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EL MALECÓN –  HALLOWEEN


DAY OF THE DEAD – DATES BACK TO A CENTURIES-OLD AZTEC FESTIVAL HONORING THE DEAD.  November 1st is generally known as “Day of the Angelitos,” (or “Inocentes”), which invites the spirits of babies and children who have died to visit earth. “Day of the Dead,” on November 2nd,  is when families go to cemeteries to decorate graves and tombs of loved ones.  Halloween easily merges into “Day of the Dead” observances and festivities.

“SUPER NOVA, virgin of guadalupe”  OIL PAINTING BY BRAD OVERTON  www.bradfordoverton.com


To see an authentic Day of the Dead celebration, one needs to be in a very Mexican city or town where traditions still thrive.  The “altars” set up at the former mayór´s office and around town are suggestions of what one can see in some cemeteries – marigolds, lilies and roses, photographs, food, drinks, etc. One year in San Miguel de Allende, I stood in a very long line to enter the main cemetery on the Day of the Dead.  Once inside, we listened to mariachis playing joyfully at a grave site and saw two roosters in a cage on top of a tombstone – both places showing what someone had loved.

SUGAR SKULLS AND OTHER SWEETS SOLD  A WEEK IN ADVANCE FOR DAY OF THE DEAD “ALTARS”  AND DISPLAYS IN CEMETERIES – PLAZA IN GUANAJUATO – DULCES EN VENTA UNA SEMANA ANTES DEL DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS – GUANAJUATO

“ALTARS” IN PUERTO VALLARTA.

Halloween is observed in Puerto Vallarta by young trick-or-treaters, many of whom dress as skeletons, which fits well with Day of the Dead.  The wind their way south from the malecón, past large displays of skeletons, and end up in the zona romantica. The trick-or-treating is done at the many sidewalk restaurants, where diners hand out candies to children.  They respond with “Happy Halloween” and “thank you” in accented English and a big smile.


MERCADO LOS MANGOS – With the soon-to-arrive “high season,” the farmers/artisans market has reopened at the Los Mangos library.  Appealing products, grass and the shade of  mature mango trees make this outing a very pleasant one.  Open Saturdays from 10 AM to 2 PM  1001 Francisco Villa – a couple of blocks before the turn to Costco. 

MERCADO BIBLIOTECA LOS MANGOS
Also just open – the Saturday market at Lázaro Cárdenas park. It was once a real park, but is now a cemented plaza with a few trees and some grass.  This market has been in business for several years and has a much larger selection than the Los Mangos Library market.  It´s also hotter and more crowded.  Open 10 AM-2PM.  And ff wondering about the weather in Puerto Vallarta – it´s HOT.  Temperatures hover at about 90 degrees fahrenheit, humidity is 81% and the water in the Bay of Banderas is 84 degrees fahrenheit.

MERCADO SÁBADO EN EL PARQUE DE LÁZARO CÁRDENAS – MÚSICA DE LOS HUICHOLES


On Sunday morning, my husband and I walked to the isla Cuale with our dogs. Passing a teen-age boy holding a black open backpack next to his chest, I asked if there was a kitten inside.  Yes. 

It was a very small, white kitten with one green eye and one blue eye.  It had just been rescued at the cultural center and still too small for surgery. The boy will be back the first week of December.

CLÍNICAS GRATIS DE PFL – PRIMER DOMINGO DE CADA MÉS . CENTRO DE CULTURA – ISLA CUALE

At the cultural center, ninety-nine cats and dogs were already waiting in a very long line to be registered and sterilized.  The center is a great place to take a variety of classes and workshops, all inexpensive.

CLASES, ETC. – CENTRO DE CULTURA – ISLA CUALE


VALLE DE BANDERAS (“Valley of Flags”) in a municipality in the area of the Bay of Banderas, in the next door state of Nayarit.  The quickest way to arrive takes 50 minutes and is via highway 200 to the beach town of Bucerias and then inland.  One can also go via an inland turn at Mezcales, but it takes 20 minutes longer. I took this route on my way to the clinic.  Passing through the small towns,  named mostly after saints, were numerous stands at the plazas selling real and artificial flowers for Day of the Dead.

SAN VICENTE, NAYARIT – EL DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS

Past all the towns is the valley, which is very green and very beautiful, filled with mango orchards, palms, some blue-green agave,  and lavender and pink wildflowers. In the distance, the dark, jagged foothills of the Sierra Madres are a dramatic backdrop for the orchards and brown horses tethered to generous shade trees in green fields.
VISTA DE LA CLÍNICA EN VALLE DE BANDERAS

Pennants and colorful. plastic square cut-outs hung over the main street of the attractive, cobbled town of the Valley of Banderas. 

The large, cement church at the square was waiting to be painted and the bandstand,

PLAZA PRINCIPAL – VALLE DE BANDERAS

instead of being the usual white color, was green with  green columns of indigenous women holding corn and other vegetables.  Two nearby fountains with homeless dogs sitting next to them echo the design of the columns of the bandstand.


The clinic took place on the ground floor of a popular gym next to a small air strip.  The clinic was slightly under-attended on Thursday, perhaps because it was not a central location or because residents were observing the Day of the Dead.  I drove back to the plaza to look for dogs with “Pilas,” a tall, attractive man from La Cruz who had brought his large dog to the clinic.  The only dog left on the large square was a sleeping grey and white homeless male Pit Bull mix that had already been neutered. 

CALLEJERO YA ESTERILIZADO ANTES DE NUESTRA CLÍNICA – EN LA PLAZA DE VALLE DE BANDERAS


 A block away I saw a young boy with his father walking a purebred female Staffordshire Pit Bull on a chain.  The father said someone had given him the dog and he wanted her to have babies. After a rather lengthy discussion on the merits of spay/neuter, they all drove back to the clinic with us. 

 STAFFORDSHIRE PIT BULL HEMBRA – CLÍNICA EN VALLE DE BANDERAS
Valle de Banderas is a ranch and agricultural area, and rancheros are very resistant to sterilizing their male dogs. One man living around the corner from the gym told me that he didn´t want his male dog fixed because it would “work less” for him. 
RECOGIENDO PERROS EN EL BASURERO DEL VALLE DE BANDERAS – PARA LA CLÍNICA GRATIS

Henrietta Hummel, originally from Germany and now living in the Valley de Banderas, drove to the town dump on Friday, situated 10 minutes west of town. With help, she brought back twelve “sweet” homeless dogs for sterilization.  On Saturday, she and her friend Amelia, who owns the gym, were able to bring in nine dogs from the dump.  Sadly, there are approximately 100 dogs living there. The grateful manager of the dump site gave Henrietta 1,000 pesos for her gas and time. 

STERILIZATIONS AT VALLE DE BANDERAS – November 1-4
COLLECTING HOMELESS DOGS AT THE TOWN DUMP TO TAKE TO CLINIC- VALLE DE BANDERAS – RECOGIENDO PERROS VIVIENDO EN EL BASURERO PARA LLEVARLOS A LA CLÍNICA.

Note the more than three-to-one female to male ratio.

Male cats – 7; Female cats – 24; Male dogs – 20; Female dogs – 63 
TOTAL:  114

PLUS:  Pregnancies terminated for 1 dog with 12 fetuses; 1 dog with 10 fetuses; 1 dog with 8 fetuses; 1 cat with 4 fetuses

34 animals not born to suffer.

CLÍNICA EN VALLE DE BANDERAS

THIS CLINIC WAS MADE POSSIBLE BY A GENEROUS GRANT FROM THE FONDATION MARCHIG.   www.marchigtrust.org

The Marchig Animal Welfare Trust was established in 1989 by the late
Madame Jeanne Marchig of Geneva, because of her deep concern for nature and
animals and in memory of her husband, the painter Giannino Marchig.
The objects of the Trust are to protect animals and to promote and encourage practical work in preventing animal cruelty and the relief of animal suffering.

(Two grants were given – $5, 000 USD from the Marchig Animal Welfare Trust, headquartered in Scotland and $5,000 USD from the Fondation Marchig, headquartered in Switzerland. This is the fourth clinic @$1,800 USD sponsored by Marchig).  
WAITING FOR SURGERY AND FOR ADOPTION – 5 FOUR-MONTH OLD PUPPIES.  ESPERANDO ESTERILIZACIÓN Y ADOPCIÓN – 5 CACHORRITOS DE 4 MESES – VALLE DE BANDERAS

DONATIONS AT VALLE DE BANDERAS CLINIC:  1,310 pesos

Daily lunches for the vet team.

DONATIONS AT LA DESEMBOCADA CLINIC October 25-28:  820 pesos

“PILAS” CON SU MASCOTA – VALLE DE BANDERAS

DONATIONS TO PEACEANIMALS: 

Michael Turner – $50 USD (monthly)

Jan Lavander – 1,000 pesos

LLEVANDO PERROS DEL BASURERO A LA CLÍNICA EN VALLE DE BANDERAS.  COLLECTING DOGS THAT LIVE AT THE DUMP FOR THE CLINIC IN VALLE DE BANDERAS.


REGISTRANDO PERROS DEL BASURERO (DUMP) – VALLE DE BANDERAS

NOTE:  Sterilization cost per cat or dog for PEACEAnimals is approximately $11.35 USD.  Monthly donations in any amount from animal lovers will be a big help to the clinics.  Automatic bank payments are easy to set up via the internet.  Monthly checks also appreciated.  Please consider.

Neutering a dog or cat is quick and uncomplicated.  Spaying a dog or cat takes longer because ovaries are involved, and in small animals, they are very small.  There are vets who leave in the ovaries because they don´t have the skill to perform the surgery.  The cat or dog can´t get pregnant, but does go into heat and if not kept secure, will be mounted by male animals and possibly injured.  
Surgery time, which does not include checking vital signs, tranquilizing, anesthetizing, shaving,  inserting and removing breathing tubes (dogs only),  requires 6-10 minutes for female cats and 3 minutes for male cats. For female dogs, surgery takes 10-15 minutes and 18 minutes if pregnant.  Male dogs require 8 minutes of surgery.  Female cats and dogs with owners are tattooed immediately after surgery with blue ink. Homeless female dogs are also tattooed.  The ears of homeless cats are clipped to show they have been sterilized, which saves a potential rescuer from taking the animal to a clinic or vet for spay/neuter. 
INCISION – ESTERLIZACÍON DE UNA PERRA  Y DESPUÉS
TINTA AZUL PARA EL TATTOO QUE DICE QUE EL ANIMAL
ESTÁ ESTERILIZADO.  FOTOS SACADAS EN UNA
CLÍNICA DE PEACEANIMALS  PHOTOS TAKEN AT
PEACEANIMALS CLINIC.

PEACEANIMALS EDUCATION PROGRAM:  None this week as clinic out of town. 

VET TECH LESLIE CARATACHEA – CLÍNICA EN VALLE DE BANDERAS



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.

LAILA SOS FUND:  There were 365 pesos remaining after the 1,000 pesos spent on 5 chemo treatments for the male Pit Bull with TVT. This money was given to Maritza Liney Gutierrez to pay for a distemper vaccine, deworming and food for a street dog she rescued.  The dog is now in a foster home in Sayulita.

RESCATADO Y EN CASA PUENTE EN SAYULITA.  LOS ÚLTIMOS FONDOS DE LAILA SOS DE 365 PESOS FUERON DONADOS PARA UNA VACUNA,  ALIMENTO Y TRATAMIENTO PARA GUSANOS

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:

CLÍNICA EN VALLE DE BANDERAS

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


PERROS DEL BASURERO – CLÍNICA EN VALLE DE BANDERAS EL DÍA JUEVES
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.  

DR. POLI´S SON, JESÚS – CLÍNICA EN VALLE DE BANDERAS



SCHEDULE/HORARIO:

November 8-11 – colonia Volcanes – in the school/escuela

November 15-18 – Tomatlán – Cabo Corrientes – Salón de usos múltiples – Abel Salgado velascos

November 22-25 – San Vicente, Nayarit

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

December 6-9 – San Pancho, Nayarit – Pets for Life
December 13-16 – Bucerias, Nayarit- in the Bilingual Center –  Pets for Life – 

VACACIÓNES/CHRISTMAS VACATION

January 3-6 – TBA
January
February
February 14-17 – el Tuito

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

SOME OF THE 12 DOGS  FROM THE DUMP ON THURSDAY WAITING FOR SURGERY – VALLE DE BANDERAS .  UNOS DE LOS 12 PERROS DEL BASURERO EL DÍA JUEVES ESPERANDO ESTERILIZACIÓN.

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]

CLÍNICA DE PEACEANIMALS – VALLE DE BANDERAS


   PETS FOR LIFE ISLA CUALE CLINICS:

 An anonymous donor is sponsoring the sterilization of 30 animals every month for 12 months. The very generous donation of $3,250 USD will pay for the spay/neuter of 360 cats and dogs.  The clinics take place in the cultural center on the first Sunday of every month.  Registration is at 7:30 AM.  The island is overrun with cats and kittens.


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


CLÍNICA EN EL PRIMER PISO DEL GIMNASIO – VALLE DE BANDERAS

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.
.
JORGE – NUEVO AYUDANTE (19 AÑOS) AL EQUIPO -VALLE DE BANDERAS


Clinic schedule, including directions and other clinic information are always on website:  www.peaceanimals.org,  on this blog and on the PEACEAnimals FaceBook page.

CLÍNICA DE PEACEANIMALS – VALLE DE BANDERAS



Please “like” PEACEAnimals 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 clinic supplies.

VOLUNTARIOS – CL´NIICA EN LA VALLE DE BANDERAS

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.  

FOR INFORMATION ON VOLUNTEERING: 

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

SYLVIA MACDONALD – VOLUNTARIA – CLÍNICA EN VALLE DE BANDERAS .  ORIGINALLY FROM THE SHETLAND ISLANDS, SYLVIA NOW RESIDES IN NAYARIT WITH HER HUSBAND.

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.

                 

LONGEST TOE NAILS ANY OF US HAD SEEN.  FRANK OHLY CLIPPED THEM WHILE DOG WAS SEDATED AFTER SURGERY.  LAS UÑAS MÁS LARGAS QUE HEMOS VISTO.  LAS CORTARON FRANK CUÁNDO ESTABA SOSEGADA.  CLÍNICA EN VALLE DE BANDERAS

    

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.  
DR.POLI – CLÍNICA EN EL GIMNASIO – VALLE DE BANDERAS


Please make payments payable to either BBC INC or Banderas Bay Charities, Inc.  Donations are tax deductible and should be earmarked for PEACEAnimals.

CLÍNICA DE PEACEANIMALS – VALLE DE BANDERAS
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