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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 5,792 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 5,792 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, June 15, 2019

Although June is the beginning of the rainy season, there have been only been drips and drizzles of rain. For weeks, with the exception of a couple of days of partial sun, dove-colored clouds hover over Vallarta and Banderas Bay.  
 
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. 
 

 
"Dogogo Rivera," a painting by Lee Chapman of a dog holding an easel and brushes, was donated to the PEACEAnimals online auction in December.  High bidders were board members, Norma Kafer and her husband James Gordon. They liked the painting so much that they commissioned Lee, popular local artist and animal lover/rescuer, to paint a cat companion.  "Frida Katlo" soon arrived at their home in Arizona.  
 
 
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.  
http://peaceanimals.org/about/board_of_directors
 
 
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.   
 
STERILIZATIONS AT CLINIC AT MAGISTERIO: 
 
MALE DOGS - 11; 
FEMALE DOGS - 37;
MALE CATS - 23;
FEMALE CATS - 19 
TOTAL:  90

 
MAGISTERIO
 
 
 
 
LA SEÑORITA TRAJO 2 PERRITAS Y MOMENTOS MÁS TARDE,
LOS 3 CACHORRITOS DE LA RUBIA.  MAMA DOG BROUGHT
TO CLINIC AND MOMENTS LATER HER 3 PUPPIES
.
 
 
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 also 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 the students, and 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 donor-directed for Volcanes clinic, thanks to Megan Gallagher, organizer:
VOLCANES

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

 
CLÍNICA EN VOLCANES
In 2018, PEACEAnimals sterilized 5,792 cats and dogs.
 
HORARIO/SCHEDULE:
CLÍNICA EN MAGISTERIO
 
 
JUNIO/JUNE

19-22- Colonia Infonavit - Gonzales Gallo (da una vuelta al este a Macro Plaza) luego esquina con Javier Mina en la caseta de policías  enfrente del parque contra esquina del kiosko.  Turn east at macro Plaza on Gonzales Gallo and continue to the small police station on the right hand side across from the park.
 
 
26-29 - Nayarit (organized by Linda Stewart)
 

JULIO - 3-6 -Tamarindo-Ixtapa
10-13 - las Varas
17-20 - Nayarit
24-27 -Tomatlán - Cabo Corrientes
 
AGOSTO
 
SEPTIEMBRE
 
11-14 - Restaurante El Arrayán- Allende 44, colonia el centro
 
 
MIRANDO Y ADMIRANDO LE CIRUGÍA DE DR. POLI EN VOLCANES -A SU DERRECHA - JAMIE SHELTON - MADRE DE MEGAN GALLAGHER - ORGANIZADORA DE LA CLÍNICA
 
PHOTOS OF DOGS AND CATS FOR ADOPTION AT THE ALBERGUE,
THE  CITY SHELTER 
(322) 293-3690

 FOTOS/NOMBRES Y INFORMACIÓN DE PERROS Y GATOS EN ADOPCIÓN EN EL ALBERGUE
 
  TO REPORT ANIMAL ABUSE OR RESCUE NEEDED- CALL 911 AND REQUEST GREEN PATROL (PATRULLA VERDE);   OR CALL THE CITY SHELTER - (322) 293-3690
 
 FOR WEEKLY CLINIC DIRECTIONS TO CLINICS: (SPANISH ONLY)  (322) 113-3955  

PARA REPORTAR ABUSO A LOS ANIMALES  O PARA ANIMALES QUE NECESITAN
LLAME  A LA POLICA - 911
Y PIDE LA PATRULLA VERDE - o marca al albergue  (322) 293 3690
 
LINEA DESIGNADA PARA DIRECCIÓNES EN ESPAÑOL Y COMO LLEGAR A LAS CLÍNICAS CADA SEMANA:  
(322) 113 3955         
http://www.peaceanimals.org/
 
PLEASE HELP WITH LUNCH DONATIONS FOR OUR VET TEAM.  has a lunch budget of 70 pesos per vet team member (four persons) per day -  4 days a week. has a lunch budget of 70 pesos per vet team member (four persons) per day -  4 days a week.
 
 Extra person every Wednesday & Thursday is star volunteer, Frank Ohly. Please advise when you would like to donate.  DONATIONS OF LUNCHES MEAN MONEY SAVED FOR CLINIC SUPPLIES.   FAVOR DE DONAR ALMUERZOS PARA NUESTRO EQUIPO. 
 
¡NOS URGEN VOLUNTARIOS PARA LAS CLÍNICAS en PUERTO VALLARTA.  Siempre tenemos en Nayarit.
 PARA AVISAR:  Leslie Caratachea por FB o infopeaceanimals@gmail.com
 
   http://www.peaceanimals.org/espa_ol/protocolo_para_voluntarios
 
        WE ARE IN GREAT NEED OF VOLUNTEERS in Puerto Vallarta. 
Clinics in the state of Nayarit are always fully staffed with volunteers. 
 
Please contact Leslie Caratachea via FB or just drop by.  

FOR INFORMATION:   http://www.peaceanimals.org/volunteer_1/volunteer_duties
 
 
TRAJO SU GATITA RESCATADA - VOLCANES - HIS RESCUE KITTEN
  
ALSO NEEDED:   USED/NEW KENNELS FOR CATS AND DOGS AND NEW/USED COLLARS AND LEASHES TO GIVE TO DOG OWNERS AT CLINICS, PLUS USED TOWELS AND  SHEETS.
 
 $$$$$$ 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 donor directed 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, and works with other organizations in 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

 
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