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Vallarta Needs New Free Mobile Spay/Neuter Program

April 4, 2013

Unless 80% of a local pet population is sterilized, there is an overpopulation of unwanted pets. Last year, PEACE Mexico clinics sterilized more than 4,000 cats and dogs in the Bay of Banderas area.

Punta de Mita, Mexico - The current PEACE Mexico is in the process of being liquidated. A group of long-time donors in the Punta de Mita area have set up a new and legally separate Peace Punta de Mita, A.C. Five full-time and two part-time staff members of the current PEACE have been hired by the new A.C., which will operate exclusively in the area of Punta de Mita.

The "Ayuda a los Animales" free mobile spay/neuter program is one of the programs that will not be continued by Peace Punta de Mita. There is an urgent need for those who care about animal welfare to set up a new free mobile spay/neuter A.C. to serve Puerto Vallarta and the surrounding area.

The excellent clinic staff of four of the current PEACE Mexico is available to continue their work for a new A.C. Matt Messner and Neil Sechan have made the first pledge of a $5,000 matching grant towards helping the clinics continue. Funding for Ayuda a los Animales clinics runs out at the end of April, 2013.

Last year, PEACE Mexico clinics sterilized more than 4,000 cats and dogs in the Bay of Banderas area and beyond. The animals are treated for ticks, fleas, parasites and mange and occasionally euthanized due to severe injuries or disease. Unless 80% of a local pet population is sterilized, there is an overpopulation of unwanted pets. Only a very small percentage of cats in dogs in Mexico are sterilized.

One morning this week on my way to yoga, a very low-to-the-ground brindle dog heavy with pregnancy, teats swaying, ran panting down the street. There are very few days that I donīt see a pregnant or nursing dog or hear about puppies or kittens discarded. There are literally thousands of homeless cats and dogs in Puerto Vallarta.

They get hit by vehicles, rip up garbage bags at collection sites in their search for food, starve, and contact and spread disease. And they breed. For humans, neighborhoods where animals have been sterilized means that they live in cleaner, healthier, safer and less sad places.

Each four-day surgery week costs the clinics approximately $2,400 USD in salaries, supplies and miscellaneous costs, i.e., gasoline, etc. Cost per animal, if 80 animals a week are sterilized, is approximately $30 USD.

Please consider donating now in any amount. If 1,000 people donate $100 USD, the clinics can continue for another year. If 50 vet clinics donate $2,000 annually, clinics could operate 48 weeks a year every year. Free spay/neuter clinics are critical.

PEACE (USA) is now accepting donations for the free spay/neuter clinics.

Checks made out to PEACE, which has 501 (c) (3) status, can be mailed c/o Amy Welch - 505 N. Tomahawk Is.Dr., Portland, Ore. 97217

How to donate by check, PayPal, or credit card for the US foundation can be found online at

For Canadian donations - Canadian Children's Shelter of Hope Foundation. Credit cards are accepted on their website through CanadaHelps or send a check. Information is on their website at

In Mexico, donations are being accepted by the National Protection of Animals.

All donations should be earmarked for "spay/neuter" clinics. All donations are tax-deductible. Once funds are collected, a new AC with a new name and new board will be created and registered and a clinic director and staff will be hired.