|EL CAMINO DEL MUELLE|
On a grey Sunday, we load up our dogs, drive to Boca and take a panga to a small village a few miles south. We´re surprised to find part of the cement walkway from the pier destroyed by storms. Three small, barefooted children laugh and point to a primitive detour up the side of the hill.
|DESCENDING – BAJANDONOS|
We laugh too as we clamber up a dirt trail, occasionally holding on to a rope, and then edge down to the walkway.
The cement path through the village is dotted with chickens, roosters and a few dogs before crossing over to a coco palm-lined dirt path leading to the river and beach.
Due to the absence of rain, the water level is only slightly above the ankles. We quickly cross the river and walk the long stretch of soft, sandy, mostly empty beach for a swim and seafood lunch under thatched palms. A perfect day.
NEW BOARD MEMBER: Clare Leach, half-time resident of Puerto Vallarta, has been enthusiastically welcomed by the board of directors of PEACEAnimals. Clare, a mostly retired licensed professional counselor, is passionate about spay/neuter and has already been very busy and successful in raising funds for our clinics.
MAGISTERIO: A dusty colonia about 25 minutes northeast of centro Vallarta. The clinic took place in a very spacious, open-air “salon de eventos.”
|SALÓN DE EVENTOS – CLÍNICA EN COL. MAGISTERIO
I bring 20 donated collars and 20 donated leashes the first day of all clinics until supplies depleted. For many pet owners, these are luxuries they cannot afford, and they are grateful.
MALE DOGS – 11; FEMALE DOGS – 37 ; MALE CATS – 23; FEMALE CATS – 19 TOTAL: 90
|LOS 3 CACHORRITOS DE LA TERRIER RUBIA|
The Magisterio clinic was underwritten by an anonymous, generous donation of $10,000 USD, which pays for 5.56 PEACEAnimals clinics. This is the third.
DONATIONS at clinic in
Magisterio: 890 pesos
Volcanes – Inland, dusty and rural, this is one of the poorest colonias in Puerto Vallarta. It is also the colonia with one of the best public schools in town. The Volcanes school offers the excellent Volcanes Community Education Project. www.volcanesproject.com; www.facebook.com/volcanescommunityproject
|ESTUDIANTES DE PETALUMA CALIFORNIA CON MAESTRA Y ORGANIZORA MEGAN GALLAGHER
Y OTRA MAESTRAS, EVELYN MARTINEZ Y CHRISTINE KUBOLA (MANO IZ.)
Megan Gallagher, English coordinator for four years at the Volcanes school, didn´t forget this community after returning to California. Currently the lead teacher for grades 5 and 6 at the Spring Hill school in Petaluma, Megan is also the middle school Spanish teacher and the Spanish
and Global Connections coordinator. She arrived in Puerto Vallarta on June 10th with eight students who have been Skyping back and forth in English and Spanish with Volcanes students. It was the second visit for six of them. In addition to cleaning surgical instruments, they especially enjoyed the petting and rubbing of cats and kittens on the recovery table.
|VOLUNTARIOS FRENTE DE LA MESA DE RECUPERACIÓN DE GATOS – VOLCANES|
I arrived at 9 with a small kitten and puppy belonging to two neighbors. The sun was finally out and it was hot. The clinic in the one-story white cement “Casa de Adulto Mayor” (senior citizen house) was full at 60 animals and we had run out of kennels.
|VOLCANES CLINIC photo credit- Angela Kelleher – volunteer|
Some people had arrived as early as 7 AM to register their animals and waited patiently until 8:30 to sign registration forms. Pet owners who arrived after 8:30 were asked to come back the following day.
|DESPUÉS DE CIRUGÍA – AFTER SURGERY|
I walked down the dirt road to a small market to buy lunch meat and kibble for three extremely skinny dogs whose owner had brought them to be spayed and neutered. The woman´s third dog couldn´t be spayed because she had given birth to three puppies a week before. The dogs ate ravenously. In a place of poverty, it feels somehow misguided to be giving food to animals and not to their owners, who can´t afford to feed pets.
STERILIZATIONS AT VOLCANES CLINIC JUNE 12-15:
Male dogs – 24; Female dogs – 64; Male cats – 36; Female cats – 59 TOTAL 183!
Plus pregnancies terminated for:
1 cat with 3 fetuses; 1 cat with 4 fetuses; 1 cat with 5 fetuses;
1 cat with 6 fetuses = 18 animals not born to suffer.
|DONATIONS AT VOLCANES CLINIC: 1,114.55 pesos
Following are donations earmarked for Volcanes clinic, thanks to Megan Gallagher, organizer:
Kendra Joseph – $30 USD
Alyssa Anderson – $10 USD
Cassia Crall – $100 USD
Chaz Gallagher – $100 USD
Stephanie Moreo – $100 USD
Leslie Weiss – $25 USD
Danielle Wegner – $150 USD
Elmar Zamora – $100 USD Lynne Fuller- $200 USD
Pam Tambe – $25 USD
Melissa Ann Gibbs – $50 USD
Joanna and Noah Intara Zim – $50 USD
Melissa Jeong and Gregory Thrash – $200 USD
Leslie Taylor – $500 USD
Christine Kubota – $90 USD
Jen Klem-Clark – $50 USD
DONATIONS TO PEACEANIMALS:
Ellen Hunt Floreat Foundation – $3,000 USD
Jan and John Stalford II – $500 USD
AmazonSmile Foundation – $37.92 (activity 1/1-3/31/19)
Lilka Jones – $17 USD (monthly)
Goldrich Family Foundation – $3,000 USD
Michael Turner – $50 USD (monthly)
Irma Gaeta – $2.00 USD via Benevity – Macy´s Giving Program (net to PEACEAnimals – $1.94)
|CLÍNICA EN MAGISTERIO|