CONCHAS CHINAS (“CHINESE SHELLS”)



Ours were the first footprints and paw prints on the smooth,  wet sand at Conchas Chinas beach at 7:30 Saturday morning.  Past the sand castle-like rock formations, the horizon was the palest shade of pink. The only sounds on the empty beach were the soft swooshes of small waves touching the shore, which contrasted with the amusing, cackling calls of large chachalaca birds in nearby palms.  

CHACHALACA


At exactly 10:53 the night before, I had heard the first buzz of a cicada in our garden.  After sixteen or eighteen years of feeding as nymphs on the juice of roots of trees, they will begin emerging to begin their electric-sounding calls to potential mates.  Cicadas signal that the rainy season will soon arrive.  June!

CIGARRA – ES DECIR QUE PRONTO COMIENZAN EL TIEMPO DE LAS LLUVIAS


Our garden, filled with beautiful vines and flowers and the sweet fragrances of night blooming jasmine, ylang ylang and plumeria,  is where two poisoned possoms recently slowly crawled up and over a wall and died.

MURIERON DOS ZARIGUEYAS EN NUESTRO JARDIN – ENVENENADOS POR OTRO LADO



On May 3rd, “Tommy,”  the male tabby I had rescued from the street as a kitten eight years ago, was dead.  I found him under our bed in the morning.  He had been poisoned and had gone someplace dark to die.  “Dexter,” our rescued grey and white cat, went missing the same morning and never returned.  The same day,  a neighbor´s three cats disappeared.  They had seen several dead cats in the empty lot next to their home.  A few months ago, “Red,” our orange cat from the acopio,  disappeared forever and I understood he had been poisoned.  Years ago, “Betty,” a tuxedo cat from the isla Cuale, was poisoned.  I came home to find her foaming at the mouth and “pedaling.” She was dead within a minute or two in the patio outside our bedroom. 

Our cats cannot get out to the street, but from our upper terraces, they can jump onto a couple of other roofs. It is possible someone is putting out poison to kill rats.  It is just as likely that poison is being used with the cruel intention to kill cats and dogs. This is a very common practice in Mexico. 

PUERTO VALLARTA OPEN: Puerto Vallarta´s first ATP Challenger Tour was held April 30th -May 5th. Location for the event was Parque Parota, an empty lot lined with beautiful parota trees on the wide Avenida México.

CHANGING OF BALL GIRLS AND BOYS – PARQUE PAROTA

Three hard courts, lights and bleachers were installed and it has been confirmed that the courts and lights will stay.  Five-row high bleachers were rented for the Open, accommodating 1,500 spectators.  Daily admission was 100 pesos during the week and bumped up to 150 pesos on the week-end. We attended daily after six, when the sun wasn´t as strong.  Winners Purse – $75,000 USD.  

Men’s Singles Final (#1) Adrian Menendez-Maceiras(ESP)  defeated  (#5)  Danillo Petrovic(SERB)   1-6, 7-5, 6-3   2hrs:04:21

Men’s Doubles Final Ante Pavic(CRO)/Danilo Petrovic(SERB) defeated (#4) Benjamin Lock(ZIMBABWE)/ Fernando Romboli(BRAZIL)  6-7(2), 6-4, 10-5

Petrovic, a very tall player (6´8″) from Serbia with long, stick-like legs, lost the hard-fought singles final to Menendez, from Spain.  Thirty minutes later,  Petrovic was back on the court to play doubles.  After winning the doubles final with his Croatian partner, he took off his shirt (borrowing one later for victory photographs) and threw it to the crowd.  Petrovic proceeded to do the same with his shorts,  then hugged and shook hands with dozens of spectators, who responded in a frenzy of joy. The Puerto Vallarta Open (all male this year) was a big success and will return May 2019.  Winners Purse will be raised to $100,000 USD.

PARQUE PAROTA – PUERTO VALLARTA

AN EXTRAORDINARY STORE:  LACOMER (short for “La Commercial Mexicana) opened a couple of weeks ago.  Its parking lot, which includes covered parking, is adjacent to the Costco parking lot.  A visit to LaComer is like going to the Disneyland of markets.  It´s enormous and it´s beautiful.


“TORTELLERÍA” – LACOMER


The market is remarkable for its spaciousness and extremely attractive display areas.  The xpressa coffee shop offers a selection of coffees and teas, where one can sip a cup inside, or go out on the terrace for a view of orchid trees and the foothills of the Sierra Madres. Freshly baked rolls are served with your drink at no extra charge. Sandwiches available.  

XPRESSA COFFEE/TEA SHOP – LACOMER – PUERTO VALLARTA

A bevy of very helpful,  bright, lime green-shirted employees make navigating LaComer pleasant and easy.  Large bakery.  Good chocolate shop.  Imported cheese island. A blue and white tiled tortilla “factory;” salad bar; gourmet foods… PLUS rows and rows of packaged and canned foods; clothing; toys; pet supplies; kitchen appliances, etc.  LaComer is, quite simply, sensational.



2ND ANNUAL “DOWN PUERTO VALLARTA” took place May 13 and 14.  Thousands of spectators cheered on 36 professional cyclists from 10 different countries,  as they raced 900 meters downhill from the La Cruz viewpoint to the malecón.  The thrilling finale was a combination of spectacular twists and somersaults at two high, earth-covered plywood ramps. A white ambulance with its door open and a stretcher on view was on hand.  



IXTAPA – A town and municipality of Puerto Vallarta located 17 kilometers northeast of Vallarta and on the road to the charming, old mining town of San Sebastian. 

PLAZA PRINCIPAL – IXTAPA


The clinic was located in the same location – in an empty, long rectangular room next to the ayutamiento (local government office). Across the street is the main town square.  The plaza, with its basketball court, very small cement playground, white bandstand and white wrought iron benches, is always immaculate.  No one except the gardener, who was watering, was there on Friday. There is plenty of grass, flowering bushes and palms, but no shade trees, and it is hot.

CONCHA, LA ESPOSA DE DR. POLI – AYUDANDO EN LA CLÍNICA DE IXTAPA

MISSING from the clinic in Ixtapa:  A large fan. Hot, humid weather was perhaps inspiration for the theft.

MISSING from the clinic in Mojoneras – two different owners of a cat and a small, white French Poodle mix. 

ABANDONADAS EN LA CLÍNICA DE MOJONERAS.  LA PERRA FUÉ ADOPTADA POR LA MAMÁ DE LESLIE.  LA GATA ES MUY TIERNA Y SOCIABLE Y BUENA CON OTROS GATOS.  ESTÁ CON ANGELICAT Y NECESITA HOGAR.  CONTACTO POR FB.


Both animals were brought in for spaying,  and both owners gave fake contact information.  Leslie Caratachea, vet tech, took the two pets home.  Her mother adopted “Cleta,” the small, white French mix.  AngeliCAT accepted the adult cat, that is described as “tranquil and affectionate.”  From the photo, it seems she is a recent mother. If interested in adopting, contact AngeliCAT via FB.  

DR. PACHECO CON CHIHUAHUA ANTES DE CIRUGÍA – IXTAPA





STERILIZATIONS AT CLINIC IN IXTAPA – MAY 9-12:

Female cats – 30; Male cats – 22; Female dogs – 37; 
Male dogs – 18  TOTAL:  107

PLUS pregnancies terminated for:
1 cat with 6 fetuses; 1 dog with 4 fetuses
10 animals not born to suffer

DONATIONS AT CLINIC IN IXTAPA: 1,140 pesos

PEACEANIMALS EDUCATION PROGRAM:  Leslie Caratachea, director, is on vacation for four weeks. 

DONATIONS TO PEACEANIMALS:

550 CORREAS/COLLARES DONADOS

Pam Lock- 550 new PEACEAnimals combination collars/leashes in eight different colors – to be given out at clinics.

Angela Kelleher – hundreds and hundreds of crayons to accompany the PEACEAnimals coloring books given out at clinics

Christina Vincent – $50 USD
Katharine Ludwick – $20 (monthly starting May)

“LOUP,” HERMOSO PERRO TODAVÍA CON VETERINARIO.  VA A SER EN ADOPCIÓN – AYUDAMUTT – FB

MISCELLANEOUS DONATIONS:

Linda Lake – 600 pesos- surgery for “Loup,” an AyudaMutt rescue dog in Boca de Tomatlán
Linda Galston – 600 pesos – for Loup´s surgery
Maca MacMorran – 1800 pesos for Loup´s surgery

“LOUP” – ADROPEADO EN BOCA – PIERNA QUEBRADA – DOS CIRUGÍAS Y DESPUÉS INFECIÓNES

Loup was hit by a car in Boca de Tomatlán a few months ago.  He has had two surgeries and subsequent infections.  Loup, a one-year old beauty, is still in vet care.  Every effort is being made to save his leg, which needs more bone mass. Loup will be for adoption via AyudaMutt- FaceBook.

VALLE DORADO, NAYARIT:  Located 12.6 kilometers northeast of Puerto Vallarta, the drive to the next state usually takes about 30 minutes.  On Wednesday, it took an hour to get there because of road work.

PLAZA PRINCIPAL – VALLE DORADO, NAYARIT

Located a few minutes north, on the opposite side of highway 200 from nearby, posh Nuevo Vallarta,  Valle Dorado (“Golden Valley”) consists primarily of clusters of small, one-story cement homes. 

LA DELEGACIÓN – LOCAL PARA LA CLÍNICA EN VALLE DORADO


The clinic took place in the delegación (government) building at the main plaza.  Similar to many plazas in Mexico, the Valle Dorado main square consists of a white, wrought iron bandstand and a small children´s playground. There are also a few grassy areas and a scattering of palm trees, but like the plaza in Ixtapa, no shade trees. 


The entire area was immaculate.  Great additions – a tennis court and a basketball court. The church must have been very nearby, but I didn´t see it.  Like Ixtapa, with the exception of owners registering pets, the plaza was completely empty.  At 9:30 in the morning, the clinic was full and pet owners were asked to return Thursday morning.

THANK YOU TO LINDA STEWART FOR ORGANIZING THIS CLINIC!


VALLE DORADO, NAYARIT



STERILIZATIONS IN VALLE DORADO – MAY 16-19:

FEMALE DOGS – 61; MALE DOGS – 41; FEMALE CATS – 27; MALE CATS – 27     TOTAL:  156 !

PLUS 1 pregnancy terminated for a dog with 10 FETUSES

ESPERANDO CIRUGÍA – VALLE DORADO



DONATIONS AT VALLE DORADO: 1,810 PESOS  (approximately $100 USD)






The mission of PEACEAnimals is to end the future suffering of cats and dogs. The most efficient way to do this is via a massive, free spay/neuter program.  In 2017, PEACEAnimals sterilized 5,357 cats and dogs.


DR. PACHECO – CLÍNICA EN VALLE DORADO


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 PERROS EN EL ALBERGUE (ANTES CENTRO DE ACOPIO) QUE NECESITAN HOGARES:  https://perrospv.000webhostapp.com/lista-de-perros.html

SUS MASCOTAS DE 5 AÑOS Y 5 MESES – PARA ESTERILIZACIÓN – VALLE DORADO

RAISING FUNDS AND VISIBILITY:  Three hundred  PEACEAnimals blue mesh shopping/beach bags with extra-long straps were ordered and a few are still 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  (closed until October 25)

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.


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

VALLE DORADO


PLEASE CHECK OUR WEBSITE, FB PAGE OR BLOG FOR NEW DATES AND LOCATIONS OF CLINICS.  FAVOR DE CHECAR NUESTRO WEBSITE, PÁGAIN EN FB O BLG PARA NUEVAS FECHAS Y HOGARES PARA LAS CLÍNICAS GRATIS.



SCHEDULE/HORARIO:

May 30-June 2 – PUERTO VALLARTA – colonia la Floresta – calle Vera Cruz #499

June 6-9 – PUERTO VALLARTA – col. las Aralias – atrás del parque los Sauces (calle Pavo Real en la bodega de Sofi) 

June 13-16 – las Palmas – Francisco Villa S/N mercadito municipal en la delegación


June 20-23- PUERTO VALLARTA – Volcanes – in the school (en la escuela)


GABY Y ALEX – VOLUNTARIAS EN VALLE DORADO    photo:  Angela Kelleher


DESIGNATED LINE WITH RECORDING ADVISING LOCATION AND DIRECTIONS – ONLY IN SPANISH –
 (322) 113 3955
TO REPORT ANIMAL ABUSE, CALL THE CENTRO DE ACOPIO – 322-293-3690 OR THE POLICE – 911 –  AND ASK FOR THE “GREEN PATROL” (“PATROLLA VERDE”)

CUALE SPAY/NEUTER FREE CLINICS – ARE HELD AT THE ISLA CUALE IN THE CULTURAL CENTER – FIRST SUNDAY OF EVERY MONTH.  CLINICS OPEN FOR REGISTRATION AT 7 AM.  VET TEAM IS PETS FOR LIFE.  FOR MORE INFORMATION:  

 
https://www.facebook.com/cualespayneuterclinics/
  
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.

VALLE DORADO

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.

PERRO  ESPERANDO CIRUGÍA – VALLE DORADO

All pet registration forms with signatures of owners or rescuers are submitted by Dr. Poli to the local department of health.

DR. POLI – VALLE DORADO
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.
SE NECESITA DONACIÓNES DE ALMUERZOS PARA EL EQUIPO, POR FAVOR


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.  

ALEX PRESCOTT – VOLUNTARIA QUE TIENE 30 AÑOS VIVIENDO EN VALLARTA – CLÍNICA EN IXTAPA

FOR INFORMATION ON VOLUNTEERING: 

 http://www.peaceanimals.org/volunteer_1/volunteer_duties

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.

ESPERANDO CIRUGÍA – VALLE DORADO

    

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. 
FRANK OHLY – #1 VOLUNTARIO – VALLE DORADO

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.
CLÍNICA IN VALLE DORADO – DR. PACHECO


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.

Gretchen DeWitt – President – Board of Directors
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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.
http://www.peaceanimals.org/espa_ol/protocolo_para_voluntarios

GRACIAS POR SU INTERÉS Y SU APOYO.

Gretchen DeWitt – Presidente de la mesa directiva