The heat and humidity had broken mid-November, two weeks later than usual.  In early December and on schedule, el Niño ( “the son” in Spanish, named after the Christ child), brought Vallarta a couple of days of greening rains.  El Niño, caused by the warming coastal surface water, often occurs around Christmastime, hence its name. 


In preparation for Christmas, Juarez street (where the “pilgrimages” take place the first 12 days of Christmas) was strung with colorful, oversize piñatas with shiny, silver tinsel streamers,  and glittering, golden tinsel bells. Posadas, which probably originated in Mexico, take place from December 16th to the 24th.  The word “posada” in Spanish means “inn” or “shelter.” The nine nights leading up to Christmas supposedly represent either the nine months Jesus spent in Mary´s womb or the nine days it took Mary and Joseph to travel from Nazareth to Bethlehem. 

Candle-holding participants of posadas go from door to door singing the special song asking for shelter, “La Canción Para Pedir Posada,” with a sung response from the family within the home. In Vallarta, which is a tourist town, not a traditional one, posadas are by invitation to friends and family. Once the door has opened to the petitioners, dinner is served, which is often tamales accompanied by hot drinks of ponche (fruit – apple, guayaba, raisins, sugar cane)

CHRISTMAS “PONCHE”

and/or atole (corn and masa based).  Buñuelos are the typical posada dessert.  Resembling fritters,  they are handmade and can be broken in pieces and put in a bowl with sugarcane syrup added, or simply eaten by hand, topped with sugar or cinnamon.  After the meal, children are invited to break piñatas and share candies.  


We were invited to just one posada, where we enjoyed a traditional dinner and gathered afterwards in the garden for the breaking of three piñatas. As the excited children smashed the  pottery and paper to bits, they were surprised that no candies had fallen out.  Our laughing hostess had forgotten to stuff the piñatas.

PUERTO VALLARTA


The blackened bay was spangled with the small red and green lights of sailboats, yachts and fishing boats on December 30th and on New Year´s Eve.  They were waiting, along with thousands of people on the malecón and on hilltops, for the midnight displays of fireworks. November 30th was the second annual Lumina Fest pyrotechnics display, which included “tower” fireworks.  It was a much longer and more spectacular show than New Year´s, which was nevertheless a joyful event on a peaceful, moonlit night.  All seemed right with the world. 
NEAR YEAR´S BEAUTIFUL MOON OVER BANDERAS BAY – HERMOSA LUNA SOBRE LA BAHÍA DE BANDERAS – AÑO NUEVO

Christmas vacations for Mexicans and northerners ended on  January 8th.  The town and beaches have been crammed with locals and visitors, and hotels have been at 100% capacity. 

SHOP TALK:

MANN MADE MÉXICO – With her connoisseur´s great eye and design talent, Louise Mann offers an eclectic collection of wonderful things, all handmade by Mexican artisans.  Guadalupe Sanchez #672 (near corner of calle Abasolo and a block south of Café des Artistes)

MANN MADE MEXICO


RO´WO GALERIA – Small boutique filled with beautiful and unusual antique and contemporary fashion and home accessories – all handmade.  Hidalgo 424, a few blocks north of the church of Our Lady of Guadalupe

RO´WO GALERIA

MACARIA – Attractive spacious shop carrying great looking embroidered dresses and blouses, bags, sandals and handmade home accessories.  Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez 129, between Morelos and the malecón.  


MACARIA


These three very appealing, high-quality shops are located in Centro, within easy walking blocks of each other.


STERILIZATIONS AT BARRIO SANTA MARÍA January 3-6

BARRIO SANTA MARÍA


Unable to attend this clinic,  Frank Ohly,  star volunteer, sent me three photos.  As Leslie Caratachea, vet tech and education director was on vacation, no extra time for him to take more.

Male dogs – 16; Female dogs – 56; Male cats – 22; Female cats – 41

TOTAL:  136

PLUS pregnancy terminated for 1 cat with 3 fetuses


DONATIONS AT BARRIO SANTA MARÍA:  1,810 PESOS
Three days of lunches for vet team – Silvia Alvarez

SUNDAY ISLA CUALE CLINIC ON JANARY 7TH.
MI NIETA, GIPSY, CLÍNICA EN LA ISLA CUALE
At 7:30 in the morning, I went with my visiting eight year-old granddaughter, Gipsy, to find a tame black and white abandoned kitten living under a car across the street from DavannaYoga.  Anna Laurita, owner and instructor, has been feeding it there.  The kitten ran to us when called and off we went to the island clinic.  There is a potential home waiting for it by a fellow yogi.

CLÍNICA EN LA ISLA CUALE

Thirty minutes later, there was already a long line or people waiting to register their pets at the isla Cuale clinic.  A very pretty young Mexican woman had brought in a gorgeous long-haired, multi-colored female cat that lives on her street.  The rescuer wept with relief and joy when Jill Goldstein, President and Founder of Pause 4 Paws, agreed to take the cat back with her to the U.S. for adoption.  

This Pets for Life clinic on the isla Cuale was partially underwritten ($250 USD pays for the sterilization of 30 animals) by Steve Stowell.  Photo below.



DONATIONS TO PEACEANIMALS:


Vallarta Adventures- 20,000 pesos worth of medical supplies for November and December (monthly donation of 10,000 pesos worth of vet supplies November-May).
Anonymous – $10,000 USD
Michael Turner – $25 USD (monthly)
Nicole Beaupre – Large used dog kennel
Pam and Steve Lock – $100 USD
Pixie Project – 3 boxes of surgical instruments; 40 dog bowls; countless rags; gowns; sterile pads; elastic tape; syringes (brought to Vallarta by PEACEAnimals treasurer/advisory board member, Amy Welch)
Connie Fario- $300 CA
Vicky Boyd – $50 USD
David Kiebler – $100 USD
Michael Turner – $50 USD (monthly)
Jane and Bob Walker – $50 USD – in honor of Liz and Dave Kiebler
Trisha Aljoe – $7,000 USD (over and above annual  PEACEAnimals board dues)
Friends of Homeless Animals, Inc. – $11,000 USD

A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR!  This January is our strongest financial position since the founding of PEACEAnimals in May, 2013.  Thank you to all who have these clinics these clinics possible for 4 1/2 years.  We are all very happy and grateful to be able to continue our work.

PEACEAnimals sterilized 5,357 cats and dogs in 2017.

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

CLÍNICA EN LA ISLA CUALE

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.

RESCUED AND NEEDS HOME:  A car problem on the way to Boca necessitated a long wait in Mismaloya for a mechanic.  On the return walk to the main road after a beach lunch, three very appealing young children asked if I would like to adopt the Chihuahua they were cuddling.  They had found her wandering on the dirt road leading down from the highway.  I called Colette Zarry, owner of Colina clinic and Langostinos restaurant, who said she could foster the very sweet and friendly female. Her name for now is “Ella,” and she is approximately one-year old. If interested:  [email protected]

RESCATADA PARA LOS NIÑOS EN MISMALOYA . CHIHUAHUA HEMBRA PARA ADOPCIÓN – [email protected]

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:

CLINICA EN LA ISLA CUALE EL 7 DE ENERO

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

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.  

BARRIO SANTA MARÍA



SCHEDULE/HORARIO:

January 10-13 – El Porvenir, Nayarit – calle 12 de octubre – s/n a espaldas de la casa ejidal
January 17-20 – Puerto Vallarta – colonia magisterio gardenia 908 – esquina amapola en contra esquina del basurero
January 24-27 – San Blas, Nayarit – PETS FOR LIFE
January 31- February 3  colonia del mar 
February 7-10 – San Jose, Nayarit

February 14-17 – el Tuito

March – Tomatlán, Cabo Corrientes
March 26-April 2 – Easter break
April
May
June – Volcanes


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”)

  

CUALE SPAY AND NEUTER CLINICS – ONE-DAY CLINICS ARE HELD ON THE ISLA CUALE THE FIRST SUNDAY OF EVERY MONTH.   CLINICS OPEN FOR REGISTRATION AT 7 AM.  VET TEAM IS PETS FOR LIFE.  FOR MORE INFORMATION, SEE THEIR PAGE ON FACEBOOK.
  
COLINA FREE SPAY&NEUTER CLINIC – Every Saturday.  Recommend arrive 7:30-8 AM.  First 15-20 animals to arrive will be accepted.  Address: 496 Venustiano Carranza in colonia Emiliano Zapata.  Clinic is in front of Carniceria Colin, between Naranjo and Jacarandas streets.  For more information: Colina Spay and Neuter clinic on Facebook.
CLÍNICA EN LA ISLA CUALE



   PETS FOR LIFE ISLA CUALE CLINICS:

January – sterilization of 30 animals sponsored by Steve Stowell
February – anonymous donor – plus 11 additional clinics –
 which totals 360 cats and dogs @ $3,250 USD
March – sponsored by PEACEAnimals board member, Trisha Aljoe

COLINA CLINIC – Free spay/neuter every Saturday.  Registration approximately 8:30 AM.  Line up early.  Not more than 20 cats and dogs will be accepted.  496 V. Carranza –  Colonia Emiliano Zapata


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


BARRIO SANTA MARÍA

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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CLÍNICA EN LA ISLA CUALE

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.


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.

CLÍNICA EN LA ISLA CUALE

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

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.

               

CLÍNICA EN LA ISLA CUALE – ESPERANDO CIRUGÍA

    

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.

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:
CHRISTAS MORNING COWS AT PLAYA GRANDE – VACAS  NAVIDEÑAS
PLAYA GRANDE

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