Saturday, May 11, 2013

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A DOG THAT LOOKS VERY MUCH LIKE THIS AT THE ACOPIO WITH 9 NEW PUPPIES
UNA PERRA QUE PARECE MUCHO A LA PERRA EN EL CENTRO DE ACOPIO CON SUS 9 BEBÉS




I love México and would love to be writing about the many beautiful places I visit here.  However,  with the restructuring of the organization of the free spay/neuter clinics, there has been very little free time for excursions.  I anticipate that by June or July at the latest, everything will be perfectly in place. 

CLINIC AT UNIQUE ATV TOURS ON BASILIO BADILLO (photo credit:  Darlene Carucci of cupocity)

This past week the free spay/neuter clinics took place at Unique ATV Tours on Basilio Badillo, a cobbled street in Old Vallarta known for its upscale shops, restaurants and beautiful bougainvillea planted by the botanical gardens. At the end of this street is the entrance to the tunnel road, which bypasses downtown.  And on the corner of this entrance is the popular Boutique Theatre.   In front of it is where three large young adult dogs, probably Dalmatian and Doberman mixes, have been socializing and sleeping for approximately one year.  The kind owners of the theatre have been giving food and water to these dogs, but even though they wags their tails on approaching them, the dogs are cautious and not socialized.  Neighbors have complained about the excrement in the area and the territorial barking.  The dogs are not dangerous but have been in danger of being poisoned or hit by speeding cars are driven around the curved corner.
The solution seemed to be to trap and sterilize the two males and one female and then decide if they would be set free and at great risk or to be taken to the Centro de Acopio.   A joint decision by those involved was that the safest course for the handsome dogs would be to take them to the Acopio, which under the new direction, is a caring place.  The vet staff was able to capture and tranquilize one of the males and the female.  The capture entailed a lot of frenzied barking, a cut tongue on the metal pole attached to the noose and vomiting from the medication. It was extremely stressful for the frightened dogs and sad for those watching.  The third dog is on the loose and no doubt looking for his family. I called the Acopio the day after they were caught and was told the dogs hadn´t eaten anything.  No longer wild and free, they will be unaccustomed and depressed in their confined area.  With time and patience, hopefully they will trust humans.   They will need a lot of space at their new homes. 
CAPTURED MALE DOG IN FRONT OF THE BOUTIQUE THEATRE
CLINIC:  Wednesday, Day 1:  at 9:30, I was the last one to bring in animals - two orange and white young male cats from the fish market next to the malecón.  The black and white female that lives on the roof there has been uncatchable and has recently given birth to another litter.  She has kittens three times a year. I will take a trap to the fish market in five weeks and offer a reward to the employee who can catch her for sterilization. 

Five volunteers helped with registration, monitoring vital signs post surgery and clean-up.  At the end of the day, 29 animals had been sterilized and 1,571 pesos donated.   

VOLUNTEER WITH TRANQUILIZED PUPPY PRE-SURGERY.  THE OWNER´S NEIGHBOR HAD DRIVEN HIM DOWN FROM LAS PALMAS, WHICH IS AN HOUR´S DRIVE AWAY
VOLUNTARIA CON UN PERRITO TRANQUILZADO QUE UNA VECINA DEL DUEÑO TRAJO DE LAS PALMAS
(photo credit - Darlene Carucci - Cupocity)

Thursday, Day 2: I took a small and very pretty grey and white male kitten that Brischa Borchgrevink had found on my street the day before.  He was neutered and went home with Angelica of ANGELCAT and 7 other sterilized rescued cats.  Donations of cash, cat food or kitty litter need to be given to Melissa or Angelica, who work so hard to care for and find homes for approximately 45 felines at any given time.  

Three beautiful Shnauzer-mix sisters brought in by owner, who has the parents and cannot keep the puppies.  If interested, please contact:  Raul or Daniel 114-1060

ONE OF THREE 8-MONTH OLD SCHNAUZER MIX SISTERS BROUGHT TO CLINIC
(photo credit- Darlene Carucci - Cupocity)
                   UNA DE 3 MEXLCAS SCHNAUZERS - TODAS HEMBRAS-  EN ADOPCIÓN


Sweet moment on the surgery table:  Owners of a small beige Chihuahua that had given birth to a live puppy and a stillborn the night before brought her in for emergency surgery.
NEWBORN CHIHUAHUA - BEBÉ CHIHUAHUA AL MOMENTO DE NACER

Because of her very small size, the dog had not been able to give birth to the remaining puppies and was in pain and at risk for dying. The vets performed a hysterectomy and delivered another stillborn and a tiny,  breathing white puppy.  The family, who was feeding the puppy born the night before from a doll bottle, raced to the clinic for the mama and baby and took them home in a blanket. 
BREATHING!  ¡RESPIRANDO!

Day 2 - 28 cats and dogs sterilized - 1,875 pesos donated
Day 3 - 37 animals sterilized - 1,250 pesos donated
Day 4 - 25 animals sterilized -  1,130 pesos donated

TOTAL DONATIONS AT BASILIO BADILLO CLINIC:  5,826 PESOS

TOTAL STERILIZATIONS FOR THIS SURGERY WEEK:  113!
This is a record for our two vets operating on their own.  The average number of sterilizations performed by vets in Puerto Vallarta is four a week. 

I am extremely grateful to the vet team for their professionalism and for the love they have for animals and for this important work.   Thank you to the volunteers who registered pets, monitored their vital signs post-op and administered treatments for fleas, ticks and parasites, brought lunches and gently suggested donations be placed in our locked box.   There were three to five volunteers every day and one of them brought lunches every day.  You know who you are.  THANK YOU.  Thank you to Unique ATV Tours for donating this spacious location that was easy to get to.  And thank you to www.cupocity.com for promoting the clinics.

VOLUNTEERS FRONT TO BACK:  CAROLINE, PAT, DIANA AND CATHY

COLINA FREE  SPAY & NEUTER CLINIC:  491 V. Carranza (opposite Colin Meats /1.2 block down from El Brujo) , 044 322 104-6609
Open Sundays from 9-2.  Arrive early.  There is always a line.

PEACE CLINIC INFORMATION:

To volunteer:  gretchen@peacemexico.org Addresses and directions are usually not confirmed until Tuesday evening before scheduled clinic for that week.  No food or water after midnight before bringing pets to clinic.  Minimum age for sterilization for cats and dogs is eight weeks.  Animals are treated for ticks, fleas, parasites and mange.     If lost en route, call:  Poli - 044 322-134-0942

Times:  9 AM-2 PM Wednesday,Thursday and Friday and 9 AM-12 N on Saturday.  Please bring your pets as close to 9 AM as possible and plan to pick them up at approximately 2 PM during the week and at noon on Saturdays.

PEACE FREE MOBILE CLINIC SCHEDULE:

MAY 15-18- LA CRUZ, NAY. - Calle Coral y Dorado en la Casa de la Tercera Edad

MAY 22-25- DOWNTOWN PUERTO VALLARTA - at Que Pasa on Aquiles Serdan (at Lázaro Cárdenas) in Colonia Caloso  

LOCATION FOR NEXT VALLARTA FREE S/N CLINIC
QUE PASA PARA LA PRÓXIMA CLÍNICA GRATIS DE PEACE EN VALLARTA
   
My 29-JUNE 1 - PUERTO VALLARTA- 1243 COSTA RICA,  COLONIA 5 DE DICIEMBRE

MAY CLINICS ARE PAID FOR BY A $10,000 GRANT FROM HUMANE SOCIETY INTERNATIONAL.

OTHER DONATIONS TO CLINICS:  Pam Welch - $100 U.S.
Michael Turner - $50 U.S. 

STERILIZATIONS:  Valle Dorado, Nay.  May 1-4:  Female dogs - 25; Male dogs - 6; Female cats - 28; Male cats - 11; TOTAL:  68 PLUS
pregnancies terminated for 2 cats with a total of 9 fetuses and 1 dog with 11 fetuses. 

ADOPTIONS:  After six months at the Acopio, the two Xolos were adopted.  The female went to Nayarit and the male is in Vallarta.

PERROS PEQUEÑOS EN ADOPCIÓN EN EL CENTRO DE ACOPIO
SMALL DOGS FOR ADOPTION AT THE CENTRO DE ACOPIO

When I visited the Acopio this week, there were of course new arrivals - lots of pretty little dogs and a skinny but beautiful Weimaraner.  The lovely green-eyed “Gringo” is still there, as are “Dona,” the Great Dane/Dalmatian mix, “Checador,” the sweet large dog found tied up at the bus station, and many others.  Berry, the little dog with the severely broken leg, is still under treatment for distemper and waiting for surgery.  A darling small brown dog, utterly emaciated but with teats plump with milk, was brought to the Acopio by her owners two days before giving birth to 9 puppies.  She was tied up in the yard getting some sunshine while her babies huddled  in a dark cell with four other two-week old puppies that have no mother.  People regularly bring their dogs and cats to the Acopio when the animals are old,  pregnant or have recently given birth.  Tragic.

RESCUED AND NEEDS HOME:  "Percy," six-month old black and white male Terrier mix found on the beach by Brischa Borchgrevink.  Please contact her if interested:  044- 322 117 4519
BECCA WITH "PERCY" - CACHORRO DE 6 MESES RESCATADO Y NECESITA HOGAR

RESCUED AND IN FOSTER HOMES:

BLACKIE FROM THE ACOPIO TO FOSTER HOME TO CANADA!

“Blackie,” rescued from the Acopio, fostered in Bucerias and now in Canada.


NANCY WITH BLACKIE AND GUERA AT VALLARTA AIRPORT

“Guera," rescued from the Acopio, fostered and now in Canada.

  "Gary," rescued from the Acopio, fostered and now in Canada.               


"GARY" AT THE ACOPIO AND NOW IN CANADA

NEED RESCUING: The cats on the Isla Cuale.  The dogs and cats on the streets.  The dogs and cats at the Centro de Acopio.  The pound is open Monday-Saturday from 8-2.  Tel:  293-3690   For photos and information - PV Animal page of FB as well as on the Acopio page -
MALE ENGLISH BULLDOG MIX FOR ADOPTION AT THE CENTRO DE ACOPIO

There are several blogspots and websites that have photographs and descriptions of dogs and cats that have been lost and/or found, animals that need rescuing and/or fostering, animals for adoption and requests from people who would like to adopt a cat or dog.  For local animal information and photographs on Facebook, please view:  "Angelicat;" "AyudaMutt;  centro de acopio animl pv (note:  there is no “a” in the “animal”); "Cuidando sus Huellitas;" "Paraiso Felino;" "PV Animal;" "PVDOGNEWS;"  Plus:   www.mexpup.com; www.PurrProject.com;  spcapv.blogspot.com; and www.friendsofpvshelter.com  

NO ES FÁCIL SACRIFICAR UN ANIMALITO.  ADOPTAR.  NO COMPRAR.  ESTERILIZAR.  SER VOLUNTARIO EN UNA CLÍNICA.

THE FREE SPAY/NEUTER CLINICS ARE CRITICAL TO ANIMALS AND TO NEIGHBORHOODS.  PLEASE DONATE.  WE NEED FUNDING IN ORDER TO CONTINUE THIS IMPORTANT WORK.

THERE IS A MATCHING GRANT OF $10,000 U.S. with only $150 US. donated to date to meet this grant.   PLEASE HELP MATCH THIS!

http://peacemexico.org/donate/other_ways_to_donate to make a tax deductible donation. After you have donated, please send an email to Amy Welch at amywelchpdx@comcast.net to let her know your donation is earmarked for the animal clinics.  All donations have tax deductible status in the U.S., Canada (via CCHSF) and Mexico.

In PEACE,

Gretchen DeWitt –volunteer for PEACE clinics and former PEACEMEXICO board member (July 2009-July 2013)


HORARIO ARRIBA EN LA SECCIÓN INGLÉS.

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