My favorite place for lunch is Paraiso Moro, a rustic, open-air restaurant on the banks of the Río Cuale in Ejido Jorullo. One can eat under the palapa roof or sit at a table on the grass right next to the river. During Semana Santa and Semana Pascua, school children were using the long-roped swing to make high jumps into the water. Before the summer rains, rivers are low, and in some places, completely dry.
|RÍO CUALE EN EJIDO EL JORULLO – FRENTE DEL RESTAURANTE PARAISO MORO|
|EL RIÓ PALO MARIA – BONITA ALBERCA PARA NADAR- BEAUTIFUL SPOT FOR SWIMMING. FOTO SACADA HACE 3 MESES. PHOTO TAKEN THREE MONTHS AGO.|
|MISMO LUGAR 3 MESES DESPUÉS EN PRIMAVERA – SAME SPOT THREE MONTHS LATER IN SPRING|
Next to Paraiso Moro are the offices of the Ejido Jorullo. I went there after lunch to advise of the May 10-13 PEACEAnimals clinic a mile or two down the road towards town. An “ejido” is an area of communal land used for agriculture and/or livestock. Community members farm designated parcels and maintain communal holdings. During the colonial era and later in the 19th century under President Porfirio Díaz, the expansion of haciendas became a cause of discontent and was one of the main reasons for the 1910 Revolution. “Tierra y Libertad” (“Land and Liberty”) was a slogan used by revolutionary peasants led by Morelos and Zapata. Finally, in 1934 under President Lázaro Cárdenas, large of amounts of land began to be distributed, easing the landlessness of Mexican peasants. The “ejido” is a critcal component of the agrarian land reform in Mexico.
In 1992, President Carlos Salinas was responsible for pushing legislation through congress allowing for privatization and sale of ejidal land. These changes have not shown to have had any benefits for the Mexican people. Production of land has not increased, but rural proverty has. It is estimated that more than thirty million Mexicans live in misery, not just poverty. And Mexico, where the cultivation of maize originated, has become a net-importer of maize and other food.
After leaving the ejido offices, I stopped the car when I saw a young girl and boy wearing their school shirts walking along the road. They were with a medium size, tan Shepherd-mix whose swaying teats were heavy with milk. I got out of the car and asked how many puppies the dog had given birth to. The smiling girl immediately answered, “Seven very pretty ones, do you want one?” I gave her a PEACEAnimals card and asked her to come to the clinic scheduled in the nearby colonia of Buenos Aires the second week of May. The girl said she would be there. Volunteers are posting flyers from this colonia all the way up to the popular zip line.
|PERRA EN EJIDO EL JORULLO CON 7 CACHORRITOS DE UN MES.|
NEW ADDITION IN CENTRO: Owned by a French couple, “Choco,” is a chocolate museum above a wonderful chocolate shop. Chocolates (truffles, candies, bars, teas, etc.) made with organic Criollo and Trinitario beans from Chaipas are made on location and in full view of visitors. One can also learn how to make chocolate there – from bean to bar. Also for sale – bath and beauty products made from cacao. Calle Josef Ortiz de Domínguez 128, directly across from the malecón, next to Bannorte and across the street from the new and very nice artensal store, Macaria. www.ChocoMuseo.com
PITILLAL – PEACEAnimals clinics returned to this municipality for the second week in a row because of the great demand for free spay/neuter. (Benjamin, the young man from Chiapas that I had met on the malecón and taken to the first Pitillal clinic with his rescue dog, eventually did return for it). I wasn´t at the clinic in Pitillal on Thursday when one of the regular animals rescuers brought in five puppies, all of which had their ears and their paws infested with engorged ticks. The brown tick transmits erlichia, which brings death by destroying the internal organs. Frank Ohly, star volunteer, doused all infested areas with ectoline, which causes ticks to all fall of within days.
|GRACIAS AL VOLUNTARIO, FRANK OHLY, POR MANDAR FOTOS Y TRATAR LOS CACHORRITOS CON ECTOLINE, QUE MATA A LAS GARRAPATAS. TICKS – CLINIC IN PITILLAL|
|UNA OREJA – INFESTACIÓN DE PULGAS EN 5 CACHORRITOS TRAIDOS POR SU DUEÑA A LA CLÍNIC EN PITILLAL. ALL EARS AND PAWS OF FIVE RESCUED PUPPIES INFESTED WITH TICKS.|
|LAS GARRAPATAS TRANSMITAN ERLICHIA, QUE MATA A LOS ANIMALITOS POR ATACAR LOS ÓRGANOS. TRES DE LOS CINCO CACHORRITOS INFESTADOS – CLÍNICA EN PITILLAL|
|SERILIZATIONS IN SECOND WEEK OF PITILLAL CLINIC:|
MALE DOGS- 27 ; FEMALE DOGS-58 ; MALE CATS-14 ; FEMALE CATS -20
PLUS pregnancies terminated for 1 dog with 3 fetuses; 1 dog with 6 fetuses; 1 dog with 8 fetuses.
17 animals not born to suffer.
DONATIONS AT CLINIC IN PITILLAL: 1,040 pesos
Troy Valens, owner of Sea Monkey and Cheeky Monkey restaurants. -6 lunches (4 for vet team and and 2 for volunteers) on Friday
COLONIA VILLAS DEL PUERTO: We have been to this colonia (“Villas of the Port”) in the past. It is located near Walmart, about 15 blocks southeast of the the port where luxury cruise ships dock. This is a modern, lower-income colonia, with drab four-story apartment buildings and small, cement houses. No villas – but there is a large leafy green, unattended park and small playground.
|PARQUE EN COLONIA VILLAS DEL PUERTO|
The clinic took place in an empty rental home on a quiet street. Thank you to Jhovanee Monge for donating the space. On Wednesday, I delivered 6 lunches from Cheeky Monkey and a suitcase full of vet meds and supplies. Twenty-nine animals had been registered, which is a strong showing for the first day of a clinic week. Nine of the animals were young black, white, and black and white puppies belonging to a small, black dog that had given birth to eleven. Two puppies were unfortunately adopted before the owner brought the canine family to the clinic for sterilization. A small brown Chihuahua-mix with a bulging left eye was on the surgery table for sterilization and for removal of its destroyed eye. The vets have been great about extra help without charge (including amputations) to animals brought to the clinics for spay/neuter.
|UNA PERRITA NEGRA DÍO LA LUZ A 11 BEBÉS. DOS FUERON ADOPTADOS ANTES DE QUE LA DUEÑA TRAJO LA MAMÁ Y SUS 9 CACHORRITOS A LA CLÍNICA EN VILLAS DEL PUERTO PARA ESTERILIZAR.|
STERILIZATIONS IN COLONIA VILLAS DEL PUERTO MAY 3-6:
MALE DOGS – 23; FEMALE DOGS – 51; MALE CATS – 14; FEMALE CATS- 21
PLUS Pregnancy terminated for one dog with 7 fetuses
|DR. JESÚS PACHECO – COL. VILLAS DEL PUERTO|
DONATIONS IN COLONIA VILLAS DEL PUERTO: 760 PESOS
Two lunch days (total of 12 picnic lunches) for the team and volunteers from Troy Valens, owner of Cheeky Monkey and Sea Monkey.
|CLÍNICA EN VILLAS DEL PUERTO|
EDUCATION PROGRAM: On Tuesday, April 25th, education director, Leslie Caratachea, presented to a total of 80 children in five classrooms at the Emiliano Zapata school in Pitillal.
|ESCUELA EMILIANO ZAPATA IN PITILLAL – LESLIE PRESENTÓ A 80 ESTUDIANTES|
On Tuesday, May 2nd, .Leslie presented to 120 students at the Secondaria Numero 60 school in colonia Aurora, which is situated adjacent to Villas del Puerto. Carlos Peña, one of the students there, brought is pet in for sterilization and received one of the wonderful PEACEAnimals t-shirts. His photo was taken with Sra. Elena, who rescues so many animals. Carlos was the second boy who brought in a pet and received a t-shirt.
|ESTUDIANTE EN COLONIA AURORA QUE VINO CON SU MASCOTA A LA CLÍNICA EN VILLAS DEL PUERTO.|
|CARLOS PEÑA, 15 AÑOS DE EDAD – ESTUDIANTE QUE TRAJO SU MASCOTA Y RECIBIÓ UNA PLAYERA – CON SRA. ELENA, QUIÉN RESCATA TANTOS ANIMALES – CLÍNICA EN VILLAS DEL PUERTO|
DONATIONS TO PEACEANIMALS:
Faye Cardenas and Keith Cowan – $800 CA
Hadene Klassnik and YogiBear- $250 USD “To thank Pilika Montry for painting a fantastic portrait of YogiBear”
|ACRYLIC PORTRAIT OF “YOGIBEAR” BY PILIKA MONTRY|
Michael Turner – $50 USD (monthly donation)
Lucy´s CucuCabana donation box – 1,190 pesos (Lucy Muñiz is a PEACEAnimals board member)
|UNA MALETA DE DONACIÓNES DE HAYDEN MEADOWS PET CLINIC Y THE PIXIE PROJECT (CLÍNICA EN VILLAS DEL PUERTO)|
Hayden Meadows Pet Clinic http://haydenmeadowspetclinic.com/ and The Pixie Project http://www.pixieproject.org/ – The donations of these two organizations filled up a suitcase of vet meds and supplies that PEACEAnimals treasurer, Amy Welch, brought down from Portland.
|DESPUÉS DE CIRUGÍA EN LA CLINICA DE VILLAS DEL PUERTO|
VALLARTA ADVENTURES: Donates 10,000 pesos worth of vet meds during the high season – November through May. This saves PEACEAnimals approximately $3,500 USD, which is almost the exact amount two clinics cost us ($3,600 USD). This donation results in the sterilization of about 240 cats and dogs, making a large impact on the unwanted pet population. Now that high season is ending, VALLARTA ADVENTURES is offering a 2×1 for their great “Rhythms of the Night” adventure. Don´t miss it!
SPECIAL ADOPTION AND SPAY/NEUTER DAY IN THE STADIUM ON SUNDAY, APRIL 30TH:
|TRAJO UNA PERRITA RESCATADA DE LA CALLE PARA ESTERILIZAR – EL ESTADIO -. PRETTY, YOUNG WOMAN BROUGHT A DOG SHE FOUND ON THE STREET TO BE SPAYED.|
|DENTRO EL TRAILER DE PEACEANIMALS EN EL ESTADIO – DIÁ ESPECIAL EL 30 DE ABRIL|
Two PEACEAnimals vets operated out of our red (horse) trailer, while 26 cats and 5 dogs were prepped before surgery and monitored afterwards on tables under a canvas tent. Leslie playfully marked long strips of tape with open eyes and long lashes to put over the cats´eyes closed eyes while in recovery. Cats´eyes stay open when anesthetized, so in order to protect the eyes from drying out, either vaseline has to be applied or eyes taped. Dogs´eyes close.
Our limit had been 30, and happily no one else arrived with a pet after the 31st animal was registered. Three 8-week old female “Siamese” kittens brought in for spaying were adopted. Friends of PV Animals was there with four dogs from the Acopio, and two were adopted while I was there. The Department of Health offered free rabies vaccines for cats and dogs as costumed folkloric dancers performed on a temporary stage. The lively and well-attended event was sponsored by Capital Pirata 105.9 FM.
|FERÍA DE ANIMALES EN EL ESTADIO, FRENTE DEL SHERATON – 30 DE ABRIL. VACUNAS DE LA RABIA GRATIS DEL CENTRO DE SALUD, ADOPCIÓNES DE PERROS DEL CENTRO DE ACOPIO Y ESTERILIZACIÓNES GRATUITAS DE GATOS Y PERROS (LIMITADO A 30) DE PEACEANIMALS|
The thrilling finale to the downhill race was a series of dirt-covered ramps from which bicyclists propelled themselves into what seemed to be impoossibly high jumps, combined with twists, turns and somersaults. Sometimes there were even two bicyclists in the air at the same time. The cheers for the aerial acrobatics and disappointed groans when a jump was missed were heard blocks away. The race ended at the malecón in front of the blue and shimmering Bay of Banderas. Winner of the race was a competitor from Czechoslavika and I haven´t seen the name or prize money announced.
|UN HOMBRE PROBABLAMENTE BORRACHO O QUIZÁS SIMPLEMENTE INSENSIBLE SUBIENDO LAS ESCALERAS DE LA CARRERA. LA MULTITUDE IMMEDIATAMENTE COMENZO A ABUCHEAR Y TIRAR LATAS VACÍAS DE CERVEZA A ÉL.|
An apparently inebriated, grey-haired man in a blue t-shirt walked slowly up the stair system on which the bicyclists were racing down, causing one rider to stop. The crowd immediately began to boo and throw empty beer cans at him, which had to be picked up before the following rider began his ascent.
Unfortuantely, there was a casualty. Franz Grossman, a competitor from Austria, crashed into an overhanging ledge of a balcony and was knocked unconscious. News the following day was that he had suffered serious head injuries and was in an induced medical coma to reduce swelling of the brain.
|BMX SPEED RACE EN CENTRO EL 30 DE ABRIL|
Ir you would like to see a video of one of the 40 try-outs the day before: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGyI1yeST0Y
GOOD DOG NEWS! http://blog.humanesociety.org/wayne/2017/04/mexico-adopts-felony-level-penalties-dogfighting.html
RAISING FUNDS AND VISIBILITY: Three hundred PEACEAnimals blue mesh shopping/beach bags with,extra-long straps are now available. The PEACeAnimals logo and website are on one side and the familiar mermaid on the other. Bags are 200 pesos each and can be purchased at:
Lucy´s CuCu Cabana -295 Basilio Badillo (AFTER OCTOBER 25TH!)
Galeria Uno – 561 Morelos
Colleción la Bohemia at Constitución and Basilio
Cork&Bottle – Los Mercados – Aquiles Serdan 265
Charlie’s Sport Fishing and Tours- Local 8B -Marina Vallarta
Galeria Dante – 269 Basilio Badillo
Macaria- Josefa de Ortiz #129, between Morelos and the malecón.
|CLÍNICA EN COL. VILLAS DEL PUERTO|
DONATE WITHOUT SPENDING MONEY: PEACEAnimals is able to receive donations from Amazon Smile under the umbrella of Banderas Bay Charities, Inc. Amazon donates 0.5% 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
EVEN SIMPLER, LOG ON TO WWW.AMAZONSMILE.ORG AND TYPE IN BANDERAS BAY CHARITIES, INC. (PEACEANIMALS RECEIVES ALL OF THESE DONATIONS).
Troy Valens – Owner of Sea Monkey and Cheeky Monkey restaurants – $10 USD gift certificates to Sea Monkey and Cheeky Monkey for “sharing” AmazonSmile post.
|COL. VILLAS DEL PUERTO|
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.
|VILLAS DEL PUERTO|
May 3-6 – Colonia Villas del Puerto – calle FARO # 526 ESQUINA CON YELAPA
May 10-13- Colonia Buenos Aires- calle Manantial #158 – atrás de la tortellería – the main road off highway 200 – across from the tortilla factory
May 17-20 -Ixtapa – calle Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez #188 – next to the delegación
May 24-27 – colonia Volcanes – en la escuela primaria
May 31-June 3 – colonia Linda Vista- DIRECTIONS tba
|DR. POLI – VILLAS DEL PUERTO|
PETS FOR LIFE SPECIAL ONE-DAY CLINICS ARE HELD ON THE ISLA CUALE THE FIRST SUNDAY OF EVERY MONTH. CLINICS OPEN FOR REGISTRATION AT 7 AM.
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 ANIMAL RESCUE ORGANIZATIONS MAKE UP THE DIFFERENCE.
For each cat or dog over the number 30, sponsors of the Sunday clinics will be charged 150 pesos. To sponsor a Sunday clinic, please contact: [email protected]
January 8, 2017 – October 2017 – ANONYMOUS DONOR HAS PROVIDED FUNDING (SPAY/NEUTER FOR 30 CATS AND DOGS) TO PEACEANIMALS FOR 10 SUNDAY CLINICS ON THE ISLA CUALE. (As SPCAPV paid for 100% of the April clinic, the anonymous donor´s donation for 10 clinics of 30 animals each will include November).
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.
|POR PIPO BROCKMANN|
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.
Clinic schedule, including directions and other clinic information are always on website: www.peaceanimals.org, on this blog and on the PEACEAnimals FaceBook page.
Please “like” PEACEAnimals and Calle Cero on FaceBook.
LUNCH DONATIONS NEEDED FOR VET TEAM.
PEACEAnimals has a lunch budget of 70 pesos per vet team member (four persons) per day – 4 days a week. Please consider donating lunches for them, and please advise so we can create a lunch schedule. By having lunches donated, these savings can used for purchases of supplies and medicines.
|OFELIA Y CIELO – VOLUNTARIAS LA SEGUNDA SEMANA DE LA CLÍNICA EN PITILLAL. 2ND WEEK IN PITILLAL|
|OFELIA OSUNA MCHUGH – NEW BOARD MEMBRE AND VOLUNTEER – NUEVA MIEMBRO DE LA MESA DIRECTIVA DE PEACEANIMALS Y VOLUNTARIA|
|PEACEANIMALS VET TEAM – EL EQUIPO DE PEACEANIMALS – DR. ANTHONY, LESLIE, DR. POLI Y DR. PACHECO|
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.
|ARTISTA PIPO BROCKMANN|
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.