Before dawn, cruise ships glitter brightly in the dark as they appear on the horizon and glide slowly towards port. As early morning begins to see first rays of sun, the jewel-like dazzle disappears and ships become pale apparitions against the dove grey sky and water.
|EL MALECÓN - PUERTO VALLARTA|
We walk along the sculpture-lined malecón to the modern sail-shaped pier, stopping across the sidewalk for hot chocolate, coffee and freshly baked scones at Dee's.
Our friend, Maca MacMorran, has hired a boat to take us south, stopping to admire the wild and beautiful rock formations called "los arcos" ("the arches), which are designated as a national park. Although there is a steep fine and it is done at some physical risk, boats do motor through the arches. I have swum through them when the water is very calm, enjoying the dankness and a slight sense of danger.
Tops of the rocky outcroppings, homes to blue footed boobies, terns and pelicans, are green green green from all the recent rains.
An hour later, we jump off the boat to cool off in las Ánimas ("the Spirits" and swim ashore at el Coral, my favorite restaurant on the beach. An iguana is cooling off at the water's edge
while the candy man pushes his cart across the warm sand, a woman
carrying a tray of slices of homemade pies for sale on her head and an irresistible little girl named Lupita and her mother sell beaded keychains, earrings, necklaces and bracelets.
SAN JUAN DE ABAJO, NAYARIT - An hour´s drive crossing over the ameca river and into another state. After a right turn at Mezcales (the overpass has finally been completed), a straight drive east until one reaches a series of small towns, and then a series of sharp right and left turns until the road is straight again and the landscape becomes more rural, with cows and bullocks in green, grassy fields clustering under large shade trees. Passing the wonderful sculpture of three indigenous figures at a roundabout, one continues east, driving through high, green cement arches with the words "Bienvenidos a San Juan de Abajo" at the top.
The clinic was held in the same location where it has been held a couple of times in the past - in the front yard of a home belonging to an extremely gracious couple that served delicious daily breakfasts and lunches to the vet team. On Wednesday, I saw Janina Erban, whose nearby cat refuge, Paraiso Felino, now holds 300 felines.
STERILIZATIONS IN SAN JUAN DE ABAJO, NAYARIT - SEPTEMBER 25-28:
Male Dogs - 16; Female Dogs - 57; Male Cats - 21;
Female Cats - 56 TOTAL: 150!
PLUS pregnancies terminated for 1 cat with 5 fetuses; 2 cats with 4 fetuses each; 1 cat with 3 fetuses
|PRIMEROS LLEGADOS - SAN JUAN DE ABAJO - AMONG FIRST TO ARRIVE|
|CLÍNICA EN SAN JUAN DE ABAJO, NAYARIT|
|BOSQUES DEL PROGRESO|
In Spanish, the name means "Woods of Progress." The colonia is about a 30-minute drive northeast from central Vallarta and although there are no woods, there are some trees.
|EL EX- BASURERO EN BASURERO- PEGADO A COLONIA BOSQUES DEL PROGRESO. THE FORMER CITY DUMP IMMEDIATELY ADJACENT TO COLONIA BOSQUES DEL PROGRESO.|
|CALLE GARDENIA - BOSQUES DEL PROGRESO|
|BOSQUES DEL PROGRESO|
The clinic in Bosques del Progreso was held two blocks away from the former city dump in a downstairs front empty room of someone's home on Gardenia street. There are dogs everywhere on the streets here and in Basurero, and many root for something to eat in piles of garbage and trash. I saw a pretty brown and white recent mama dog with an enormous malignant venereal tumor.
|PERRA CON TVT VIVIENDO ABAJO DE UN COCHE EN BOSQUES DEL PROGRESO|
STERILIZATIONS AT CLINIC IN BOSQUES DEL PROGRESO OCTOBER 4-7:
Female dogs- 49; Male dogs - 19; Female cats - 35; Male cats - 15
PLUS pregnancies terminated for 2 dogs with 3 fetuses each; 1 cat with 3 fetuses; 2 cats with 4 fetuses each
17 ANIMALS NOT BORN TO SUFFER
|CLÍNICA EN COLONIA BOSQUES DEL PROGRESO|
DONATIONS AT COLONIA BOSQUES DEL PROGRESO:
|PERRA DE LA CALLE NOMBRADO "VECINA." TIENE UN TUMOR MALIGNO (TVT=TUMOR TRANSMISIBLE VENEREA) Y OJALÁ QUE PODAMOS SALVARLA. COLONIA BOSQUES DEL PROGRESO|
DONATIONS TO PEACEANIMALS:
GreaterGood - $85 USD (April 1-June 30)
Michael Turner - $50 USD (monthly)
The Fit Club - 4 dozen used hand towels (shared with the Centro de Acopio)
$ 5,000 USD- Marchig Animal Welfare Trust (Scotland)
$ 5,000 USD - Fondation Marchig
PEACEANIMALS EDUCATION PROGRAM: Due to the driving distance of one hour from Vallarta to San Juan de Abajo in Nayarit, no school presentations were made on Tuesday, September 27th.
|TEENAGER WHO BROUGHT HIS TWO CATS TO CLINIC IN SAN JUAN DE ABAJO, NAYARIT. TRAJO SUS 2 GATOS PARA ESTERILIZAR A LA CLÍNICA EN SAN JUAN DE ABAJO Y RECIBIÓ UNA PLAYERA.|
On Tuesday, October 3rd, education director, Leslie Caratachea, presented to 30 students at the Secundaria Foranea #56 school in colonia Progreso.
The mission of PEACEAnimals is to end the future suffering of cats and dogs. The most efficient way to do this is via a massive, free spay/neuter clinic. In 2016, PEACEAnimals sterilized 5,403 cats and dogs.
|REGISTRANDO MASCOTAS- SAN JUAN DE ABAJO - REGISTERING PETS|
FOR INFORMATION ON VOLUNTEERING:
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.
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.
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.
505 N Tomahawk Is Dr Portland, OR 97217
503 285 4007
Gretchen DeWitt – President – Board of Directors
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.
PARA FOTOS,/NOMBRES Y INFORMACIÓN DE LOS PERROS EN EL CENTRO DE ACOPIO QUE NECESITAN HOGARES:
PARA REPORTAR ABUSO A LOS ANIMALES- LLAME A LA POLICA - 911 - Y PIDA LA PATROLLA VERDE o al centro de acopio 293 3690
LINEA DESIGNADA PARA DIRECIÓNES Y COMO LLEGAR (EN ESPAÑOL) A LAS CLÍNICAS CADA SEMANA: (322) 113 3955
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