Saturday, March 18, 2017

BOOM TOWN




On a jungled hillside overlooking the Bay of Banderas, I could see the white, frothy splash of a breaching whale and the large, wet exhalation of another one.  A week ago and quite by accident, I was swimming approximately 30 meters from two or three humpback whales.  I have never seen so many as I have this winter.  These beautiful, intelligent cetaceans are in a very safe and beautiful place in which to breed and give birth.   https://www.newscientist.com/article/2124149-never-before-seen-gatherings-of-hundreds-of-humpback-whales/

BALLENA (HUMPBACK WHALE) EN BOCA DE TOMATLÁN.  FOTO SACADA EL AÑO PASADO.
PHOTO TAKEN BY CARMEN  DE ALBA ON MARCH 11TH, 2017




NOT A SAFE PLACE FOR CETACEANS:  TAIJI, JAPAN -   Ric O´Barry´s Dolphin Project reports the following:

"This season, a total of 34 drives took place, involving six species of dolphins. We estimate approximately 569 dolphins were slaughtered, while 235 were taken captive. Many more may have died as a result of the drives themselves, their numbers never recorded."  
PRIMAVERA TREE- PUERTO VALLARTA

Puerto Vallarta is blooming with the bright, yellow blossoms of primavera ("spring") trees.  And the town is booming in the midst of a building frenzy, primarily in the touristic areas of "old town" and the "zona romántica," both near near los muertos beach. Tall cranes, jackhammers and tractors are doing their work on what were once empty lots (the one across from the isla cuale was where several discarded cats lived), mostly-empty parking lots and villas that are being torn down.  One regrets the loss of old Vallarta-style homes, whether they are elegant villas or humble adobes.
ZONA ROMÁNTICA Y  VIEJO VALLARTA 

VALLARTA VIEJO



We are watching the condominiumization of Puerto Vallarta, This is not just about the loss of the old Puerto Vallarta look.  There is a serious concern that the current infrastructure  cannot support this much expansion.
CONSTRUYENDO MUCHOS CONDOS EL LOS ÁREAS DE LA ZONA ROMÁNTICA 
Y VIEJO VALLARTA - CERCA DE PLAYA LOS MUERTOS


"ANIMAL WELLBEING" OFFICE OF MAYOR´S OFFICE:  At their request, I met on March 7th with Armando Rubio of the acopio (a vet and lawyer) and Silvia Alvarez, coordinator of Bien Estar Animal ("Animal Wellbeing"), a local government office.   One of the items on their agenda:

CENSUS -  Government census to be taken in a given colonia (probably Pitillal) sometime in May in order to determine number of pets owned and approximate number of street animals.  Approximately 10 students will be the ones doing the survey and submitting numbers to the government.  Fifteen days is estimated time to accomplish this.

SAN JUAN DE ABAJO, NAYARIT:

ENTRANDO SAN JUAN DE ABAJO

It is an hour´s drive northeast of Puerto Vallarta, and one I made six months ago to the same home on calle Jesús Casas.  I drove slowly over the many speed bumps on the road going east at the freeway stoplight in Mezcales, which is half way to Sayulita.  The small towns are clean and similar in size and look - always a bandstand and church at the central plaza.  Palm trees and corn fields line the two-lane, paved road leading to the arched entrance of San Juan de Abajo.

Surgeries had been completed by noon, and some of the volunteers and vet team were already seated at a long table enjoying a delicious meal of grilled corn, carne asada, vegetables, quesadillas, fresh fruit and agua de guayava.  The communities outside Vallarta are especially grateful for the clinics and thank PEACEAnimals by always providing lunches and volunteers.

SAN JUAN DE ABAJO
We would appreciate more involvement at the clinics in Vallarta colonias.  It can involve extra driving time, but it´s a great way to see Mexico and how people and animals live away from palm-lined beaches.  It is of course an enormous help to the vet team to have some extra assistance, which results in a higher number of animals sterilized.


STERILIZATIONS AT SAN JUAN DE ABAJO CLINIC, NAYARIT - March 8-11

MALE DOGS-  16;  FEMALE DOGS-  61; MALE CATS - 18; FEMALE CATS - 31  TOTAL: 126

PLUS:  Pregnancies terminated for 1 cat with 4 fetuses and 1 cat with 6 fetuses
DESPUÉS DE ESTERILIZACIÓN - SAN JUAN DE ABAJO - AFTER SPAYING

DONATIONS AT SAN JUAN DE ABAJO CLINIC - 1,210 pesos

Heather and Rob Erickson - Two used,  large dog kennels (they also worked as volunteers).

PONIENDO UNOS PESOS UN LA CAJA DE DONACIÓNES - DONATING SOME PESOS - CLÍNICA
EN SAN JUAN DE ABAJO


DONATIONS TO PEACEANIMALS:  Debra Wolfson - $50 USD - "In honor of Matt Messner and Neil Sechan for their generous hospitality and a great visit."

Oregon Humane Society -  Five kennels in different sizes,T

Pixie Project -   hundreds of sutures, plus thermometers, surgical instruments, breathing tubes, gloves, etc. http://www.pixieproject.org/

(Amy Welch, treasurer of PEACEAnimals and Banderas Bay Charities, Inc., brought 7 bags of the above supplies down from her Portland home on March 17th).  




Pam Lock -  550 "PEACEAnimal" leashes to be given to dog owners who bring their pets to our clinics for spay/neuter..




DESPUÉS DE ESTERILIZACIÓN - CLÍNICA EN SAN JUAN DE ABAJO

CLINIC MARCH 15-18 - Pets for Life team was in San Blas, Nayarit.  As a Mexican SC (business), they secure approximately 9 clinics a year, which are paid for either by local governments or animal advocate groups.

EDUCATION PROGRAM:  Due to a scheduling conflict, no program presented March 7th.

WITH PEACEANIMALS COLORING BOOK (CON LIBRITO PARA COLOREAR DE PEACEANIMALS)
CLÍNICA EN SAN JUAN DE ABAJO


OTHER DONATIONS:   Troy Valens -  Owner of Sea Monkey and Cheeky Monkey restaurants - $10  USD gift certificates to Sea Monkey  and Cheeky Monkey for "sharing" AmazonSmile post (see paragraph below):   


AS OF MARCH 18, EIGHTEEN PEOPLE HAVE SHARED SMILEAMAZON AND RECEIVED THESE GIFT CERTIFICATES.

NEW!!!  Three hundred PEACEAnimals blue mesh shopping/beach bags with,extra-long straps have just arrived. The PEACeAnimals logo and website are on one side and the familiar mermaid on the other.  They can be purchased now at board member Lucy Muniz´s Lucy´s CuCu Cabana -295 Basilio Badillo, Galeria Uno at 561 Morelos,  Colleción la Bohemia at Constitución and Basilio Badillo, and Galeria Dante at 269 Basilio Badillo.  More locations to be added.  Price:  200 pesos each.  Please help us raise visibility and funds for the clinics.

NUEVAS BOLSAS DE PEACEANIMALS - 200 PESOS - PARA DONDE COMPRAR - VEAN ARRIBA.


DONATE WITHOUT SPENDING MONEY:  PEACEAnimals is able to receive donations from Amazon Smile under the umbrella of Banderas Bay Charities, Inc. Amazon donates 0.5% of eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organizations selected by their customers.  This is a very simple way to help fund our clinics:    https://smile.amazon.com/ch/47-4752247  
EVEN SIMPLER, LOG ON TO WWW.AMAZONSMILE.ORG AND TYPE IN BANDERAS BAY CHARITIES, INC. (PEACEANIMALS RECEIVES ALL OF THESE DONATIONS).


LA MANCHA ROJA ES MEDICAMENTO PARA GARRAPATAS Y PULGAS - SAN JUAN DE ABAJO - RED STAIN IS TREATMENT FOR FLEAS AND TICKS - ADMINISTERED TO ALL CATS AND DOGS AT CLINICS.


GREATERGOOD - PLEASE CLICK!  Your daily clicks or direct donations help animals, people and the planet.  www.greatergood.orgwww.greatergood.com  To donate specifically to PEACEAnimals, please click on:  http://bit.ly/1cWY0lP

PONIENDO 2 GATITOS EN SU MOCHILA DESPUÉS DE ESTERILIZACIÓN - SAN JUAN DE ABAJO - PUTTING KITTENS IN BACKPACK AFTER THEIR SURGERY

PLEASE CHECK OUR WEBSITE, FB PAGE OR BLOG FOR NEW DATES AND LOCATIONS.  FAVOR DE CHECAR NUESTRO WEBSITE, PÁGINA EN FB O BLOG PARA NUEVAS FECHAS Y HOGARES.  
TRANSPORTANDO MASCOTAS A CASA DESPUÉS DE CIRUGÍA - SAN JUAN DE ABAJO 



SCHEDULE/HORARIO:

March 22 - la Peñita de Jaltemba, Nayarit (PETS FOR LIFE)
March 29-April 1 - La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, Nayarit (PETS FOR LIFE) -
March 29-April 1 (PETS FOR LIFE)- La Cruz, Nayarit - Calle Coral 10.

Directions:  
From Highway 200, turn towards La Cruz-Punta Mita - at approx 2.0 km Punta Mita
At stoplight in La Cruz, turn towards the ocean  You are now on Langosta - the main street through town. At the glorieta (circle with cross), about 1 block from the stoplight, turn right.
You'll see Langosta DIEZ Restaurant at the corner. You are now on Coral.

April 5 - april 8 - colonia azul turquesa, Nayarit - En la calle circuito azul turquesa, en el salón comunitario - near the model homes (a un castad de las casas modelos)
April 12 - 15 - EASTER VACATION - VACACIÓNES DE PASCUA
April 19-22 - Pitillal- en el mercado municipal
April 26-29 - Pitillal - en el mercado municipal
April 30 - special one-day clinic to be held in conjuction with pet adoptions - next to Vallarta stadium - 30 animals only.
LEAVING CLINIC IN SAN JUAN DE ABAJO - SALIENDO DE LA CLÍNICA



DESIGNATED LINE WITH RECORDING ADVISING LOCATION AND DIRECTIONS – ONLY IN SPANISH – (322) 113 3955


TO REPORT ANIMAL ABUSE, CALL THE CENTRO DE ACOPIO - 322-223-3690 OR THE POLICE AND ASK FOR THE "GREEN PATROL" ("PATROLLA VERDE")

  

PETS FOR LIFE  SPECIAL  ONE-DAY CLINICS ARE HELD ON THE ISLA CUALE THE FIRST SUNDAY OF EVERY MONTH.   CLINICS OPEN FOR REGISTRATION AT 7 AM.  
     
PETS FOR LIFE, A MEXICAN S.C. (BUSINESS),  IS PAID 4,500 PESOS FOR THE STERILIZATION OF 30 ANIMALS.  IF NUMBERS ARE GREATER,  INDIVIDUALS OR ANIMAL RESCUE ORGANIZATIONS MAKE UP THE DIFFERENCE.  
For each cat or dog over the number 30 sponsors of the Sunday clinics will be charged 150 pesos.  To sponsor a Sunday clinic, please contact: shannon@bestonproperties.com

January 8, 2017 - October 2017 -  ANONYMOUS DONOR HAS PROVIDED FUNDING (SPAY/NEUTER FOR 30 CATS AND DOGS) TO PEACEANIMALS  FOR 10 SUNDAY CLINICS ON THE ISLA CUALE.   



SAN JUAN DE ABAJO - AFTER SURGERY - DESPUÉS DE CIRUGÍA


WE NEED LOCATIONS FOR OUR CLINICS.   REQUIRED:  BATHROOM, ELECTRICITY, WATER AND PARKING AVAILABILITY. 





EN FRENTE DE LA CLÍNICA EN SAN JUAN DE ABAJO - PEACE TRAILER IN FRONT OF CLINIC
NOTE:  PEACEAnimals, per our agreement with independent contractors, Pets for Life, is obliged to pay extra for driving time and gasoline for areas outside Puerto Vallarta.  We ask that private or government groups pay those extra expenses.

CHIHUAHUAS DESPUÉS DE CIRUGIÁ - SAN JUAN DE ABAJO



PEACEAnimals does not buy advertising or pay for posters, flyers, megaphone announcers or locations.  All monies raised go directly to actual costs of the clinics.  Dr. Poli, as director of PEACEAnimals, a Mexican AC  (non-profit) and Pets for Life, a Mexican SC (business), selects clinic locations.

All pet registration forms with signatures of owners or rescuers are submitted by Dr. Poli to the local department of health, with copies to PEACEAnimals.
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Clinic schedule, including directions and other clinic information are always on website:  www.peaceanimals.org,  on this blog and on the PEACEAnimals FaceBook page.




Please "like" PEACEAnimals and Calle Cero on FaceBook.



LUNCH DONATIONS NEEDED FOR VET TEAM.


NECESITAMOS DONACIÓNES DE ALMUERZOS PARA EL EQUIPO.


PEACEAnimals has a lunch budget of 70 pesos per vet team member (four persons) per day -  4 days a week.  Please consider donating lunches for them, and please advise so we can create a lunch schedule. By having lunches donated, these savings can used for purchases of supplies and medicines.
VOLUNTARIOS Y EQUIPO ALMORZANDO (Y CHECANDO MENSAJES)  SAN JUAN DE ABAJO - VOLUNTEERS AND VET TEAM ENJOYING LUNCH. (AND CELL PHONES)
DR. POLI PREPARANDO CARNE ASADA DESPUÉS DEL TRABAJO - SAN JUAN DE ABAJO - PREPARING CARNE ASADA FOR VOLUNTEERS AND VET TEAM


WE NEED VOLUNTEERS AT THE CLINICS.    Please sign up:  Leslie Caratachea via FB or infopeaceanimals@gmail.com

                                               
WE NEED DONATIONS OF USED AND NEW KENNELS FOR CATS AND DOGS OF ALL SIZES. WE WOULD ALSO LIKE TO BE ABLE TO GIVE USED OR NEW COLLARS AND LEASHES TO DOG OWNERS WHO BRING THEIR PETS TO THE CLINICS.


SAN JUAN DE ABAJO - Y 2 HAULAS GRANDES DONADAS - 2 LARGE KENNELS DONATED AT CLINIC


If directions needed, please call our dedicated line (directions are only in Spanish) or refer to our website or this blog:   113 3955 

COST FOR ONE SURGERY WEEK CLINIC IS APPROXIMATELY $1,800 USD. 
SAN JUAN DE ABAJO


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.  
PERRA NO QUERÍA DEJAR LA SOMBRA DESPUÉS DE SU CIRUGÍA.  SPAYED DOG RELUCTANT TO LEAVE A SHADY PLACE.  CLINIC IN SAN JUAN DE ABAJO.

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.
Amy Welch, Secretary-Treasurer amywelchpdx@comcast.net
505 N Tomahawk Is Dr  Portland, OR 97217    
503 285 4007


THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS SPONSORS:






























Thank you for your interest and support.



SCULPTURE AND PAINTING BY WONDERFUL ARTIST AND DOG LOVER, PIPO BROCKMANN -
CONTEMPO GALLERY








Gretchen DeWitt – President – Board of Directors
gretchen@peaceanimals.org
https://www.facebook.com/PeaceAnimals
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Los animales no necesitan tener una camada para completar su ciclo vital, puesto que no existe una relación consciente con la reproducción como parte necesaria de su bienestar emocional.

CALLEJEROS DE MÉXICO CON PERRA EN CELO.  MEXICAN STREET DOGS FOLLOWING SMALL FEMALE DOG IN HEAT.
PARA REPORTAR ABUSO A LOS ANIMALES- LLAME AL CENTRO DE ACOPIO - 293 3690 O A LA POLICA Y PIDA LA PATROLLA VERDE  
LINEA DESIGNADA PARA DIRECIÓNES Y COMO LLEGAR (EN ESPAÑOL) A LAS CLÍNICAS CADA SEMANA:   (322) 113 3955

PARA REPORTAR ABUSO A LOS ANIMALES -  293 3690

NECESITAMOS LUGARES PARA NUESTRAS CLÍNICAS EN COLONIAS Y PUEBLOS. PRECISO:   BAÑO, ELECTRICIDAD, AGUA Y PARA ESTACIONARSE.


INFORMACIÓN EN ESPAÑOL SOBRE LA ESTERILIZACIÓN PARA MASCOTAS Y LAS CLÍNICAS GRATIS EN NUESTRO WEBSITE - www.peaceanimals.org

NECESITAMOS SU APOYO.  FAVOR DE DONAR ALMUERZOS PARA NUESTRO EQUIPO. NOS CUESTA 1,120 PESOS LA SEMANA PARA NUESTRO EQUIPO DE 4 PERSONAS.   CON SUS DONACIÓNES DE COMIDA, PODEMOS USAR ESTE DINERO PARA SUMINISTROS.   FAVOR DE CONFIRMAR CUÁL DÍA DE LA SEMANA PUEDEN.  LESLIE VA HACER EL HORARIO PARA ALMUERZOS.  GRACIAS.

 TAMBIÉN NECESITAMOS VOLUNTARIOS, POR FAVOR.

GRACIAS POR SU INTERÉS Y SU APOYO.
Gretchen DeWitt – Presidente de la mesa directiva
gretchen@peaceanimals.org
https://www.facebook.com/PeaceAnimals











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