Before dawn, cruise ships glitter brightly in the dark as they appear on the horizon and glide slowly towards port. As early morning begins to see first rays of sun,  the jewel-like dazzle disappears and ships become pale apparitions against the dove grey sky and water.

EL MALECÓN – PUERTO VALLARTA



We walk along the sculpture-lined malecón to the modern sail-shaped pier, stopping across the sidewalk for hot chocolate, coffee and freshly baked scones at Dee’s.  


Our friend, Maca MacMorran, has hired a boat to take us south, stopping to admire the wild and beautiful rock formations called “los arcos” (“the arches), which are designated as a national park.  Although there is a steep fine and it is done at some physical risk, boats do motor through the arches.  I have swum through them when the water is very calm, enjoying the dankness and a slight sense of danger.  

Tops of the rocky outcroppings, homes to blue footed boobies, terns and pelicans, are green green green from all the recent rains.


An hour later, we jump off the boat to cool off in las Ánimas (“the Spirits” and swim ashore at el Coral, my favorite restaurant on the beach.  An iguana is cooling off at the water’s edge

while the candy man pushes his cart across the warm sand, a woman

carrying a tray of slices of homemade pies for sale on her head and an irresistible little girl named Lupita and her mother sell beaded keychains, earrings, necklaces and bracelets.

“LUPITA” 

On the ride back to Vallarta, Maca’s friend Alejandro Guillen, visiting from Mexico City, engages us with tales of Mexican history and politics.

ALEJANDRO GUILLEN 

 A charming former professor of history and anthropology at the University of Mexico, Alejandro now owns a tour business operating out of Mexico City.  Friends and the Mexican government give him rave reviews.  Www.travel4life.com.mx



SAN JUAN DE ABAJO, NAYARIT – An hour´s drive crossing over the ameca river and into another state.  After a right turn at Mezcales (the overpass has finally been completed), a straight drive east until one reaches a series of small towns, and then a series of sharp right and left turns until the road is straight again and the landscape becomes more rural, with cows and bullocks in green, grassy fields clustering under large shade trees.  Passing the wonderful sculpture of three indigenous figures at a roundabout, one continues east, driving through high, green cement arches with the words “Bienvenidos a San Juan de Abajo” at the top. 

 


The clinic was held in the same location where it has been held a couple of times in the past – in the front yard of a home belonging to an extremely gracious couple that served delicious daily breakfasts and lunches to the vet team.  On Wednesday, I saw Janina Erban, whose nearby cat refuge, Paraiso Felino, now holds 300 felines.  



STERILIZATIONS IN SAN JUAN DE ABAJO, NAYARIT – SEPTEMBER 25-28:  

Male Dogs – 16; Female Dogs – 57; Male Cats – 21; 
Female Cats – 56    TOTAL:   150!

PLUS pregnancies terminated for  1 cat with 5 fetuses; 2 cats with 4 fetuses each; 1 cat with 3 fetuses

PRIMEROS LLEGADOS – SAN JUAN DE ABAJO – AMONG FIRST TO ARRIVE
CLÍNICA EN SAN JUAN DE ABAJO, NAYARIT



DONATIONS AT CLINIC IN SAN JUAN DE ABAJO:  
1,600 PESOS

BOSQUES DEL PROGRESO

BOSQUES DEL PROGRESO: 

In Spanish, the name means “Woods of Progress.”  The colonia is about a 30-minute drive northeast from central Vallarta and although there are no woods, there are some trees. 

EL EX- BASURERO EN BASURERO– PEGADO A COLONIA BOSQUES DEL PROGRESO.  THE FORMER CITY DUMP IMMEDIATELY ADJACENT TO COLONIA BOSQUES DEL PROGRESO.

Adjoining Bosques del Progreso is Basurero, which means “dump.” The fenced-in field strewn with old tires has a large green hill,  born many years ago of collected trash and garbage. The road lined with poor homes going past the former city dump is named “Gardenia.”  There is no hint of the fragrance of flowers here, only the lingering stench of old, rotting garbage. People living in Basurero are squatters, many with addiction problems. Although illegal, residents are not removed by the city because it has no place to take them. As this area is not a legal neighborhood, the government does not supply Basurero with water. A can of Coca Cola is often cheaper to buy than a bottle of water. 

CALLE GARDENIA – BOSQUES DEL PROGRESO

One of their large red trucks rolled down Gardenia street as a very large black bull walked slowly through bushes in front of cinder block houses in Bosques del Progreso.

BOSQUES DEL PROGRESO

The clinic in Bosques del Progreso was held two blocks away from the former city dump in a downstairs front empty room of someone’s home on Gardenia street. There are dogs everywhere on the streets here and in Basurero, and many root for something to eat in piles of garbage and trash. I saw a pretty brown and white recent mama dog with an enormous malignant venereal tumor.

PERRA CON TVT VIVIENDO ABAJO DE UN COCHE EN BOSQUES DEL PROGRESO

People on the dirt road told me the dog was being fed by someone but didn’t have an owner.  They said the tail-wagging dog lived under a car and that it would be a “blessing” if she could be euthanized.  The next day, PEACEAnimals received a message from Luis Becerra, saying he had heard a woman from PEACEAnimals had been asking about this dog.  Luis has been feeding “Vecina” (Neighbor”) for a year and wants to save her. I responded that if he is able to get her to Dr. Poli every week for 5 weeks, the Laila SOS fund will pay for her chemotherapy.

STERILIZATIONS AT CLINIC IN BOSQUES DEL PROGRESO OCTOBER 4-7:  
Female dogs- 49;  Male dogs – 19; Female cats – 35; Male cats – 15

TOTAL:  128

PLUS pregnancies terminated for 2 dogs with 3 fetuses each; 1 cat with 3 fetuses;  2 cats with 4 fetuses each   
17 ANIMALS NOT BORN TO SUFFER


CLÍNICA EN COLONIA BOSQUES DEL PROGRESO


DONATIONS AT COLONIA BOSQUES DEL PROGRESO:

1,180 PESOS

PERRA DE LA CALLE NOMBRADO “VECINA.”  TIENE UN TUMOR MALIGNO (TVT=TUMOR TRANSMISIBLE VENEREA) Y OJALÁ QUE PODAMOS SALVARLA.  COLONIA BOSQUES DEL PROGRESO



DONATIONS TO PEACEANIMALS: 

GreaterGood – $85 USD  (April 1-June 30)
Michael Turner – $50 USD (monthly)
The Fit Club – 4 dozen used hand towels (shared with the Centro de Acopio)

$ 5,000 USD- Marchig Animal Welfare Trust (Scotland)

$ 5,000 USD – Fondation Marchig 


PEACEANIMALS EDUCATION PROGRAM:  Due to the driving distance of one hour from Vallarta to San Juan de Abajo in Nayarit, no school presentations were made on Tuesday, September 27th.

TEENAGER WHO BROUGHT HIS TWO CATS TO CLINIC IN SAN JUAN DE ABAJO, NAYARIT.  TRAJO SUS 2 GATOS PARA ESTERILIZAR A LA CLÍNICA EN SAN JUAN DE ABAJO Y RECIBIÓ UNA PLAYERA.


On Tuesday, October 3rd, education director, Leslie Caratachea, presented to 30 students at the Secundaria Foranea #56 school in colonia Progreso. 

The mission of PEACEAnimals is to end the future suffering of cats and dogs.  The most efficient way to do this is via a massive, free spay/neuter clinic.  In 2016, PEACEAnimals sterilized 5,403 cats and dogs.

REGISTRANDO MASCOTAS- SAN JUAN DE ABAJO – REGISTERING PETS



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. PACHECO Y LESLIE – CLÍNICA EN SAN JUAN DE ABAJO

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  –  Constitución and Basilio Badillo

Cork & Bottle – Los Mercados – Aquiles Serdan 265

Charlie’s Sport Fishing and Tours- Local 8B -Marina Vallarta

Galeria Dante – 269 Basilio Badillo 

La Cruz Inn – at the plaza in la Cruz, Nayarit

Macaria- Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez 129, between Morelos and the malecón.   

Puerto Vallarta Botanical Gardens (gift shop)

Salon Divas-  Melchor Ocampo 51 – Bucerias


ESPERANDO SU CIRUGIA EN SAN JUAN DE ABAJO
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.  

JUANITO – EN VOLUNTARIO EN LA CLÍNICA -BOSQUES DEL PROGRESO



SCHEDULE/HORARIO:
October 11-14  – Mezcales, Nayarit – Avenida Mexico #72 entre Hidalgo y San Luis a un cascado de la delegacion

October 18-21 – Ixtapa – en la delegación – Josefa de Dominguez #199 – colonia Centro

November 29-December 2 – La Penita, Nayarit – Pets for Life 

December 6-9 – San Pancho, Nayarit – Pets for Life

December 13-16 – Bucerias, Nayarit- Pets for Life


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.

CALLE ATRÁS DE LA CLÍNICA EN SAN JUAN DE ABAJO- NAYARIT

STREET ACROSS FROM THE CLINIC


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.

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.


COLONIA BOSQUES DEL PROGRESO



Please “like” PEACEAnimals on FaceBook.

CLÍNICA EN BOSQUES DEL PROGRESO



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 clinic supplies.

BOSQUES DEL PROGRESO

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.
FRANK OHLY, VOLUNTARIO – SAN JUAN DE ABAJO, NAYARIT

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.
LESLIE CARATACHEA – CLÍNICA EN BOSQUES DEL PROGRESO

                 

    

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 BOSQUES DEL PROGRESO



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