Get Your Last Minute Christmas Stocking Stuffers from SPCA-PV
Janice Gonzalez - SPCA-PV

December 21, 2016

Doing any last minute shopping? Stop by our table at the Old Town Farmers Market on Saturday (yes, we'll be there on Christmas Eve) and pick up our 2017 SPCA calendar. Everyone loves them and each month features cherished companion animals of friends in town. Just 250 pesos! We have also started selling liver treats, which we make, so you can pick up a Christmas gift that your dog will love.

Another way to spread the love is to sponsor one of our special rescues. You can even donate as a gift to a loved one and we will send a certificate for you to put in their stocking.

Another act of charity you might consider is volunteering at the monthly free spay/neuter clinics held on Isla Cuale. They are always the first Sunday of the month. If you have some free time and would like to help us with this worthy cause, contact us at for more information.

We always have a need for sheets and towels for our rescues at our sanctuary. Thanks to Luz Wong, she has made arrangements with a local lavanderia (laundry) to drop off your donations. Thanks so much to Elsa and Luz for making this possible. Check out Lavanderia Elsa located at Olas Altas 385.  Optionally, we also have a basket set up at our booth in the Farmers Market each Saturday and would appreciate your stopping by to say hello and drop off an old towel or two!

To see our animals available for adoption, visit our SPCA-PV Facebook page.  Go to Photos where you will also find individual Albums for all the animals available as well as a bit of their history.

We have a number of felines of all ages looking for their forever homes. So if you are looking for a kitten, a young feline or a mature cat, please contact us via email at

Come and spend a rewarding afternoon cuddling the animals at Puerto Vallarta’s SPCA Sanctuary. Our dogs and cats are awaiting “forever homes” and your help is needed to jump start their socialization. The goal is to get these animals adjusted and ready to interact in the real world. The majority of the SPCA animals either come from extremely abusive situations or they have been abandoned. Your love and attention can make up for that sad history. During your visit, you can interact with the animals and even take a dog (or two or three) for a walk. You can also play with the animals.

Are you ready to get involved? Pack your bag for an amazing afternoon at the SPCA! Please bring water and any treats you might enjoy during your visit. Sharing food with the animals is prohibited. We encourage you to bring your camera. Take as many photos as you like, and share them with us and your social media community. Your photos and videos can help these dogs and cats find their forever homes with people who will treat them with the love and care they deserve.

Tours to the sanctuary are by reservation only and space is limited. To make a reservation, contact us at We appreciate any donations you care to bring and please feel free to bring treats for sanctuary staff as they truly appreciate it.

We are looking for someone with their own vehicle who can help transport visitors to the sanctuary from Costco. We are getting more and more response to our invitation for visitors and would like to offer a more flexible schedule. If you are interested, please contact us at

We are often asked to provide contact information for veterinarians we would recommend here in town. Although we do have our own vet at the sanctuary, for specialized or supplemental care we take advantage of the services offered by these doctors here in town. If the need should arise, we would suggest a doctor listed below to handle your animal’s care.

• Our “go-to” vet is Dr. Paco at Sabuesos, located on Calle Columbia at Calle Panama, near Teatro Vallarta and Ley’s market. Dr. Paco does speak English.    
• Dr. Peña at Mascotas is our alternate veterinarian located on Calle Melchor Ocampo at Boulevard Francisco Medina Ascencio (the main highway going north) right across the street from the emergency entrance to IMSS (Spanish speaking only).
• For orthopedic problems or broken bones we only recommend the services of orthopedic surgeon Dr. Alejandro at Centro Medico located on Calle San Salvador at Calle Ecuador a bit south of the stadium.
• For all feline care and/or dental cleaning for all your pets we recommend Dr. Tamayo at the Versalles Animal Hospital located on Calle Viena at Calle Aldanaca which is near Costco or the Pemex station on Avenida Francisco Villa.
And as most of you know, we are firm believers in a healthy diet for your dogs. Our recommendation is always a raw diet. If that is not something you are considering, then as an alternative we suggest a healthy natural diet of cooked chicken, sweet potatoes, etc. If you must provide your canine with kibble, the preferred brand is “Taste of the Wild” which can be purchased at the offices of both Dr. Paco and Dr. Tamayo. An alternative is the Kirkland brand available at Costco.

Reporting Abuse:

• Centro de Control, Asistencia Animal y Albergue Municipal. You can find them on Facebook
• Policía Ecológica (Ecological Police): (322) 293 2192
• Instituto de Protección Animal (322) 293 3690 (this is the new police unit in Puerto Vallarta)
• 066 if you have a 'pet attack' emergency

Wildlife resources:

Vallarta Adventures at (322) 297-1212 or email them at or toll free from México: 01-800-000-0823. Their facilities have served as home to rescued wildlife, with the authorization of Mexican institutions and SEMARNAT. If they are unable to assist you, try contacting Proteccion Civil at (322) 224-7701.

Again, please visit us at the Saturday Old Town Farmers Market at Lazaro Cárdenas Park. We'll be there looking forward to seeing you every Saturday between 9:30 and 2:00. On Christmas Eve you will also be entertained by the Salvation Army Children's Choir.

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