The rain promised to arrive on Saturday for the most important day of the pilgrimages to the Church of our Lady of Guadalupe, arrived Friday afternoon.  It was a heavy rain, accompanied by thunder and lightning and large waves splashing over the malecón. The rain didn´t stop the processions,  which were accompanied by booming tubas, horns and drums.  Many of the participants dress in white or in traditional embroidered Mexican clothing.  The children look particularly irresistible in their straw sombreros and ribbon-braided hair.  Saturday morning I awoke to more of the familiar songs being sung on Juarez street, which was closed to traffic all day.  The procession of dancers, musicians and “pilgrims” continued throughout the drizzle of a day and a downpour in the evening, culminating with the joyful clanging of bells,  horns trumpeting, drums banging and voices singing “La Guadalupana” inside and outside of the church at midnight.

LOS 12 DÍAS DE PEREGRINACIÓNES EN CALLE JUAREZ EN PUERTO VALLARTA-  PARA NUESTRA SEÑORA DE GUADALUPE

Sitting with friends high on a terrace earlier in the week, I looked down to the jungle below us. In the distance between the reddish peeling bark of the trunks of two papelillo trees was a perfectly framed small, white sail of a boat moving slowly beneath the bluest of skies across the still and beautiful bay. A few moments later, Lynn Rogers recited this poem by e.e. cummings:

 “i thank You God for most this amazing”

i thank You God for most this amazing
day: for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything
which is natural which is infinite which is yes

(i who have died am alive again today,
and this is the sun’s birthday; this is the birth
day of life and of love and wings: and of the gay
great happening illimitably earth)

how should tasting touching hearing seeing
breathing any—lifted from the no
of all nothing—human merely being
doubt unimaginable You?

(now the ears of my ears awake and
now the eyes of my eyes are opened)

ENTRANDO EN LA IGLESIA DE NUESTRA SEÑORA DE GUADALUPE

FUN FUNDRAISER FOR PEACEANIMALS!  MONDAY, JANUARY 4, 2016

6:00-8:00 pm – DRINKS AND SUPPER

8:15: pm – SCREENING OF “ELLA ES RAMONA”

A charming, intelligent romp of a romantic black comedy!  Spanish with English subtitles.    Filmed in Mexico.

Popcorn and candy will be served! 

VILLA BALBOA – PUERTO VALLARTA – Carretera a Barra de Navidad Km 3.8 #1730, Playa Venados     [email protected]

This is a beautiful villa overlooking the bay, complete with a deluxe screening room.

500 PESO DONATION

TICKETS FOR SALE NOW AT CASSANDRA SHAW – Basilio Badillo 276,  colonia Emiliano Zapata, Phone:01 322 223 9734

100% OF TICKET SALES MONEY WILL SUPPORT PEACEANIMALS CLINICS

SPACE LIMITED TO 38 TICKETS.  FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED. PLEASE DON´T DELAY IN PURCHASING YOURS!

PEACEANIMALS, after several weeks absence, will be back in Puerto Vallarta December 16th.  They have been especially missed by the cat rescue organizations.  Waiting just a few extra weeks for spay/neuter means kittens become young cats and are unfortunately less adoptable. 
LA HERMOSA GATITA QUE ADOPTÉ DE LA ISLA CUALE

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 TO PEACEANIMALS:

PET PICNIC AT DAIQUIRI DICK´S ON DECEMBER 5 – NET after expenses;  49,150 pesos = $2,888.46 USD.  This will pay for one clinic ($1,800 USD) and partially fund another one.  Funds were generated by ticket and cook book sales, raffle, live auction and an anonymous donation of 350 pesos.

Michael Turner – $50 USD (monthly donation)

Lucy Muniz – co-owner with her husband, Gil Gevins, of the fabulous Lucy´s CuCu Cabana – 41,048.92 pesos ($2.416 USD), 25,000 of which are earmarked for a clinic in Bucerias.  These monies were raised when she and Gil was running the charity they had founded, Asociación Protectora Animal, Puerto Vallarta,  Because of red tape, this money had been languishing in the bank for thirteen years.

Pam Lock – $100 USD

Richard R. Reed Foundation – 160,000 pesos = $9,402.92 USD

l.to r. –  Richard Reed; Amy Welch -treasurer of PEACEAnimals and Banderas Bay Charities; Neil Sechan -board member; gdw; Matt Messner -board member

Richard Reed, a Scottsdale, Arizona resident and new homeowner in Puerto Vallarta, founded the Richard R. Reed Foundation this year.  He has chosen to give grants benefiting children and animals in Puerto Vallarta, Arizona and Colorado.  Richard is co-founder of the American Taekwando Association, holding the impressive title of Grand Master with a 9th Degree Black Belt, and is CEO and founder of ASF Payment Solutions.

UPPER LEFT – BENEDICTE LAUR-  CLINIC VOLUNTEER; UPPER RIGHT – JAN SKOGEN -RRR GRANT ADVISOR; LOWER RIGHT – FRANK ONLY AND VICKI THORNE-OHLY – CLINIC VOLUNTEERS WITH TWO OF THEIR FIVE RESCUE DOGS
Due to non-sterilization and a lack of education, there are thousands of homeless cats and dogs living on the streets in Puerto Vallarta.  There are many hundreds waiting to be adopted in foster homes,  sanctuaries and the Centro de Acopio.   If you can foster an animal, have found a cat or dog, or would like to adopt a cat or dog, Please check our website on the “resource” tab for names and contacts of refuges, vets, etc.  
PERROS DE LA CALLE EN MÉXICO, EL PAÍS QUE ESTÁ EN  TERCER LUGAR EN EL MUNDO PARA CRUELIDAD A LOS ANIMALITOS.  http://perrocontento.com/2015/08/inegi-determina-a-mexico-en-el-3o-lugar-de-maltrato-hacia-los-animales/ 

According to figures from the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI -in Spanish),  Mexico is ranked number three in the world for animal cruelty. It is a country with 18 million dogs, of which only 30 percent have owners.  The remaining 70 percent of dogs are in the streets by direct neglect or as the result of the breeding of homeless, unsterilized animals.

After dinner Sunday evening with friends at their home in centro, a few blocks from our home, I saw an emaciated honey-colored Boxer mix pawing through an enormous pile of garbage on a street corner.  Her teats were heavily filled with milk.  I had been going to feed the homeless cats in the abandoned house after dinner, so had a small bag of cat food with me.  The pretty dog walked tentatively towards me when I called to her, but after sniffing the Kirkland kibble, walked slowly away.  I went immediately to the corner convenience store to buy hot dogs, but the sad dog, with teats swaying, trotted off into the dark night while three other dogs devoured the pile of kibble.  This is what we see on the streets in Mexico.  Starving cats and dogs.  Pregnant cats and dogs.  Intact male cats and dogs.  Injured and sick cats and dogs.  The numbers and percentages below the photo of the street dogs tell part of this story.

An estimated 40 abandoned cats and kittens have been poisoned on the isla Cuale to date. Locals believe it is the stall vendors and/or restaurants who are responsible.  This is a very cruel way to eliminate an animal and is not a solution.  Until the government institutes enforceable laws against pet abandonment, signs are posted on the island that dumping cats is not only cruelty to them, but also to wildlife,  and people are educated and take advantage of the free clinics, cats will continue to be thrown away on the isla Cuale – and in many other places as well.


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PEREGRINACIÓNES EN CALLE JUAREZ

SCHEDULE/HORARIO:

December 16 – Colonia Coapinole, Puerto Vallarta (Demonio Blanco) Francisco Madero # 569

Take Francisco Villa north, passing the church in Pitillal.  Drive straight until reaching 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 becomes a dirt road.  Clinic will be on the left hand side of the road in an orange house.  
The Coapinole clinic is sponsored by an anonymous donation in the amount of $1,800 USD.
December 23-January 5 – VACACIÓNES 

January 6 -Punta de Mita – community center – map:
This clinic is sponsored by PEACE Punta de Mita Foundation.
January 13-16 –  Bucerias, Nay. – Calle 16 de Septiembre between  Matamoros and  Pipilas, Col. La Unidad.  The Bucerias Community Center (BBC, formerly BBCC Bucieras Bilingual Community Center) building).

Driving north on Hwy 200, pass exit for Pie in the Sky (on right) and Hotel de Cameron (left)  At the next traffic light (Famar’s Restaurant and Santander Bank on right) – exit on the lateral.
Continue North 2 blocks to Estadios, turn right.  Drive one block to Francisco Villa, turn left.  Drive two blocks to Pipila, turn right.
Drive one block to Matamoros, turn left – in one block you’ll see the Community Center

Harold Sokolove and other locals are raising funds for this clinic.

January 20-23 – las Juntas y los Veranos – extra costs of gas and driving time to be paid for by members of the community.

BAILADORA EN LAS PEREGRINACIONES

  

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

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.
ATRAPADA EN MI COCHE EN LA PEREGRINACIÓN DEL 12 DE DICIEMBRE


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. 
VISTA DE MI COCHE – VIEW FROM MY CAR AS I WAITED TO CROSS THE STREET

Please consider bringing lunches for our vet team to the clinics. If you can do this, please advise so we can create a lunch schedule. By having lunches donated, these savings can used for purchases of supplies and medicines.  

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.   www.bbcinc.org
Amy Welch, Secretary-Treasurer [email protected]
505 N Tomahawk Is Dr  Portland, OR 97217    
503 285 4007
PEREGRACIÓNES EN CALLE JUAREZ HASTA LA IGLESIA DE NUESTRA SEÑORA DE GUADALUP

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

  


       Richard R. Reed Foundation
  

  


Thank you for your interest and support.

WISHING ALL A JOYFUL AND BLESSED HANNEKUH AND CHRISTMAS!!!

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

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