CIRCUSES IN MEXICO:  The only animals I saw at the circus in Puerto Vallarta were two life-size plaster elephants in front of the Hermanos Fuentes Gasca big tent. Coca Cola,  omnipresent in México, has on display a bottle as big as the elephants.  I went last Sunday to support a circus that no longer has trained wild animal acts.   There are rescued dogs at the acopio  that could be professionally trained and added to the collection of clowns, jugglers, hula-hoopers and acrobats.
 
A federal law in Mexico prohibits the use of wild animals in circuses.  Training these animals has almost always meant deprivation of food, isolation, beatings, electrical shocks, and sometimes has resulted in death.

It is thrilling to see dolphins, porpoises and whales in their natural environments. None of these animals belong in tanks for the amusement of humans.

To swim with wild dolphins in Banderas Bay, contact www.wildlifeconnection.com, operated by journalist/researcher Eduardo Lugo and his biologist wife, Maru Rodriguez.  The couple is researching and tracking the pod, and can usually locate the curious dolphins.

NADANDO EN LA BAHÍA CON LAS DELFINAS LIBRES Y MUY CURIOSAS


ELEPHANT TRAINING

Paulina Stettner,  director of PEACEAnimals, has been working with Fundación Tierra Nueva por los Animals and Animal AC to find solutions for the many animals that have been leading sad lives in Mexican circuses.

ENTRENAMENTO PARA ELEFANTES

She reports that they found a home for a lion named “Morelia,” who weighed only 90 kilos and was covered in lice when rescued.  He and a few bears have been transported to Bioparque Convivencía, a wildlife sanctuary in Puchaca, Hidalgo. The two groups have also found a home for more retired circus animals at a Colorado sanctuary.  One hopes that none of the wild animals that have been working at circuses in Mexico will be sold to circuses in other countries or to hunting ranches in places like Texas, where people pay for the privilege of shooting a basically defenseless animal.

CLÍNICA EN COLONIA VILLA LAS FLORES

COLONIA VILLA LAS FLORES:  After a rare winter ran that lasted the night on Thursday, the potholes in dirt roads in this quiet and clean colonia just east of the airport were filled with water.  The clinic took place an an unfinished cinder block house across the street from a sky blue house with a wonderful magenta colored bougainvillea vine.  On Friday, the vet team was grateful to have three volunteers, including a vet student, and all were Mexican.  The clinics need to be able to count on more volunteers every surgery week.  The vets and vet tech work long, intense hours standing up and seldom take a break.  They need help in registering pets, monitoring pets in post-op and especially with clean-up at the end of the surgery day, which is about 2 PM. 

Among the sights on Friday – Two flour sacks containing one cat each;

BOLSAS CON GATOS
LE FASCINABA LA CLÍNICA
OPERADO EL DÍA ANTES, REGRESABA A LA CLÍNICA

a small beige and white Terrier- mix with a matted coat who had been neutered the day before. Preferring to linger by the entrance to the unfinished house, he ignored the bowl of kibble set out for him by a volunteer.   When a parade of running roosters reached the food, they clucked happily as they pecked it all up;


VILLA LAS FLORES

a little brown dog who had given birth to puppies two weeks before was turned away.  Because the uterus of cats and dogs is fragile for eight weeks after giving birth, there is a risk of it rupturing.

STERILIZATIONS AT COLONIA VILLA LAS FLORES- JANUARY 28-31
Male dogs:  14; Female dogs:  37;  Male cats: 28;
Female cats:  38  TOTAL  117
Gatos :28 ,GATAS :38
PLUS pregnancy terminated for one cat
with 6 fetuses

DONATIONS AT VILLA LAS FLORES CLINIC:
1,101 pesos

PREGNANCIES TERMINATED AT LAS JUNTAS CLINIC January 21-24:

1 cat with 5 fetuses; 1 dog with 7 fetuses; 1 dog with 8 fetuses
20 animals prevented from being born to a life of suffering.

DONATIONS TO PEACE ANIMALS CLINICS:  Hadene and John Klassnik – $100 USD – as a birthday gift to Shelley Rapp
Marion Franc – 10,000 pesos
Maré Hansen – $1,000 USD

MISCELLANEOUS DONATIONS:  Elaine Ortiz – $30 for the Centro de Acopio (local pound).

POISONED:  “Sterling,” Candace Shaw´s Weimaraner, that she had rescued five years ago.  Sterling had been discarded, but Candace found her and adopted her and loved her.  I met this beautiful, gentle dog a few months ago at the clinic Candace held at her home in colonia Palmar de Haramara.  Sterling ate poisoned food while walking with Candace in a neighborhood park. This wonderful dog didn´t die of starvation or a disease or because she was hit by a car.  Sterling died because she ate something that smelled good.  To consume rat poison is an excruciatingly painful way to die.

BEAUTIFUL “STERLING”  ENVENANADA

Candace, a director of PEACEAnimals, has been a passionate and tireless animal rescuer for many years.  If one were to look on any day of the week at FaceBook as a “friend” of Candace´s or as a “friend” of an animal rescue site, one would see a post by Candace and a photograph of a dog that needs a home.  She posted the following quote next to a photograph of her dog Sterling:

 “Compassion for animals is intimately associated with goodness of character, and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.”
― Arthur Schopenhauer, The Basis of Morality

IN MEMORY OF STERILING:  Darlene Carucci has posted a PEACEAnimals clinic memorial fund via GoFundMe.  To date, $800 USD has been raised for an April memorial clinic at Candace Shaw´s  If you care to donate:  http://www.gofundme.com/kv1tbc 

CAT POISONINGS:  Soraya of Puro Gato (cat rescue)  advised that there is a large population of feral cats on a bare piece of land in colonia Lopez Mateos. Neighbors routinely poison the cats in order to control the population, but don´t want to kill them all because of fears the rat and snake population will increase dramatically.  Puro Gato has made an agreement with the neighborhood – if the residents stop the poisonings, Puro Gato will trap, sterilize and release the cats back to the same area. To date, Puro Gato has trapped twelve cats, including a pregnant one.  They were all sterilized and treated for parasites and fleas at PEACEAnimals clinics.  If you can donate or lend traps to Puro Gato, please contact them via FB.


ALERT:   Dogs are being poisoned in Olas Altas.   Sixteen dogs and cats were reported by a local television news station as having been poisoned in one day at and around the main plaza in Valle Dorado in Nayarit.

ANTIDOTE TO RAT POISON:  Induce vomiting immediately.  For small dogs, a teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide; for large dogs, a shot glass or comparable amount. If not hydrogen peroxide not available,  take cat or dog immediately to a vet to have pet´s stomach evacuated. For follow-up, some vets recommend vitamin K injections plus subsequent tablets.

A federal law in Mexico prohibits the use of use rat poison outside one´s own home.   It should be illegal to sell it. Dangerous in the extreme, it could be lethal for a child that accidentally touches poisoned food or even traces of it and then touches her or his mouth.  Hopefully it will not take the death of a child to outlaw rat poison.  It´s not needed to control the rat population.  There are traps killing for rats.  Cats are great for killing rats. Adopt a cat.   Poison left out for cats and dogs is a cowardly, cold-hearted, vicious act.   Cats and dogs need to be sterilized to control the overpopulation of pets, to protect wildlife and to keep towns and neighborhoods cleaner, quieter and safer.  Education and a mass sterilization program are critical in order to reduce the suffering of animals.  Please consider donating to PEACEAnimals clinics.

“MOOI”  RESCATADA Y ADOPTADA POR PAULINA STETTNER (VISITANDO LA CLÍNICA)

RESCUED AND ADOPTED:  “Mooi” – a large male German Shepherd mix that Paulina Stettner found and is keeping.  When I asked what his name meant, she said she thought it was Dutch for “Handsome.”  Paulina brings her three well-behaved rescue dogs to all the clinics.

RECOVERING:  “Feliano,” rescued by Vicky Boyd in front of a church, he is now on the “extra list” of MexPup.  This means the rescuer is responsible for room and board if no foster home available, vet expenses and approving vet recommendations. 

“FELIANO” RECUPERANDO Y NECESITA HOGAR

After just a week´s time, Feliano no longer looks like a dog in despair.  His eyes are bright and he looks happy and eager to please.  Vets are assessing his leg bones to ascertain the reason for his limp.  If interested, contact MexPup via FB.


MANTAS DONADAS

ACOPIO:  I delivered some dog blankets and sweaters to the Acopio that Candice Shaw in Canada sent down via Don Essex.  Candice had purchased a large quantity of navy blue fleece and then sewed up over a dozen of warm, soft blankets for the dogs at the Acopio and at LADRA.

The 70 dogs at the Acopio are all so anxious to get out for fresh air and exercise, and very anxious for attention and affection.  Among the seventy dogs at the Acopio – a wonderful and gentle dog named “Lobo” who does look like a grey wolf, handsome Pit Bull mixes with intelligent eyes, an extremely pretty brown and white small Boxer-mix and a couple of kennels full of puppies.   I didn´t resist the urge to pet and stroke all of them.  There are also 8 adult cats waiting for homes.  All of these animals are lovable.   Please visit the Acopio.

HOMES NEEDED:  For the thousands of dogs and cats on the streets here, for hundreds of cats

GATITA EN ADOPCIÓN EN ANGELICAT

and dogs in refuges and in foster homes,  and for dozens of healthyand beautiful dogs and cats at the Centro de Acopio, the city´s pound.  Please check our website on the “resource” tab for names and contacts of refuges.

CARAS MARAVILLOSAS – ESTÁN EN EL ACOPIO

 Monday-Saturday from 8 AM-2 PM.  293-3690 are adoption hours.The Acopio is holding adoptions every Saturday from 11 AM-2 PM at Plaza Caracól (back end of building near McDonald´s entrance) and Macro Plaza.

EN ADOPCIÓN EN EL CENTRO DE ACOPIO


Dogs are only walked a week by volunteers organized by Friends of Puerto Vallarta Animals.  Food is always needed. The government contributes almost nothing.

70 PERROS Y 8 GATOS EN EL CENTRO DE ACOPIO ESPERANDO HOGARES ESTA SEMANA


FOSTER HOMES ARE NEEDED FOR CATS AND DOGS.  PLEASE CONTACT THE ANIMAL RESCUE ORGANIZATIONS ON OUR WEBSITE IF YOU CAN HELP.

CENTRO DE ACOPIO

RIDES FOR RESCUE DOGS NEEDED:  For Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver. All expenses for dogs paid for.  Please contact [email protected] or [email protected]

ESPERANDO HOGAR EN EL CENTRO DE ACOPIO

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To donate to PEACEAnimals clinics, please click on this link.  http://bit.ly/1cWY0lP

DULCE “LOBO” ESPERANDO HOGAR EN EL CENTRO DE ACOPIO


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COLONIA VILLA LAS FLORES


SCHEDULE/HORARIO  


February 4-7 – Cañadas
Take the Highway from the airport towards Nayarit. As soon as you pass the Cerveza Corona make a right and drive to the end. Where the street ends (and where the sewer water treatment plant is),  make a left. Drive along Avenida Mexico, pass a small Pemex, continue as the road gets rough and bends. Soon you will see the street becomes broader. When you see a Kiosko store,  turn right. Pass the Conalep campus and after about 1km (1/2 mile) you will be on Calle Federación. There are no numbers,  but the clinic will be at the butcher´s shop,”Carnicería Ñoño, just in front of a welding shop. It´s a small colonia and it only has this main road.  Any neighbor can give directions with those landmarks.

Feb 11-14: We are trying to do a clinic in collaboration with the health department. Their staff has been going door to door in Pitillal advising people they must sterilize their pet,  or register and pay a breeder´s fee in order to own intact pets. This will be tentatively close to the SPCA where Paulina saw many backyard breeders of Pit Bulls and Dobies.  TBC

February 18-21 – San Blas – Casa de la Cultura (Pets for Life clinic)

February 25-28 – La Cruz, Nayarit – Sponsored by Funny Bones

March 4-7 – La Cruz (Pets for Life clinic)  Both La Cruz clinics tentatively located opposite Xocolatl restaurant, 100 meters/yards from the traffic light, on the highway. 

March 25-28 – el Tuito 


DATE CHANGE DUE TO RAIN:  FUNNY BONES CLINIC WILL BE SAME PLACE, SAME TIME, BUT ON FEBRUARY 10TH.

           


Clinic schedule, including directions and other clinic information are always on website:  www.peaceanimals.organd on this blog:  www.gretchen-peace-and-pv.blogspot.com
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LUNCH DONATIONS NEEDED FOR VET TEAM:  PEACEAnimals has a budget of 70 pesos per vet team (three persons) per day for 4 days a week for lunches. Please consider bringing lunches for our vet team to the clinics. If you can do this, please let me know so we can create a lunch schedule. By having lunches donated, these savings can used for purchases of supplies and medicines.  
ESPERANDO SU GATITA ATRÁS DE LA CLÍNICA EN COLONIA VILLA LAS FLORES

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS AT THE CLINICS.    Please sign up[email protected]

PAULINA EN COLONIA VILLA LAS FLORES


If directions needed, please call clinic director, Paulina Stettner:  044-322-779-3585
COST FOR ONE SURGERY WEEK CLINIC IS APPROXIMATELY  $1,800 USD. 

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