Nicasio, a Miwok Indian word which means “the hidden one,” is a small village in the rolling hills of West Marin in Northern California, where the fragrance of pines mingles with the eucalyptus.   We were there for two frigid weeks over the holidays, where temperatures in the early mornings were usually 35 degrees farenheit,  and sheets of ice formed over the car windows.   The beauty of the unusually cold weather is the sparkling white frost covering grassy yards and fields in early mornings.  As the sun warms the earth, dark horses and pintos race across shining wet,  green fields surrounded by painted white wooden fences.  Coveys of small, brown quail scatter across country dirt roads and and black and white Guernseys are brought out of barns and set loose in their pastures to graze.   A short walk from one of the two perfect little white wood churches is a wonderful homemade cheese store, and the cheeses are creamy and delicious.  In the center of the small village is the rustic and very popular Rancho Nicasio bar/restaurant, well-known in the San Francisco Bay Area for its great live music.  Even the wonderful Van Morrison has played there.

IGLESIA HERMOSA Y PERFECTA EN EL CAMPO DE NICASIO

My husband Ned and I arrived back in Mexico on January 3rd with California colds and are happy to be in beautiful, balmy weather again.  The el niño rains haven´t arrived here yet.

 

CENTRO DE COMUNIDAD – PEACE PUNTA DE MITA

PUNTA DE MITA:  Is a prong-shaped peninsula surrounded on three sides by crystal clear water.  The name derives from the Aztec word, “Mictlan,” which means “gateway to paradise.”  After 30 minutes north on highway 200 from centro Vallarta, the remaining 30 minutes to Punta de Mita are on a beautiful, winding two-lane road that clings to the gorgeous coastline.  Almost immediately after passing the luxurious Four Seasons hotel, the first possible turn is a westerly one on Hidalgo street, which takes one into the humble village of Punta de Mita.  Next to the plaza with its bandstand and painted white cement church is a blue cement building, which is the PEACE Punta de Mita community center.  In the areas around the bandstand, various classes of the organization´s education program were taking place.

CLASES DE PEACE PUNTA DE MITA

Because the pet turn-out had been reported to be slow, I took five PURO GATO rescue kittens and two young Chihuahua puppies to the clinic on Saturday to be sterilized.  Please contact Puro Gato via FB if interested in pretty Chihuahuas or kittens.

CLÍNICA EN PUNTA DE MITA

STERILIZATION NUMBERS IN PUNTA DE MITA  JANUARY 6-9:  Female dogs:  25; Male dogs:  12; Female cats:  13; Male cats: 3  TOTAL:  53

PLUS pregnancies terminated for 1 cat with 5 fetuses and 1 cat with 4 fetuses

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 PUNTA DE MITA CLINIC:  Not yet counted and reported. 

PUNTA DE MITA CLINIC SPONSORED BY PEACE PUNTA DE MITA.  Their three excellent community programs focus on health & lifestyle, education and community pride.

www.peacepuntademita.com

STERILIZATION NUMBERS in Coapinole – December 16-19, 2015
Female Cats- 60 females; Male Cats –  33 males;  Female Dogs  –  52; Male Dogs: – 25
TOTAL:  170!!!!!
The Coapinole clinic was sponsored by an anonymous donation.  THANK YOU.
LESLIE – CLÍNICA EN PUNTA DE MITA
DONATIONS AT COAPINOLE CLINIC:  1,412 pesos plus $20 USD
STERILIZATIONS AT PUNTA DE MITA CLINIC – JANUARY 6-9

DONATIONS TO PEACEANIMALS:
Ralph Osborne – $5,400 USD, which pays for three clinics, resulting in more than 300 sterilizations of cats and dogs
Jane and Robert Walker – $100 USD – in honor of Mr. and Mrs. David Kiebler
Bobbie Freeman – $35 USD – in honor of her cousin, board member Neil Sechan
Harriet Murray – 5,000 pesos – payment for her PET PICNIC bid on the day and lunch for six persons at Villa Mandarinas in Mismaloya
Pamela Evans –  $100 USD –  as a gift to her cousins Karen Marshall and Janelle Barry

Anonymous- Twenty 100%  custommade, high quality Mexican cotton t-shirts with design concept by Cara Vescio and applied by hand by Renaissance Arts.  The company creates and sells custom t-shirts and etched glass at the Riviera Farmers Market on Tuesdays in Nuevo Vallarta.  Thank you to owner, Dave Stewart, for selling these t-shirts at his cost.  

PARA LOS 3 PRIMEROS ESTUDIANTES QUE LLEGAN CON SUS MASCOTAS A LAS CLÍNICAS

The t-shirts will be given out to the first three students to arrive at the clinics on Wednesdays and Saturdays.  School sessions are split between morning and afternoons, so the give-away schedule allows the afternoon students a chance to be first ones at the Saturday clinic.  Certificates of merit are planned for all students bringing in their pets.

                                  

CLÍNICA EN PUNTA DE MITA

VILLA BALBOA MOVIE FUNDRAISER- Curdled pink clouds resembling oversize blossoms were strewn across the sky for the evening event on January 4th. 
VISTA AL SUR DE VILLA BALBOA – FIESTA DE CARIDAD PARA PEACEANIMALS EL 4 DE ENERO
Cristhian Rios, manager of the beautiful Villa Balboa and party/wedding planner extraordinaire, filled the villa with flowers and candles and made sure there was plenty of good food and good service.  The film, “Ella Es Ramona,” a charming romantic black comedy, was a big hit with the audience.

VISTA AL NORTE DEL COMEDOR EN VILLA BALBOA

Thank you to the Miller family for underwriting this event, to Cristhian Ríos for organizing the evening to perfection and to Beto Cohen, a friend who co-wrote and co-produced the film and sent it to me for this fundraiser.   The event raised 17,000 pesos, which will pay for several dozen sterilizations of cats and dogs.


Note:  Sadly, the very generous and gentlemanly Jim Miller died a few weeks ago.  He was loved by everyone and will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

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.

CAMPANA NACIÓNAL  EN MÉXICO DE CALLE CERO

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

PUNTA DE MITA

HORARIO:

DESIGNATED LINE WITH RECORDING ADVISING LOCATION AND DIRECTIONS – ONLY IN SPANISH – (322) 113 0942

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). 

Location is easily accessible from north or south on Carr. 200.

From the NORTH : Enter the lateral prior before the next traffic light after passing the Bucerias centro traffic light. U-turn onto northbound lateral at the Santander Bank traffic light
From the SOUTH: Enter the northbound lateral at the next traffic light after passing the OXXO/Decameron arch traffic light at the Santander Bank traffic light.

Both: Stay on the northbound lateral to Av. Matamoros (just before the pedestrian bridge.) Turn right, go two blocks, turn right again.

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

January 20-23-  Jarretaderas, Nayarit – Amado nervo #79 entre. Adolfo lopez mateos, frente salón de los testigos de jehova

January 27-30 –  colonia las aralias – Puerto Vallarta – atrás del parque los sauces – en la bodega de Sofi Gonzalez 

FEBRUARY 3-6 – Isla Cuale – Puerto Vallarta – in the art center area

HORARIO PARA LAS CLÍNICAS  ESPECIALES SOLAMENTE DE UN DÍA EN LA ISLA CUALE:

VOLUNTARIOS LLEGAN A LAS 7 DE LA MAÑANA PARA ATRAPAR GATOS PARA ESTERILIZAR.  GATOS SOCIABLES Y OPERADOS VAN ESTAR EN ADOPCIÓN.  LAS CLÍNICAS VAN A ABRIR A LAS 9.  ADOPCIÓNES DE PURO GATO CADA FECHA APARTIR DE LAS 11 HASTA LAS 2.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HELP TRAP ISLA CUALE CATS, PLEASE COME WITH OR WITHOUT A TRAP ON THE DATES BELOW AT 7 AM.  CLINICS WILL OPEN AT 9. 

GATITOS Y CHIHUAHUAS RESCATADOS Y EN ADOPCIÓN DE PURO GATO – EN LA CLÍNICA

PURO GATO WILL HOLD ADOPTIONS ON THE ISLA FROM 11-2 ON THESE SAME DATES.

Enero 10 – domingo –   SPCA
Marzo 6 – domingo –  COLINA (this clinic will not be held on the island.  It will be held at
COLINA free clinic – Carranza 491 in colonia Emiliano Zapata).
Abril 3 – domingo –  PURR PROJECT
Mayo 8 – domingo –  PV ANIMAL
Junio 5 -domingo –  SHANNON BESTON
Julio 3 –  domingo – PEACE
Agosto 7 – domingo –  SPCA
Septiembre 4 – domingo – ANGELICAT
Octubre 2  – domingo – PURR PROJECT
Noviembre 6 – domingo –  PV ANIMAL

           Diciembre 4-  domingo – PURO GATO

THE ABOVE GROUPS HAVE HIRED AND WILL PAY PETS FOR LIFE 4,500 PESOS FOR THE STERILIZATION OF 30 ANIMALS.  IF NUMBERS ARE GREATER,  THE SAME ORGANIZATIONS WILL REQUEST DONATIONS FROM THEIR SUPPORTERS TO MAKE UP THE DIFFERENCE.

“ZOYA” QUIÉN ERA “PALOMA” DE LA ISLA CUALE – ADOPTADA

Because of the rash of cat poisonings on the isla Cuale, apparently by merchants, PurrProject accepted five adult cats from the island for their sanctuary.  Gayle and Paul Sommers were looking for an older cat, and immediately fell in love with Paloma.  Her new name is “Zoya,” and from photos sent to me, Zoya looks like she might be a daddy´s girl.   


PAUL AND GAYE SOMMERS CON SU NUEVA MASCOTA “ZOYA” DE LA ISLA CUALE


PURO GATO GOOD NEWS – Seven kittens at Daisy the rescued dog – adopted last week-end at Plaza Caracol.

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

REGISTRANDO SUS MASCOTAS EN PUNTA DE MITA

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. 
LESLIE CON PERRA ESPERANDO CIRUGÍA EN PUNTA DE MITA

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.  


FRANK OHLY – VOLUNTARIO EN POST-OP EN PUNTA DE MITA

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

DR. ANTHONY – PUNTA DE MITA


DR. POLI – PUNTA DE MITA

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

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


CLÍNICA DE PEACEANIMALS EN PUNTA DE MITA
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, and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Gretchen DeWitt – President – Board of Directors
https://www.facebook.com/PeaceAnimals

        

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¡FELIZ AÑO NUEVO!

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