After two days of rain ranging from drizzles to downpours, Tuesday and Wednesday were the bluest of balmy, blue days.

 REAL DEL MAR,  JUST OUTSIDE LA CRUZ, NAYARIT

At dawn on Wednesday, the white full moon was veiled with lacy, pale pink clouds in a baby blue sky.  Breathtakingly beautiful.  Driving to colonia las Cañadas an hour later, I was in a part of Vallarta I had never seen before.  Northeast and high up in the hills, I followed a windy, narrow road that switched back and forth from cobblestone to dirt.  I passed palm trees, banana trees, overgrown magenta bougainvillea vines , rancheros wearing levis and wide-brimmed hats inspecting their horses and cattle, an elegant hacienda, and a luxe golf course.

LAS CAÑADAS



CLÍNICA EN LAS CAÑADAS

The clinic in las Cañadas took place in an unfinished cinder block house or perhaps store.  PEACE had a clinic in the same space five years ago and it looks exactly the same.  When I arrived at 8:30, there was already a line of people waiting with their pets.  An attractive man in his 30´s arrived on a motorcycle with a tiny 4-6 week-old Chihuahua mix.  He said he had bought her from a vet in Nayarit for 900 pesos and that the puppy was very sick. We cannot provide tests or vaccines, so all we could do was advise that he take the puppy back to the vet to be tested for parvo and parasites.  The puppy was very beautiful, but too young to have been taken away from its mother.

CACHORRITA ENFERMA QUE COMPRÓ DE UN VETERINARIO EN NAYARIT

The vets I know give rescue dogs and cats away.  They don´t sell them.  We suggested he go to the Acopio for a healthy puppy and pay the 130 peso donation.

I saw a pregnant black dog on the dirt road close to the clinic and asked where the owner was.  He appeared with his wife and strawberry blonde young daughter.

DUEÑOS DE LA PERRITA NEGRA IN LAS CAÑADAS

He wanted to have one of the babies of his dog.  After telling him that there were puppies everywhere, he agreed to bring his dog back the following morning.  As the clinic was full, it was fortunate that upon inspection, the little brown senior citizen dog named “Lucky” had already been spayed.  This made a spot for the black dog, whose pregnancy was terminated.   She was the luckiest dog of the day.

After the clinic,  I went to my favorite place for lunch- “Paraiso Moro.” 

PARAISO MORO EN PASO ANCHO

With its bougainvillea-adorned wooden fence entrance, it is a simple spot in Paso Ancho next to the río Cuale.  Horses are often tethered next the restaurant while their riders take a break.

RÍO CUALE EN PASO ANCHO

Yellow butterflies flutter by and there is almost always the squawk of green parrots in the nearby jungle.

A saw a different kind of beauty in a photograph a friend posted on FB.  It was of path covered in deep snow.  The boughs of the pine trees were heavy with snow and the sky was pale white.  There is a feeling of innocence in the silence of snow. It is in great contrast to the news stories of the viciousness of humans in so many parts of the world. 

LA WEIMARANER RESCATADA, ADOPTADA Y OPERADA EN LA CLÍNICA DE LAS CAÑADAS

STERILIZATIONS AT COLONIA LAS CAÑADAS:  February 4-7

TOTAL STERILIZATIONS:

Cats: Male- 15; Female 22; Dogs –Male 19; Female 35

TOTAL:  91 CATS AND DOGS

Pregnancies terminated and euthanasias:  Information not yet received.

DONATIONS AT COLONIA LAS CAÑADAS: 974.50 pesos

On-site clinic donations average between 10 and 15 pesos per animal – about $1.00 USD.  Our clinics cost us approximately $18 USD per animal.

DONATIONS TO PEACEANIMALS CLINICS: GoFundMe – initiated by Cherie Verber for the clinic at her home –  5,650 pesos
Kathy Stien – $35 USD

DATE CHANGE FROM FEBRUARY 3 TO FEBRUARY 10 FOR PEACEANIMALS FUNDRAISER DUE TO HEAVY RAINS:

RESCUED AND ADOPTED:

“NENA” RESCATADA Y YA LLEVANDO UN ABRIGO EN SU NUEVO HOGAR EN COLOMBIA BRITÁNICA

“Nena,” the homeless Pit Bull mix brought to a PEACEAnimals clinic in Pitillal for spaying.  Grateful for food and water, she was too emaciated and too anemic for surgery.  Foster homes were found for her in Vallarta while she recovered her health.  Sweet Nena is now living a great life in British Columbia with a wonderful family and three other dogs. Karyn Green, who fostered Nena for six weeks, sent these photos.

“NENA”

A very thin female Weimaraner.  I saw a woman I know on the Isla Cuale Monday afternoon while walking our dogs.  She said she was looking for a beige female Weimaraner and little black male dog.  They had apparently been roaming the area for for 6-8 weeks and she wanted to get them sterilized and then back to colonia el Caloso.  Driving home, I saw the two dogs eating garbage on calle Miramar.

WEIMARANER RESCATADA Y ADOPTADA.  EL MEZCLA DOBIE NECESITA HOGAR

As my three dogs were in the car, I asked them to get out, lifted the two street dogs into my car and slowly drove the three quiet residential blocks to my home with my dogs following us.  The Weimar and Dobie had dinner and then spent a very quiet full moon night in our bodega.  Surprisingly, there were no messes to clean up the next morning.  Tuesday morning, Esau Bello,  my Spanish tutor and popular gardener, saw the dogs and called his girlfriend.  Zena Rosas,  who had once owned a male Weimar, came immediately and quickly decided to adopt her.  I took both dogs to the PEACAnimals clinic in Floresta on Wednesday for sterilization.  After we returned home, the little Dobie-mix

got out of the car and trotted up the stairs from the garage to the garden.  As the Weimar was still sedated, I left her in the car with doors open  so she could get out when she woke up.  Minutes later I didn´t see the little black dog anymore in the garden. I walked down to the garage and found him curled up in the car next to his girlfriend. 

IN FOSTER CARE AND NEEDS PERMANENT HOME:  Mateo Jorge saw the SOS for a foster home on FB and walked over to my home Thursday evening to collect this great little dog.  “Rocco” is housebroken, neutered, vaccinated, smart, playful and affectionate.  

EN CASA PUENTE Y NECESITA HOGAR TAN PRONTO POSIBLE.

This dog will make a great pet.  PLEASE HELP FIND A PERMANENT HOME FOR HIM. Contact:  Mateo Jorge via FB.

IN MEMORY OF STERLING – A victim of poisoning: Darlene Carucci has posted a PEACEAnimals clinic memorial fund via GoFundMe.  To date, $1,437 USD has been raised for an April memorial clinic at Candace Shaw´s  If you care to donate:  http://www.gofundme.com/kv1tbc 

SOS SOS SOS!!!  I received the following email from Lori on Saturday- PLEASE HELP!:

“I am home in Washington, D.C..My husband found three puppies on the road next to their dead mother.  He picked them up and took them to a friend´s house in Puerto Vallarta.  He also took them to the vet and got their shots.   Problem is no one can keep them and my husband returns home on Thursday.  He put them on his face book page and I’ve are trying to promote them in PV. We are at a loss as to what to do. My husband´s name is Willie and his cell phone accepts calls in Mexico- 571-330-3534.  If you know anyone that could help it would be a blessing.  Thank you,  Lori”

You can also email Lori:  [email protected]

HOMES NEEDED:  For the thousands of dogs and cats on the streets here, for hundreds of cats and dogs in refuges and in foster homes,  and for dozens of healthy and beautiful dogs and cats at the Centro de Acopio, the city´s pound. 

EN ADOPCIÓN EN EL CENTRO DE ACOPIO

Please check our website on the “resource” tab for names and contacts of refuges.

EN ADOPCIÓN EN EL REFUGIO DE PURR PROJECT


 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.


VOLUNTARIOS 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 two weeks of food annually.

EN ADOPCIÓN EN EL CENTRO DE ACOPIO


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

LINDA  PERRITA TIPO BOXER EN EL CENTRO DE ACOPIO

RESCATADOS DEL ACOPIO POR JAMI LYNN, EN CASA PUENTE Y PARA ADOPCIÓN
RESCUED FROM THE ACOPIO, IN FOSTER CARE AND FOR ADOPTION
CONTACT:   Jami Lynn via facebook message or 322 278 1824

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

GREATERGOOD – PLEASE CLICK!  Your daily clicks or direct donations help animals, people and the planet.  www.greatergood.org; www.greatergood.com

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

OTRO CACHORRITO ENFERMO EN LAS CAÑADAS


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 some of your purchases.  http://smile.amazon.com/ch/20-3726038

PERRA DE LA CALLE.  HAY QUE ESTERILIZAR.  SO MANY STREET DOGS.  STERILIZATION CLINICS CRITICAL.


SCHEDULE/HORARIO  

CERQUITA DE LA CLÍNICA EN LAS CAÑADAS

Feb 10-13 (TUESDAY-FRIDAY THIS WEEK):  The clinic in Pitillal has been postponed by the health department due to a rabies alert in either el Tuito or Tomatlán – location not yet confirmed.  Because a a calf had been bitten by a rabid bat, the staff of the health department left Pitillal began a mass rabies vaccination campaign in one of those locations. Rabies have not been present in the area of the Bay of Banderas for many years, so this incident is being taken very seriously.

NEW LOCATION:    Lienzo Charro El Herradero (rodeo grounds) by Dr. Poly´s  house in Coapinole.   Calle Victor Iturbe “Pirulí” at the corner with Aguamarina.

To get there,  go from Costco toward Pitillal, pass Pitillal’s plaza and on Revolucion,  make a right. Go all the way up the hill until Ecuador (there’s a Kiosko and a Rotisserie there). On Ecuador,  turn left and go straight for a few blocks until you cone to a bump, an Oxxo and some roadwork. Turn right there. On your left hand side there is a DIF center for infanta and the elderly. Turn left at the next corner and go up hill to the end of the street. Calle Victor Iturbe el Piruli starts there   Follow it it until you reach the rodeo grounds of Lienzo Charro El Herradero.


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

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

March 4-7 – La Cruz (Pets for Life clinic)  Both La Cruz clinics will be located opposite Xocolatl restaurant, 100 meters/yards from the traffic light, on the highway. 
  
March 11-14 Mezcales, Nay.  Calle Fco. Villa 206
Take the 200 towards Nayarit. Exit on the lateral BEFORE Mezcales. One block before the junction to Valle/San Vicente make a right (it is the corner before the Bancomer), which is Calle Fco. Villa, Drive one block and clinic will be on the corner.

March 18-21 Col Cristobal Colón (tbc) –  in collaboration with health departments officials enforcing the mandatory sterilization for PV residents.  YAY!

March 25-28 – el Tuito 


        

LAS CAÑADAS


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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VISTA EN LAS CAÑADAS

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.  
PAULINA AT LAS CAÑADAS CLINIC

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

If directions needed, please call clinic director, Paulina Stettner:  044-322-779-3585

GATO PARA ESTERILIZAR EN LAS CAÑADAS

COST FOR ONE SURGERY WEEK CLINIC IS APPROXIMATELY  $1,800 USD. 

NACIÓ CON UNA PATA RARA.  BORN WITH AN UNUSUAL PAW.


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.   Name of recipient of donations  for all donations is simply “PEACE.”

LAS CAÑADAS
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Thank you for your interest and support.
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