Sunday, October 6, 2013

SEEING DIFFERENCES



´BEAUTIFUL VIEW FROM THE MALECÓN  photo credit:  Josef Kandoll



I arrived in San Francisco on September 9th to a blast of fog and wind which whirled through the city for a week.  After the inland temperatures became cooler, the city began to enjoy Indian summer and its balmy days and beginnings of gold and red-leafed fall.   I arrived  home in Puerto Vallarta on October 4th to find  more grass between the cobblestones on my street and a thin stream of rain water was still running down it.  It has been a month of almost daily showers here and the jungle is very green and glistening. Beautiful Puerto Vallarta.

CASTING A NET OFF THE MALECÓN  photo credit:  Josef Kandoll



I am keenly aware of the differences between the animals in the Bay Area and the animals here in Mexico.  No dogs off leashes.  All healthy, well fed and well cared for.  One leashed dog being walked by a bedraggled young hippie in Golden Gate Park was unneutered.   I didn´t see any others.    Not one cat on any street.  There are literally thousands of cats on the streets in Vallarta and hundreds of homeless dogs.   They struggle to survive and they suffer.

IN MEXICO, THERE ARE SOMETIMES MORE ANIMALS THAN PEOPLE  photo credit:  Sol Rubin


There are differences for animals in the Puerto Vallarta area since moving here eight years ago.  There are more animal activists who rescue cats and dogs, raise monies for needed vet treatments and who find permanent homes for the animals.    More dogs are on leashes.  More people are picking up after their dogs.  There is less resistance sterilization.  Four years ago,  it was necessary to knock on doors and explain the benefits of sterilization to pet owners.   At least half the people we talked to declined because they wanted their male pet to be “macho” or a female pet to have “just one litter” or that it was “unnatural” or “Against God.”



During my 3 ½ week family visit in California, Paulina Stettner, director of PEACEAnimals clinics, told me that people were sometimes lining up  with their cats and dogs at clinic locations  as early as 7 in the morning.   Pet owners sometimes had to be turned away and asked to come back the following morning.  

 I´ve mentioned this before, but it is a great accomplishment to have increased the weekly number of sterilizations by more than  35% and to have reduced the cost by that same number.  This is thanks primarily to a great vet team.  Also very helpful are volunteers, social networks, media, example and education.  And the clinics couldn´t exist without funding.  THANK YOU.

Please help PEACEAnimals free mobile clinics continue the work.  Most important way to donate financially.  If this isn´t possible, please try to volunteer, supply a lunch to the team of three or donate supplies, i.e., used towels, sheets, collars, leashes and vet supplies.

STERILIZATIONS AT COLONIA INFONAVIT –SEPTEMBER 11-14
45 female dogs; 13 male dogs; 25 female cats, 17 male cats 
TOTAL:  105!!!

DONATIONS AT INFONAVIT CLINIC:  2,720 pesos

STERILIZATIONS AT LOPEZ MATEOS CLINIC:  September 18-21

16 male dogs; 20 female dogs; 18 male cat; 38 female cats
TOTAL:  92

DONATIONS AT LOPEZ MATEOS CLINIC:  1,550 pesos

STERILIZATIONS AT MEZCALES, NAYARIT CLINIC- September 26-29:  35 female dogs, 18 male dogs; 26 female cats; 15 male cats  TOTAL:  94

DONATIONS AT MEZCALES CLINIC: 4,537 pesos

STERILIZATIONS AT  COLONIA SANTA MARIA CLINC – October 2-5    Female cats – 18; Male cats – 3; Female dogs – 35; Male dogs – 7  
TOTAL:  63

Dr. Anthony was very sick with dengue and unable to work this past week.  Numbers of people bringing in their pets was fortunately low, so no one had to be turned away.

DONATIONS:  Amount not yet reported.

OTHER DONATIONS FOR CLINICS:  $200 USD – from Helen Rosen in honour of Matt Messner and Neil Sechan for their “Spirit of  Giving” award in  Ashland, Oregon.

$100 USD from Stephen and Lynne Stolzer – ditto

$100  Norma and Frank Wright  - ditto

ACOPIO ADOPTIONS IN SEPTEMBER:  25 animals

At last count, there were 80 dogs waiting to be adopted. “Gringo,” a wonderful  athletic, affectionate,  green-eyed dog, has been waiting for one year after one year to be taken to a loving home.  Gringo is approximately 18 months old.

GRINGO HAS BEEN AT THE ACOPIO FOR A YEAR WAITING FOR ADOPTION


There are also dozens of beautiful cats and kittens at the Centro de Acopio that need homes.  Please consider a trip to the Acopio to look at these wonderful animals.   Open Mon-Sat from 8 AM-2 PM.  293-3690.  The Acopio needs help!  Please contact:  adriana@adrianariestra.com


"CANELO" LEAVING THE VET 
RESCUED AND IN FOSTER CARE: “Canelo,” the sweet dog from the Acopio that is undergoing chemotherapy for a large malignant tumor on his snout.  Karolina Fagermo has taken him home with her.  Canelo will need a home.


"CANELO" IN HIS FOSTER HOME AND NEEDS ADOPTING  NECESITA HOGAR.  ESTÁ RECUPERANDO DE UN TUMOR.

“Compradre,” a shy, pretty, two-year old female rescued from the street by Pita Hache.  Comprade has been spayed and treated for parasites.  Contact Pita if you can foster or are interested in adopting.  pita.hache@gmail.com

SWEET COMPADRE NEEDS HOME - NECESITA HOGAR



“Ozzie,” the newly named dog PEACEAnimals board member, Brischa Borchgrevink,  rescued in Paso Ancho.   The dog, a young German Shepherd, had been hit by a car.  Instead of trying to help the dog, his owner retreated into his house, turned up the music and left his pet screaming in the dirt road.   His neighbors reported to Brischa that the owner was in the habit of physically abusing this dog.  Brischa spoke with the owner, who said the dog was fine, but gave her permission to take the dog to a vet.  She did. 

OZZIE, THE BROKEN DOG

The dog had difficulty walking, was covered in mange and fleas, anemic, emaciated, peed blood when touched and maggots were eating away at his wounds.  Brischa returned to the owner to tell him his dog had died and will be fostering him until he recovers.  Maggie Draper in Calgary, Canada,  emailed that Ozzie had “stolen her heart.”  She is paying all vet expenses and will adopt this sweet dog if he survives.





FANTASTIC WAY TO PROMOTE ADOPTIONS OF MIX BREED DOGS:  http://www.wimp.com/adoptdogs/

NEED RESCUING:  Thousands of cats and dogs living on the street and at last count, seventy-three dogs and three dozen cats at the Centro de Acopio.  Open Monday-Saturday from 8 AM-2 PM.  293-3690.  For other shelters, and they are all full, please check PEACEAnimals website.  www.peaceanimals.org

 COLINA FREE CLINIC-  Normally open every Sunday from 9 AM-2 PM  491 V. Carranza in the Romantic Zone.  Surgeries limited to 15 cats and dogs.  Arrive early!    Contact:  cez@rogers.com


PEACE FREE CLINIC SCHEDULE:

OCTOBER 9-12
Col. Magisterio

Clinic will be held at the corner of J. José Arreola and Manuel Acuña (no number)
Previous location was too dusty and made a sterile environment impossible.
http://goo.gl/maps/gT0kq
16-19
Col. Jardines
Orquídea esquina Gardenia

Col. La Moderna Oct 23-26
Av. PLaya Grande 348

30- 2 Nov
Col. Agua Azul


PEACEAnimals clinics open at 9 AM Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, which is half-day only.
VOLUNTEERS:  PLEASE SIGN UP WITH PAULINA STETTNER.  This way, we can balance the schedule so there aren´t too many are too few volunteers on a given day. infopeaceanimals@gmail.com
Schedule, inc. directions and other miscellaneous information are always on website:  www.peaceanimals.org

Arrive early.  Twenty-five animals per clinic is our desired limit.  No food or water after midnight before surgery day.  Animals must be at least 8 weeks old.  They will be treated for parasites, fleas, ticks and mange, if it is present.  Pregnancies terminated on request.  Euthanasia performed if animal critically ill or injured.  All services are free.

Cost for one-week clinic is $1,500 USD. 

CLINICS NEED FUNDING!  PLEASE CONSIDER DONATING.



Thank you for your interest and support.

Gretchen
www.gretchen-peace-and-pv.blogspot.com

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 Por falta de tiempo, no tengo tiempo hoy para traduir estas notícias.  Si tienen preguntas, favor de contactarme.  gretchen@peaceanimals.org   También se puede copiar y pegar el blog en www.translate.google.com  Gracias por su paciencia.

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