On Friday, my good friend Gabriela Garcia and I treated ourselves to a 50-peso panga ride from Boca de Tomatlán to a tiny village in the southern part of the bay.

LEAVING BOCA BY PUBLIC PAGA. SALIENDO EN PANGA DE BOCA.

Banderas Bay glistened in the early morning sun and was almost motionless.  Instead of streaming over the water in line formations or plunging individually into the water, pelicans huddled on white-stained rocks in front of el caballo beach waiting to begin their hunt for fish.

PASANDO HERMOSA PLAYA EL CABALLO – PASSING BEAUTIFUL EL CABALLO BEACH

Passing the long strip of thi beautiful beach and its excellent swimming, and the restaurant-lined  las ánimas beach and pier, we continued further south to a tiny village set back from the shore.  After climbing off the panga. we padded quietly along on a soft, dirt path through a forest of ginger plants, palms and mango trees, picking up ripe fruit that had fallen to the ground.   A rustic wooden “gate” was the entrance to the  gorgeous, utterly deserted beach.

MADUROS MANGOS PARA RECOJER Y COMER

PUERTA RUSTICA A LA PLAYA
The curve of powdery, white sand , where a river empties during the rainy season,  is bordered with tall, shaggy palms that were slightly rustling in the breeze.  Sitting under the shade of a gum tree, we ate avocados and mangos and spent the remainder of the day in the blue-green transparent water or on the sand,  enjoying the simple bliss and beauty of México.
PLAYA DESIERTA AL SUR – DESERTED BEACH TO THE SOUTH

CORRECTION:  Last week´s blog described a sea turtle we saw from the panga as a “leatherback.” Karla de la Pena (Boca Divers) was quick to inform that it was possibly an Olive Ridley turtle/tortuga olvacea o golfina, Leatherbacks have not been seen in this area for about eleven years.  This season, a nest emerged at Boca de Tomates with the sand print of a leatherback. There was no sighting of the turtle.

FOTO SACADA DE LA PANGA POR KARLA DE UNA CULEBRA VENENOSA DEL MAR – BAHÍA DE BANDERAS – PHOTO TAKEN FROM  PANGA  BY KARLA – POISONOUS SEA SNAKE IN BANDERAS BAY.
YELLOW BELLIED SEA SNAKE

Karla sent me the above photo of the sea snake we were surprised to see far out in the bay while out in a panga a couple of weeks ago. It looked like a carelessly tossed, double-stranded necklace as it floated in a coil on the water´s surface.   It is a pelagic sea snake, or more commonly called, a yellow bellied sea snake. It doesn´t  present much danger to humans, because although its venom is highly toxic, a defensive bite does not release much venom.  The yellow bellied sea snake´s venom is most effective when it bites into a fish, its primary source of prey.   The fish is basically paralyzed by the venom and cannot escape.  Even knowing that the small-mouthed sea snake can´t do much harm to humans, I will be glad not to find myself swimming next to one.

LAILA SOS FUND:  Two more female dogs in Boca de Tomatlán are receiving chemo treatments for TVT thanks to this fund.  Both beautiful dogs – both  Pit Bull mixes.  Contact Boca Divers via FB if interested in Sombra.

“SOMBRA” CON TUMORES TRANSMISIBLES VENEREAS (TVT) TRANSMISSIBLE VENEREAL TUMORS  THESE TUMORS ARE MALIGNANT.  ESTOS TUMORES SON MALIGNOS.

“SOMBRA” NECESITA HOGAR – PERRA CON TVT EN TRATAMIENTO EN BOCA – CONTACTO:  BOCA DIVERS POR FB

“CHULA” EN TRATAMIENTO POR TVT EN BOCA 

COLONIA PASO ANCHO DOG STORY:  The week before last, the PEACEAnimals spay/neuter clinic was held in colonia Buenos Aires, which is next to the río Cuale.  Up the road is Paso Ancho, where I picked up a total of  9 dogs for the clinic.  I received a call this week from Rosie, one of the women I had talked to about all the dogs in Paso Ancho that weren´t being brought to the clinic.  She asked me to meet her next to the hanging wooden bridge and then climb up a hill to see her neighbor´s dog and seven puppies (two had been killed by cars) that she has been giving food and water to daily. The entire area in front of the neighbor´s home was littered with plastic and other trash, which Rosie said they set fire to from time to time. This is smelly, throat-choking, eye-burning contamination and it´s illegal.

TUVO UN PARTO DE 9 CACHORROS.  DOS FUERON ATROPEADOS Y 7 FUERON A LA SPCAPV.  LA MAMÁ Y 2 CACHORROS MAS GRANDES DE OTRA PERRA FUERON LLEVADOS A LA CLÍNICA DE COINIA PARA ESTERILIZACIÓN EL SÁBADO.

The tan mama dog was the same dog I had seen twice – once with two children who asked if I wanted one of the puppies and who promised to bring the mama and babies to the clinic.  The second time was the week of the clinic in Buenos Aires when I gave the mama dog some bread. After a flurry of phone calls and emails, a happy ending – the SPCAPV went to the owner´s´home and took all of the seven, two-month old puppies.  Rosie´s husband Ruben took the mama and two young dogs to the Colina clinic on Saturday morning for sterilization.  Rosie told me that her neighbors no longer want their mama dog.   They just want one of the two young dogs that were dumped on the property. Will see if the Acopio (no-kill pound) can take the mama and young tan and white dog next week.  If someone would like to adopt the sweet, young mama dog, please contact me.

COLONIA VOLCANES –

Lunch donations at Cheeky Monkey aren´t ready until noon, so on Thursday, I didn´t arrive until 1:15, as it took almost an hour to drive northeast to the somewhat remote colonia of volcanes. The colonia is a scattering of ranches, humble homes and dirt roads pressed up close to the foothills of the Sierra Madres.  PEACEAnimals held a clinic at the very good public school (teachers are almost all bi-lingual) two years ago and we were overdue for a return visit.

ESCUELA EN VOLCANES – SCHOOL IN VOLCANES

STUDENTS WALKING TO SCHOOL FOR AFTERNOON SESSION.  ESTUDIANTES CAMINANDO A LA ESCUELA EN LA TARDE – VOLCANES

Unfortunately for me, only the vet team, regular volunteer Frank Ohly and the two beautiful street cats he had brought for PuroGato were there when I arrived.  Seeing a few women in front of a sort of yard sale, I walked across the dusty, dirt road to take a look. An older woman was selling an assortment of clothing and toys and I asked her if she had a pet.  Not understanding the context, she gave a wide smile and held up a large, dark brown stuffed teddy bear for sale at a “good price.”

VENDIENDO ATRÁS DE LA CLÍNICA EN VOLCANES.
JUGANDO ATRÁS DE LA CLÍNICA EN VOLCANES – PLAYING ACROSS FROM THE CLINIC.

STERILIZATIONS AT VOLCANES CLINIC:

Female dogs – 57; Male dogs -18;  Female cats – 43 ; Male cats – 15
TOTAL: 133
PLUS  pregnancy terminated for:

1 dog with 10 fetuses;  1 dog with 8 fetuses; 2 cats with 5 fetuses each; 1 cat with 4 fetuses; 1 cat with 3 fetuses

Total:  35 animals not born to suffer

THANK YOU to Sasha Novell-Solacito for securing volunteers to help on Friday and Saturday.  We´ve never had more, and almost always have too few.

REGRESANDO A CASA DESPUÉS DE ESTERILIZACIÓN – VOLCANES – GOING HOME AFTER SURGERY.
DONATIONS AT CLINIC IN VOLCANES:

760 PESOS

Troy Valens -Wednesday lunch for the team and volunteers from his restaurant Sea Monkey
Troy Valens – Thursday lunch for the team and volunteers from his restaurant Cheeky Monkey
DONATIONS TO PEACEANIMALS: 
Anonymous:  500 pesos
EDUCATION PROGRAM – Volcanes:  Leslie Caratachea presented to approximately 100 students at the Volcanes school on Tuesday.  On Wednesday, she made an additional presentation to 63 students in the English/computer building annex.  PEACEAnimals educational coloring books were given out there.
VOLCANES – EDIFICIO APARTE DE LA ESCUELA PARA PUROCLASES DE INGLÉS Y COMPUTADORA.  SEPARATE BUILDING FOR ENGLISH AND COMPUTER  CLASSES NEXT TO THE VOLCANES SCHOOL.  PEACE COLORING BOOKS GIVEN OUT TO THESE STUDENTS.  LIBRITOS DE PEACEANIMALS PARA COLOREAR REGALADOS A ESTOS ESTUDIANTES.

VOLUNTEERING:  PLEASE CHECK OUR WEBSITE FOR INFORMATION:
http://www.peaceanimals.org/volunteer_1/volunteer_duties
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.   

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, long on to www.amazonsmile.com 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.

LESLIE CARATACHEA CON ESTUDIANTES – VOLCANES

GREATERGOOD – PLEASE CLICK!  Your daily clicks or direct donations help animals, people and the planet. www.greatergood.orgwww.greatergood.com 


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.  

SCHEDULE/HORARIO:
May 31-June 3 – calle capri #626 – colonia Linda Vista- (arriba del centro de acopio)  Directions:  going north from centro – Francisco Villa

Right on De Los Tules – go to end of the road and
Left on Paseo De Las Torres – go about 3-4 blocks and
Right on Calle Pavo Real – Calle Pavo Real turns into Santa Maria
Right on Camino Real
Go one block past the Acopio and then
Left on Capri – middle of the block is the clinic
June 7-10 -calle Vicente Guerrero #1036 – col. villas del real

June 14-17 – Valle Dorado, Nayarit
DESIGNATED LINE WITH RECORDING ADVISING LOCATION AND DIRECTIONS – ONLY IN SPANISH –
 (322) 113 3955
VOLCANES



TO REPORT ANIMAL ABUSE, CALL THE CENTRO DE ACOPIO – 322-223-3690 OR THE POLICE – 911 –  AND ASK FOR THE “GREEN PATROL” (“PATROLLA VERDE”)
  
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).    


LOCATIONS NEEDED FOR CLINICS.  REQUIRED:  WATER, ELECTRICITY, BATHROOM AND PARKING AVAILABILITY.
CLÍNICA EN VOLCANES

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.

ESTUDIANTE Y VOLUNTARIA CADA DÍA EN VOLCANES.  VOLUNTEERED EVERY DAY AT VOLCANES CLINIC.


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.
VOLCANES

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.
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LOS DUEÑOS HICERION  UNA PLACA DE IDENTIFICACIÓN PARA SU PERRA.   HANDMADE DOG TAG ATTACHED TO ROPE COLLAR TO SHOW OWNERSHIP
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. 
10 VOLUNTARIOS VIERNES EN VOLCANES – QUE ROMPE TODOS LOS RÉCORDS.  RECORD-BREAKING 10 VOLUNTEERS!

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS AT THE CLINICS.  We are almost ALWAYS SHORT on volunteers!!!  Having people help with registrations, carrying pets from surgery tables to recovery tables, monitoring vital signs, returning pets to owners with certificates of sterilization/care instructions , plus clean-ups give the vet team more time for surgeries.  And… this is an interesting way to see different colonias and ranch areas in and around Vallarta.    Please sign up:  Leslie Caratachea via FB or [email protected] – or simply drop by and spend as much time as you like.
                                         
STAR VOLUNTEER, FRANK OHLY, ENJOYING LUNCH AFTER CLINIC DUTIES – VOLCANES- NUESTRO NÚMERO UNO VOLUNTARIO DISFRUTANDO SU ALMUERZO DESPUÉS DE LA CLÍNICA.
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.
UNO DE DOS GATOS SOCIABLES DE LA CALLE MANDADOS POR PUROGATO CON FRANK OHLY A VOLCANES.  VAN ESTAR REGRESADOS A LA MISMA CALLE DONDE VIVEN.  TWO TAME, HOMELESS CATS SENT WITH FRANK BY PUROGATO AND TO BE RELEASED WHERE FOUND.  VOLCANES

                         
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.
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.


CLÍNICA EN VOLCANES



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:

GRACIAS POR SU APOYO Y INTERÉS.
SUNNYLAND

Gretchen DeWitt – President – Board of Directors
https://www.facebook.com/PeaceAnimals
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Los animales no necesitan tener una camada para completar su ciclo vital, puesto que no existe una relación consciente con la reproducción como parte necesaria de su bienestar emocional.
CALLEJEROS DE MÉXICO CON PERRA EN CELO.  MEXICAN STREET DOGS FOLLOWING SMALL FEMALE DOG IN HEAT.
PARA REPORTAR ABUSO A LOS ANIMALES- LLAME AL CENTRO DE ACOPIO – 293 3690 O A LA POLICA Y PIDA LA PATROLLA VERDE  
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
¡¡¡¡¡  POR FAVOR!!!!!!  NECESITAMOS VOLUNTARIOS, ASÍ HAY MAS TIEMPO PARA LOS VETERINARIOS ESTERILIZAR A LOS ANIMALITOS.  AYUDA, POR FAVOR.
NECESITAMOS SU APOYO.  FAVOR DE DONAR ALMUERZOS PARA NUESTRO EQUIPO. NOS CUESTA 1,120 PESOS LA SEMANA PARA NUESTRO EQUIPO DE 4 PERSONAS.   CON SUS DONACIÓNES DE COMIDA, PODEMOS USAR ESTE DINERO PARA SUMINISTROS.   FAVOR DE CONFIRMAR CUÁL DÍA DE LA SEMANA PUEDEN.  LESLIE VA HACER EL HORARIO PARA ALMUERZOS.  GRACIAS.


 TAMBIÉN NECESITAMOS VOLUNTARIOS, POR FAVOR.


GRACIAS POR SU INTERÉS Y SU APOYO.
Gretchen DeWitt – Presidente de la mesa directiva
https://www.facebook.com/PeaceAnimals