CHAMELA

 
Although Puerto Vallarta had completely hunkered down in preparation for the mega-hurricane Patricia, she never arrived here on Friday, October 23rd.   Instead, Patricia visited the very small and very poor communities approximately three hours south of Vallarta.  Impoverished inhabitants lost most of their meager possessions.  Many people lost everything, including their homes. Communities comprised of 50 or 60 families were left for days without food, water, electricity and the roofs of their humble houses.  Always poor, these people are now poorer.

CHAMELA

Tragedies, more than joyful occasions, seem to bind humanity together in the most noble and generous ways.   Goodness shines.   HSI responded immediately to the needs of the animals in the affected areas.

DONACIÓNES PARA LAS VÍCTIMAS DEL HURICÁN PATRICIA

Several organizations and individuals solicited donations of food, clothing and everything else a human or animal would need.  These items have been delivered in trucks and cars and will continue to be delivered for as long as it is deemed necessary.   

Thank you to the following friends who so generously delivered the many boxes and bags of important supplies to my home this week:    
Shannon Beston; Kathryn Garcia; Buri Grey; Larry Loyd and Nick Walker; Maca MacMarran; Heidi Padilla; and Ralph Osborne
Everything was driven down on Saturday to the areas in la Huerta (three hours south) most seriously affected by Patricia.  Thank you to Gaby Vaca for getting the supplies to the people who are in such desperate need.

 


 



I hesitated about driving to the clinic in San Vicente Thursday morning.  The AC in our car had gone out on Tuesday, couldn´t be fixed until Friday,  and I knew it would be a hot, 45-minute drive. But it was only a brief hesitation before heading north to Mezcales, the beach town in Nayarit about 10 minutes before Bucerias.  From there, one heads directly east, which is the beginning of the Valle de Banderas.  The area is full of ranches and full of saints.

The first saint is San Juan de Abajo,  the next one is San Vicente, and other pueblos named after other saints follow.  These are quiet, clean little towns – all with bandstands in a central plaza that faces a church. In the plaza, which is surrounded by food stands, small shops, and a small bazaar selling used western-style clothing, school children and adults were setting up “altars” for the celebration of ” El Día de los Muertos” (“Day of the Dead”).  Dating back centuries to Aztec rituals,  this day was originally observed at the beginning of summer.   The Day of the Dead was a day dedicated to remembering and honoring the dead, and supporting them on their spiritual journey.   After the arrival of the Spaniards in the 16th century, the time of year to observe el Dia de los Muertos was changed to October 31, November 1 and November 2, coinciding with the western celebrations of Allhallowtide (now Halloween), All Saints´ Eve, All Saints´ Day and All Souls´ Day.

PREPARANDO ALTARES PARA EL DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS EN LA PLAZA DE SAN VICENTE
LA PLAZA EN SAN VICENTE


ALTAR PARA ELIZABETH TAYLOR Y RICHARD BURTON EN EL MALECÓN


EL MALECÓN EN VALLARTA

The clinic in San Vicente, in the very nearby state of Nayarit,  took place in the salón de ejidos, a large empty, partially paved lot across from the plaza.  I was told by a volunteer that people with their pets had been lined up since 6:30 in the morning for the 9 AM start time.  Those who arrived later in the morning had to be turned away until Friday.  The same volunteer had brought in an utterly filthy, matted-haired, small Terrier for neutering.  She hoped to be able to take him him for a bath and a haircut.  If that is manged, this dog will look like a movie star.  He was so sweet and so friendly and one always wonders why these pets get thrown away.

VOLUNTARIA EN SAN VICENTE CON PERRITO DE LA CALLE QUE PODRIÁ SER ADORABLE CON UN BAÑO Y CORTE

No clinic took place on Saturday, as the ayutamiento needed the space PEACEAnimals had been given for this clinic.

Thank you to Sue Solorzano for organizing this event and thank you to Debra Brown from Canada, who paid the 3,000 pesos extra costs for driving time and gasoline for the vet team.

STERILIZATIONS in SAN VICENTE – October 28-30


Male dogs: 29; Female dogs: 40; Male cats: 21; Female cats:39  TOTAL:  119 in 3 days!  (The location was unavailable to the vet team on Saturday).

All pet registration forms with signatures of owners or rescuers are submitted by Dr. Poli to the local department of health, with copies to PEACEAnimals.
DONATIONS AT CLINIC in SAN VICENTE – October 28-30: 1,230 pesos

Three days of lunches for the team from BIRRIAS MONCHO´S by Don Birris, the exuberant, smiling owner  (FB – Birrias Moncho´s) 

STERILIZATIONS AT SAN SEBASTIÁN/ SANTIAGO DE LOS PINOS CLINICS –  OCTOBER 21-24:  Male dogs:  10;  Female dogs:  33;
Male cats:  1; Female cats:  20  TOTAL:  64

SAN SEBASTIÁN DEL OESTE

Several factors conspired to make these numbers lower than our average of more than 100 animals per surgery week.  This was a first-time clinic in remote locations with small populations; a long tradition of non-sterilization owing both to a strong Catholic identity and the need for ranch dogs;  weather alert for Hurricane Patricia on Friday and the ensuing rains.  Note the large disparity between numbers of female versus male surgeries.

DONATIONS AT S.S./SANTIAGO CLINICS – October 28-30 – 180 pesos

ESPERANDO CIRUGÍA EN SAN VICENTE

DONATIONS TO PEACEANIMALS:

Zero this week.

RESCUED AND NEED HOMES: 

“TYSON” TIENE QUE REGRESAR A LA CALLE O AL CENTRO DE ACOPIO SI NADIE NO LO AFRECE UNHOGAR ANTLES DEL 7 DE NOVIEMBRE.  TIENE 5 AÑOS Y ESTÁ VACUNADO, ESTERILIZADO, Y ENTRENADO.  ES MUY NOBLE Y JUGETÓN.  CONTACTO:  LONNA HULL POR FB.

“Tyson,” a five-year old male Pit Bull was rescued by Lonna Hull.  This great dog was boarded and trained at Tibet Canino for many months and then went to a foster home.  Unfortunately his foster home will not be available after November 7th.  Tyson will either have to be put back on the street on taken to the Acopio if there isn´t another foster home or permanent home available.  Contact Lonna via FB if you would like to meet Tyson.

“TYSON” URGE UN HOGAR.

 “Chester,”  a wonderful three-year old and now neutered and vaccinated white, male 15-pound Poodle found on the road by Sharon Tognietti.  Registered as a NOBARS dog, please contact Sharon if interested: [email protected]

“CHESTER” AL MOMENTO DE ESTAR RESCATADO

“CHESTER” – RESCATADO Y NECESITA HOGAR – MACHO DE 3 AÑOS- VACUNADO Y ESTERILIZADO

GREATERGOOD – PLEASE CLICK!  Your daily clicks or direct donations help animals, people and the planet.  www.greatergood.org; www.greatergood.com  To donate specifically to PEACEAnimals, please click on:  http://bit.ly/1cWY0lP


ALTAR DEDICADO A GABRIEL GARCÍA MARQUEZ PARA EL DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS – VALLARTA

10TH ANNUAL PET PICNIC AT DAIQUIRI DICK´S TO BENEFIT PEACEANIMALS!!

 Saturday, December 5, 2015, at Daiquiri Dick’s – Olas Altas 314 (Tel:) 222 0566
 11am – 1pm 12 N –  Costume Contest followed by Best Trained Competition
 Boxed Lunch and Doggie Treats; Fashion Show; Raffle; Live Auction
 
$300 pesos in advance and $350 pesos at the door
Tickets are available now at Daiquiri Dick’s.
Space is limited.

I have volunteered to secure items for the live auction.  If you have something wonderful to donate (dinners in private homes; sails on the bay; tennis or golf lessons with a pro; a piece of art; hotel overnights, villa overnights;  cooking classes; etc.),  please contact me.  Robert Burkheimer, auctioneer extraordinaire,  has donated his professional services to this event.  To date,  the following has been confirmed:

Rancho Primavera in el Tuito- the lake house – one night for two persons – www.ranchoprimaveramexico.com

Casa Malia in Gringo Gulch, Puerto Vallarta – two nights for two persons  – https://www.facebook.com/casamaliapv

Casa Mariposa in San Sebastián – two nights for up to eight persons –
https://www.flipkey.com/san-sebastian-del-oeste-villa-rentals/p1323418/

Casa Encantada – Patzcuaro, Morelia – two nights for two persons  http://www.hotelcasaencantada.com/

Lunch for six and afternoon swim in the bay or the pool at the spectacular Villa Mandarinas in Mismaloya – www.villamandarina.com

Gourmet dinner for eight persons catered, served and joined by exuberant hosts Nick Walker and Larry Loyd at their fabulous villa, Casa Chickie – Puerto Vallarta
http://www.timothyrealestategroup.com/properties/casa-chickie/

Hotel Lagunita in Yelapa – two nights for two persons- http://hotel-lagunita.com/

Garlands del Rió – the sensational new boutique hotel in Puerto Vallarta –  two nights for two persons
www.garlandsdelrio.com

Dinner for two at The Iguana, the Mexican specialty restaurant scheduled to open the first week of November

REGARDING FUNDRAISERS:  I am asked from time to time to promote fundraisers for other animal rescue organizations.  This would be a conflict of interest.  To raise awareness of an animal fundraiser or cause, one can contact the local newspapers and the FB pages for animal rescue groups and organizations. 
CLÍNICA EN SAN VICENTE, NAYARIT

SMILEAMAZON– This is fast and simple! When ordering on Amazon, 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
LA PLAZA EN SAN VICENTE, NAYARIT

SCHEDULE/HORARIO:
 
November – 4-7 La Peñita,  Nay. (Pets for Life clinic) – followed by Oaxaca for two condensed weeks (Pets for Life clinic)
December 2-5 – San Pancho, Nay. (Pets for Life)
December 9-12 – San Blas, Nay. (Pets for Life)
December 16 – Colonia Coapinole, Puerto Vallarta (Demonio Blanco) Francisco Madero # 569

Take Francisco Villa north, passing through the church and plaza in Pitillal.  Drive straight until you reach the cross street of 16 de septiembre.  No street sign, but landmark is a yellow, orange and navy blue restaurant called “La Hamburguesa.”  Turn right and continue up hill.  At top of street is calle Guerrero.  Continue one more block until you reach calle Francisco Madero.  A lime green two-story building will be on your left. Turn left.  Continue 1 1/2 blocks on this paved road until it turns into a dirt road.  We will be on the left hand side of the road in an orange house.

December 23-January 5 – VACACIÓNES 

January 6 – TBA

 January 13-16 –  Bucerias, Nay. – Calle 16 de Septiembre between Calle Matamoros and Calle Pipilas, Col. La Unidad. The Bucerias Community Center (BCC,  formerly BBCC Bucerias Bilingual Community Center) building.  Harold Sokolove and other locals are raising the funds for this clinic.

DESIGNATED LINE WITH ADDRESS AND DIRECTIONS FOR WEEKLY CLINIC (SPANISH ONLY)   (322) 113 3955 
  

PUERTO VALLARTA- DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS

WE NEED LOCATIONS FOR OUR CLINICS IN NEIGHBORHOODS AND TOWNS.  REQUIRED:

CLÍNICA EN EL SALÓN DE EJIDOS – SAN VICENTE, NAYARIT

BATHROOM, ELECTRICITY, WATER AND PARKING SPACE.

DR. POLI – SAN VICENTE

NOTE:  PEACEAnimals, per our agreement with independent contractors, Pets for Life, is obliged to pay extra for driving time and gasoline for areas outside Puerto Vallarta.  We ask that private or government groups pay those extra expenses.

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
Please “like” PEACEAnimals and Calle Cero  on FaceBook.
LUNCH DONATIONS NEEDED FOR VET TEAM:  PEACEAnimals has a budget of 70 pesos per vet team individual (three persons) per day for 4 days a week for lunches. 
EL DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS – “LA MALINCHA” EN EL PASILLO DE LA EX-PRESIDENCIA

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. 


EN FRENTE – TRES VOLUNTARIOS – SAN VICENTE, NAYARIT



WE NEED VOLUNTEERS AT THE CLINICS.    Please sign up:  Leslie Caratachea via FB or [email protected]
If directions needed, please call our dedicated line (directions are only in Spanish) or refer to our website or this blog:   113 3955
COST FOR ONE SURGERY WEEK CLINIC IS APPROXIMATELY  $1,800 USD. 

ALTAR EN EL PASILLO DE LA EX-PRESIDENCIA IN VALLARTA

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.
DONATION change effective Oct 1, 2015:
PARA ELIZABETH TAYLOR
OTRO ALTAR EN EL MALECÓN

PEACEAnimals is under the umbrella of Banderas Bay Charities, Inc.,  a US 501 (c)(3) charity located in Portland, Oregon. Please make payments payable to either BBC INC or Banderas Bay Charities, Inc.  Donations toPEACEAnimals are tax deductible and should be earmarked accordingly.   www.bbcinc.org
ALTAR PRE HISPANICO

Checks can be mailed to:  Amy Welch, Secretary-Treasurer [email protected]
505 N Tomahawk Is Dr  Portland, OR 97217      503 285 4007

 

THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS SPONSORS:


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Thank you for your interest and support.
Gretchen DeWitt – President – Board of Directors
https://www.facebook.com/PeaceAnimals

         

         
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LINEA DESIGNADA PARA DIRECIÓNES Y COMO LLEGAR (EN ESPAÑOL) A LAS CLÍNICAS CADA SEMANA:   (322) 113 3955

NECESITAMOS LUGARES PARA NUESTRAS CLÍNICAS EN COLONIAS Y PUEBLOS. PRECISO:   BAÑO, ELECTRICIDAD, AGUA Y PARA ESTACIONARSE.
INFORMACIÓN EN ESPAÑOL SOBRE LA ESTERILIZACIÓN PARA MASCOTAS Y LAS CLÍNICAS GRATIS EN NUESTRO WEBSITE – www.peaceanimals.org
FAVOR DE DONAR ALMUERZOS PARA EL EQUIPO. NOS CUESTA 210 PESOS 4 DÍAS LA SEMANA Y CON SUS DONACIÓNES DE COMIDA, PODEMOS USAR ESTE DINERO PARA SUMINISTROS.  GRACIAS.
NECESITAMOS VOLUNTARIOS, PORFA.
GRACIAS POR SU INTERÉS Y SU APOYO.
Gretchen DeWitt – Presidente de le mesa directiva
https://www.facebook.com/PeaceAnimals