festive way. Two dozen food stands were selling fresh fruit drinks, tacos, burritas, pozole, sopes, hamburgers, etc., plus crepes and other sugary items. Colorfully costumed folkloric dancers performed nightly on a makeshift stage. Red lipsticked women with long, ribboned black braids coquettishly moved their shoulders to and fro as they twirled in long, full skirts. Their male dance partners, dressed in snug tan pants, rust-colored, fringed suede jackets, black cowboy hats and black leather boots, stamped their way across the stage like enthusiastic stallions.
|LA PLAZA – PASCUA
Pascua (Easter week) begins on Easter Sunday and ends on Saturday. These two weeks are a mix of religion and robust vacation time. The first week of Easter is the busiest, with families from Mexico City, Guadalajara and other towns arriving in buses, trucks and carloads. Traffic is bumper to bumper to the beaches, so locals tend to stay home. The second week is less frantic and crowded, but beaches and streets are still busier than at any other time of year.
PLAYA LOS MUERTOS – SEMANA SANTA – PUERTO VALLARTA
Locals are commenting on the unusually gorgeous weather in Puerto Vallarta. The sun warms but doesn´t burn. Mornings and evenings are cool, days are breezy and the air is delicious and seems to be constantly moving. Skies are completely blue and cloudless and the brightest-yellow-possible of blossoms on primavera trees are astonishing in their splendor.
|BOCA DE TOMATLÁN
|PASEO AL RÍO- JARDINES BOTÁNICOS
Bliss is a visit to the Botanical Gardens. There are of course the extensive gardens and trails bursting with exotic, tropical beauty. There is also a narrow path down to the winding Tomatlán river. Once there, sandy spots provide an easy entrance into the cool, green water where there are deep swimming holes and large, granite boulders on which to sunbathe. Rivers carry with them the dankly seductive aromas of rotting moss and vegetation. With the rush of the river spilling over smooth, grey rocks, there is also a rush of childhood memories of the summer scent of a river.
|RÍO DE TOMATLÁN
CABO CORRIENTES (“CAPE CURRENTS”) Cabo Corrientes is a municipality of Puerto Vallarta and marks the southernmost tip of the Bay of Banderas.. Because of the distance, I didn´t drive the four hours south to attend three separate clinics in Cabo Corrientes. All photos of clinics were taken by Leslie Caratachea, vet tech and director of education. Although PEACEAnimals educational coloring books were handed out to children, no school presentation on Tuesday because that day was spent driving and setting up clinic
Three small and very poor towns were visited – one day in el Tule, one day in la Cruz de Loreto (on the way to the beach village of Mayto) and two days in Tequesquite. One of the local women provided meals to the vet team for the four days they were there. A school teacher (on crutches as a result of a car accident) saved money for several months to pay vet team´s gas and extra driving time to a location outside Puerto Vallarta. A vacant house was where the vet team slept and showered with buckets.
|LA SEÑORA A LA IZQUERDA DONÓ COMIDAS CADA DÍA Y LA OTRA SEÑORA, UNA MAESTRA, PAGÓ LOS GASTOS PARA EL PAGO EXTRA DE GASOLINA Y TIEMPO PARA AMANEJAR FUERA DE VALLARTA. LEFT – THE LADY WHO DONATED ALL MEALS FOR FOUR DAYS TO THE VET TEAM. RIGHT – THE TEACHER WHO PAID THE EXTRA.
STERILIZATIONS IN EL TULE, CABO CORRIENTES – APRIL 3-7
MALE DOGS – 18; FEMALE DOGS -81; MALE CATS – 17; FEMALE CATS – 21
PLUS: Pregnancies terminated for 2 cats with 3 fetuses each
DONATIONS AT CABO CORRIENTES CLINICS: 950 PESOS
DONATIONS TO PEACEANIMALS: Marsha Stanek: $50 USD
Michael Turner – $50 USD (monthly)
Ralph Osborne – $2,000 USD (over and above annual board of directors contribution)
Sue Hunter – $19 USD (monthly)
Tammy and Edward Pasatiempo and family – $1,800 USD (underwrites one clinic)
ONLINE AUCTION FUNDRAISER: The bidding has begun on second annual PEACEAnimals auction. Launched on April 3rd, the auction will be open until April 17th. There is an interesting assortment of items, including hotel stays, which make nice gifts for friends or family. Please take a look and please consider sharing. www.32auctions.comPEACEANIMALS2018
|45 COSAS EN LA SUBASTA
FOR PHOTOS/NAMES OF RESCUED DOGS THAT NEED HOMES, THE CITY SHELTER (FORMER CENTRO DE ACOPIO) HAS A CURRENT ROSTER THAT INCLUDES PHOTOS, NAMES AND DESCRIPTIONS.
PARA FOTOS,/NOMBRES Y INFORMACIÓN DE LOS PERROS EN ALBERGUE (EX CENTRO DE ACOPIO) DE VALLARTA QUE NECESITAN HOGARES:
RAISING FUNDS AND VISIBILITY: Three hundred PEACEAnimals blue mesh shopping/beach bags with extra-long straps were ordered and available for purchase. All profits go directly to cost of clinics. The PEACEAnimals logo and website are on one side and the familiar mermaid on the other. Bags are 200 pesos each and can be purchased at:
BOLSAS DE PEACEANIMALS EN VENTA
Lucy´s CuCu Cabana -295 Basilio Badillo
Choco Museo – Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez 128 in centro (across from the malecón)
Galeria Uno – 561 Morelos – Centro
Colleción la Bohemia – Constitución and Basilio Badillo
Cork & Bottle – Los Mercados – Aquiles Serdan 265
Charlie’s Sport Fishing and Tours- Local 8B -Marina Vallarta
Galeria Dante – 269 Basilio Badillo
La Cruz Inn – at the plaza in la Cruz, Nayarit
Puerto Vallarta Botanical Gardens (gift shop)
Salon Divas- Melchor Ocampo 51 – Bucerias
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, long on to www.amazonsmile.com and type in Banderas Bay Charities, Inc. (PEACEAnimals receives all of these 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.
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 11-14 – Colonia Moderna – Avenida Dolores del Rio esq. Sara Garcia
April 18-21 – San Juan, Nayarit – Calle Jose de Jesus H. Casas esq. Carr.A El Colomo (frente al campamento).
April 25-28 Cañadas, Pureto Vallarta
May 2-5 – Mojoneras, Puerto Vallarta
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June 27-30 – Volcanes – in the school (en la escuela)
DESIGNATED LINE WITH RECORDING ADVISING LOCATION AND DIRECTIONS – ONLY IN SPANISH –
TO REPORT ANIMAL ABUSE, CALL THE CENTRO DE ACOPIO – 322-223-3690 OR THE POLICE – 911 – AND ASK FOR THE “GREEN PATROL” (“PATROLLA VERDE”)
CUALE SPAY AND NEUTER CLINICS – ONE-DAY CLINICS ARE HELD ON THE ISLA CUALE THE FIRST SUNDAY OF EVERY MONTH. CLINICS OPEN FOR REGISTRATION AT 7 AM. VET TEAM IS PETS FOR LIFE. FOR MORE INFORMATION, SEE THEIR The next 10 months are partiallysponsored by an anonymous donation.
COLINA FREE SPAY&NEUTER CLINIC – Every Sunday at 9 AM. Recommend arrive 7:30-8 AM. First 15-20 animals to arrive will be accepted. Address: 496 Venustiano Carranza in colonia Emiliano Zapata. Clinic is in front of Carnicería Colin, between Naranjo and Jacarandas streets. For more information: Colina Spay and Neuter Clinic on Facebook.
LOCATIONS NEEDED FOR CLINICS. REQUIRED: WATER, ELECTRICITY, BATHROOM AND PARKING AVAILABILITY.
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.
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.
Clinic schedule, including directions and other clinic information are always on website: www.peaceanimals.org, on this blog and on the PEACEAnimals FaceBook page.
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 clinic supplies.
WE NEED VOLUNTEERS AT THE CLINICS. We are almost always short. Please contact Leslie Caratachea via FB or [email protected], or just drop by.
FOR INFORMATION ON VOLUNTEERING:
WE NEED DONATIONS OF USED AND NEW KENNELS FOR CATS AND DOGS OF ALL SIZES. WE WOULD ALSO LIKE TO BE ABLE TO GIVE USED OR NEW COLLARS AND LEASHES TO DOG OWNERS WHO BRING THEIR PETS TO THE CLINICS.
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 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.
Banderas Bay Charities, Inc (BBC, Inc) offers tax-deductible receipts in the US, Canada, and Mexico.
505 N Tomahawk Is Dr Portland, OR 97217
THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS SPONSORS:
THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST AND SUPPORT.
Gretchen DeWitt – President – Board of Directors
Los animales no necesitan tener una camada para completar su ciclo vital, puesto que no existe una relación consciente con la reproducción como parte necesaria de su bienestar emocional.
PARA FOTOS,/NOMBRES Y INFORMACIÓN DE LOS PERROS EN EL CENTRO DE ACOPIO QUE NECESITAN HOGARES:
PARA REPORTAR ABUSO A LOS ANIMALES- LLAME A LA POLICA – 911 – Y PIDA LA PATROLLA VERDE o al centro de acopio 293 3690
LINEA DESIGNADA PARA DIRECIÓNES Y COMO LLEGAR (EN ESPAÑOL) A LAS CLÍNICAS CADA SEMANA: (322) 113 3955
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
NECESITAMOS SU APOYO. FAVOR DE DONAR ALMUERZOS PARA NUESTRO EQUIPO. NOS CUESTA 1,120 PESOS LA SEMANA PARA NUESTRO EQUIPO DE 4 PERSONAS. CON SUS DONACIÓNES DE COMIDA, PODEMOS USAR ESTE DINERO PARA SUMINISTROS. FAVOR DE CONFIRMAR CUÁL DÍA DE LA SEMANA PUEDEN. LESLIE VA HACER EL HORARIO PARA ALMUERZOS. GRACIAS.
TAMBIÉN NECESITAMOS VOLUNTARIOS, POR FAVOR.
GRACIAS POR SU INTERÉS Y SU APOYO.
Gretchen DeWitt – Presidente de la mesa directiva