The day after the election, we drove northeast towards Guadalajara. Passing van Gogh-like haystacks in green fields and cloud-shrouded ancient volcanos in the distance, we arrived four hours later at Santa María del Oro.
|LA VISTA DE LA LAGUNA DE SANTA MARÍA DEL ORO|
With a population of 7,000 people, the town has a very small plaza, bandstand and church and mostly one-story cement houses and stores painted in pastels. Not stopping, we drove a few minutes more to “el Mirador de Jacarandas,” a lookout in the upper part of the green, rolling hills that surround Santa María del Oro. Far below us was the fantastically beautiful blue-green lagoon in the crater of what had once been an enormous volcano. A huichol husband and wife (huicholes are an indigenous tribe known as “the healers”) were selling handmade woven and embroidered bags and beaded jewelry. I didn´t resist a pom-pommed bag.
|BOLSA HUICHOL DE SANTA MARÍA DEL ORO|
We circled down slowly through forests to the clear lagoon, which is 2,000 meters long and 1,600 meters wide. Half-way around the lake on a rough, cobbled road is the Santa María Resort (http://www.santamariaresort.com.mx/), a collection of very attractive and spacious wood cabañas on the shore of the lagoon.
|SANTA MARÍA RESORT|
The grounds are lush and well cared for, the pool is great, kayaks are available and the open-air restaurant has very good food and service. Water temperature is 70-75 degrees farenheit and praised for the medicinal qualities of its mineral elements, which give the lake its extraordinary color. In search of the core of the ancient volcano, which lies deep down in the earth´s crust, scuba divers have disappeared. The belief of many is that there is a subterranean passageway that connects the lagoon of Santa Maria in Nayarit to Sierra Lago (lake) in Mascota in Jalisco.
After long swims, we asked the concierge at the hotel about boat trips.Luis, who lives 10 minutes from the hotel, arrived at the appointed time in his tarp-covered panga. For 30 minutes and 250 pesos, we slowly motored around the lagoon, which is lined with several palm- thatched roof restaurants, a couple of hotels, some camping spots and several private homes, some of them with “for rent” signs on them.
|LAGUNA DE SANTA MARÍA DEL ORO|
Luis pointed out “Paco´s,” his favorite restaurant, where we stopped for a chicharrones de pescado lunch before beginning our drive home.
|UNOS RESTAURANTES EN LA ORILLA DE LA LAGUNA|
On the outskirts of Santa María, we again passed the chicken “ranches,” which consist of several very long, rectangular white buildings crushed full of caged chickens. With the breeze blowing our direction this time, the smell and sight has inspired me to give up chicken, unless they have at least six happy, cage-free months. Many years ago, it was the same kind of experience as I drove past the feed lots at the Harris Ranch in central California.
|VISTA DEL RESTAURANTE “PACO´S” – VIEW FROM “”PACO´S” RESTAURANT|
COLONIA LA FLORESTA: A 25-minute drive north of centro, turning east at the bullring and continuing on to the busy Avenida México with an immediate right turn on a dirt road. On a telephone pole at the corner was a bright orange sign with an arrow and paw prints pointing east. I followed four or five of the same sign and arrived easily at the clinic, which took place in the gated front area of the home of an attractive young woman named Thelma. Although I arrived at 8:15 on Saturday morning, pet owners had all come and gone and no more animals were to be accepted.
|CALLE DE LA CLÍNICA EN LA FLORESTA|
Leslie Caratachea, vet tech and education director, showed me two 8-week old kittens – a grey female and a black male – that had been brought the day before by an old woman who didn´t know how to sign her name on the pet registration. She never returned. Angelica of AngeliCAT accepted them at her refuge and Elena Moreno, who brought 12 dogs to the clinic Saturday, brought them to Angelica the same day. (contact: AngeliCAT vis FB – and they deliver). Elena is a frequent visitor to the PEACEAnimals clinics, collecting pets from neighbors who don´t have cars or the time to come to a clinic.
|LESLIE CON 2 GATITOS ABANDONADOS EN LA CLÍNICA QUE VAN ESTAR EN ADOPCIÓN EN EL REFUGIO DE ANGELICAT – CONTACTO: FACEBOOK|
STERILIZATIONS AT CLINIC IN COLONIA LA FLORESTA –
Female dogs: 53; Male dogs: 22 ; Female cats: 38; Male cats:20
PLUS pregnancies terminated for 2 cats with 5 fetuses; 1 cat with 2 fetuses; 1 cat with 4 fetuses;
1 dog with 3 fetuses and 1 dog with 11 fetuses
|REGISTERED AND WAITING FOR SURGERY – LA FLORESTA – REGISTRADO Y ESPERANDO CIRUGÍA|
DONATIONS AT CLINIC IN COLONIA LA FLORESTA: Donation box not yet counted. Money will be reported in next week´s blog.
Angelica of AngeliCAT – Lunches for vet team on Wednesday, November 16th
Marta Haro – Lunches for vet team on Thursday, November 17th
Gloria Cuevas – lunches for vet team on Saturday, November 19th
DONATIONS TO PEACEANIMALS: Mary Perrill: 11 used dog collars and 3 used leashes
Clare Pearcy: Three bags of new and used dog collars and leashes
AmazonSmile disbursement: $45.87 USD
(IF YOU DON´T HAVE A CHARITY IN MIND, PLEASE USE BANDERAS BAY CHARITIES, INC. WHEN YOU ORDER FROM AMAZON – SIMPLY LOG ON TO WWW.AMAZONSMILE.ORG THANK YOU).
YOU AND YOUR DOG/DOGS ARE INVITED TO THE 11TH ANNUAL PET PICNIC: Sunday, Decmber 3rd at 11 AM at Daiquiri Dick´s. The fun and popular event includes boxed lunch (tip included), dog treats, raffle and costume contest at 12 noon. Net proceeds benefit the free, mobile spay/neuter clinics of PEACEAnimals. Tickets are 350 pesos in advance or 400 pesos at the door, and can be purchased at Daiquiri Dick´s on los Muertos beach (Olas Altas #314) Tel: 322 222 0566 Thank you to event organizers, Laura Gelezunas and Tari Bowman, owner of Daiquiri Dick´s.
EDUCATION PROGRAM: Leslie Caratachea, vet tech and director of PEACEAnimals education program, was unable to visit a school this week.
|DR. ANTHONY- LA FLORESTA|
AMAZONSMILE – PEACEAnimals is able to receive donations from Amazon Smile under the umbrella of Banderas Bay Charities, Inc. Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organizations selected by their customers. This is a very simple way to help fund our clinics: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/47-4752247
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
|WAITING FOR SURGERY – LA FLORESTA – ESPERANDO ESTERILIZACIÓN|
PLEASE CHECK OUR WEBSITE, FB PAGE OR BLOG FOR NEW DATES AND LOCATIONS. FAVOR DE CHECAR NUESTRO WEBSITE, PÁGINA EN FB O BLOG PARA NUEVAS FECHAS Y HOGARES.
November 23-26 – Altavela, Nayarit – calle Mar Báltico #386 frente secundaria alichumacero. Hwy Directions: 200 North into Nayarit
You will see trailer on left side.
November 30- December 3 – Ixtapa – en la delegación
December 7-10 – San Pancho, Nayarit (Pets for Life)
December 14-17 – San Blas, Nayarit (Pets for Life)
December 21-January 4, 2017 – CHRISTMAS VACATION
January 11-14, 2017 – Bucerias, Nayarit (Pets for Life)
February 8-11, 2017 – El Tuito
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. THE CLINICS OPEN AT 9 AM. ARRIVE EARLY!
Diciembre 4- domingo – PURO GATO
|CLÍNICA DE PETS FOR LIFE EN LA ISLA CUALE DE PV ANIMAL – 84 PERROS Y GATOS ESTERILIZADOS|
PAY PETS FOR LIFE A MEXICAN S.C. (BUSINESS) IS PAID 4,500 PESOS FOR THE STERILIZATION OF 30 ANIMALS. IF NUMBERS ARE GREATER, INDIVIDUALS OR 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.
January 7, 2017 – October 2017 – ANONYMOUS DONOR HAS DONATED FUNDS (SPAY/NEUTER FOR 30 CATS AND DOGS) TO PEACEANIMALS FOR 10 SUNDAY CLINICS ON THE ISLA CUALE.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SPONSOR A ONE-DAY SUNDAY CLINIC ON THE ISLA CUALE, THE COST IS ONLY 4,500 PESOS TO STERILIZE 30 CATS AND DOGS. PLEASE CONTACT SHANN[email protected]
|THREE DOORS DOWN FROM THE CLINIC IN LA FLORESTA – A MIX OF CEMENT HOMES, CHICKENS, ROOSTERS AND DUCKS AND PASTURED HORSES AND COWS. MEDIA CUADRA DE LA CLÍNICA – LA FLORESTA ES UNA MEZCLA DE CASAS DE CEMENTO, GALLINAS, GALLOS, PAVOS, CABALLOS Y VACAS.|
|CLÍNICA EN LA FLORESTA|
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.
PEACEAnimals does not buy advertising or pay for posters, flyers, megaphone announcers or locations. All monies raised go directly to actual costs of the clinics. Dr. Poli, as director of PEACEAnimals, a Mexican AC (non-profit) and Pets for Life, a Mexican SC (business), selects clinic locations.
|LESLIE PREPARANDO GATOS PARA ESTERILIZACIÓN – LA FLORESTA|
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.
|“CODY” CON THELMA, DUEÑA DE LA CASA DONDE ESTABA LA CLÍNICA- DEMACRADO PERRO Y QUIZÁS VA ESTAR EN ADOPCIÓN POR NO PODER CUIDARLO BIEN SU DUEÑO. THELMA VA A OFRECER CASA PUENTE A CODY.|
Clinic schedule, including directions and other clinic information are always on website: www.peaceanimals.org, on this blog: www.gretchen-peace-and-pv.blogspot.com and on the PEACEAnimals FaceBook page.
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.
|DR. JESÚS PACHECO – LA FLORESTA|
WE NEED DONATIONS OF USED AND NEW KENNELS FOR CATS AND DOGS OF ALL SIZES. WE WOULD ALSO LIKE TO BE ABLE TO GIVE USED OR NEW COLLARS AND LEASHES TO DOG OWNERS WHO BRING THEIR PETS TO THE CLINICS.
PEACEAnimals is under the umbrella of Banderas Bay Charities, Inc., a US 501 (c)(3) charity located in Portland, Oregon.
|DR. POLI – LA FLORESTA|
Please make payments payable to either BBC INC or Banderas Bay Charities, Inc. Donations are tax deductible and should be earmarked for PEACEAnimals.
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
TAMBIÉN NECESITAMOS VOLUNTARIOS, POR FAVOR.