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This blog includes reports on the free, mobile spay/neuter clinics held weekly in Puerto Vallarta and neighboring towns.  In 2018, a total of 5,944 cats and dogs were sterilized and treated for fleas, ticks, parasites and mange, if present.  Information is also provided regarding animal adoptions and other efforts to help the pet overpopulation in the area of the Bay of Banderas.  In Mexico, 70% of all cats and dogs live on the street, which accounts for the highest number of homeless animals in Latin America.

Este blog  cuenta del programa de esterilización para gatos y perros en Puerto Vallarta y pueblos cercanos.   La clínica es semanal, móvil  y gratuita. En el eño 2018 esterilizamos a 5,944 gatos y perros y los tratamos para pulgas, garrapatas, parásitos y sarna, si existe.   El blog tambien tiene información para la adopción de mascotas y otros esfuerzos para apoyar a la sobrepoblación de gatos y perros en el área de la Bahía de Banderas.   En México, 70% de los animales de companía se encuentran en situación de la calle, lo cual lo convierte en el país de latinoamerica  con el mejor número de animales sin hogar.
Saturday, March 2, 2019

DRAMATIC RESCUE

 
 


After cool and drizzly, dove grey days when there had been an almost imperceptible difference in color between water and sky, the sun emerged on February 24th.  It was this day that we experience a close encounter with two whales.

We motor thirty minutes west towards the Marieta Islands before seeing our first whales.  
Nearby,  a tour boat filled with passengers quietly watches three whales from a respectful distance of 60 meters, the required legal distance for a certified whale watching boat.  For non-certified boats, the required distance is 120 meters. Two adults and a juvenile engage in joyful tail and dorsal fin slapping and stay mostly on the surface of the water.
 

Leaving this scene, we motor further south, encountering approximately half-a-dozen more whales.  With an idling engine, we watch two adult whales on the surface for several moments before they submerge and disappear.  Then suddenly, with a great blast of air, the whales appear a panga´s length away from us.  Excited yelps continue as the curious whales follow our boat for a minute after we slowly motor away. 
 
Above whale photos - Dr. Claudia Cristina Cinta - biologist and fellow passenger
 
On land,  rocks tossed up by churning waves onto la Rosita beach inspires someone to stack them, creating a whimsical sight.  Pelicans perching on a solitary panga watch snowy white egrets wade on spindly black legs and yellow feet into receding surf to spear small fish with their long bills.  Beautiful Puerto Vallarta.
 
PLAYA LA ROSITA

MORE WONDERFUL SIGHTS:  A favorite place to visit on Wednesday "Art Walks" in centro is the home studio of ceramist Froylán Hernández.  Originally from Guanajuato, he has worked in the U.S. with famous ceramist Michael Frimka,  in Canada at the Centre Culturel de Ville Mont-Royal and has been living and working in Vallarta for the past twenty years.  One of Froylán´s pieces is in the Museo Nacional de Arte Popular in Mexico City.  Organic and fanciful, Froylán is a master in technique and imagination.  Prices are more than fair.
CERAMIST FROYLÁN HERNÁNDEZ Y SU ESPOSA NANCY
Art Walks in Centro take place during high season every Wednesday from 6 PM-9 PM.  Because Froylán´s studio is in his home, one can usually find him there most days of the week. Visitors are welcome if the door is open.  Abasolo 238, Centro.   Tel. 322 121 0476
 
BELLEZA BALLENA - CREACIÓN DE FROYLÁN HERNÁNDEZ

DRAMATIC RESCUE!  Driving south on Highway 200, PEACEAnimals board member, Ofelia Osuna McHugh,  spotted a dog she recognized as being one of Shakira´s (rescued redheaded Xolo) surviving ten pups from an earlier litter than those rescued in December. 
LOS 10 BEBÉS MÁS JÓVENES DE LA XOLO SHAKIRA
  Ofelia followed carefully behind the brown dog for several kilometers as it ran frantically down the highway, narrowly missing being hit by several cars.  Reaching the Mirador de Mismaloya, the terrified dog ran down the cliff and plunged into the bay.  Ofelia watched it swim a long distance towards the rocky outcroppings of Los Arcos, where a panga filled with tourists spotted the dog and pulled it into the boat.  Ofelia, her brother Juan and his assistant Anabel rushed down to the beach, rented a panga and headed towards Los Arcos, where they located the panga with Shakirá´s pup.  Named "Juanito" after the Mexican Olympic swimmer, Juanito Veloz, the handsome, gentle dog is approximately one-year old and healthy.  His tic is evidence of having survived distemper.  All 12 dogs have been spoken for,  and after being spayed and neutered at a PEACEAnimals clinic, will go to their new homes.
 
"JUANITO" - HIJO DE LA XOLO "SHAKIRA"- RESCATADO NADANDO CERCA DE LOS ARCOS
UNOS DE LOS 10 CACHORRITOS DE UNA PERRA - INFONAVIT


COLONIA INFONAVIT, PUERTO VALLARTA - Fifteen minutes northeast from centro and just before crossing the Pitillal river,  the clinic took place in the police station across the road from a dusty park.  The small, one-story cement building is empty except for a couple of lockers, a white plastic table and chair and one very relaxed and friendly policeman. There were turn-aways on Wednesday because several people brought in multiple animals.  One woman arrived early with a mama dog and her ten silky puppies,  all pretty, all wearing blue or pink ribbon collars and all for adoption.
 

STERILIZATIONS AT CLINIC IN COLONIA INFONAVIT FEBRUARY 20-23:

Male Dogs - 42;
Female dogs - 67;
Male cats - 16;
Female cats - 34 
TOTAL 159!


PLUS 1 terminated pregnancy for cat with 5 fetuses.


DONATIONS AT CLINIC IN COLONIA INFONAVIT:  2,320 PESOS

THIS CLINIC WAS  MADE POSSIBLE BY A GENEROUS GRANT FROM FRIENDS OF HOMELESS ANIMALS (FOHA).  www.foha.org
 
DR. PACHECO - COL.INFONAVIT

DONATIONS TO PEACEANIMALS:
 
"DROPS IN A BUCKET:"  Monzón Brewing Co. has selected PEACEAnimals as a charity to receive one peso per every bottle cap of beer sold and placed in the bucket marked for PEACEAnimals.  The popular beer pub also offers fresh, good local food.  Calle Venustiano Carranza 239 in col. Emilano Zapata.    www.monzonbrewing.com

Michael Turner - $50 US (monthly)
David Kiebler - $100 US 
Anne Johnson - $30 US  
AmazonSmile - $87.96 US
Lilka Jones - $17 US (monthly)
Vallarta Adventures - 5,000 pesos worth of vet supplies (monthly November-May)
Benevity - $7.77 US - Irma Gaeta selected PEACEAnimals as charity of her choice for 
                   Macy´s pre-taxed salary donation program.
Mandy Shelton - $35 US (donor directed for colonia Volcanes in June)
Network for Good - $10 US

 
CLÍNICA EN COL. INFONAVIT
 
HORARIO/SCHEDULE
 
After surgery - Después de esterilización . col. Infonavit 
 
FEBRUARY:
March 6-9 - la Cruz, Nayarit - PETS FOR LIFE
March 13-16 - Tomatlán, Cabo Corrientes
March 20-23 - San Vicente, Nayarit
March 27-30 - Puerto Vallarta - col. las aralias - en la bodega de Sofi Gonzales - atrás del parque los sauces
 
Con su gata- colonia Infonavit
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
22-25 Mascota
JUNE 12-15 - Colonia Volcanes, Puerto Vallarta (organized by Megan Shelton)
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:
 
Dueños con su gata operada  y certificado de esterilización - col. Infonavit 
  
TO REPORT ANIMAL ABUSE OR RESCUE NEEDED- CALL 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         http://www.peaceanimals.org/
 
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. 

DONATIONS OF LUNCHES MEAN MONEY SAVED FOR CLINIC SUPPLIES.
¡NOS URGEN VOLUNTARIOS PARA LAS CLÍNICAS! 
 PARA AVISAR:  Leslie Caratachea por FB o  infopeaceanimals@gmail.com
 
WE ARE IN SERIOUS NEED OF VOLUNTEERS.  
Please contact Leslie Caratachea via FB or just drop by.
 

 
FOR INFORMATION ON VOLUNTEERING: 
         
LESLIE CARATACHEA, VET TEC Y FRANK OHLY, VOLUNTARIO - COL. INFONAVIT
 
NEEDED:   USED/NEW KENNELS FOR CATS AND DOGS AND NEW/USED COLLARS AND LEASHES TO GIVE TO DOG OWNERS AT CLINICS.
 
LESLIE - COLONIA INFONAVIT
                                                                                                                  $$$$$$                       
COST PER SURGERY WEEK CLINIC (3.5 days) 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 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 to full name.  Donations are tax
deductible and should be earmarked for PEACEAnimals. 

Amy Welch, Secretary-Treasurer amywelchpdx@comcast.net
505 N Tomahawk Is Dr Portland, OR 97217    Tel:503 285 4007
 
 
 
 
PEACEANIMALS VET TEAM - EL EQUIPO DE PEACEANIMALS 
 DR. ANTHONY, LESLIE, DR. POLI Y DR. PACHECO
 Banderas Bay Charities, Inc (BBC INC) offers tax-deductible receipts in the US, Canada, and Mexico.
  
 
 
 
 
THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS PAST AND CURRENT SPONSORS OF $1,800 US AND MORE:  
 
 
            
 
 
         
THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST AND SUPPORT.

Gretchen DeWitt – President – Board of Directors
gretchen@peaceanimals.org  www.peaceanimals.org 
www.gretchen-peace-and-pv.blogspot.com  https://www.facebook.com/PeaceAnimals
PEACEANIMALS, A.C.    RFC  PEA140306l12
 
 
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Saturday, February 16, 2019

EL TUITO - A DAY TRIP

 
El Tuito.  The name is derived from the Pre-Hispanic language of Nahuatl and has several possible meanings, including "Little Valley" and "Place of Beauty."
 
 
PLAZA DE ARMAS- EL TUITO

Carratera 200 is a two-lane "highway" leading from centro Vallarta to el Tuito, thirty miles south.  This is very much a curving, ascending road that takes an hour´s driving time. After passing Boca de Tomatlán, the road leaves the coastline and most of the palms behind.  Gaining altitude, the trees are often oaks, cedars and conifers.  The last fifteen or twenty minutes of driving is green and straight,  with cows and horses in pens and corrals next to the road. 
This is ranch and farm land filled with fruit trees - lemon, mango, orange, lime, guava and avocado.  The small town is known for its panela and Oaxaca cheeses, as well as honey, agave nectar and raicilla, a popular tequila-like drink. 

The Plaza de Armas, the town square, resembles a western movie set - long adobe and brick buildings surround the bandstand and two enormous, glorious "Maria" (tropical evergreen) trees.
Just off the plaza is "Valle Azul," a simple and good restaurant for Mexican food and pizzas.  Also good, but blocks away, is "Mi Pueblito."  For serene days and nights, Rancho Primavera with its three rental houses, is a few miles east of town.  A bird watcher´s heaven, the 200-acre property has a large pond with long board and rowboat, lap pool, two dozen free roaming horses, numerous trails and thousands of trees.  https://ranchoprimavera.wordpress.com/
 
ARBOL MARÍA - PLAZA DE ARMAS - EL TUITO


COAPINOLE - a quiet, tree-lined Puerto Vallarta neighborhood with mostly dirt roads and simple homes.  A 30-minute drive northeast of centro, 
COAPINOLE - VENDIENDO
 the PEACEANIMALS clinic took place in the front section of a private home.  Almost directly across the street, vendors were busy painting dozens of large clay pots to sell. 
LA LAGUNA EN COAPINOLE
 A block away is an uninviting, murky green lagoon surrounded by a tall cyclone fence topped with barb wire.  On the morning I was there, a few dogs on leashes and a couple of small children in strollers were circling the cement path adjacent to the crocodile-less lagoon.

STERILIZATIONS AT CLINIC IN COAPINOLE 
Male Dogs - 16; 
Female dogs-  45; Male cats - 32; Female cats - 44;  TOTAL: 137 

DONATIONS AT CLINIC IN COAPINOLE - 1,230 PESOS
 
CLÍNICA EN COAPINOLE
 
THE CLINIC IN COAPINOLE WAS MADE POSSIBLE BY THE GENEROUS DONATION OF $1,800 USD FROM SUE AND BOB BARR, FRIENDS OF BOARD MEMBER OFELIA OSUNA MCHUGH.  
 
 
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CLÍNICA EN CASA PARTICULAR EN COAPINOLE
EL TUITO: Kai Doyle, a retired school teacher from San Francisco, organizes and hosts the annual clinic in el Tuito.  This includes raising funds for the extra expenses of gasoline and driving time for an outside Vallarta location.  Pet owners came from as far away as Chacala, an hour-and-a-half drive.  A male cat named "Chapo"  whose his owners said always escaped from their home, escaped from a kennel.  
"AMOR" - RESCATADA, OPERADA Y ADOPTADA
And, happy ending, Kai adopted a "very sweet" mostly black with splashes of white street dog that had been collected from the plaza for spaying. Her name is now "Amor."

STERILIZATIONS AT CLINIC IN EL TUITO 
FEBRUARY 2/-13-2/16:  MALE DOGS - 19; FEMALE DOGS - 66; MALE CATS - 17; FEMALE CATS - 33;  TOTAL: 135   
 
PLUS pregnancies terminated for 1 cat with 5 fetuses and 1 cat with 7 fetuses.
 
DONATIONS AT CLINIC IN EL TUITO:  3,460 PESOS
 
THIS CLINIC WAS MADE POSSIBLE BY A GENEROUS GRANT FROM FOHA (FRIENDS OF HOMELESS ANIMALS).
CLÍNICA EN EL TUITO EN LA CASITA DE KAI DOYLE

DONATIONS TO PEACEANIMALS: 

Tim Rush and Tommy Fisher - $500 USD - "In honor of our friend Ralph Osborne."  (Ralph is a director of PEACEAnimals).

Juanito Osuna - $3,000 USD - The matching gift to donations requested and made to PEACEAnimals by January 1, 2019.

Transat Airlines - Free transport of five boxes of donated dog and cat collars and leashes plus kennels.  Therese Gerelus and Ted Wakefield flew down from Winnipeg with these collected items.

Margena Ricciardi - 3 new dog leashes and 2 new dog collars

Maureen Curtis-Evermann - $100 USD (earmarked for extra gas/driving time for el Tuito clinic).
 
CLÍNICA EN COAPINOLE
EDUCATION PROGRAM: On Tuesday, January 29th, Leslie Caratachea presented to 80 students at the Venustiano Carranza school in Ixtapa.
 
 
 
HORARIO/SCHEDULE
CLÍNICA EN EL TUITO - NIÑO CON LIBRITO DE COLOREAR DE PEACEANIMALS

FEBRUARY:

20-23 - Puerto Vallarta - col. Infonavit - calle Anador Jose Zuno esq. Gonzalez Gallo en la estación de la policía - contra esq. Kiosko - Puerto Vallarta

27-March 2 - Bucerias, Nayarit - calle Heredia #54 - 1 cuadra atrás de Leo´s mini-super/1 block behind Leo´s minisuper - 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 - Puerto Vallarta - col. 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):
 
 
  
 
 
Dr. Pacheco - Clínica en el Tuito

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
 
 
 
 
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  infopeaceanimals@gmail.com
JESSICA - VOLUNTARIA EN COAPINOLE
 
 
WE ARE IN SERIOUS 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
 
 
 
              Voluntarias en el Tuito - Mariá Santander; Joni Conrad Neutra; Kai Doyle
 
 
 
 
NEEDED:   USED/NEW KENNELS FOR CATS AND DOGS AND NEW/USED COLLARS AND LEASHES TO GIVE TO DOG OWNERS AT CLINICS.
                                                                                                                                           
COST PER SURGERY WEEK CLINIC (3.5 days) 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.  www.bbcinc.org
 
Amy Welch, Secretary-Treasurer amywelchpdx@comcast.net
505 N Tomahawk Is Dr Portland, OR 97217    Tel:503 285 4007
 
THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS PAST AND CURRENT SPONSORS $1,800 USD AND MORE:  
 
 
            
 
 
 
 
 
 
          
 
GATA DESPUÉS DE ESTERILIZACIÓN - CLÍNICA EN EL TUITO
 
 
THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST AND SUPPORT.
 
 
Gretchen DeWitt – President – Board of Directors
gretchen@peaceanimals.org  www.peaceanimals.org 
www.gretchen-peace-and-pv.blogspot.com  https://www.facebook.com/PeaceAnimals
PEACEANIMALS, A.C.
RFC  PEA140306l12

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