Hosting houseguests usually means taking them to favorite places, which is what I´ve been doing for this past week.  We visited: 

Punta Negra (“Black Point”) beach is a long strip of powdery sand just south of Puerto Vallarta.  This week,  the 79 degree water was extraordinarily calm and clear and filled with thousands of small fish close to shore.  Scores of pale pelicans with outstretched wings cruised over the bay before tucking in their wings and diving arrow-like into the glittery water close to where I was swimming.  Emerging immediately, pouched throats were thrown back, the catch gulped down and then a brief, bobbing break before another diving capture.

PLAYA PUNTA NEGRA – PEZES Y PELÍCANOS


KALI ECO PARK is located in the approximately 2300 hectares of ejido land in Playa Grande, named after the sandy beaches that used to exist next to the Pitillal river. 
RESTAURANTE DE KALI ECO PARK – PLAYA GRANDE
Northeast of centro, and winding through green countryside, it takes about 25 minutes to arrive by car to to this gorgeous jungle-covered cantera hill land.  We saddled up in the small village of Playa Grande and rode along the river, which has several lovely swimming holes, to the very attractive, open-air restaurant.  Food and service are very good and hammocks and chaise longs are set up next to the swimming hole in the very clean river. 

MONTANDO A CABALLO – KALI ECO PARK – PLAYA GRANDE

One can find the location by using Google maps or call for pick-up at MacroPlaza in the Kali vehicle – a flatbed with seats.  For reservations -horseback riding, bird watching or zip line: 114-2846


BOTANICAL GARDENS: For the membership luncheon on Saturday, February 2nd – a delicious and abundant buffet with open bar and a wonderful performance of folkloric dancing. Acres of hiking trails in the native jungle, strolls in manicured gardens and cool, invigorating swims in the swirling Tomatlán river below.

JARDÍNES BOTÁNICOS – NADANDO EN EL RÍO DE TOMATLÁN

The annual, one-week book fair at Aquiles Serdán plaza took place January 27th to February 3rd. 

FERIA DE LIBROS EN LA PLAZA DE AQUILES SERDÁN

Although there were thousands of books for sale,  including Spanish translations of American and English classics, there were very few browsers and less vendors than last year.  Prices were low. A beautiful hardback on the national parks in the U.S. was priced at 50 pesos.  The manager commented that although the literacy rate in Mexico is about 97%, only 2.5% of Mexicans read books.

PLAZA PRINCIPAL – VALLE DORADO, NAYARIT

VALLE DORADO, NAYARIT – Almost directly across highway 200 from upscale Nuevo Vallarta, this is a neighborhood 45-minutes northeast of Vallarta composed of very modest, small homes. The immaculate plaza was empty of people and pets, but across the grassy field, the clinic was full on Thursday. 

CLÍNICA EN VALLE DORADO

It is rare to see northerners at the clinics, but Raleigh Naas and his wife  brought their two rescue dogs from Mezcalitos.  The young female German Shepherd mix had been found on the streets with such a severe case of mange that she was hairless.  During surgery for the handsome, four-year old Doberman, an unusual discovery was made – a testicle inside his intestines.  

 RALEIGH NAAS Y SU ESPOSA  – CLÍNICA EN EL DORADO

MANGE/SARNA – DE LA PERRA CUANDO FUÉ RESCATADA EN MEZCALITOS – FEMALE  DOG WHEN RESCUED IN MEZCALITOS.

STERILIZATIONS AT CLINIC IN VALLE DORADO, NAYARIT  JANUARY 23-26

Male Dogs -26; Female dogs -57; Male cats – 23; Female cats – 31  TOTAL:  137  
PLUS pregnancies terminated for 2 cats with 5 fetuses each.

CLÍNICA EN VALLE DORADO – SUS MASCOTAS CON COLLARES Y CORREAS DONADOS EN LA CLÍNICA
PETS WITH COLLARS AND LEASHES.  HUNDREDS WERE DONATED BY WINNIPEG RESIDENTS.


DONATIONS AT CLINIC IN VALLE DORADO – 1,540 PESOS

THE CLINIC VALLE DORADO  IN WAS MADE POSSIBLE BY A GENEROUS GRANT FROM FONDATION MARCHIG (Switzerland).  www.foundationmarchig.org

CLÍNICA EN VALLE DORADO

TAMARINDOS

LOS TAMARINDOS – A quiet neighborhood of Ixtapa named after its many tamarind trees.  A 45-minute drive northeast, one makes the turn fatthe road to San Sebastían, driving past the large prison and turning right at the tamarinds, easily recognized by their pod-like fruit.  The pulp is edible and also used for traditional medicine and metal polish.  Its leaves are used in Indian cuisine.  The clinic took place an empty building next to the sports field.

ESTERILIZACIÓNES – CLÍNICA EN LOS TAMARINDOS (IXTAPA) – 30 DE ENERO-2 DE FEBRERO:

REGISTRANDO MASCOTAS EN LOS TAMARINDOS

MALE DOGS -15; FEMALE DOGS – 51; MALE CATS – 25; FEMALE CATS – 48    TOTAL:  139 
Plus 1 pregnancy terminated for 1 cat with 6 fetuses.

DONATIONS AT CLINIC IN LOS TAMARINDOS: 960 PESOS

MAMÁ Y 3 BEBÉS Y PERRITA – LOS BEBE´S ESTÁN EN ADOPCIÓN – LOS TAMARINDOS
ESPERANDO CON SUS MASCOTAS -LOS TAMARINDOS


FIFTY-SIX PERCENT (56%) OF THE  CLINIC IN LOS TAMARINDOS  WAS MADE POSSIBLE BY A GENEROUS GRANT FROM FONDATION MARCHIG (Switzerland) 

THE $5,000 USD GRANT FROM THE MARCHIG ANIMAL WELFARE FUND (SCOTLAND) RESULTED IN THE STERILIZATION OF 430 CATS AND DOGS.

THE GRANT OF $5,000 USD FROM FONDATION MARCHIG (SWITZERLAND) RESULTED IN THE  STERILIZATION OF 428 CATS AND DOGS. 

THANK YOU TO MARCHIG FOR UNDERWRITING THE STERILIZATION OF A TOTAL OF 858 CATS AND DOGS.
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DONATIONS TO PEACEANIMALS: 

Sara Olesker – medium-size folding dog crate

Vallarta Adventures – 5,000 pesos worth of vet supplies (monthly November-May)

Lilka Jones – $17 USD (monthly)

Lucy Buckborough – $75 USD

CON SU GATO – LOS TAMARINDOS



EDUCATION PROGRAM: Waiting for report from eduction director,  Leslie Caratachea. 

LESLIE CARATACHEA – PREPARANDO GATOS PARA CIRUGÍA – EL DORADO
HORARIO/SCHEDULE

FEBRUARY 6-9 – Coapinole – primero de junio #893 entre Argentina and Peru, espaldas de la laguna

February 13-16 – EL TUITO- la casita de Kai Doyle

20-23 – San Blas, Nayarit – PETS FOR LIFE

27-March 2 – Bucerias, Nayarit – PETS FOR LIFE

March 6-9 – la Cruz, Nayarit – PETS FOR LIFE

March 13-16 – Tomatlán – cabo corrientes

March 20-23 – San Vicente, Nayarit

March 27-30 – las aralias – en la bodega de Sofi Gonzales atrás del parque los sauces

APRIL –

3-6 – San José, Nayarit

10-13 – la Peñita, Nayarit – PETS FOR LIFE
17-23 – VACACIÓNES – PASCUA/EASTER
24-27 – TBA

MAY – 15-18 – San Juan de Abajo, Nayarit
PHOTOS OF DOGS FOR ADOPTION AT THE CITY SHELTER (293-3690)
KITTENS AND CATS ALSO AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION.

 FOTOS/NOMBRES Y INFORMACIÓN DE LOS PERROS EN EL ALBERGUE (293-3690) PARA ADOPCIÓN (TAMBIÉN HAY GATOS Y GATITOS):

  

UNA PERSA – CLÍNICA EN EL DORADO


TO REPORT ANIMAL ABUSE OR RESCUE NEEDED- 911 – ASK FOR THE GREEN PATROL (PATRULLA VERDE)  OR CALL THE CITY SHELTER – (322) 293-3690
 FOR WEEKLY CLINIC DIRECTIONS (SPANISH ONLY)  (322) 113-3955
 PARA REPORTAR ABUSO A LOS ANIMALES  O PARA ANIMALES QUE NECESITAN AYUDA – LLAME  A LA POLICA – 911 – Y PIDE LA PATRULLA VERDE o llama al albergue  (322) 293 3690

LINEA DESIGNADA PARA DIRECIÓNES EN ESPAÑOL Y COMO LLEGAR A LAS CLÍNICAS CADA SEMANA:   (322) 113 3955

COLINA FREE SPAY&NEUTER CLINIC – 9 am Every Sunday.  Recommend arrive
7:30-8 AM.  First 15-20 animals accepted.  Address: 491 Venustiano Carranza in colonia Emiliano Zapata.  For more information: Colina Spay and Neuter Clinic – Facebook.

PLEASE HELP WITH LUNCH DONATIONS FOR PEACEANIMALS VET TEAM.  
NECESITAMOS SU APOYO.  FAVOR DE DONAR ALMUERZOS PARA NUESTRO EQUIPO.

PEACEANIMALS has a lunch budget

of 70 pesos per vet team member (four persons) per day –  4 days a week.  Fifth person every Wednesday & Thursday is star volunteer, Frank Ohly. Please advise which day you would like to donate. 


¡NOS URGEN VOLUNTARIOS PARA LAS CLÍNICAS! 
 PARA AVISAR:  Leslie Caratachea por FB o  [email protected]
WE ARE IN GREAT NEED OF VOLUNTEERS AT  CLINICS.  Please contact Leslie Caratachea via FB or (just drop by. FOR INFORMATION ON VOLUNTEERING: 

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


CON SUS CACHORRIA PIT BULL – CLÍNICA EN LOS TAMARINDOS

NEEDED:   USED/NEW KENNELS FOR CATS AND DOGS AND NEW/USED COLLARS AND LEASHES TO GIVE TO DOG OWNERS AT CLINICS.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
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

PEACEAnimalsis 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.

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Amy Welch, Secretary-Treasurer [email protected]
505 N Tomahawk Is Dr Portland, OR 97217    Tel:503 285 4007
THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS PAST AND CURRENT SPONSORS OF $1,800 USD AND MORE:


FONDATION BRIGITTE BARDOT – www.fondationbrigittebardot.fr

FONDATION MARCHIG (Switzerland) www.foundationmarchig.org

FRIENDS OF HOMELESS ANIMALS (FOHA) www.foha.org

HUMANE SOCIETY- www.humanesociety.org

HUMANE SOCIETY INTERNATIONAL – www.hsi.org

MARCHIG ANIMAL WELFARE TRUST  – (Scotland)
www.marchigtrust.org 

PEACE PUNTA DE MITA – peacepuntademita.org

RICHARD R. REED FOUNDATION- richardrreedfoundation.org

SUMMERLEE FOUNDATION – www.summerlee.org

VALLARTA ADVENTURES – www.vallarta-adventures.com
(www.vallarta-adventures.com/inspiring-change)

          

THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST AND SUPPORT.

Gretchen DeWitt – President – Board of Directors

www.gretchen-peace-and-pv.blogspot.com  https://www.facebook.com/PeaceAnimals

PEACEANIMALS, A.C.    RFC  PEA140306l12

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