|CALLE EASY – CONCHAS CHINAS|
Early mornings, when the sun is sending its first, soft light to earth, and late in the day when the sun begins to disappear, are perfect times for a swim. The beach is almost empty and the temperature of the water is a bit cooler than the 84 degrees at other hours.
There are been grey-clouded teases of rain in late afternoons. Cicadas send their electric buzzes out into dark night and the air in our garden is dense with the fragrance of night blooming jasmine.
But it doesn´t rain. Rains for June are more than 50% less than the amount of rain received in Puerto Vallarta last June. Weather forecasts for July are upwards of 50% less rain than July 2018. Water reserves are low and there is no more taking it for granted.
|DAWN – CONCHAS CHINAS BEACH – LA MADRUGADA – PLAYA CONCHAS CHINAS|
LATER AFTERNOON SWIM AT CONCHAS CHINAS – NADANDO MUY TARDE
Below is weather forecast beginning Sunday, July 14th. To date, these have been about 30% accurate.
WATER: If you live here, you are no doubt aware of the situation regarding the Horcones river. This beautiful river forks down from the pine-topped Sierra Madres and empties into the fishing village of Boca de Tomatlán. The plan made by an individual or business entity was to build a hydroelectric plant at the Horcones.
Dynamiting took place without legal permits, causing damage to the environment and killing scores of fish and shrimp. Protests have been organized and two temporary stop work orders have been put in place. There are rumors about who or what is in charge of this project, but no confirmation to date. The great singer and songwriter, Lila Downs, has spoken out against damming the río Horcones. http://aguaparatodos.org.mx/video-defensa-del-rio-los-horcones-puerto-vallarta-jalisco-mexico-por-lila-downs/
|LILA DOWNS HABLA POR EL RÍO HORCONES|
To know more about the Horcones river and the plans for damming it – Spanish or English – https://www.change.org/p/sergio-grafm-lopezobrador-victormtoledo-semarnat-mx-declarar-el-ca%C3%B1%C3%B3n-r%C3%ADo-los-horcones-%C3%A1rea-natural-protegida-protect-the-horcones-river Signing the petition against it may help, ditto letters to newspapers and the mayor.
PEACEANIMALS ADVISORY BOARD: Angela Kelleher, tireless and enthusiastic volunteer from Canada, has been unanimously voted on to the advisory board. She has been great at securing and organizing needed volunteers for the clinics and has agreed to be volunteer coordinator. Angela is a three-quarter time resident of Puerto Vallarta.
|ANGELA KELLEHER, VOLUNTARIA EXTRAORDINARIA Y NUEVA COORDINADORA DE VOLUNTARIOS – IXTAPA|
EDUCATION PROGRAM: On hold until schools back in session.
|VICKI – ADORABLE JOVEN VOLUNTARIA QUE TIENE PLAN PARA SER VETERINARIA –
ADORABLE YOUNG VOLUNTEER WHO PLANS TO BE A VET
IXTAPA is a busy municipality northeast of centro Vallarta, just off the 544 road to San Sebastián. Approaching Ixtapa, one passes a large prison on the right. There are booths across the street from the prison that rent hats, purses and clothing so visitors can look their best.
PEACEAnimals has visited Ixtapa several times, always using the location in the empty government space across from the main plaza. This time we were in a large cluster of small, cement houses. In one of them, donated by the very gracious owner, the vet team operated inside an empty downstairs room. Volunteers, and there were several, monitored pets post surgery in the adjoining cement patio. On Wednesday, our first clinic day and with only two vets, 43 cats and dogs were sterilized. This would not have been possible without the several volunteers who assisted. Angela Kelleher played no small part in this very successful clinic.
|FELIZES EN IXTAPA|
STERILIZATIONS AT CLINIC IN IXTAPA – July 3-6
FEMALE DOGS – 30
MALE DOGS – 16
FEMALE CATS – 59;
MALE CATS – 44
PLUS pregnancies terminated for:
1 dog with 4 fetuses; 3 cats with 4 fetuses each; 1 cat with 6 fetuses; 1 cat with 5 fetuses =
27 animals not born to suffer.
DONATIONS AT CLINIC IN IXTAPA; 1,220 pesos
The clinic was underwritten in part by the anonymous and generous donation of $10,000 USD, which pays for 5.56 PEACEAnimals clinics. 56% cost of this clinic resulted in the sterilization of
83 cats and dogs. TOTAL: 785
LAS VARAS, NAYARIT is a 2-2.5 hour drive south from Vallarta. Because of the distance, I didn´t attend this clinic. The internet describes las Varas as a former hacienda (estate) that became a pueblo in 1935. It is as a small, traditional Mexican town with poverty, about 12 km from the popular beach resort of Chacala.
Las Varas, Nayarit
STERILIZATIONS AT CLINIC IN LAS VARAS, NAYARIT – JULY 10-13
MALE DOGS: 7; FEMALE DOGS: 103; MALE CATS – 12; FEMALE CATS – 31
TOTAL: 153! (note the usual disparity between male and female sterilizations).
PLUS PREGNANCIES TERMINATED FOR: 1 dog with 11 fetuses; 1 dog with 8 fetuses; 1 dog with 6 fetuses = 25 animals not born to suffer
|GATOS RECUPERANDO – LAS VARAS, NAY. foto: Leslie Caratachea|
THIS CLINIC WAS UNDERWRITTEN BY THE GENEROUS DONATION OF $10,000 FROM AN ANONYMOUS FAMILY FOUNDATION. THE GIFT WILL UNDERWRITE 5.56 CLINICS.
DONATIONS AT CLINIC IN LAS VARAS – 210 PESOS – an indicator of the difficult economic situation there.
|LAS VARAS, NAYARIT – foto: leslie Caratachea|
DONATIONS TO PEACEANIMALS:
Michael Turner – $50 USD (monthly)
Nancy Chapman – 2 used Costco dog beds – passed on to LADRA