PELÍCANOS EN LA BAHÍA DE BANDERAS
An Adventure.
A small group of friends met one morning at the pier at Boca de Tomatlán.  We had hired a captain and his panga to take us to the small fishing village of Chimo, a place further south on the Bay of Banderas (“Bay of Flags”) than any of us had ever been.

Some people believe the forty-mile,  horseshoe-shaped bay was formed by volcanic activity.   This is not the case. The Bay of Banderas is an extension of the Ameca canyon and the Banderas canyon.  The deepest part of the bay is at the point of Cabo Corrientes (“Cape Currents”), where it measures 3,000 feet (900 meters).  We would be heading there.
Dangling our arms over the edge of the panga, we felt the warm temperature of the water as we sped along the rocky coastline.  As we passed the beach village of Yelapa, we felt the coolness coming down from the Sierra Madres. One-and-a-half hours after leaving Boca, we arrived at the small fishing village of Chimo. 

CHIMO

As it was still too early for lunch and there was no sandy beach, we asked our captain if there were enough gasoline to go further south to the open ocean.  “No.” But a smiling driver of a water taxi anchored off the rocky shore said he could sell us a tank of gas for 200 pesos.  

COMPRAMOS 200 PESOS DE GASOLINA DEL TAXISTA PORQUE NO TENIÁMOS SUFICIENTE PARA LLEGAR AL MAR ABIERTO

Minutes after leaving Chimo, looming in the distance is an imposing rock formation not far out in the water from the cascading green foothills.  It is called “el catedral” (“the cathedral”) or “las iglesias” (“the churches”) by locals.   Its two arched tunnels resemble oversize doorways of a grand church or cathedral which would have vaulted ceilings inside.  As with other arches found in nature, they are erosions caused by wind and/or water.

“EL CATEDRAL” (O “LAS IGLESIAS”)

PASANDO EL CATEDRAL – PASSING THE “CATHEDRAL” AND HEADING TOWARDS OPEN OCEAN

YA MÁS CERCA AL MAR ABIERTO

The water was getting rougher.  High up on a promontory marking the spot where the bay ends,  is a forlorn looking lighthouse. Still in use, it serves as a warning for boats that might founder on the rocky cliffs below.  
EL FARO – THE LIGHTHOUSE

Around this tip of land is the Pacific, not looking calm at all.  The ocean looks very wild.  The endless stretches of wind-whipped, empty beaches look very wild.  And the wildness is thrilling and scary and inviting.  

 

COSTA AL MAR ABIERTO – SALVAJE, EMOCIONANTE, ESPELUZNANTE Y TENTADORA

We turned around at this longest undeveloped coastline in Mexico and motored for twenty or thirty minutes north,  anchoring at one of the most fantastically beautiful beaches I have ever seen. If I had flown half-way around the world for this, I would have thought it was worth it.

A long stretch of white, powdery sand, the clearest turquoise-emerald green water and no one there.  We swam, floated on our backs and enjoyed lemonades and slightly spicy guacamole under the palapa roof of the only restaurant on the beach.

PANGA IN PARADISE.  
Twenty or thirty minutes later we were back in Chimo.  Walking past black vultures hopping and pecking near a tidal wash lagoon, we sat down in another palapa-roofed restaurant.  

As we ate ceviche and freshly-caught lobster, a pretty, young girl smiled as she swung slowly back and forth in a torn, tan-colored hammock next to us.  Outside the restaurant, fishermen laid sea cumbers on grills to dry out and turn black in the sun. They will be sent to China to be ground up for one of their popular soups.  Shark fins come to mind.

RESTAURANTE EN CHIMO
WEATHER:  After weeks of oppressive heat and humidity, they were broken by a couple of heavy rains.  Locals are commenting that July, normally a rainy month, had much less rain than last year. The combined extreme heat and humidity, preventing rainfall,  is called a “canícula”  (“dog hot day”). This condition has existed on the southern Pacific coast of Mexico for many years and is new for Vallarta.

VILLA DE GUADALUPE – Rutted, muddy roads after the rain,  and an absence of street signs made this a much longer drive than what Google Maps indicates as a 31-minute drive from our home in centro.


It took more than double that time to arrive at the clinic in Villa de Guadalupe.  Named after the Virgin of Guadalupe (no villa in sight), a small, terra cotta statue of her has been place in front of a modern, three-walled colorful church with a grey-stained, domed roof.  

IGLESIA EN VILLA DE GUADALUPE


This colonia close to the foothills is quiet, very green, mostly clean, and with many cats and dogs on the paved and dirt streets,  plus a scattering of chickens, turkeys and burros.   

VILLA DE GUADALUPE

AMARRADOS TODO EL DÍA, EL DUEÑO NO QUERÍA ESTERILIZAR A NINGUNO DE SUS MASCOTAS.  OWNER KEEPS TWO OF HIS PUPPIES TIED UP ALL DAY AND DIDN´T WANT TO HAVE ANY OF HIS DOGS STERILIZED.

The clinic took place in “Salon don Margarito,” a mustard colored, very open and spacious event rental space.  There were very few pets at the clinic when I arrived shortly after 9 AM, so I walked to the nearby Pitillal river to ask residents if they would like to bring their cats and dogs to the clinic.  Although there are signs above the low,  brown river advising that is illegal to toss trash, sadly that law is not fully observed.  

DEMACRADA PERRA DE LA CALLE – VILLA DE GUADALUPE

Walking back, I saw an emaciated white, timid female dog with a collar fashioned out of blue twine. I ran to a corner mercado to buy food for her, but she had disappeared. Returning to the clinic,  Ofelia Osuna McHugh, board member,  had just arrived with Tammy Pasatiempo, a longtime friend of hers from Seattle.


BASURA EN LA ORILLA DEL RÍO PITILLAL EN VILLA DE GUADALUPE

Later in the morning, a few of the women and children I had spoken with started bringing in their pets.  One particularly enthusiastic pet owner also wrote down the names of neighbors who would come on Friday.  One of the names was of a man who owns two large dogs but is unable to walk and would need help.  A short-haired, blonde woman who arrived with her granddaughter and a large dog stayed on, saying she wanted to help.   As she wasn´t familiar with monitoring vital signs, she chose to sweep the entire large salon.  The lovely woman also offered her home in another colonia for a clinic.  Ofelia gave her taxi money to get home, as the dog was too woozy to walk that far after surgery. 

MIENTRAS ESTA LINDA SEÑORA ESPERABA SU PERRO, LIMPIABA TODO EL SALÓN.  WHILE WAITING FOR HER DOG, THIS LOVELY LADY SWEPT THE SALON.



I had encouraged three young boys who lived next to the river to have their puppies sterilized, but their father refused.  A hour later, they arrived at the clinic with a tiny, very young and very skinny black female puppy wrapped in an old pair of blue underwear.  Although all her bones were protruding, her belly was hugely extended, evidence that her intestines were engorged with parasites.   The puppy had been found next to the river, always a handy place to throw unwanted kittens and puppies. We gave it water and one of the sausages I had bought for the starving dog and then Ofelia and Tammy drove her to the SPCAPV.  Happily the puppy tested negative for diseases and will be for adoption in a few weeks.

CLÍNICA EN SALON DON MARGARITO – VILLA DE GUADALUPE



Tammy, whose husband is on the board of directors of the Humane Society in Seattle, is a passionate animal advocate and has pledged to underwrite a PEACEAnimals clinic.

The new banners were here for this clinic, thanks to Linda Hunt´s donation.  Our old ones were stolen, not out of maliciousness, but because someone must have needed them for shelter or a doorway or curtain, etc.

Sterilizations in Villa de Guadalupe – August 2-5

Male dogs -18; Female dogs – 50; Male cats – 26; Female cats – 24     TOTAL:  118

DONATIONS AT CLINIC:  660 pesos


VILLA DE GUADALUPE


Plus lunches for vet team: 

Wednesday – Irina Adame y Lupita Rodriquez
Thursday – Abichuela Rodriguez Cruz y Elena Moreno
Saturday – Irma Adriana Cantu Munguia

OBSERVADORA TAMMY PASATIEMPO DE SEATTLE -OBSERVER AT THE VILLA DE GUADALUPE CLINIC.


DONATIONS TO PEACEANIMALS: 

Susan Hunt – $40 USD – to replace the two stolen PEACEAnimals banners.


EDUCATION PROGRAM- SUMMER VACATION.  SCHOOLS CLOSED.

  

GATITA DE 3 MESES DESPUÉS DE ESTAR ESTERILIZADA – VILLA DE GUADALUPE

FOR PHOTOS/NAMES OF RESCUED DOGS THAT NEED HOMES, THE ACOPIO HAS A CURRENT ROSTER THAT INCLUDES PHOTOS, NAMES DESCRIPTIONS.

PARA FOTOS,/NOMBRES Y INFORMACIÓN DE LOS PERROS EN EL CENTRO DE ACOPIO QUE NECESITAN HOGARES:

DR. POLI, DIRECTOR DE PEACEANIMALS -CLÍNICA EN VILLA DE GUADALUPE

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:
BOLSAS DE PEACEANIMALS EN VENTA

Lucy´s CuCu Cabana -295 Basilio Badillo (AFTER OCTOBER 25TH)

Choco Museo – Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez 128 in centro (across from the malecón)


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 Ortiz de Dominguez 129, between Morelos and the malecón.   

Puerto Vallarta Botanical Gardens (gift shop)


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.


GREATERGOOD – PLEASE CLICK!  Your daily clicks or direct donations help animals, people and the planet. www.greatergood.orgwww.greatergood.com   To donate specifically to PEACEAnimals:  http://bit.ly/1cWY0lP


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:
August 7, 8 and 9 – three days only (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday) – MASCOTA – Calle Hidalgo #79 en el club de leones


DESIGNATED LINE WITH RECORDING ADVISING LOCATION AND DIRECTIONS – ONLY IN SPANISH –
 (322) 113 3955


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.
FUERA DEL SALON EN RENTA – VILLA DE GUADALUPE


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.

(SANTA) ELENA, QUIÉN TRAJO 25 PERROS Y GATOS DE SUS VECINOS – CLÍNICA EN VILLA DE GUADALUPE.  BROUGHT 25 CATS AND DOGS BELONGING TO NEIGHBORS.



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.

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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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 on FaceBook.




LUNCH DONATIONS NEEDED FOR VET TEAM.

NECESITAMOS DONACIÓNES DE ALMUERZOS PARA EL EQUIPO


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 clinic supplies.

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS AT THE CLINICS.  We are almost always short on volunteers.  Please contact Leslie Caratachea via FB or [email protected] – or just drop by.
VOLUNTARIA EN LA CLÍNICA EN VILLA DE GUADALUPE  Y MIEMBRE DE LA MESA DIRECTIVA –  OFELIA OSUNA MCHUGH
FOR INFORMATION ON VOLUNTEERING: 

 http://www.peaceanimals.org/volunteer_1/volunteer_duties

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.

DR. PACHECO – CLÍNICA EN VILLA DE GUADALUPE

                        

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 VILLA DE GUAALUPE



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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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.

PARA FOTOS,/NOMBRES Y INFORMACIÓN DE LOS PERROS EN EL CENTRO DE ACOPIO QUE NECESITAN HOGARES:
PARA REPORTAR ABUSO A LOS ANIMALES- LLAME  A LA POLICA – 911 – Y PIDA LA PATROLLA VERDE o al centro de acopio   293 3690


 
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
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.
http://www.peaceanimals.org/espa_ol/protocolo_para_voluntarios

GRACIAS POR SU INTERÉS Y SU APOYO.


Gretchen DeWitt – Presidente de la mesa directiva

https://www.facebook.com/PeaceAnimals