SOUTHERN BEACHES: High waves and a windy, rippling bay have not been ideal for whale and dolphin watching, but great for surfers.  Water taxis and private pangas from Vallarta and Boca take one to splendid beaches in the southern part of the bay, where surfers slide across curling waves and brown horses cross rivers to roll on their backs in soft sand.


PLAYA GRANDE – Not a beach, but over 2,300 hectares of cantera and ranch land belonging to the ejido community. The walk along the tree-lined river is lush and beautiful, with several inviting swimming holes for cool water dipping in winter. The only sounds one hears are the rush of the river, the occasional braying of a lusty burro,  scattered, sharp barks of a few dogs, roosters cock-a doodle-doo-ing and small, green parrots screeching as they fly overhead. 

Crossing the river can be done via a

long, swinging bridge with a wooden “welcome” sign over it and a “thank you” sign on the return. 
It can also be crossed via the under-used vehicular road where the river is very low.

At the end of the paved road, about an hour´s walk away from the entrance gate to the ejido (communal land) property, is a pretty, open-air restaurant and a very reasonably priced (500 pesos) zip line.  Pick-up points include Plaza Lazaro Cardenas and the stadium.  Phone01 322 114 2846



On Friday morning, after several grey days with temperatures in the low 60´s and even some sprinkles, sun and blue skies reappeared.  It will take months for thousands of wave-tossed rocks on some  local beaches to disappear. 


On the last Sunday in January, we were back in Banderas Bay, my favorite place of beauty in Vallarta.  Although surfers (artist Brewster Brockmann is easy to spot on his blue board)were still catching waves south of town,  the bay wasn´t so rough as to impede visibility of whale, dolphin and manta sightings.  After 45 minutes heading west from Boca, we found ourselves in the midst of a super pod of at least fifty spotted dolphins.  Their sleek bodies gleamed in the sunlight as they performed glorious aerial acrobatics,  creating frothy, white splashes as they landed back in the water.  Other dolphins, perhaps less athletic or simply more curious, approached and swam around our panga. Why do dolphins breach?  I like to think it is for pure pleasure.

SPOTTED DOLPHIN

There are two other types of dolphins that reside in Banderas Bay – spinners and bottle- nosed.  There is sometimes cross-species breeding.

RED TIDE – There were smears of red tide on the bay that same day, which is highly unusual for this time of year.  Red tides (algal blooms) are the result of algae growing out of control, and usually appear when waters are warmer than they are now.  

EXAMPLE OF A RED TIDE (MAREA ROJA)

Algal blooms can provide food for animals in the ocean, but some contain biotoxins, killing marine mammals, birds, fish and shellfish.  Decaying algal blooms can also deplete oxygen in the water, killing or causing animals to leave the area. 


A temporary sanitary closure has just been put in place in Puerto Vallarta, banning the commercialization, storage and consumption of shellfish.  This ban extends from the malecón to the marina.  Eating a clam or oyster contaminated with biotoxins can result in paralysis and even death.

RED MOON:  Impossible to see the much-awaited eclipse in Vallarta due to the return a few days ago of grey, cloudy weather,  accompanied by some night rains.  Friday morning the sky was cloudless and the glistening bay was flat and without a ripple on it.

HAPPENING NOW:  In Spanish, “tianguis”  means an open market bazaar.  The 10th annual National Meeting of Artisans is a tianguis not to be missed if you enjoy treasure hunts. More than 200 artisans from 20 states in Mexico and various others from Ecuador, Peru, Columbia and Turkey (!) are represented.  Held under a huge, carpeted tent in a vacant lot across the street from the Buena Ventura hotel, the tianguis opened on February 2 and runs through February 19.

FRIDA COCO – POSTER GIRL FOR TVT:  Casey Lupton rescued this scared, skinny female dog from the street.  She had perhaps been tossed out by an owner because of a large tumor near the dog´s genitals.  

“FRIDA COCO” – UN PERRITA DE 3 AÑOS RESCATADA DE LA CALLE.  ASUSTADA Y DEMACRADA, EL VETERINARIO DIJO QUE FÚE ESTERILIZADA, PERO EL VET QUE LA OPERÓ NO SACÓ  LOS OVARIOS.  POR ESO, CUANDO SE METIÓ EN CELO, UN PERRO (O MÁS) LA MONTÓ, LA DAÑÓ Y AHORA TIENE TVT – QUE ES UNA ENFERMEDAD VENEREA Y MUY TRANSMISIBLE.  NECESITA CASA PUENTE SIN OTROS PERROS PARA SUS 5 SEMANAS DE QUIMIO.  AVISA, PORFA, SI PUEDE AYUDAR.

Casey´s vet confirmed the very gentle, tan dog was approximately three years old, had been spayed, but ovaries not removed. This

type of “spaying” is not rare in Mexico.  There are lazy and/or incompetent vets and there are practicing “vets” who are aren´t licensed. Because Fridi Coco´s ovaries were not removed at the time of surgery when she went into heat, she was mounted by at least one dog, injured and contacted TVT (transmissible venereal tumor).  These malignant tumors are most commonly passed on from dog to dog by sexual contact.  The disease can also be spread via licking, sniffing or parturition. Dating back 11,000 years, it is the oldest cancer found in nature and found only in dogs.  Spay/neuter isn´t just about no more puppies.

SU TVT – “FRIDA COCO” – HER MALIGNANT VENEREAL TUMOR


Casey is paying the vet bill, but cannot foster Frida Coco, as she has a dog at home.  TVT is highly contagious, so this sweet dog needs to be kept in a cage at the vet´s or in a foster home with no other dogs for five weeks of chemotherapy.  Can anyone give Frida Coco a temporary home?  

VISTA DE LAS COLINAS VERDES DE LAS SIERRA MADRES DEL TECHO DEL HOGAR DE LA CLÍNICA
 IN COL DEL MAR.  VIEW OF THE GREEN FOOTHILLS OF THE SIERRA MADRES FROM THE CLINIC.

COLONIA DEL MAR:  A turn to the east a block before the Biblioteca los Mangos and then a 15-minute drive up the hill, far from the sea.  The clinic took place on the second floor of a cement building under construction with a distant, but lovely view of the bay and a close view of the hillsides of the green Sierra Madres.  The owner, Rocio López, moved here five months ago from Acapulco and is building a pozoles restaurant called “Pozolería” that will open in two weeks.  Pozole means “hominy,” and is a traditional and very popular Mexican soup or stew.  Ingredients besides hominy are meat, chili peppers and seasonings.

Rocio told me that at 5:30 AM, she was the second person in line with two rescued puppies at the isla Cuale clinic last month.  The two Terrier-mix puppies, brother and sister, are four months old now and ready for adoption.  Contact Rocio if interested:  [email protected]

  Contact: Rocio at [email protected] or 744 218 1210 (scroll down for photos)

ROCIO LOPEZ Y YO – COL. DEL MAR

On Friday,  Rocio Lopez brought in a pregnant street dog, and was able to do so with only a piece of string.  

ROCIO TRIAJO UNA PERRA PREÑADA DE LA CALLE CON LA AYUDA DE SÓLOUN CORDÓN – COLONIA DEL MAR – photo:  Angela Kelleher



Frank Ohly reported 36 animals on Wednesday, and when I was there on Thursday, 40 animals had been registered.  Amongst them, five black-and-white puppies, also for adoption.  They´re approximately two months old.  Rocio Medina had brought their four brothers and sisters the day before.  If interested in adopting, contact this other Rocio at [email protected] or 044 322 107 3960

ROCIO LOPEZ Y SUS 2 CACHORROS DE 4 MESES QUÉ RESCATÓ Y YA ESTÁN EN ADOPCIÓN.

                                                          CONTACTO:  [email protected]


STERILIZATIONS AT CLINIC IN COLONIA DEL MAR-
JANUARY 31-FEBRUARY 3:  

FEMALE CATS – 32; MALE CATS – 23; FEMALE DOGS – 36 ; MALE DOGS – 18    TOTAL: 109

ROCIO MEDINA CON 3 DE LOS 9 CACHORROS YQ ESTERILIZADOS Y  EN ADOPCIÓN –
CLÍNICA EN COLONIA DEL MAR – CONTACTO:  044 322 107 3960   photo credit:  Fank Ohly


PLUS  pregnancies terminated for 1 cat with 4 fetuses and 1 dog with 13 fetuses

CLÍNICA EN COLONIA DEL MAR

DONATIONS AT CLINIC IN COLONIA DEL MAR: 
1,680 PESOS


THIS CLINIC WAS MADE POSSIBLE BY A GENEROUS GRANT OF $11,000 USD FROM FRIENDS OF HOMELESS ANIMALS (FOHA)


DONATIONS TO PEACEANIMALS:

CHOCO MUSEO customer – 150 pesos

Kathy Ludwick – $200 USD

Maureen Curtin Evermann – $100 USD (earmarked for el Tuito clinic)
Vallarta Adventures – 5,000 pesos worth of medical supplies (monthly through May)

Trisha Aljoe – $750 USD

Michael Vitale and Sam Cramer – $500 USD (annual)

Michael Turner – $25 USD (monthly)

GreaterGood – $73 USD

MAKING A SPLASH!  Trisha Aljoe, PEACEAnimals board member, celebrated her birthday by inviting friends to lunch and a fully-clothed jump into her pool.  Jumpers received a $250 USD donation to their favorite charity.  Final jump tally:

AngeliCAT (2)
Banderas Bay Women´s Shelter (1)
Pause 4 Paws (1)
PEACEAnimals (3)
Puro Gato  (5)
Purr Project (4)
Sturge-Weber Syndrome (1)

DR. PACHEO – CLÍNICA EN COLONIA DEL MAR


EDUCATION PROGRAM:  OnTuesday, January 30th, Leslie Caratachea,education directo, presented to 50 students Juan Rulfo Primaria in col. Arboledas.  Leslie used the dog and cat puppets donated by Ofelia Osuna McHugh, and has named them Mr. Bones and Mrs. Fish.  (Leslie needs a new camera!)

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.

DR. POLI – CLINIC EN COLONIA DEL MAR


2018 IS THE YEAR OF THE DOG:   Beginning on February 16th, which is the Chinese New Year, and lasting until February 4th, 2019, is  the “Year of the Dog.”   The dog is the 11th “auspicious” animal out of twelve in the Chinese zodiac, which relates to the their calendar. (The cat is not one of the 12 “auspicious” animals).  According to the Chinese, if a dog arrives at one´s home, it is a sign that fortune will also arrive. Characteristics of someone born under the sign of the dog:  Loyal, honest and just.   If you would like to adopt a dog, hundreds here are waiting on the streets and in shelters for homes.

AÑO DEL PERRO PARA LOS CHINOS- CLÍNICA EN COLONIA DEL MAR

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:

LESLIE CARATACHEA CON HERMOSSÍMA CACHORRA CON UN OJO AZUL – BEAUTIFUL PUPPY WITH ONE BLUE EYE

RAISING FUNDS AND VISIBILITY:  Three hundred  PEACEAnimals blue mesh shopping/beach bags with extra-long straps were ordered and available for purchase.  All profits go directly to cost of clinics.  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 

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

Galeria Uno – 561 Morelos – Centro

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


GATOS DURMIENDO DESPUÉS DE CIRUGÍA – COL. DEL MAR – AT RECOVERY TABLE

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.  

CLÍNICA EN COL DEL MAR – CASA DE ROCIO LOPEZ – LOS 2 CACHORROS A LA IZQUIERDA ESTÁN EN ADOPCIÓN Y LOS 2 A LA DERRECHA SON LAS SUYAS.

SCHEDULE/HORARIO:

February 7-10 – San Jose, Nayarit –   Salon el Jacal – Ignacio Comonfort.  Entre en Michoacan y Benito Juarez. 

February 14-17 – el Tuito
February 21-24 – La Cruz, Nayarit (PETS FOR LIFE)
February 28-March 3 – Colonia Infonavit, Puerto Vallarta
March 7-10 – Palmar Real, Nayarit
March 14-17 – Tomatlán, Cabo Corrientes
March 21-24 – La Peñita, Nayarit (PETS FOR LIFE)
March 26-April 2 – Easter break
April 4-7 – El Tule, Cabo Corrientes
April 11-14 – Bucerias, Nayarit (PETS FOR LIFE)
May
June 27-30 – Volcanes – in the school
CLÍNICA EN COL. DEL MAR


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.

March clinic will be underwritten by PEACEAnimals board
member, Trisha Aljoe.  The eleven following clinics are partially
sponsored by an anonymous donation.
  
COLINA FREE SPAY&NEUTER CLINIC – Every Saturday at 9 AM.  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.


DR. POLI Y LESLIE – CLÍNICA EN COL. DEL MAR
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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DONATED BAND-AIDS – CURITAS DONADAS – LESLIE EN COL. DEL MAR

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

LESLIE PREPARANDOLO PARA SU CIRUGÍA – COL. DEL MAR


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.

ESPERANDO CIRUGÍA – COL. DEL MAR- WAITING FOR SURGERY

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS AT THE CLINICS.  We are almost always short of volunteers.  Please contact Leslie Caratachea via FB or [email protected], or just drop by.  

VOLUNTARIAS – CLÍNICA EN COLONIA DEL MAR  photo credits:  Angela Kelleher

FOR INFORMATION ON VOLUNTEERING: 
 http://www.peaceanimals.org/volunteer_1/volunteer_duties
COLONIA DEL MAR    photo credit:  Angela Kelleher

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 COL. DEL MAR

    
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. 
DR. PACHECO – COL. DEL MAR

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 PREPARANDO CACHORRO DE 2 MESES PARA CIRUGÍA


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
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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