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May 8, 2017

Dalia in the PuRR Nursery

Featured Feline: Dalia

“Dalia” was one of a litter of five that came to us last July 4th!

Only one was adopted and two have been released into the yard.

But Dalia and brother Damian are so sweet that we keep them in the nursery and hope for Forever Homes for both of them.

Dalia has a pretty pink nose and green eyes while her brother is a soft gray.

If you would like to give a home to one of our older kitties, contact Linda at and we’ll make arrangements for a meet & greet!


Three new babies in the clinic!

Shelter Update

The PuRR Nursery just gets more crowded…… with 19 new kittens arriving at the shelter in March and April!!

Dra. Eva really has her work cut out for her keeping up with all the testing, deworming, vaccinations and then spay or neuter.

She has to be real sharp to remember who is who and keep all the records straight, but manages thanks to helpers Sharon McDonald, Livia Hevia and Joyce & Greg Nordquist.

With a generous donation from Charlie & Carol McCullough of Puerto Vallarta and Oakland, we have started the badly needed renovation of Macho’s House……more on that plus photos next month! When finished, it will have a new roof & screening and be fully tiled…..and WE will have a safe place to put the oldest kitties from the nursery (all born LAST Spring and summer!) and make space for all these new tiny kittens.

The adults that were residing in Macho’s House have moved to the larger Acclimation Casita where they have more room and a change of scenery.

Lita after dental surgery

Lita’s Rescue, Another Island Cat

Corey Watterston, a visiting vet tech from Kelowna, BC, was feeding cats on the Isla Cuale in March when she noticed one female Siamese who seemed to be in big trouble.

She was friendly, but very thin and unable to groom herself, usually a sign of dental problems.

She and her husband took “Lita” to a nearby vet who dewormed and gave antibiotics for the ulcers in her mouth. They were scheduled on our Shelter Tour that week and offered to sponsor Lita if we could give her a home and we agreed.

To all the folks who have inquired about her……After extensive dental surgery, she is now in our Senior Center, roommate to Simona, where she is gaining weight and looks 100% better.

She has been through a lot and is still adjusting to all the change, but is one fortunate cat, thanks to Corey!

Island cats heading to Furr-ever homes in Minnesota!

sla Cuale Cat Rescue

We are so happy to share the news that local rescue group Puro Gato, in collaboration with Pause for Paws, an animal rescue organization in Minnesota, has successfully flown 79 Vallarta cats up north in the last two months!!

Most of these were adults rescued from the Isla Cuale.

At last reports, 35 had already found homes via their campaign, ‘Gotta Getta Gato’.

This was obviously a complicated and expensive procedure and nothing like it has been attempted!

Thanks to Jill Goldstein for spearheading the initiative from Minnesota and to United Airlines’ PetSafe program which is specially designed for moving animals in a programs like this.

Dog vs Cat Diary

Dog Diary:
8:00 am – Breakfast! My favorite thing!
9:30 am – A car ride! My favorite thing!
9:40 am – A walk in the park! My favorite thing!
10:30 am – Got rubbed and petted! My favorite thing!
12:00 pm – Milk bones! My favorite thing!
1:00 pm – Played in the yard! My favorite thing!
5:00 pm – Dinner! My favorite thing!
7:00 pm – Got to play ball! My favorite thing!
8:00 pm – Watched TV with the people! My favorite thing!
11:00 pm – Sleeping on the bed! My favorite thing!

Cat Diary:
My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects. They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while the other inmates and I are fed hash or some sort of dry nuggets. Although I make my contempt for the rations perfectly clear, I nevertheless must eat something in order to keep up my strength.

The only thing that keeps me going is my dream of escape. In an attempt to disgust them, I once again vomit on the carpet. Today I decapitated a mouse and dropped its headless body at their feet. I had hoped this would strike fear into their hearts, since it clearly demonstrates my capabilities. However, they merely made condescending comments about what a “good little hunter” I am.

Today I was almost successful in an attempt to assassinate one of my tormentors by weaving around his feet as he was walking. I must try this again tomorrow, but at the top of the stairs.

I am convinced that the other prisoners here are flunkies and snitches. The dog receives special privileges. He is regularly released, and seems to be more than willing to return. He is obviously retarded. The bird must be an informant. I observe him communicate with the guards regularly. I am certain that he reports my every move. My captors have arranged protective custody for him in an elevated cell, so he is safe. For now …

For info on adopting dogs, go to SPCA-PV or contact or

For info on spay and neuter clinics, go to PEACEAnimals or check out Gretchen's Blog.

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