Sitting on the sand, I saw a dark, undulating mass in the pale green transparent water.   Walking into the bay at Punta Negra, what I thought might be algae, were thousands of anchovies.   They swirled around me as I swam,  while the light of the sun shining through the water created cobweb patterns on the sand below.  Seagulls sitting on the nearby black rocks took turns flying up into the air and then plunging into the water.   Sitting on the powdery beach, the only sounds were those of the birds, and the rattle of rocks as white crested waves rolled over them on their way back to the rippling bay.

MY FAVORITE BEACH IN VALLARTA – PUNTA NEGRA – MI PLAYA FAVORITA –
In the afternoon, while enjoying an inexpensive lunch and very good lunch at El Campanario, a bride and bridegroom stood across the narrow, cobbled street posing for photos in front of the  church of Our Lady of Guadalupe. 

IGLESIA DE NUESTRA SEÑORA DE GUADALUPE

Dos Islas/Two Islands – At hot,  high noon on Saturday, an estimated two hundred exhuberant citizens of Mexico, Canada and the U.S.,  dressed in blue, gathered in front of the construction site of La Isla, a development project of GICSA.   The protest, organized by “Empty the Tanks” (founded on Earth Day in 1970) was against a dolphinarium at the new la Isla mall.  The tank has been proposed by  GICSA, developer of la Isla. 


Traffic was stopped every few minutes from 12 to 2 by police,  so protestors on the other side of the very busy Avenida México could safely cross over.  Signs were held up asking honks of support, and drivers of cars, vans, public buses, and taxis responded exhuberently with tooting horns, thumbs up signals and shouts of encouragment.

If you are against the proposed dolphinarium and/or if you have alternative suggestions re entertainment and amusement for La Isla shopping complex,  please send your mesage to:

Samuel Jalife [email protected]

Even better, if you are prepared not to shop at a mall with a dolphinarium, please let Sanuel Jalife know.  Thank you.

“TEACH OUR CHILDREN TO RESPECT NATURE” – SIGN IN FRONT OF GICSA´S LA ISLA PROJECT
CARMEN DE ALBA, SU ESPOSO ARTISTA MUY CONOCIDO, BREWSTER BROCKMANN Y SUS DOS HIJAS, ISA Y SONIA     WELL-KNOWN VALLARTA ARTIST, BREWSTER BROCKMANN, WITH HIS WIFE CARMEN DE ALBA AND TWO DAUGHTERS, ISA AND LUCIA. 


RESTAURANTE BALAM BALAM – AL LADO DEL RÍO CUALE – SOUTH SIDE EDGE OF THE ISLA CUALE

On Sunday, it was the turn of  PV ANIMAL to sponsor a special “Pets for Life” clinic on the Isla Cuale.  This is the excellent vet team with which PEACEAnimals has a work agreement.  When I left the Isla at 9:20 in the morning, fifty-eight cats and dogs had been registered.  Returning to the Isla Cuale in the late afternoon to walk our dogs, I stopped at Balam Balam, the  fish “restaurant” next to the río.  At the east end of the serpentine path at the side of the dirt road called Primera del Río, there is a long wood table and about four  or fivesmaller tables under a palapa roof.  No walls.  Two shrimp tostadas topped with a slice of avocado –  70 pesos.

DOMINGO EN EL RÍO CUALE – SUNDAY IN THE CUALE RIVER

About twenty minutes north of centro and about a mile east of the port where cruise ships dock,  is colonia Jardines del Puerto – “Gardens of the Port.”  There are no gardens and this is one of many neighborhoods in Puerto Vallarta that most tourists or residents never see.    This colorless colonia is home to a large collection of tall, dismal apartment buildings that resemble a neglected housing project.  There is a large square of mostly dry grass with a couple of white iron benches, a small, modern church, a school, and not much else.  The clinic took place in a vacant  white cement home owned by a couple of sisters in their early twenties.  Very sweet and shy, one with vegetable dyed orange hair and the other with pink and lavander hair,  they were relucant to have their pictures taken.

COLONIA JARDINES DEL PUERTO

When I arrived at 10AM on Thursday, it was too late to photograph pet owners with their cats and dogs.  People had arrived at 8 AM to stand in line to register, and  had all left by 9.   Frank Ohly, our regular volunteer, said a couple had brought in a black female Great Dane, and because the dog was too large to fit into a kennel, she was immediately sedated,  spayed and taken home. 

STERILIZATIONS – COLONIA JARDINES DEL PUERTO – MAY 3-6
 Male dogs – 20; Female dogs – 52; Male cats – 34; Female cats – 46
TOTAL:  152!

PEACEAnimals does not buy advertising or pay for posters, flyers, megaphone announcers or locations.  All monies raised go directly to the actual costs of the clinics.

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.
LESLIE Y DR. POLI -JARDINES DEL PUERTO

DONATIONS AT CLINIC – Jardines del Puerto – 2,240 pesos

OJAS DE REGISTRACIÓN PARA EL GOBIERNO Y COPIAS A LA TESORERA DE PEACEANIMALS – COLONIA JARDINES DEL PUERTO   –  REGISTRATION PAPERS FOR THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT WITH COPIES TO AMY WELCH, TREASURER OF PEACEANIMALS
DONATIONS TO PEACEANIMALS:  None this week.
EDUCATION PROGRAM:  lESLIE CARATACHEA, VET TECH AND EDUCATION DIRECTOR, VISITED THE MORNING SHIFT OF THE JOSÉ BASCONSELOS SCHOOL ON TUESDAY AND PRESENTED TO 87 STUDENTS.  KIM, A SIXTH GRADER FROM THE SCHOOL, CAME IN WITH HIS DOG AND WAS PRESENTED A PEACEANIMALS T-SHIRT.
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.  
ESPERANDO ESTERILIZACIÓN EN COLONIA JARDINES DEL PUERTO – WAITING TO BE STERILIZED
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

GATITO LISTO PARA ESTERILIZACIÓN – COLONIA JARDINES DEL PUERTO – MALE KITTEN JUST BEFORE NEUTERING
SCHEDULE/HORARIO:

May 11-14- Ixtapa – CALLE FRAY ANTONIO ALCALDE  103
In central Ixtapa   one block from Farmacía Guadalajara and two blocks from the plaza.  Driving directions from centro: 

At Home Depot go right and get on HWY to Ixtapa (road to San Sebastian). Travel through Ixtapa but right before it changes from 4 lanes to two lanes take a RIGHT on Independencia Ave.
Go about 6 blocks and take a LEFT on Priscilliano Sanchez (you will see a Guadalajara Pharmacy)
Go about 2 blocks and take a RIGHT on Fray Antenio Alcalde
You will see the Peace Trailer

 MAY 18-21 – Mojoneras – calle Jalisco 565 con calle Guanajuato

May 25-28 – el Pitillal

June 1-4 – San Juan de Abajo


 
November 9-12 – La Peñita, Nay.  (Pets for Life)

November 16 – Oaxaca  (Pets for Life)

CLÍNICA DE PETS FOR LIFE – ISLA CUALE

CALENDAR FOR SPECIAL SUNDAY ONE-DAY CLINICS ON THE ISLA CUALE, WHERE SO MANY CATS AND KITTENS ARE ABANDONED.  PURO GATO WILL HOLD ADOPTIONS ON THE ISLA FROM 11-2 ON THESE SAME DATES.

Junio 5 -domingo –  SHANNON BESTON
July 3 – domingo – PEACEAnimals

 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. For each cat or dog over the number 30. sponsors of the Sunday clinics will be charged 150 pesos.

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

CLÍNICA EN COLONIA JARDINES DEL PUERTO

WE NEED LOCATIONS FOR OUR CLINICS IN NEIGHBORHOODS AND TOWNS.  REQUIRED:  BATHROOM, ELECTRICITY, WATER AND PARKINGAVAILABILITY.
JARDINES DEL PUERTO

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.
CLÍNICA EN COLONIA JARDINES DEL PUERTO -NECESITAMOS DONACIÓNES DE HAULAS.  NEEDED:  DONATIONS OF KENNELS


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
PETS FOR LIFE – CLÍNICA ESPECIAL EL DOMINGO EN LA ISLA CUALE

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.  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.

 

To report animal abuse,  phone: 322-223-3690
WE NEED VOLUNTEERS AT THE CLINICS.    Please sign up:  Leslie Caratachea via FB or [email protected]

 

FRANK OHLY  EN LA COLONIA DE JARDINES DEL PUERTO  ËL ES VOLUNTARIO 2 DÍAS LA SEMANA – VOLUNTEERS TWO DAYS EVERY WEEK

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. 
GATOS RECUPERANDO DESPUÉS DE ESTERILIZACIÓN – COLONIA JARDINES DEL PUERTO.  CATS RECOVERING AFTER STERILIZACION.

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.

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:
         

   


  

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

PARA REPORTAR ABUSO A LOS ANIMALES –  293 3690

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, POR FAVOR.
GRACIAS POR SU INTERÉS Y SU APOYO.
Gretchen DeWitt – Presidente de le mesa directiva
[email protected]
https://www.facebook.com/PeaceAnimals