|ESTRIBACIÓNES SOMBROSAS- SHADOWY FOOTHILLS OF THE SIERRA MADRES – YELAPA|
It had been weeks since we had gone on a panga outing in Banderas Bay and weeks since we had seen any rain. The day was clear and blue and an escape from the heat. Daily temperatures hovering just under 90 degrees with 70% humidity.
|COLINAS CAFÉS POR FALTA DE LLUVIA|
Although we motored out towards the Marietas for an hour, our only encounters with wildlife were two Olive Ridley turtles. Tumbling down to the gorgeous coastline, the shadowy foothills of the Sierra Madres show large patches of brown for lack of rain. June is normally the beginning of the rainy season. On Wednesday afternoon, there were a couple of rumbles of thunder, a blink of lightning and a very light rainfall. Late Thursday night, another brief rain, but enough of it for rivers to carry soil and sediment (and ranch manure) from the foothills into the bay. When this
happens, there is a large brown smear on the
water at the mouth of the rivers. Not a good time to swim at those locations.
After most of these bay excursions, we purchase fresh ceviche and slices of homemade coconut pie at a small stand near the entrance to the beach. Next to it is a simple, small open-air restaurant where one can enjoy delicious, freshly caught fish. The restaurants with umbrellas on the sand aren´t frequented much by locals and have fancier prices.
|CEVICHE, PESCADO A LA PARILLA Y PIES PARA COMER EN BOCA DE TOMATLÁN|
Tens of thousands of animal species are at risk for extinction. The photographs of dead whales filled with plastic and starving polar bears sitting on small chunks of ice are heartbreaking. The dichotomy in Mexico and many other countries is extreme overpopulation of cats and dogs. Preventing these births reduces their suffering and the decimation of wildlife.
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COLONIA INFONAVIT: Very easy to get to – a straight drive north until just before reaching the municipality of Pitillal, and then a turn right at Macro Plaza. Total driving time – about 20 minutes from centro. We have visited this quiet, paved and cobbled colonia a few times. The clinic always takes place in the empty white and orange police station across from a dusty sports field. The officer on duty didn´t want his picture taken.
|UNA SEÑORITA TRAJO SU CONEJO PARA ESTERILIZAR EN COL. INFONAFIT – PET MALE RABBIT|
Sterilizations at PEACEAnimals clinics are occasionally done for other animals besides cats and dogs. Recently the vets sterilized a couple of guinea pigs, and occasionally pet rabbits, possoms and raccoons are brought to the clinics. All these animals are required to be male.
|CONEJO MACHO RECUPERANDO DESPUÉS DE CIRUGÍA – INFONAVIT – foto: Angele Kelleher, voluntaria|
STERILIZATIONS AT COL. INFONAVIT – JUNE 19-22:
FEMALE DOGS – 32; MALE DOGS – 9; FEMALE CATS – 72; MALE CATS – 42
TOTAL: 155! PLUS pregnancies terminated for 1 dog with 3 fetuses and 1 cat with 4 fetuses.
DONATIONS AT COLONIA INFONAVIT: 820 PESOS
The Infonavit and el Porvenir clinics was underwritten by the anonymous and generous donation of $10,000 USD, which pays for 5.56 PEACEAnimals clinics. These were the fourth and fifth.
EL PORVENIR, a small town in the neighboring state of Nayarit, is a 45 minute drive northeast of centro Vallarta.
The land is mostly scrub and the homes are very simple ones, mostly one-story cement or cinder block. The clinic took place in the large patio of a two-story, terra cotta colored house. I arrived at 8:30 on Wednesday morning, our first clinic day, and was told by a volunteer that some pet owners had arrived as early as 5:30 AM.
|CALLEJERO SANGRANDO POR TENER SARNA|
|CALLEJERO AMIGABLE Y FLACO – EL PORVENIR|
One pet owner had brought in three pretty tan and white female puppies and their mama. He planned to bring the three male puppies the next morning. A friendly, skinny brown Pit Bull- mix lingered in front of the clinic. His back was bloody from mange and because no one at the clinic was from el Porvenir, there was no help for him. He would have needed a month of shots for the mange, and if only just neutered, would have been in a “half-drunken” state for several hours after anesthesia and unable to defend himself from vehicles and other dogs. This sweet dog, if not rescued, is doomed. We always see homeless street dogs and it´s always sad. The homeless cats number in the thousands and they are seen mostly at night, when they´re searching for food at garbage pick-up locations.
|MIÉRCOLES EN EL PORVENIR – 3 HEMBRAS Y SU MAMÁ. LOS 3 MACHOS IBAN A LLEGAR JUEVES|
STERILIZATIONS AT CLINIC IN EL PORVENIR JUNE 26-29:
MALE DOGS: 12, FEMALE DOGS: 71; MALE CATS – 14; FEMALE CATS – 45 TOTAL: 142!
PREGNANCIES TERMINATED FOR:
2 CATS WITH 5 FETUSES EACH, 1 DOG WITH 4 FETUSES
DONATIONS AT CLINIC IN EL PORVENIR: 1,620 PESOS
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DONATIONS TO PEACEANIMALS:
Benevity – from Irma Gaeta via Macy´s Giving Plan – $3.88 USD
Christine Kubota – $100 USD (earmarked for Volcanes clinic)
Lilka Jones – $17 USD (monthly)