The first click of a lovesick cicada in our garden signaled the beginning of the rainy season. For a few days after the night rains, the air was moving again and the weather felt kinder and cooler. Water in the río Cuale has turned brown from topsoil being carried down from the foothills. Also being carried down to the bay are plastic and styrofoam products.
Totonac Indians, who currently reside in the states of Puebla, Veracruz and Hidalgo, wait on the malecón do a slow ceremonial around a 30-foot pole before climbing up it. At the top is a platform, where four of them attach ropes to their waists, fall backward and make 13 revolutions. The fifth person plays a flute and drum as the others slowly descend down to the sand.
The math of four men making thirteen revolutions equals fifty-two, the number of weeks in a year. The Totonac legend is that at the time of a great drought approximately 450 years ago, the ceremony was created to please the rain god. Village elders chose five male virgins to cut down a tall tree, pray to be forgiven for the act, strip the tree of its branches and drag it back to the village. The trunk of the tree was then erected, followed by the symbolic ceremony. At the horizon under dove grey skies, the sun sends a shining golden path across the dark, flat water.
|TOTONAC INDIANS AT THE MALECÓN
COLONIA LÓPEZ MATEOS
The colonia was named after the 48th president of México, López Mateos, a member of the PRI party, who served from 1958 until 1964. To arrive at this colonia, which is fairly close to the center of old town, one drives on the “libramiento,” also known as the “tunnel” road, and makes a turn at the stop light opposite the corner where la Cruz Roja is located. The wide, cobbled streets are clean and as in every colonia, there are always cats and dogs in sight.
|WAITING IN LINE BEFORE 9 A.M. AT LÓPEZ MATEOS CLINIC
In a light rain early Thursday morning, the shy black homeless cat I have been feeding on my way to yoga, walked up to me meowing. I was able to pick her up and drive her to the clinic. A woman who has forty rescued cats brought in six newly rescued kittens. One of the kittens was paralyzed because a boy had stomped on it. All of the kittens were young and pretty. The woman was crying and asked Paulina to euthanize all of them plus an adorable white Terrier/Poodle Mix she had found on the street. The distraught woman wasn´t able to keep any more animals and didn´t want these animals to starve, contact diseases, get hit by cars or attacked by dogs. All animal refuges are over capacity in Puerto Vallarta. It was a blessing for the paralyzed kitten to be put to sleep, but none of the kittens should have been born, and once born, shouldn´t have had to be euthanized. This particular situation at a clinic is extremely
|PAULINA, VET TECH AND DIRECTOR, WITH DARLING RESCUED DOG THAT NEEDS HOME
unusual, and it is a very sad business, especially for Paulina, our director and vet tech. Paulina wouldn´t euthanize the very sweet dog, who is about ten years old, blind in one eye and has a severe case of manage on his rear. She made two phone calls and found a temporary home for it at the SPCAPV. Also unusual at the clinic, because they are normally used for breeding purposes, a beautiful Belgian Shepherd, her five-month old daughter and a young male St. Bernard, a breed that does not do well in this climate.
|ST. BERNARD WAITING TO BE SPAYED AT LÓPEZ MATEOS CLINIC
|STERILIZATIONS AT LÓPEZ MATEOS CLINIC – MAY 28-MAY 31
Female dogs – 40; Male dogs – 6; Female cats – 43; Male cats – 20
Sadly, 6 kittens euthanized at request of rescuer because there was no place for them to go.
This project has been made partially possible with the support of the Marchig Animal Welfare Trust. The generous donation of $5,000 USD underwrote 3.3 clinics @ $1,500 USD each. Our goal was to sterilize an average of 90 cats and dogs per clinic for a total of 293 animals sterilized thanks to the Marchig Animal Trust. Crediting 36 of the 109 animals at the López Mateos clinic plus the 279 cats and dogs sterilized at 3 other of these sponsored clinics, PEACEAnimals sterilized a total of 315 animals, exceeding our goal. (The Marchig Animal Welfare Trust is headquartered in Scotland).
DONATIONS AT LÓPEZ MATEOS CLINIC: 1,710 pesos plus one pizza brought to the team by Luz Wong.
DONATIONS TO PEACEANIMALS CLINICS
Humane Society International (HSI) $5,000 USD
4-7 Plaza Caracol
11-14 San Pancho (Pets for Life clinic)
15 Tepic (Pets for Life clinic)
18-21 Pitillal (exact location tba)
25-28 La Cruz – Address: calle delfin #1,
carretera punta de mita,
On the highway, approx. 2 KM Carretera Punta de Mita
Delfin and the Highway – ocean side of street.
Almost directly across the street from Roberto’s Xcholtal Restaurant
Coming from Puerto Vallarta, the location is before the street light into La Cruz
RIDES FOR RESCUE DOGS NEEDED: For Edmonton, Calgary and
Vancouver. Expenses for dogs paid for. Please contact [email protected] if you can help.
SOS RE ISLAND CATS: There are basically only two people feeding about 60 cats and kittens and catching them to take to clinics. Help is desperately needed to do both. Contact: [email protected]
HOMES NEEDED: For the thousands of dogs and cats on the streets here and for dozens of healthy and beautiful dogs and cats at the Centro de Acopio, the city´s no-kill pound. Open Monday-Saturday from 8 AM-2 PM. 293-3690. The Acopio is now holding adoptions every Saturday from 11 AM-2 PM at Plaza Caracól (back end of building near McDonald´s entrance).
|ANGELICA OF ANGELICAT AT PLAZA CARACÓL ADOPTIONS
|SMILEAMAZON– When ordering on Amazon, if you click on the following link you can designate PEACEAnimals as a recipient of Amazon´s donation of 0.5% of your purchase. http://smile.amazon.com/ch/20-3726038
VOLUNTEERS: PLEASE SIGN UP WITH PAULINA STETTNER. WE NEED YOUR HELP! [email protected]
|PET OWNER VISITING WITH PAULINA AT LÓPEZ MATEOS CLINIC. DR. POLI OPERATES IN THE BACKGROUND
|Schedule, including directions and other miscellaneous information are always on website: www.peaceanimals.org
PEACEANIMALS HAS TAX-DEDUCTIBLE STATUS IN THE U.S. AND CANADA. Re Canadian donations: NOBARS, a Canadian-based dog rescue organization, is able to process donations to PEACEAnimals without taking a commission. Please contact: [email protected] or visit our website: www.peaceanimals.org
AFTER ONE YEAR OF OPERATIONS, COST FOR ONE SURGERY WEEK CLINIC HAS BEEN REVISED UPWARDLY FROM $1,500 USD TO $1,700 USD.
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS:
THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST AND SUPPORT.
Gretchen DeWitt – President – Board of Directors – PEACEAnimals
NECESITAN SER RESCATADOS: Los miles de perros y gatos en las calles. Las docenas de gatos y perros en el Centro de Acopio. Abierto lunes-sábado apartir de las 8 hasta las 2.
El Centro de Acopio ya tiene adopciónes cada sábado apartir de las 11 hasta las 2 en Plaza Caracól – cerca de la entrada de McDonald´s.
HORARIO PARA LAS CLÍNICAS GRATIS DE PEACEANIMALS: ARRIBA EN LA PARTE INGLÉS.
El horario, con direcciónes, está en mi blog cada semana. www-gretchen-peace-and-pv.blogspot.com y también en el website: www.peaceanimals.org
Miércoles, Jueves, Viernes y Sábado (medio dia Sábado)
Llegue temprano. Los animales están tratados para parásitos, garrapatas, pulgas y sarna, si existe. Los perros y gatos deben tener de 8 semanas o más de edad . Favor de no dar ni comida ni agua después de la medianoche antes del día de la cirugía. Todo es GRATIS.
El costo para nosotros de una clínica cada semana es $ 1,700 EE.UU. Estamos revisando los costos porque los prescios de los suministros y medicinas han subido, además los salarios.
LAS CLÍNICAS NECESITAN FONDOS. Por favor, considere donar.
Para obtener más información sobre las clínicas y del rescate de animalitos:
Gracias por su interés y su apoyo.
Gretchen DeWitt – Presidente – Mesa Directiva de PEACEAnimals