Everyone noticed it. The change in the weather,    There was wind and rain on the night of October 30th and the next morning, on the Day of the Dead, it was a heavenly, breezy day.    It is the beginning of perfect weather and high season.  And although the temperatures climbed up to 90 later in the week, the humidity percentage has dropped from about a high of about 85% to approximately 65%.  The sweaty, steamy, sticky weather in Vallarta is over until next summer.  Tourists and part-timers are arriving and the town is beginning to buzz.

PUESTA DEL SOL – PLAYA LOS MUERTOS

“We are alone, absolutely alone on this chance planet; and amid all the forms of life that surround us, not one, excepting the dog has made an alliance with us.”
~ Max DePree

The above quote appeared last week on FaceBook.  It was accompanied by the photograph of a woman in a canoe in a gorgeous blue body of water somewhere in Canada.  She is holding a paddle as she faces snow-crowned mountains.  A Golden Retriever faces the camera.   While the inhabitants of some countries eat dogs, many millions of humans do have special alliances with dogs. This alliance exists in part because we used them from the beginning as guards and hunting helpers.   The quote gives no consideration to the the fact that we kill so many animals on the planet – for food, sport, entertainment, apparel, jewelry, decorative art, cosmetics,  sexual aids, and as “nuisances,” because we have arrived in what has been their territory.  Many of the beautiful wild animals on the earth today will be extinct during our lifetimes.  How can humankind possibly form alliances with animals when we are so dangerous to them?

“… amid all the forms of life that surround us….”         We are surrounded by beauty.

OIL PAINTING BY BRADFORD OVERTON – www.bradfordoverton.com

NOT ENDANGERED ARE CATS AND DOGS.

It takes the sterilization of 80% of cats and dogs in a given area to end the overpopulation problem of pets.  With its enormous overpopulation of cats and dogs, Mexico is not remotely close to the number.  In Puerto Vallarta, thousands of cats and dogs are living on the streetsAll sanctuaries here are filled to capacity.  There is an extreme shortage of foster homes. 

There are many animal rescue groups and organizations in  Puerto Vallarta, most of which have FB pages.  Their mission is to save the cats and dogs that have been born.  The FB pages for shelters and for lost and found animals, animals that need help and animals rescued and for adoption are listed under the “resources” tab on our website.

The mission of PEACAnimals is to prevent the future suffering of cats and dogs by offering a free mobile clinic sterilization program.  We also offer an education program in the schools in the areas where the clinics take place.  In order not to dilute the message of spay/neuter,  this blog will no longer include rescued animals.  The only solutions to the overpopulation of cats and dogs are education and a mass sterilization program.

It is estimated that one non-sterilized female dog and her surviving and non-sterilized offspring can produce 67,000 puppies in six years. In seven years, one non-sterilized female cat and her surviving and her non-sterilized offspring can produce 370,000 kittens.




VOLUNTARIOS ESTÁN LIMPIANDO LA ISLA CUALE CADA  LOS SÁBADOS APARTIR DE LAS 8:30.  ¡APOYAN!  IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HELP WITH THE PROJECT OF CLEANING UP THE ISLA CUALE, PLEASE BE THERE AT APPROXIMATELY 8:30 ON SATURDAY MORNINGS.

THE ISLA CUALE is a small sliver of an island that divides downtown Vallarta to the north and the Romantic Zone to the south.  It is one of one of  Puerto Vallarta´s seven rivers originating from the Sierra Madre Mountains that tumbles down into the Bay of Banderas.  Two concrete bridges for cars, one northbound  (Insurgentes) and the other southbound (I. Vallarta),  plus two swinging footbridges are there for pedestrians.    The local government is reviewing plans for improving, beautifying and revitalizing this tiny island of cool, green space.  On Saturday, a large group was on the island pruning, weeding and collecting trash.  The las Palmas hotel brought lunch for everyone.

The island is also a favorite dumping place for kittens and cats.  Locals assume correctly that the felines will have water to drink and food to eat.  Dozens of cats live on the isla Cuale.  They help keep the rat population down, but too many cats harm the ecosystem.Many of the cats and kittens are very tame, many are sterilized and most of the sterilized ones have had their ears notched. 

ISLA CUALE CAT WITH RIGHT NOTCHED EAR INDICATING IT HAS BEEN STERILIZED   

These cats need homes. Please consider taking a stroll on the island with a kennel and bringing a cat home. 

GATOS EN LA ISLA CUALE NECESITAN HOGARES. MUCHOS ESTÁN OPERADOS Y SON MUY MANCITOS.

Los gatos viviendo en la isla cuale necesitan hogares.  Muchos son muy mancitos y esterilizados.  Casi todos de los operados tienen una oreja muescada.


CENTRO DE CULTURA – ISLA CUALE

DONATIONS TO PEACEANIMALS:  Jennifer Fullen – $50 USD
Michael Vitale and Sam Cramer – $500 USD

 

PETS FOR LIFE, THE EXCELLENT VET TEAM WITH WHOM WE SHARE A WORK AGREEMENT, HAVE COMMITMENTS OUTSIDE VALLARTA UNTIL MID-DECEMBER.  As there will be no PEACEAnimals clinics and accompanying photos, blog will include photographs of auction items for the Pet Picnic.
10TH ANNUAL PET PICNIC AT DAIQUIRI DICK´S TO BENEFIT PEACEANIMALS!!

GARLANDS DEL RÍO HOTEL IN PUERTO VALLARTA- TWO NIGHT STAY TO BE AUCTIONED AT THE ANNUAL PET PICNIC – DOS NOCHES AQUÍ PARA LA SUBASTA EL 5 DE DICIEMBRE

 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:

Head and cranial massage by Dr. Leslie Korn  (http://www.drlesliekorn.com/about.html), plus a copy of Medicines from the Jungle, a bilingual community-based medicinal plants book that she wrote (http://www.drlesliekorn.com/medicines-from-the-jungle.html)


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 edgeless 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

THIS IS A FUN EVENT AND SUPPORTS PEACEANIMALS FREE CLINICS.

RANCHO PRIMAVERA – EL TUITO – ONE NIGHT AT THE LAKE HOUSE TO BE AUCTIONED

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

LUNCH FOR 6  AT VILLA MANDARINASTO BE AUCTIONED AT THE PET PICNIC TO BENEFIT PEACEANIMALS – ALMUERZO PARA 6 PERSONAS Y UN DIÁ NADANDO – EN LA SUBASTA

SCHEDULE/HORARIO:
  
November – Oaxaca for two 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 -Punta de Mita – community center – map:
https://www.google.com.mx/maps/place/Peace+Centro+Comunitario/@20.7760973,-105.5136878,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x8421135b3aad65fd:0x82941177d47b6487

 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 
  

WE NEED LOCATIONS FOR OUR CLINICS IN NEIGHBORHOODS AND TOWNS.  REQUIRED:  BATHROOM, ELECTRICITY, WATER AND PARKING SPACE.

TWO NIGHTS AT CASA ENCANTADA IN PATZCUARO TO BE AUCTIONED AT THE PET PICNIC – DOS NOCHES PARA LA SUBASTA DEL PET PICNIC EL 5 DE DICIEMBRE


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 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. 

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.  
GOURMET DINNER FOR 8 AT CASA CHICKIE – PET PICNIC AUCTION ITEM TO BENEFIT PEACEANIMALS

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. 
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:
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 are tax deductible and should be earmarked for PEACEAnimals. 

Banderas Bay Charities, Inc (BBC, Inc) offers tax-deductible receipts in the US, Canada, and Mexico.

Amy Welch, Secretary-Treasurer [email protected]
505 N Tomahawk Is Dr  Portland, OR 97217    
503 285 4007

THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS SPONSORS:


GreaterGood.org

  

      
  

  

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

         

         
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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
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GRACIAS POR SU INTERÉS Y SU APOYO.
Gretchen DeWitt – Presidente de le mesa directiva
https://www.facebook.com/PeaceAnimals