LAGUNA SANTA MARÍA DEL ORO – A beautiful, four-hour drive north along a coastal road lined with palms, banana trees and fruit stands selling mangoes, jackfruit, candied fruit, bananas, banana bread and bags of sea salt from the state of Colima.
LA CARRETERA A STA. MARÍA DEL ORO

After leaving highway 200 and heading east in the direction of Guadalajara,  the winding road in the foothills of the Sierra Madres  reaches a plateau where one is driving past ancient volcanoes and pine trees.  Google indicates the 120- mile drive from centro Vallarta is 3 hours and 34 minutes to the small,  uninteresting town of Santa María del Oro in the state of Nayarit, but we have never made it in less than four hours.

From town, one drives a very short distance before beginning the swirling green descent inside the crater to the startlingly beautiful blue-green lagoon.  Temperature of the very clear water remains at about 75 degrees Fahrenheit all year.

SANTA MARÍA RESORT HOTEL

NIETOS GIPSY, STELLA Y JAMES – LAGUNA DE STA. MARÍA DEL ORO


In a kayak in the middle of the lagoon, I met attractive Eric Saracho, who works with Alianza Jaguar AC.  The foundation is attempting to save the jaguars in Nayarit, who currently number approximately one hundred.

CAMERA TRAP PHOTO OF JAGUAR AND CUB AT JAGUAR RESERVE IN NAYARIT

Their survival is threatened by ranchers whose livestock are sometimes killed.  The foundation hopes to prevent the extermination of the jaguar by paying the ranchers for animals lost.


ZEUS EN SU NUEVO HOGAR

ZEUS – Caitlin Barnum, who was fostering Zeus, the beautiful Husky, was able to find a very good home for the dog whose owner couldn´t keep because of allergies.  Caitlin made a house inspection of a Valle Dorado couple who work out of their home.  Zeus will have loving, responsible owners, lots of space, shade,  and the company of two other rescue dogs. Canada would have been cooler, but an immediate solution was needed and an excellent one was found.

CASA EN COL. DEL VILLAR





COLONIA DEL VILLAR – Google maps show this colonia as a 27-minute drive northeast of centro Vallarta. GPS led me very far astray and after an hour of searching,  I gave up  on the first clinic day. 

PEACEANIMALS TRAILER – CLÍNICA EN DEL VILLAR

The following morning I found the neighborhood after an hour of many unmarked speed bumps (always a thrilling surprise), streets without street signs and rutted dirt roads. 

Colonia del villar is a disenfranchised neighborhood with terrible roads littered with plastic bags and bottles and mostly sad-looking cinder block houses. (“del villar” means “having to do with villas”).

COLONIA DEL VILLAR


I slowed down on rubbled dirt road to ask directions from a heavyset, middle-age woman dressed in a short lavender skirt, a short-sleeved lilac-colored blouse several sizes too small and green rubber flip flops.  She was holding a hose with the water running.  Standing next to her was a tan male Lab mix.  His gouged left side was drenched in blood and great drops of blood were dripping from his badly torn left ear.  

HERIDO POR ESTAR PELEANDO  CON OTROS PERROS – DEL VILLAR

I told the woman that I would like to take her dog to a free clinic and asked if she knew where it was.  Yes.  And… even though she wanted a “guard dog,” she wanted her pet neutered so it wouldn´t “fight every night.”  We lifted the quiet, bloody dog into my car and drove a couple of minutes away down the hill.  The PEACEAnimals trailer was in front of an empty cindar block building very near to a city bus parking location.  


The wounded dog was immediately tranquilized and soon afterwards prepared for surgery. After being neutered and while still sedated, it would be treated for fleas, ticks and worms and given pain meds and antibiotics.


CLÍNICA EN DEL VILLAR


What would equate to a city block away from the clinic was a beautiful, young male bullock tied up in a grassy area in front of someone´s home.  I rubbed his head with its tiny horns and patted his sleek, sturdy body. 

MUY CERQUITA DE LA CLÍNICA EN DEL VILLAR

When I moved to walk away, he nudged for more, and I knew I could love this animal.  A neighbor said the owner of the gentle bullock will slaughter it for meat.  

STERILIZATIONS AT COLONIA DEL VILLAR – AUGUST 16-19:

MALE DOGS – 11;
FEMALE DOGS – 29; 
MALE CATS – 26;    
FEMALE CATS – 29

TOTAL: 95

REGISTRANDO SU GATITA – CLÍNICA EN COLONIA DEL VILLAR


DONATIONS AT COLONIA DEL VILLAR:  920 PESOS

LESLIE PREARANDO GATOS PARA CIRUGÍA – DEL VILLAR
DR.  POLI Y DR. PACHECO – DEL VILLAR


MOJONERAS:  Thirty minutes northeast of centro Vallarta, it is very poor neighborhood with dirt, cobble and cement roads.  Usually a dusty place,  this week the some of the streets were muddy due to he recent rain.  The rainy season has arrived late this year.   One hopes it will continue into September, which is an unpleasantly hot and humid month.  

CLINICA EN EL AYUTAMIENTO – MOJONERAS
ABANDONED HOME – MOJONERAS – CASA ABANDONADA


By the time I arrived at the clinic on Wednesday at 9 AM, no more animals were being accepted.  Two blocks away at the neighborhood´s desolate-looking plaza, there were dogs in all directions, including a timid, sad-eyed, skinny Husky mix that I fed five hot dogs to.

“LOBO” – YA ESTERIZADA HACE MUCHO TIEMPO- TRATADA POR SARNA – MOJONERAS


A small, dark-haired woman with eyebrows tattooed high on her forehead walked towards me with a bag of groceries and introduced herself.  

MAGDALENA PONIENDO COLLAR EN “LOBO.”

Her name is Magdalena and she feeds eight neighborhood dogs in addition to her own.  She lives on the street where I was feeding the dog and took me to her very humble home to get a leash for “Lobo” (“Wolf”).  Already spayed, we walked back to the clinic together to have the docile dog treated for mange.

MAGDALENA WITH LOBO  –  CLINIC IN MOJONERAS



STERILIZATIONS IN MOJONERAS – AUGUST 22-25:

FEMALE DOGS – 48; MALE DOGS – 18; FEMALE CATS – 56;
MALE CATS – 40  TOTAL:  152!  plus

Pregnancy terminated for 1 dog with 2 fetuses and 1 cats with 1 fetus.

DR. PACHECO – GATOS PARA ESTERILIZAR – MOJONERAS


DONATIONS AT CLINIC IN MOJONERAS:  1,410 PESOS

DONATIONS TO PEACEANIMALS:


Michael Turner –  $50 USD (monthly)
Brenda Wooten & Sarah Johnson Giving Fund – $1,000  USD 
George Goldberg – $50 USD
Connie Farion – $868.50 CAD (monthly for May-June-July)
Nelly Rubi Montes – $25 USD via Benevity with the message “Keep up the great work!”

CLÍNICA EN COL. DEL VILLAR   photo- Frank Ohly

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 program.  In 2017, PEACEAnimals sterilized 5,357 cats and dogs.

FOR PHOTOS/NAMES OF RESCUED DOGS THAT NEED HOMES, THE CITY SHELTER (FORMER CENTRO DE ACOPIO) HAS A CURRENT ROSTER THAT INCLUDES PHOTOS, NAMES AND DESCRIPTIONS.

CALLEJERO EN LA PLAZA- MOJONERAS – HOMELESS DOG IN THE PLAZA


PARA FOTOS, NOMBRES Y INFORMACIÓN DE PERROS EN EL ALBERGUE (ANTES CENTRO DE ACOPIO) QUE NECESITAN HOGARES:  https://perrospv.000webhostapp.com/lista-de-perros.html


RAISING FUNDS AND VISIBILITY:  Three hundred  PEACEAnimals blue mesh shopping/beach bags with extra-long straps were originally ordered and a few are still 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  (closed until October 25)

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

  
Puerto Vallarta Botanical Gardens (gift shop)

Salon Divas – Melchor Ocampo 51 – Bucerias

leslie y dr. poli – mojoneras

YOU CAN DONATE TO PEACEANIMALS WITH YOUR AMAZON PURCHASES.   Amazon donates 0.5% of eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organizations selected by their customers.    https://smile.amazon.com/ch/47-4752247   OR… log 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. 


MOJONERAS – PEACEANIMALS COMBINATION COLLARS/LEASHES TO GIVE TO PET OWNERS – COMBINACIÓN COLLARES/CORREAS PARA REGALAR A DUEÑOS DE PERROS.  THANK YOU AGAIN PAM LOCKE!


PLEASE CHECK OUR WEBSITE, FB PAGE OR BLOG FOR NEW DATES AND LOCATIONS OF CLINICS.  FAVOR DE CHECAR NUESTRO WEBSITE, PÁGINA EN FB O BLOG PARA NUEVAS FECHAS Y HOGARES PARA LAS CLÍNICAS GRATIS.

MOJONERAS


SCHEDULE/HORARIO:
August 29- September 1 – Colonia Villa de Guadalupe . Calle Lazaro Cardenas #807.  East (toward the hills) from the main plaza of Pitillal  – Pto. Vallarta   Al este de la plaza principal de Pitillal.

September 5-8 – NO CLINIC (vet team attending conference)

September 12-15 – Jarretaderas, Nayarit – calle Emiliano Zapata #20 entre Calle Vicente Guerrero y J. Ortiz

september 19-22 las juntas, puerto vallarta
26-29 – campo verde, puerto vallarta

october
3-6 coapinole, puerto vallarta
10-13 mezcales, nay.
17-20 – el mangal, puerto vallarta
24-27 – tomatlán, cabo corrientes

31-3 de nov. – san juan, nayarit

DESIGNATED LINE WITH RECORDING ADVISING LOCATION AND DIRECTIONS – ONLY IN SPANISH –

 (322) 113 3955
TO REPORT ANIMAL ABUSE, CALL THE CENTRO DE ACOPIO – 322-293-3690 OR THE POLICE – 911 –  AND ASK FOR THE “GREEN PATROL” (“PATRULLA VERDE”)

CUALE SPAY/NEUTER FREE CLINICS – ARE HELD AT THE ISLA CUALE IN THE CULTURAL CENTER – FIRST SUNDAY OF EVERY MONTH.  CLINICS OPEN FOR REGISTRATION AT 7 AM.  VET TEAM IS PETS FOR LIFE.  FOR MORE INFORMATION:  

 
https://www.facebook.com/cualespayneuterclinics/
  
COLINA FREE SPAY&NEUTER CLINIC – Every Sunday 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 – Facebook.



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

CLÍNICA MÓVIL DE PEACEANIMALS – COLONIA DEL VILLAR

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.

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 HELP WITH LUNCH DONATIONS FOR VET TEAM.   PEDIMOS DONACIÓNES DE ALMUERZOS PARA EL EQUIPO, POR FAVOR. 


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, savings can used for purchases of clinic supplies.

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

FOR INFORMATION ON VOLUNTEERING: 

FRANK OHLY´S FRIEND YOLANDA – VOLUNTEER AT DEL VILLAR CLINIC    photo:  Frank Ohly

 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.

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:  




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.  [email protected]

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


www.gretchen-peace-and-pv.blogspot.com