Sunday, May 21, 2017

SWIMMING WITH MANTAS







MANTA EN LA BAHÍA DE BANDERAS -   PHOTO  TAKEN FROM  PANGA .


MANTA.  The word in Spanish and Portuguese means "mantle," as in "cloak" or "blanket."  The name was not given to the manta ray because of its looks, it was named for a type of blanket-shaped trap traditionally used to catch manta rays.  Evolved from the bottom-dwelling sting ray,  the manta developed wing-like pectoral fins, which enable it to glide gracefully through the water.  Like dolphins and whales, mantas breach, and scientists are not in agreement as to why.   Their period of gestation is an estimated  12-13 months, usually producing only one pup,  sometimes two.  Their slow reproduction rate, combined with threats of pollution, over fishing and harvested for their gill rakers for use in Chinese medicine, may doom the mantas, the most intelligent of all fish, to extinction.
SWIMMING WITH DOLPHINS.  NADANDO CON MANTAS.
On Sunday morning, which has become a Boca de Tomatlán panga day for a small group of friends, we headed due west.  We had only been out in the Bay for about 10 minutes before seeing a small, solitary dolphin breaching repeatedly, displaying its completely white underside.  Karla, owner of Boca Divers, explained that young dolphins begin to explore the bay on their own, but return to their pod.  Not far away from the dolphin was a leatherback sea turtle that had just surfaced for air. Further away from shore, terns, booby birds and pelicans skimmed the surface of the water before diving in for fish.  It was there that we saw three or dolphins feeding, as if that part of the bay were a dining area. Later in the morning, mantas!  Big mantas. The tallest man on the boat swam directly over the largest manta, stretching his arms out wide to estimate length from tip to tip of the pectoral fins - 12-13 feet.

Returning to Boca, we stopped for a second swim close to the rocky shore, which feels different than swimming far away from it.  Someone´s palapa home set back on the sand sits under a giant tree, where we could hear the lively chatter of parrots. Two more dolphins appeared, more mantas swam close to the panga, sea birds flew above in the bluest of skies .. and surrounded by life and beauty... away from cars and buildings... we ate fresh ceviche and were glad for this day.
MEXICAN "SNOW" -NIEVE DE MÉXICO


COMIENDO CEVICHE
COMPRANDO MÁS CEVICHE DESPUÉS DEL DÍA EN LA BAHÍA.  BUYING MORE CEVICHE BACK IN  BOCA TO TAKE HOME.



FOR VIDEO OF MANTAS SWIMMING IN HAWAII:  https://www.facebook.com/boca.divers/posts/1468825369805728

CORRECTION:  Karla de la Pena, owner of Boca Divers, was a co-founder of AyudaMutt, not the founder, as reported in last week´s blog. Elizabeth Kress Reeder was the other co-founder, but is no longer involved.

To see Karla´s good 3-minute video of our May 7th dolphin super pod day in the Bay of Banderas:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVe7fokaoMA&feature=youtu.be


PARQUE PRINCIPAL - IXTAPA

IXTAPA is a municipality of Puerto Vallarta and is an approximate 40- minute drive northeast from centro. Off of highway 200 at Home Depot, one heads up the tree-lined las palmas road,  passing the Mormon church and the large,  cement walled prison before arriving at the "Ixtapa" sign.  A church with a lovely, faded tile dome, a park with a painted white bandstand accompanied by painted white iron benches, plus a playground,  are in the center of Ixtapa.  It´s a dusty municipality that needs many more trees for shade and for beauty.  The clinic took place next to the delegación (town hall) in a long,  empty cement building adjoining a small lot with clothes hanging out to dry.  On our first day, 40 animals were sterilized.
DR.ANTHONY - CLÍNICA EN IXTAPA A UN LADO DE LA DELEGACIÓN


I took the Cheeky Monkey lunches and a new supply of the PEACEAnimals educational coloring books to the clinic on Thursday.  Fifty animals had been registered, thirteen of which were dogs that had been brought down in a red truck from a neighboring village by a small group of friends.  One of those dogs, a small white female, had experienced vaginal bleeding and was immediately diagnosed as having TVT - transmissible venereal tumor.  Her owner, a short, very brown-skinned woman wearing a pink blouse began to weep when I told her PEACEAnimals has an SOS fund for dogs,  and that she had saved hers by bringing it to the clinic. The director of the delegación is an attractive and energetic woman who wears bright red lipstick and her long,  glossy black hair in a pony tail.  She told me she would make the arrangements for the white TVT dog to get to Dr. Poli.  Discounted (50%) cost for 5 weeks of chemo treatments is 1,000 pesos and will be paid out of the Laila SOS fund.

ADOPTIONS AT CLINIC:  One tiny,  white male kitten found in a trash can Thursday morning that was brought to the clinic for neutering.  The owner of the TVT dog adopted it.

STERILIZATIONS AT IXTAPA CLINIC:  Female dogs - 54 ; Male dogs -24; Female cats -57 ; Male cats -27

TOTAL:162!!! 

PLUS  pregnancy terminated for one cat with 4 fetuses

DESPUÉS DE ESTERILIZACIÓN - IXTAPA - GOING HOME

DONATIONS AT IXTAPA CLINIC: 820 PESOS

Troy Valens -Wednesday lunch for the team and volunteers from his restaurant Sea Monkey
Troy Valens - Thursday lunch for the team and volunteers from his restaurant Cheeky Monkey

DONATIONS TO PEACEANIMALS: None this week.


EDUCATION PROGRAM: As Leslie was celebrating her birthday on Tuesday, she made the school presentation to 112 students  on Monday, May 16th in Ixtapa at the Secondaría (junior high) School #56 to 112 students.

ESTUDIANTE DE LA ESCUELA SECONDARIA RECIBIÓ UNA PLAYERA PARA HABER TRAÍDO SU MASCOTA A LA CLÍNICA EN IXTAPA


VOLUNTEERING:  We have just posted a list of duties and descriptions of volunteer work on our website.  Thank you to our star volunteer, Frank Ohly, for providing almost all of this information.  Thank you to board member, Ofelia Osuna McHugh, for translating.  Please take a look if you are considering clinic volunteer work for PEACEAnimals:

http://www.peaceanimals.org/volunteer_1/volunteer_duties

GATOS EN LA CLÍNICA DE IXTAPA.   ¡ POR ESO NECESITAMOS VOLUNTARIOS!  CONGA LINE OF CATS.   THIS IS WHY WE NEED MORE VOLUNTEERS - PLEASE!


ANIMAL PROTECTION LAWS:   The second paragraph advises that for an act of cruelty to animals there is a fine of 24,000 pesos, jail for 36 hours, community work for 30 days or up to 3 years in jail. Call 911 to report animal cruelty.   (This law applies to the entire state of Jalisco, not just Puerto Vallarta).




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:

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

Galeria Uno - 561 Morelos

Colleción la Bohemia at Constitución and Basilio

Cork&Bottle - Los Mercados - Aquiles Serdan 265

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

Galeria Dante - 269 Basilio Badillo 

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


CLÍNICA EN XTAPA



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).


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



ESPERANDO SUS MASCOTAS DESPUÉS DE ESTERILIZACIÓN - IXTAPA - WAITING FOR PETS TO COME OUT OF SURGERY.
RECUPERATING AFTER SPAY/NEUTER.  RECUPERANDO DESPUÉS DE ESTERILIZACIÓN.  TWINE "LEASHES"  WERE ALL REPLACED WITH THE DONATED PEACEANIMALS COLLAR7LEASH..



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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.  

SCHEDULE/HORARIO:



May 24-27 - colonia Volcanes - en la escuela primaria 

May 31-June 3 - colonia Linda Vista- DIRECTIONS tba


DR. JESÚS PACHECO - CLÍNICA EN IXTAPA



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

IXTAPA - GATITO ENCONTRADO EN LA BASURA JUEVES, LLEVADO A LA CLÍNICA Y ADOPTADO POR LA SEÑORA QUIÉN ES DUEÑA DE LA PERRA CON TVT.   KITTEN FOUND IN TRASH CAN IN IXTAPA THURSDAY MORNING, NEUTERED AND ADOPTED.





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.  (As SPCAPV paid for 100% of the April clinic, the anonymous donor´s donation for 10 clinics of 30 animals each will include November).    





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




CLÍNICA EN IXTAPA - ATRÁS DE LA PLAZA PRINCIPAL





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 IXTAPA - ESPERANDO 12 MÁS PERROS DESPUÉS DE SU CIRUGÍA - WAITING FOR 12 MORE DOGS





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.



DIRECTORA DE LA DELEGACIÓN MIRANDO AL GRUPO PONIENDO 13 PERROS EN LA CAMIONETA


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.

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. 

DELICIOUS (?!)CRICKERS FOR SALE ON THE STREET.  DELICIOSOS ( ¿?¡!) GRILLOS PARA COMER


WE NEED VOLUNTEERS AT THE CLINICS.  We are almost ALWAYS SHORT on volunteers!!!  Having people help with registrations, carrying pets from surgery tables to recovery tables, monitoring vital signs, returning pets to owners with certificates of sterilization/care instructions , plus clean-ups give the vet team more time for surgeries.  And... this is an interesting way to see different colonias and ranch areas in and around Vallarta.    Please sign up:  Leslie Caratachea via FB or infopeaceanimals@gmail.com - or simply drop by and spend as much time as you like.

                                         
IXTAPA - PERRA CON TVT DORMIDA DESPUÉS DE SUS ESTERILIZACIÓN.  VA ESTAR EN TRATAMIENTO DE QUIMOTERAPÍA.  FEMALE DOG WITH TVT RECOVERING FROM ANESTHESIA AFTER BEING SPAYED.




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.




CLÍNICA EN IXTAPA


                          

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.



IXTAPA - DR. PACHECO, DR. POLI Y DR. ANTHONY



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:


































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

¡¡¡¡¡  POR FAVOR!!!!!!  NECESITAMOS VOLUNTARIOS, ASÍ HAY MAS TIEMPO PARA LOS VETERINARIOS ESTERILIZAR A LOS ANIMALITOS.  AYUDA, POR FAVOR.

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