SEMANA SANTA (HOLY WEEK):  The date is determined by an astronomical event. It begins every year on the first Sunday following the first full moon of spring.  This year,   Holy Week began on April 14th, Palm Sunday.  Workers in México are given the four days off preceding Easter Sunday and schools are on vacation for two weeks. 

DURMIENDO LA NOCHE – PLAYA ROSITA – SEMANA SANTA

Semana Pascua begins on Easter Sunday, and although workers have returned to their jobs, beach and river locations in the area of Puerto Vallarta are filled with celebrants for another week.  Extra food stands are still set up, as well as tents, towels and flattened cardboard boxes on beaches for overnighting.  Although there are trash receptacles in close proximity to the sandy beaches, trash is often left where picnics and drinking took place.  From the beaches and rivers, styrofoam and plastic find their way to the bay and out into the Pacific, where some of it will be ingested by marine animals.

PLAYA CONCHAS CHINAS – SEMANA SANTA

To escape the crowds, we drove to Litibu beach in Nayarit, about an hour and fifteen minutes north.  With the exception of a few couples walking on the long, sandy beach and three horsemen exercising their beautiful, long-maned and long-tailed horses, we were the only ones there.  Waves were gently rolling towards shore and the water was a pleasant temperature, very clear and filled with small fish. 

LITIBU


TALPA: A place of pilgrimages.  Approximately a three-hour drive from Vallarta, one climbs the foothills of the Sierra Madres,  passing the turn for San Sebastián and then descends the narrow, winding road into a green valley, whose hills are covered with pine trees.  This is ranch country,  and horses and dogs are in abundance.   Mascota is the first real town, and best known for its beautiful, unfinished 19th century “Templo Inconcluso de la Preciosa Sangre.” 

TALPA

Driving twenty minutes further east is Talpa.  Founded in 1599 by conquering Spaniards, Talpa was formerly a silver mining town. 
Today, it is best known as the home for the “Virgin Rosario de Talpa,” a small statue housed in the basilica of Nuestra Señora del Rosario.  Affectionately called “La Chaparrita (“The Little Short One”), there are four pilgrimages annually to see the Virgin of Talpa, as she is said to have healing powers.

Photos of the clinic in Talpa were taken by volunteers.  I was unfortunately unable to attend because of family visiting for Easter.  

Laura Chavez-Halberg organized this clinic and secured the extra costs (6,000 pesos) for gasoline and driving time
for an out-of-town clinic.  The ayutamiento of talpa and the mayor, Martin Eduardo Guzman, helped support this effort to reduce the suffering of cats and dogs.

CLÍNICA EN UN EDIFICIO DE DIF – TALPA

Sterilizations at clinic in Talpa- April 24-27:  female cats – 6; male cats 1- ; female dogs – 49 ; male dogs – 15  TOTAL: 71

CLÍNICA EN TALPA
PLUS pregnancies terminated for 1 cat with 3 fetuses and 1 dog with 10 fetuses

In spite of flyers and advance publicity, the response was lower than anticipated and hoped for.  Nevertheless, the number of sterilizations will have serious impact on the unwanted pet population in Talpa.


PREPARANDO PARA CIRUGÍA – TALPA



Donations at clinic in Talpa:  1,420 pesos

Two hundred dollars (one-ninth of our cost of $1,800 USD per clinic) from the $11,000 grant awarded by FRIENDS OF HOMELESS
ANIMALS (FOHA) helped underwrite the clinic in Talpa (8 animals).  Total number of cats and dogs sterilized as a result of this generous grant =  867 cats and dogs www.fohari.com

DR. POLI Y DR. ANTHONY – CLÍNICA EN EL EDIFICIO DE DIF – TALPA


DONATIONS TO PEACEANIMALS:

Bo Jarnstedt – $75 USD
Lilka Jones – $17 USD (monthly)

Steve Stowell – three used beach towels
Irma Gaetz – $10 USD via Macy´s/Benevity


In 2018, PEACEAnimals sterilized 5,792 cats and dogs.

HORARIO/SCHEDULE:

MAY – 2-4 – Parque Lineal del rio Pitillal (JUEVES hasta medio día Sábado)

8-11 – Mezcales, Nayarit – Calle Dan ·4 – Hermosa Provincia – frente de la iglesia de la luz del mundo
15-18 – San Juan de Abajo, Nayarit
22-25 Mascota, Jalisco – at the Lion´s Club – main road in town
28-31 – San Blas, Nayarit (Pets for Life)

JUNE 12-15 – Colonia Volcanes, Puerto Vallarta (organized by Megan Shelton)

CLÍNICA EN TALPA

PHOTOS OF DOGS FOR ADOPTION AT THE CITY SHELTER (293-3690)
KITTENS AND CATS ALSO AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION.
 FOTOS/NOMBRES Y INFORMACIÓN DE LOS PERROS EN EL ALBERGUE
PARA ADOPCIÓN.  TAMBIÉN HAY GATOS Y GATITOS: 293-3690
  TO REPORT ANIMAL ABUSE OR RESCUE NEEDED- CALL 911 – ASK FOR THE GREEN PATROL (PATRULLA VERDE)  OR CALL THE CITY SHELTER – (322) 293-3690
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Y PIDE LA PATRULLA VERDE – o llama al albergue  (322) 293 3690
LINEA DESIGNADA PARA DIRECCIÓNES EN ESPAÑOL Y COMO LLEGAR A LAS CLÍNICAS CADA SEMANA:   (322) 113 3955         http://www.peaceanimals.org/
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NECESITAMOS SU APOYO.  AR ALMUERZOS PARA NUESTRO EQUIPO. PEACEAnimals has a lunch budget of 70 pesos per vet team member (four persons) per day –  4 days a week.  Fifth person every Wednesday & Thursday is star volunteer, Frank Ohly. Please advise which day you would like to donate.  DONATIONS OF LUNCHES MEAN MONEY SAVED FOR CLINIC SUPPLIES.
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NEEDED:   USED/NEW KENNELS FOR CATS AND DOGS AND NEW/USED COLLARS AND LEASHES TO GIVE TO DOG OWNERS AT CLINICS. ALSO NEEDED:  USED TOWELS AND  SHEETS.
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