BOCA DE TOMATLÁN          photo:  Lalo Govea

LA BAHÍA DE BANDERAS, PUERTO VALLARTA

The rainy season was only just recently arrived with a couple of  raucous, rollicking, sky-slashing rain storms. Although skies often turned grey and one heard the distant rumble of thunder, rains in June and July have been light and infrequent. 

LODO LLEVADO DEL RÍO CUALE HASTA LA BAHÍA DESPUÉS DE UNA LLUVIA

It rains more frequently up in the mountains.  Rivers carry silt, topsoil and manure from farms and ranches down to Banderas Bay, leaving a pale brown smear close to the mouths of the area´s seven rivers.  Two days after the rain, the bay is clear again. 

NADANDO EN PLAYA ROSITA TEMPRANO EN LA MAÑANA

 Early morning swimmers and fishermen arrive at the same time  town roosters are crowing at the sun and prehistoric-looking pelicans are skimming close to the water before their dives for fish begin. 
TEMPRANO EN PLAYA LOS MUERTOS

Far out in the bay in a panga, the water is the clearest Mediterannean blue, with temperatures of 86-87 degrees.  Several olive ridley turtles were dozing on the surface.  They are very still until a boat approaches, and then heads pop up, eyes blink, and with a push of their flippers and a small swoosh of water, the turtles submerge and disappear.  Recently removed from the endangered species list, the olive ridley is so named for the greenish tinge of its shell.  The ridleys are the smallest of the seven species of sea turtles, with a size of 2-2.5 feet and a weight of up to 100 pounds.  Average life span in the wild is 50 years, but only one in one thousand is estimated to reach adulthood.  Main predators of adult turtles are sharks and humans.

TORTUGA OLIVE RIDLEY


With a pool net on a pole, Karla de la Peña scoops up plastic bottles, large chunks of styrofoam and helium balloons.  Some read  “Happy Graduation” and “Happy Birthday” in Spanish and often are found in the same areas, sent off from a party boat.

Sky lanterns and helium balloons pollute and litter the environment.  They can cause power outages and can travel thousands of miles. Consumed, they kill animals on the land and in oceans, bays, rivers and lakes. Helium balloons and sky lanterns will hopefully become illegal everywhere. They are currently banned in several U.S. states, including California, which is often at the forefront of environmental movements.   
EDUCATION PROGRAM:  Schools out for summer vacation.  No education programs until classes resume.
EL TEMPLO INCONCLUSIVO DE LA PRECIOSA SANGRE – MASCOTA


MASCOTA:  The word in Spanish means “pet,” but this name is derived from the Teco word “amaxacotlán mazacota,” meaning “place of deer and snakes.” 

Located 60 miles (90 kilometers) from  Puerto Vallarta, Mascota is at an altitude of 4,160 feet (1,268 meters) on a plateau in the western Sierra Madres.  Mascota is a municipality consisting of 40 small towns, of which the town of Mascota is the largest and the seat of the municipality.

The drive, part of which is either an ascending or descending serpentine one, took us – driving fast – two hours.  Once reaching Mascota, we were in ranch land, passing the ancient volcano

PLAZA PRINCIPAL – MASCOTA

Molcajete” (from the Nahuatl word “molcaxitl” – a Mexican version of the mortar and pestle).  Centuries-old, low stone walls blackened with age border grassy, green fields where cows and horses graze peacefully next to palms and pine trees. In town, ranchers wearing wide brimmed hats ride their horses on cobbled streets,  and locals walk without hurry on the faded red and white cement tiled sidewalks in this quiet, very clean town. 

Important sights – the lovely Templo Inconcluso de la Preciosa Sangre, an unfinished sanctuary begun in the 19th century and the 18th century church, Nuestra Señora de los Dolores. 

LA IGLESIA DE NUESTRA SEÑORA DE LOS DOLORES

We stayed overnight at the charming,  rustic Santa Lucia hotel,

HOTEL BOUTIQUE SANTA LUCIA

located four blocks from the town plaza.  Renovated four months ago, a section of the face of the building dates back to the 17th century.  It is small, dog friendly,  with large bedrooms and large bathrooms.  

GERENTE JORGE PÉREZ Y SU GATITO “HORUS”

A grassy garden with mature avocado and mango trees is next to the swimming pool. Jorge Pérez, the affable and very helpful manager, had recently adopted a kitten named “Horus,” and let me take it to the clinic to be neutered.

VOLUNTARIAS – MASCOTA


The clinic took place in the Club de Leones (Lions Club), a couple of blocks from the plaza. Amongst the volunteers were Laura Cecilia Belloso and Maricela Peña Rodriguez,  members of La Fondación Amigos de los Animales. The foundation, consisting of a couple of dozen members, raised 3,000 pesos to help pay the extra costs (gasoline and driving time for vet team) of our out-of-town clinic.  The ayutamiento (local government) paid another 3,000 pesos.

PERRA Y PERRO RESCATADOS – ANTES Y DESPUÉS DE CIRUGÍA.  LOS HERIDOS EN LA CADERA DE LA HEMBRA FUERON POR LOS HUESOS SALIDOS.  MASCOTA


At the clinic, a sturdy young man brought two large, tan Shepherd-mix dogs he had rescued from a ranch. The brother and sister dogs had been tied up for days without food or water and were starving.  The female dog had two raw, round wounds on her backside where her bones had been protruding.  After the dogs were sterilized, the man carried them back to his red pick-up truck.  The rear window  has a sticker reading “I (heart) Dogs.” 

CAMIONETA DEL RESCATADOR DE MUCHOS PERROS, INCLUYO 2 QUE TRAJO EL PRIMER DÍA A LA CLÍNICA EN MASCOTA.  ANTES  ESTABAN AMARRADOS EN UN RANCHO SIN AGUA Y COMIDA Y MURIENDO DE HAMBRE.  YA ESTERILIZADOS, ÉL VA A BUSCAR HOGARES PARA ELLOS. 
TUMOR MALIGNO
DR. PACHECO SACANDO UN TUMOR


At the end of the  day, I noticed Dr. Pacheco performing surgery on a small, white Poodle-mix female.  He was very carefully removing an apricot-size malignant tumor on her belly.  The work was intense, taking 30 minutes for the surgery and 10 minutes for stitching the wound.  The dog´s life was saved.

ESPERANDO CIRUGÍA – CLÍNICA EN MASCOTA


DR. ANTHONY PREPARANDOSE PARA CIRUGÍAS – MASCOTA

“HORUS” – CLÍNICA EN MASCOTA

MASCOTAS EN MASCOTA

STERILIZATIONS IN MASCOTA – AUGUST 25-27 (3 days only,  as Lion´s Club location was not available on Saturday).

MALE CATS – 11; FEMALE CATS – 27; MALE DOGS – 15; FEMALE DOGS – 73  TOTAL:  126

plus pregnancies terminated for 1 dog with 6 fetuses and 1 dog with 1 fetus

NIÑAS CON SUS MASCOTAS- CLÍNICA EN MASCOTA


DONATIONS AT CLINIC IN MASCOTA:  850 PESOS


DESPUÉS DE CIRUGÍA – MASCOTA



VALLE DORADO, NAYARIT:  Second clinic in a row at this location.  Nearby La Misíon, a poor area overloaded with dogs,  was cancelled as there was no secure place in which to store meds, surgical instruments and kennels.

DR. POLI – LAVANDO INSTRUMENTOS DE CIRUGÍA – VALLE DORADO    photo:  Linda Stewart


STERILIZATIONS AT CLINIC IN VALLE DORADO-
JULY 18-21:

MALE DOGS – 25; FEMALE DOGS – 47; MALE CATS – 26; FEMALE CATS -29   TOTAL:  129  PLUS 

PREGNANCIES TERMINATED FOR 1 DOG WITH 5 FETUSES; 2 CATS WITH 3 FETUSES EACH

CLÍNICA EN VALLE DORADO                   photo:  Linda Stewart – organizadora de la clínica

DONATIONS AT CLINIC IN VALLE DORADO: 1,910 PESOS
All lunches for the vet team provided by the community.

CLÍNICA EN VALLE DORADO, NAY.  photo:  Linda Stewart

DONATIONS TO PEACEANIMALS:  

Donna Cramin – $300 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.

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


RAISING FUNDS AND VISIBILITY:  Three hundred  PEACEAnimals blue mesh shopping/beach bags with extra-long straps were originally 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

CAFÉ NAPOLI – MASCOTA


HERE´S TO BEER! Monzón (“Monsoon” in Spanish) Brewery has chosen PEACEAnimals to be one of two charities in July to benefit from their monthly bottle cap program. Customers are given the bottle cap from the beer they ordered and can then place it in an identified bucket.  One peso per bottle cap in the PEACEAnimals bucket will be donated to us for the free clinics.

 Venustiano Carranza 239 –  Colonia Emiliano Zapata. Puerto Vallarta   322 260 9718


YOU CAN DONATE TO PEACEANIMALS WITH YOUR AMAZON PURCHASES.   Amazon donates 0.5% of eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organizations selected by their customers.    https://smile.amazon.com/ch/47-4752247   OR… log 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. 



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

CLÍNICA EN MASCOTA
SCHEDULE/HORARIO:
August 1-4 – Puerto Vallarta –  COL SANTA MARÍA – 
calle Capilla con Coyules  Directions:  Starting by the Sheraton Hotel
Francisco Villa north Right on Viena (Pemex across the street) (about 2 lights before Costco turn)
Go about 8 blocks then turn Right on Sta. Teresita  Go about 7 blocks then turn  Right on La Capilla
Go about 1-2 blocks then turn  Left on Los Coyules  You are there!!


August 8-11 – col. Díaz Ordaz – calle Venezia #118 en la esquina con Viena-  Pto Vallarta 


August 15-18 – col. del Villar – calle Tauro #191-  frente de la estacionamiento de camiones de Versalles – Pto Vallarta

August 22-25 – col. Mojoneras – calle Jalisco –  en la delegación – Pto. Vallarta

August 29- September 1 – Pto Vallarta

September 5-8  NO CLINIC (vet team attending conference)

September – Jarretaderas, Nayarit

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” (“PATRULLA 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 – Facebook.
CLUB DE LEONES – HOGAR PARA LA CLÍNICA EN MASCOTA



LOCATIONS NEEDED FOR CLINICS.  REQUIRED:  WATER, ELECTRICITY, BATHROOM AND PARKING AVAILABILITY.

DR. PACHECO – CLÍNICA EN EL CLUB DE LEONES – MASCOTA

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.
DR. POLI – CLÍNICA EN MASCOTA

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, 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, 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: 

VOLUNTARIAS – VALLE DORADO – photo:  Linda Stewart

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

FRANK OHLY – STAR VOLUNTEER- VALLE DORADO, NAYARIT    photo:  Linda Stewart, organizer of this clinic

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.
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.
STRANGELY BEAUTIFUL – BOTANICAL GARDENS – JARDINES BOTÁNICOS DE PUERTO VALLARTA

Gretchen DeWitt – President – Board of Directors
https://www.facebook.com/PeaceAnimals
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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.  [email protected]

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


www.gretchen-peace-and-pv.blogspot.com