Sunday, November 19, 2017

FIRST WHALES!



November 12th was a perfect panga Sunday.   The water temperature is still 84 degrees and remains a clear Mediterranean blue.  Motoring out an hour into the bay, we thought the two motionless dolphins we saw were dead, but they were resting horizontally on the surface of the water and made dives as we approached.   Dolphins do rest and sleep, and are able to use only half their brain while sleeping.  They would suffocate if not fully conscious.  
BALLENAS - BAHÍA DE BANDERAS - 12 DE NOVIEMBRE

Soon after seeing the dolphins, there was a shout from our captain...  "Ballena!"  In the distance was the instantly recognizable large, pale spout of a whale, whose unused oxygen was meeting cooler air. Our captain cut the engine.  Two humpback whales came closer to us,  not more than 50 meters from the panga.  They lingered for several minutes, during which time they made a couple of shallow dives, surfacing with great, exhaled WHOOOSHES of oxygen. The humpbacks lingered peacefully for several minutes,  until a speeding water taxi filled with passengers headed in our direction.   With the last dive, the whales disappeared, leaving  fluke prints - dark circles of swirling water - where they had been.

For an interesting article:   https://www.wired.com/2009/06/whalepeople/

December 1st is the official opening of whale watching season,  when humpbacks arrive in Puerto Vallarta to birth and to breed.  Heat and humidity have fiercely lingered the first two weeks of November.  Temperatures remain at approximately 90 degrees fahrenheit, but humidity has dropped from 85% to 68%.  Weather should be perfect in two more weeks.


After seeing more dolphins - and they came very close to the panga - we stopped at a very small cove I had never seen before.  The water was very clear and a beautiful blue-green, with many different kinds of tropical fish.  After snorkeling next to jungle-covered sand-colored stone cliffs, we headed back to Boca, where we bought delicious fresh ceviche to take home for lunch.  
BEAUTIFUL SMALL COVE SOUTH OF QUIMIXTO

VOLCANES  ("Volcanos") - The source of the name for this municipality of Puerto Vallarta is a mystery, as there are no nearby volcanos. 
A forty-minute drive northeast from centro has its beginning on cobbled roads, then paved, cobbled again, up a dirt road called "Monte Everest" and a dusty finale at an empty blue and white one-story cement building on calle "Nevada Toluca."  More mystery - the word "nevada" in Spanish means "snowy," and Toluca is the name of the capitol of the state of México.  High in altitude, the colonial city of Toluca does have a winter view of a snowy, extinct volcano named "Nevado de Toluca."   

TOLUCA -  EL CAPITOLIO DEL ESTADO DE MÉXICO - LA CALLE ("NEVADA DE TOLUCA")  DONDE TUVIMOS LA CLÍNICA EN VOLCANES ESTÁ NOMBRADA POR ESTA CIUDAD COLONIAL


Volcanes has a very good school with a community education program supported by private donations.  This municipality of Puerto Vallarta is poor,  and although above sea level, will never see snow nor ash from a volcano.
VOLCANES


It seemed such a short time ago that PEACEAnimals had held a clinic in Volcanes, but it had been seven months. The clinic took place in the same empty blue and white cement building intersecting two rubbled, dirt roads.  This is a very rural area and there are no "blocks" here. 
LUGAR PARA LA CLÍNICA EN VOLCANES

When I arrived at 8:30 on Wednesday morning, there were only two animals at the clinic - a tan and white cat and the tan and white TVT Pit Bull for its fourth and next-to-last treatment of chemo.  The malignant tumor on his testicles, which had been enormous, have shrunk to what looks like a red blister, smaller than a dime in size.  Dr. Poli, who came to work even though he had dengue, neutered the dog.  

DUEÑA DEL PERRO CON TVT- PARA SU CUARTO TRATAMIENTO DE QUIMO Y ESTERILIZACIÓN - VOLCANES


Because only six animals had been brought in by 9 AM, I took a walk looking for more.  A woman standing at the top of an outdoor wooden staircase with a brown and white female Pit Bull declined to let me take her dog for spaying.  
EL JOVEN ARANAÑZAO POR SU GATA QUE ESCAPÓ.  LE PRESTAMOS UNA HAULA PARA REGREAR CON ELLA.  KENNEL LOANED TO THE BOY WHOSE CAT ESCAPED.  VOLCANES
A young, teen-age boy showed me scratches on his arms from his cat that he had tried to bring to us.  I loaned him one of our kennels and he promised to come back with the cat in it.  A couple in a very humble home followed me back to the clinic with a female puppy named "Flaca"  ("Skinny") that they had found in the trash, plus their six-year old large, brown female dog, that they said was a "virgin."



STERILIZATIONS AT VOLCANES:

CLÍNICA EN VOLCANES

Male cats -7 ;Female cats -14; Male dogs - 13; Female dogs -26
TOTAL:  60 (low number indicates low response, not a shortage of animals).

PLUS:  Pregnancy terminated for 1 cat with 4 fetuses

DONATIONS AT VOLCANES CLINIC: 610 pesos

PETS FOR LIFE - ISLA CUALE CLINIC -  On the first Sunday of November,  four vets sterilized 101 cats and dogs.  Thirty-five pet owners were turned away.  Some went to the government-sponsored free clinics operating that week in Pitillal.  Pets for Life is the vet team (3 vets and 1 vet tech) with which PEACEAnimals has a work agreement.

PRIMERA LLEGADA ESPERANDO ESTERILIZACIÓN - VOLCANES - FIRST TO ARRIVE.

TOMATLÁN ("PLACE OF TOMATOES"), CABO CORRIENTES ("CAPE CURRENTS")


It is a two-hour drive south, inland from the coast, and a place I´ve never seen before.  Frank Ohly, star volunteer, made the trip, sent photos and said Tomatlán was a "well-laid out, pretty, very Mexican town with great people."  The local government paid for the vet team to stay at a clean, very basic hotel near the clinic.  

TOMATLÁN, CABO CORRIENTES

The clinic took place in a large, community center, complete with basketball court.  On Wednesday, our first day clinic day and normally the slowest, fifty-five cats and dogs were sterilized.  After half-day Saturday, two hundred and fourteen cats and dogs had been sterilized - and many turned away.  This is a record for PEACEAnimals and a testimony not only to the need and acceptance of free spay/neuter clinics, but to the excellence of our vet team. 
HOGAR - CENTRO DE COMUNIDAD - PARA LA CLÍNICA EN TOMATLÁN


STERILIZATIONS AT THE CLINIC IN TOMATLÁN, CABO CORRIENTES - NOVEMBER 15-18 = 214!!!!!

(Breakdown not yet received and will be included in next blog).
CLÍNICA EN TOMATLÁN - PERRITA DESPUÉS DE CIRUGÍA - SMALL DOG AFTER SURGERY.

DONATIONS AT CLINIC IN TOMATLÁN,  CABO CORRIENTES:  Financials not yet received and will be noted in next blog.

Three meals daily for the vet team from Angélica González,  a loving lady that makes and sell piñatas.

ANGÉLICA GONZÁLEZ DONÓ 3 COMIDAS DIARO AL EQUIPO EN  TOMATLÁN
 (FOTO - JORGE Y DR. ANTHONY)
ANGÉLICA GONZÁLEZ - QUIÉN HACE Y VENDE PIÑATAS


THE CLINIC IN TOMATLÁN WAS MADE POSSIBLE BY A GENEROUS GRANT FROM THE FONDATION MARCHIG.   www.marchigtrust.org

The Marchig Animal Welfare Trust was established in 1989 by the late
Madame Jeanne Marchig of Geneva, because of her deep concern for nature and
animals and in memory of her husband, the painter Giannino Marchig.
The objects of the Trust are to protect animals and to promote and encourage practical work in preventing animal cruelty and the relief of animal suffering.

(Two grants were given - $5, 000 USD from the Marchig Animal Welfare Trust, headquartered in Scotland and $5,000 USD from the Fondation Marchig, headquartered in Switzerland. This is the fifth clinic @$1,800 USD sponsored by Marchig).

DONATIONS TO PEACEANIMALS: 


AMAZONSMILE - $75.61 - From percentages of purchases made between July 1 and September 30, 2017.  (To raise funds for PEACEAnimals when you shop on Amazon:   https://smile.amazon.com/ch/47-4752247) 

Steve Stowell - 4,500 pesos.  Processed through Banderas Bay Charities, Inc., the umbrella 501 (c)(3) for PEACEAnimals.   these funds are earmarked for an Isla Cuale clinic in January. 
"BAMBU" - ADOPTADO EN LA ISLA  POR STEVE STOWELL
This donation will pay for the sterilization of 30 cats and dogs. Steve, who has homes in Chicago and Puerto Vallarta, has adopted three cats from the island.  He has cared for and found homes for many cats from the Isla Cuale and will be here for his sponsored clinic.




GATOS ESPERANDO ESTERILIZACIÓN - TOMATLÁN

NOTE:  Sterilization cost per cat or dog for PEACEAnimals is approximately $11.35 USD.  Monthly donations in any amount from animal lovers will be a big help to the clinics.  Automatic bank payments are easy to set up via the internet.  Monthly checks also appreciated.  Please consider.


NO SE PODÍA DECIR SI ERA CALLEJERO Y TENÍA DUEÑO.  BUSCANDO COMIDA.   IMPOSSIBLE TO TELL IF HOMELESS OR HAD OWNER -  SEARCHING FOR FOOD - VOLCANES



PEACEANIMALS EDUCATION PROGRAM:  

Leslie Caratachea, director, was ill two weeks ago and unable make a presentation in Volcanes.

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.
ESTUDIANTES DE VOLCANES


FOR PHOTOS/NAMES OF RESCUED DOGS THAT NEED HOMES, THE ACOPIO HAS A CURRENT ROSTER THAT INCLUDES PHOTOS, NAMES DESCRIPTIONS.

PARA FOTOS,/NOMBRES Y INFORMACIÓN DE LOS PERROS EN EL CENTRO DE ACOPIO QUE NECESITAN HOGARES:

POBRESA Y BELLEZA - VOLCANES - POVERTY AND BEAUTY





RAISING FUNDS AND VISIBILITY:  Three hundred PEACEAnimals blue mesh shopping/beach bags with,extra-long straps are now available. The PEACEAnimals logo and website are on one side and the familiar mermaid on the other.  Bags are 200 pesos each and  can be purchased at:
BOLSAS DE PEACEANIMALS EN VENTA

Lucy´s CuCu Cabana -295 Basilio Badillo (AFTER OCTOBER 25TH)

Choco Museo - Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez 128 in centro (across from the malecón)

Galeria Uno - 561 Morelos

Colleción la Bohemia  -  Constitución and Basilio Badillo

Cork & Bottle - Los Mercados - Aquiles Serdan 265

Charlie's Sport Fishing and Tours- Local 8B -Marina Vallarta

Galeria Dante - 269 Basilio Badillo 

La Cruz Inn - at the plaza in la Cruz, Nayarit

Macaria- Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez 129, between Morelos and the malecón.   

Puerto Vallarta Botanical Gardens (gift shop)

Salon Divas-  Melchor Ocampo 51 - Bucerias
VOLUNTARIA CHECANDO SIGNALES VITALES DESPUÉS DE CIRUGÍA - TOMATLÁN - CHECKING VITAL SIGNS AFTER SURGERY


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, long on to www.amazonsmile.com and type in Banderas Bay Charities, Inc. (PEACEAnimals receives all of these donations).
REGISTRANDO MASCOTAS - TOMATLÁN - REGISTERING PETS


Troy Valens -  Owner of Sea Monkey and Cheeky Monkey restaurants - $10  USD gift certificates to Sea Monkey and Cheeky Monkey for "sharing" AmazonSmile post.



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:  http://bit.ly/1cWY0lP


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.  


CLÍNICA EN TOMATLÁN


CLÍNICA EN TOMATLÁN


SCHEDULE/HORARIO:


November 22-25 - San Vicente, Nayarit - Calle principal Lázaro Cárdenas #70 Entre la calle sor juana ines de la cruz A la salida de san vicente  Referencia... Junto casa de empeño el cerrito.

November 29-December 2 - La Peñita, Nayarit - Pets for Life 

December 6-9 - San Pancho, Nayarit - Pets for Life

December 13-16 - Bucerias, Nayarit- in the Bi-lingual Center - Pets for Life

VACACIÓNES/CHRISTMAS VACATION

January 3-6 - TBA
January
February
February 14-17 - el Tuito


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

EARLY - FIRST DAY OF CLINIC IN TOMATLÁN - TEMPRANO EN LA MAÑANA- PRIMER DÍA DE LA CLÍNICA EN TOMATLÁN - 55 Y PERROS Y GATOS ESTERILIZADOS ESTE PRIMER DÍA.


TO REPORT ANIMAL ABUSE, CALL THE CENTRO DE ACOPIO - 322-223-3690 OR THE POLICE - 911 -  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


   PETS FOR LIFE ISLA CUALE CLINICS:

 Beginning in February, an anonymous donor is sponsoring the sterilization of 30 animals every month for 12 months. The very generous donation of $3,250 USD will pay for the spay/neuter of 360 cats and dogs.  The clinics take place in the cultural center on the first Sunday of every month.  Registration is at 7:30 AM.  The island is overrun with cats and kittens.

LOCATIONS NEEDED FOR CLINICS.  REQUIRED:  WATER, ELECTRICITY, BATHROOM AND PARKING AVAILABILITY.

CACHORRITA RECOGIDA EN LA BASURA, ADOPTADA Y ESTERILIZADA EN LA CLÍNICA EN VOLCANES



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.
CLÍNICA EN TOMATLÁN


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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DR. PACHECO Y FRANK OHLY, VOLUNTARIO - VOLCANES



Clinic schedule, including directions and other clinic information are always on website:  www.peaceanimals.org,  on this blog and on the PEACEAnimals FaceBook page.

CLÍNICA EN VOLCANES - NO QUERÍA OPERARLO PERO SE CAMBIO ESTE IDEA - VOLCANES





Please "like" PEACEAnimals on FaceBook.

CLÍNICA EN TOMATLÁN



LUNCH DONATIONS NEEDED FOR VET TEAM.



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 clinic supplies.




VOLUNTARIA LINDA STEWART REGISTRANDO UNA MASCOTA - VOLCANES

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS AT THE CLINICS.  We are almost always short on volunteers.  Please contact Leslie Caratachea via FB or infopeaceanimals@gmail.com - or just drop by.  

FOR INFORMATION ON VOLUNTEERING: 
 http://www.peaceanimals.org/volunteer_1/volunteer_duties



CLÍNICA EN VOLCANES
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. 

CLÍNICA EN TOMATLAN


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.


A 6 AÑOS - SU DUEÑO LA LLEVÓ A LA CLÍNICA EN VOLCANES



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.


BARCO LLEGANDO A VALLARTA EN LA MAÑANITA

FOR THOSE OBSERVING THANKSGIVING... WISHING YOU A VERY HAPPY AND FESTIVE ONE,  SURROUNDED BY FAMILY AND PEOPLE YOU LOVE AND BY BEAUTY.


Gretchen DeWitt – President – Board of Directors
gretchen@peaceanimals.org
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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.

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.

http://www.peaceanimals.org/espa_ol/protocolo_para_voluntarios

GRACIAS POR SU INTERÉS Y SU APOYO.


Gretchen DeWitt – Presidente de la mesa directiva
gretchen@peaceanimals.org




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