The heat and humidity had broken mid-November, two weeks later than usual. In early December and on schedule, el Niño ( "the son" in Spanish, named after the Christ child), brought Vallarta a couple of days of greening rains. El Niño, caused by the warming coastal surface water, often occurs around Christmastime, hence its name.
In preparation for Christmas, Juarez street (where the "pilgrimages" take place the first 12 days of Christmas) was strung with colorful, oversize piñatas with shiny, silver tinsel streamers, and glittering, golden tinsel bells. Posadas, which probably originated in Mexico, take place from December 16th to the 24th. The word "posada" in Spanish means "inn" or "shelter." The nine nights leading up to Christmas supposedly represent either the nine months Jesus spent in Mary´s womb or the nine days it took Mary and Joseph to travel from Nazareth to Bethlehem.
Candle-holding participants of posadas go from door to door singing the special song asking for shelter, "La Canción Para Pedir Posada," with a sung response from the family within the home. In Vallarta, which is a tourist town, not a traditional one, posadas are by invitation to friends and family. Once the door has opened to the petitioners, dinner is served, which is often tamales accompanied by hot drinks of ponche (fruit - apple, guayaba, raisins, sugar cane)
We were invited to just one posada, where we enjoyed a traditional dinner and gathered afterwards in the garden for the breaking of three piñatas. As the excited children smashed the pottery and paper to bits, they were surprised that no candies had fallen out. Our laughing hostess had forgotten to stuff the piñatas.
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Christmas vacations for Mexicans and northerners ended on January 8th. The town and beaches have been crammed with locals and visitors, and hotels have been at 100% capacity.
MANN MADE MÉXICO - With her connoisseur´s great eye and design talent, Louise Mann offers an eclectic collection of wonderful things, all handmade by Mexican artisans. Guadalupe Sanchez #672 (near corner of calle Abasolo and a block south of Café des Artistes)
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RO´WO GALERIA - Small boutique filled with beautiful and unusual antique and contemporary fashion and home accessories - all handmade. Hidalgo 424, a few blocks north of the church of Our Lady of Guadalupe
These three very appealing, high-quality shops are located in Centro, within easy walking blocks of each other.
STERILIZATIONS AT BARRIO SANTA MARÍA January 3-6
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Male dogs - 16; Female dogs - 56; Male cats - 22; Female cats - 41
PLUS pregnancy terminated for 1 cat with 3 fetuses
DONATIONS AT BARRIO SANTA MARÍA: 1,810 PESOS
Three days of lunches for vet team - Silvia Alvarez
SUNDAY ISLA CUALE CLINIC ON JANARY 7TH.
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At 7:30 in the morning, I went with my visiting eight year-old granddaughter, Gipsy, to find a tame black and white abandoned kitten living under a car across the street from DavannaYoga. Anna Laurita, owner and instructor, has been feeding it there. The kitten ran to us when called and off we went to the island clinic. There is a potential home waiting for it by a fellow yogi.
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Thirty minutes later, there was already a long line or people waiting to register their pets at the isla Cuale clinic. A very pretty young Mexican woman had brought in a gorgeous long-haired, multi-colored female cat that lives on her street. The rescuer wept with relief and joy when Jill Goldstein, President and Founder of Pause 4 Paws, agreed to take the cat back with her to the U.S. for adoption.
This Pets for Life clinic on the isla Cuale was partially underwritten ($250 USD pays for the sterilization of 30 animals) by Steve Stowell. Photo below.
DONATIONS TO PEACEANIMALS:
Vallarta Adventures- 20,000 pesos worth of medical supplies for November and December (monthly donation of 10,000 pesos worth of vet supplies November-May).
Anonymous - $10,000 USD
Michael Turner - $25 USD (monthly)
Nicole Beaupre - Large used dog kennel
Pam and Steve Lock - $100 USD
Pixie Project - 3 boxes of surgical instruments; 40 dog bowls; countless rags; gowns; sterile pads; elastic tape; syringes (brought to Vallarta by PEACEAnimals treasurer/advisory board member, Amy Welch)
Connie Fario- $300 CA
Vicky Boyd - $50 USD
David Kiebler - $100 USD
Michael Turner - $50 USD (monthly)
Jane and Bob Walker - $50 USD - in honor of Liz and Dave Kiebler
Trisha Aljoe - $7,000 USD (over and above annual PEACEAnimals board dues)
Friends of Homeless Animals, Inc. - $11,000 USD
A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR! This January is our strongest financial position since the founding of PEACEAnimals in May, 2013. Thank you to all who have these clinics these clinics possible for 4 1/2 years. We are all very happy and grateful to be able to continue our work.
PEACEAnimals sterilized 5,357 cats and dogs in 2017.
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FOR INFORMATION ON VOLUNTEERING:
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
THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS SPONSORS:
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