Day of the Three Kings takes place every year on the 6th of January. Also known as the “Feast of the Epiphany,”  it has traditionally been the day of gift giving in Mexico, other Latin American countries and Spain.

According to the Gospel of Matthew, three kings (also known as the three Wise Men or Magi),  Melchior, Caspar and Balthazar, traveled to Bethlehem by camel, horse and elephant to present symbolic gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to the Christ child.  

ROSCA DE REYES

Until recent times, Christmas was reserved as a day of worship, but Santa Claus has proven irresistible in many parts of Mexico and the world.  Gift giving now usually takes place on Christmas morning in Mexico.  Twelve days later, Day of the Kings is observed with family and friends by sharing a wreath-shaped “rosca de reyes” cake covered in candied fruit.  Baked inside is a miniature figurine of baby Jesus.  Whomever receives the slice with the figurine is not only said to be blessed, but also must take it to church on February 2nd, Candlemas Day (“Día de la Candelaria”) and host a dinner of atole (corn-and masa-based hot drink) and tamales that evening. 

TAMALES Y ATOLE –  DÍA DE LA CANDELARIA
The 6th of January, the day of the Three Kings, is when ten of us in a panga saw the three orcas, and they came to us. We had seen two different large, humid spouts in the distance, but were never close enough to actually see the whales.  We headed towards a long, curving line of dozens of white sea birds resting on the surface of the water, while others in the air plunged into the bay.  Fish were there and birds were feeding.   Moments later we saw a spout accompanied by very large black fin.  It wasn´t the fin of a whale or a dolphin.  It was an orca! 

ORCA HEMBRA – PHOTO CREDIT:  TRISHA ALJOE



By its size, the orca was quickly identified as a male by Karla, and it was swimming towards us.  Two smaller orcas, which she said were females, also headed directly towards the panga while the male stayed behind.  They swam around us, just inches away,  while we gave loud, exuberant shouts and claps of joy. The two females followed us for several moments and then raced next to the sides of it, under it, and in front of it.  When they dropped behind, , we thought they had vanished, but whooped when we saw them swiftly powering towards us in the wake of the panga.  The two orcas rolled over on their backs as they raced up next to us, and then breaking the surface of the water. The encounter ended when we headed back towards towards Boca de Tomatlán,  leaving the orcas to return to the feeding area.

What many feel with this kind of extraordinary experience is not only an enormous thrill, but a deep reverence for the spectacular beauty of wild animals with which one is sharing air and water, sunlight and sky.  

ORCA HEMBRA – PHOTO CREDIT:  TRISHA ALJOE


Orcas have not been seen in the Bay of Banderas for a long time.  Because this is the second time we have seen them in a period of a few weeks, it is in indication that the eco system is changing.  There isn´t enough food in the ocean for the orcas and reports are that they are experiencing still births as a result.  The orcas are here at the same time the humpback whales are breeding and birthing.  It only takes two orcas to separate a female from her calf. 


For a  sensationalYouTube video taken this day by Karla de la Peña, owner of Boca Divers, click on link below.  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFOyYDRYIN4&feature=youtu.be

PLAZA EN EL PORVENIR

EL PORVENIR (“The Future”) is a small municipality of the Bay of Banderas in the neighboring state of Nayarit.  Less than 10,000 people live in this quiet, clean place located approximately 45 minutes northeast of central Vallarta.  The clinic was held in the ejidal  (communal landowners) headquarters around the corner from the central plaza.  At the edge of the plaza is a cluster of taco stands, where thin, flea-scratching dogs with or without owners sit in the sun waiting for scraps.  The male dogs I saw were all intact and the females showed years of birthing puppies.  A young, thin tabby cat sat in front of the “Super Guero” market and let me pick her up.  She was spayed at the clinic and returned where found.  The owner says the cat jumps up into the open extra large cat kibble bags on the sidewalk and feeds herself.

PLAZA CON PERROS ESPERANDO MORDITAS DE LAS TACQUERÍAS – EL PORVENIR

At 9 AM, more than 40 cats and dogs had been registered and we had run out of kennels.  Owners patiently held on to their pets until the animals were tranquilized and sedated.  We need more donations of cat and dog kennels!  Angela Kelleher, Jill Goldstein, president and founder of Pause 4 Paws and Laura Eucker, executive director of Angel of Hope Animal Rescue (AOHrescue.org), were there to volunteer at the recovery table.  Laura and Jill will be flying rescue cats and dogs back to Minnesota for fostering and adoption.

If you are flying to Minnesota and are willing to accompany a rescue cat or dog, the pet´s expenses will all paid for and you will be met at the airport.  Contact:  [email protected]

STERILIZATIONS AT CLINIC IN EL PORVENIR
JANUARY 10-13

Male dogs – 21; Female dogs – 55; Male cats – 25; Female cats – 42 TOTAL:  143!

PLUS pregnancies terminated for 1 cat with 4 fetuses and 1 dog with 2 fetuses

EL PORVENIR


DONATIONS AT CLINIC IN EL PORVENIR:  2,220 PESOS

THIS CLINIC WAS MADE POSSIBLE BY A GENEROUS GRANT FROM THE ALICE MORGAN WRIGHT-EDITH B. GOODE TRUST (FACILITATED BY HUMANE SOCIETY INTERNATIONAL).

DONATIONS TO PEACEANIMALS:


Vallarta Adventures- 10,000 pesos worth of medical supplies  (monthly November-May).
Ofelia Osuna McHugh (board member) – 2 plush puppets to be used in lower grades for our education program

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LESLIE CARATACHEA, VET TECH AND EDUCATION DIRECTOR – NEW PUPPETS FOR  EDUCATION PROGRAM – CLINIC IN EL PORVENIR

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 2017, PEACEAnimals sterilized 5,357 cats and dogs.

EL PORVENIR


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:

EL PORVENIR

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).

REGISTRACIÓN – EL PORVENIR
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.  

DRESSED ALIKE IN EL PORVENIR – VESTIDITOS IGUALES EN NEGRO Y BLANCO


SCHEDULE/HORARIO:

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

EL PORVENIR


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.
  
EL PORVENIR – SU PERRITA FUE RESCATADA DE LE CALLE EN NOVIEMBRE – PET RESCUED ON THE STREET AND ADOPTED IN NOVEMBER.
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 Carnicería Colin, between Naranjo and Jacarandas streets.  For more information: Colina Spay and Neuter Clinic on Facebook.

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


EL PORVENIR
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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DR. PACHECO – EL PORVENIR

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

VOLUNTARIAS JILL Y LAURA OBSERVANDO LA CIRUGÍA  DE DR. PACHECO –
 EL PORVENIR



Please “like” PEACEAnimals on FaceBook.

DR. POLI, DIRECTOR DE LAS CLÍNICAS DE PEACEANMALS Y  PETS FOR LIFE



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.

VOLUNTARIAS LAURA, ANGELA Y JILL

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.

ESPERANDO CIRUGÍA – EL PORVENIR
               
    
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. 

PLAYERA MUY PADRE DE UNA VOLUNTARIA – EL PORVENIR – GREAT T-SHIRT ON VOLUNTEER
(“9 OUT OF 10 PETS THAT ARE BORN WON´T FIND A HOME. TO STERILIZE IS AN ACT OF HUMANITY”)
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.

LESLIE CON GATITOS RECUPERANDO DESPUÉS DE CIRUGÍA – EL PORVENIR
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:  


Gretchen DeWitt – President – Board of Directors
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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