October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month and News from SPCA-PV
Janice Gonzalez - SPCA-PV

October 3, 2017

October is “Adopt a Shelter Dog Month” at SPCA-PV and we have lots of lovelies looking for their forever homes.

Check out our album on our Facebook page for those dogs who are currently available for adoption in Canada and the US.

If you can’t adopt but still want to help? Foster, sponsor, volunteer, donate, educate, network, cross-post. Help us help these wonderful creatures that are so deserving of a loving home.

And speaking of volunteering…. It’s getting close to the start of high season here in Puerto Vallarta. We are hoping that some of you would consider participating in volunteerism while you are here. We are actively recruiting volunteers in two specific areas.

First, we need some personnel to help us staff the weekly tours out to the sanctuary. Many visitors to Vallarta are quite interested in spending time at the sanctuary and we encourage visitors. This would enable you to make some new friends while you have fun with the rescues awaiting their forever homes. You must have your own car for transportation.

Second, there are several “markets” that are held around town during the high season. We have had much success in previous years and would like to continue our involvement.  These markets are a wonderful way to meet more members of your community as well as give a lending hand to our rescue organization.

We look forward to all our friends arriving back in town. If you would be interested in volunteering some of your time or want more details, please contact us at spcapv@gmail.com.

Thanks again to our friend and board member Steve Dale for promoting our sanctuary and all the work we do to find homes for our furry friends. Steve was kind enough to interview yours truly for his WGN Chicago radio podcast "Steve Dale's Other World".

Just a reminder to spread the word that free spay/neuter clinics occur monthly at the Cuale Cultural Center on Isla Cuale.  Clinics are the first Sunday of each month and are sponsored by various individuals and organizations here in town.  The next clinic is November 5 and is sponsored by Puro Gato.

Adorable Dog in the Spotlight...Princess

She is a Princess but definitely NOT a diva! Princess absolutely loves her humans and would make the perfect family dog. She is a Labrador mix, 65 pounds and about 3.5 years old. She is very affectionate and would like to be a “lap” dog! Princess is very well behaved on leash. We recommend Princess be the only dog in the household, however, as she tends to be dominant. She is not good with cats. Princess has been spayed, dewormed and vaccinated and is now ready for her forever home.

Contact the SPCA at spcapv@gmail.com if you are interested in adopting Princess or any of our animals.

To see other animals available for adoption, visit our 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.

Community Sponsors

The SPCA-PV has started a new opportunity for businesses to contribute and become sponsors. Thank you to these new sponsors dedicated to making a difference. Write to clare23leach@gmail.com to join us.

Carl Timothy owner of Timothy Real Estate group, “Timothy Real Estate Group is proud to be a sponsor of SPCA de PV. The loving and kind volunteers and workers that dedicate their time to the community are very much appreciated by all neighborhoods. Timothy Real Estate Group sincerely hopes that everyone will consider supporting this wonderful organization. Without these caring people, Vallarta wouldn’t be as special as it is!”  Website

Bill Wells owner of Elements, “Elements of Design has been serving the Puerto Vallarta community for over 10 years. We offer quality home décor. In addition, we offer complete interior design services with a friendly bi-lingual staff. We are design consultants and suppliers to several local developers designing and furnishing their public areas as well as model apartments. Stop by our showroom and meet rescue dogs Vuitton and Vera."  Website 

Alexia owner of Colorizimo Hair Studio, “Colorizimo as an independent small business that has grown and succeeded in Puerto Vallarta over the last 12 years can only now begin to show our gratitude to the local community by supporting associations such as SPCAPV. Every day the SPCAPV makes an incredible difference in the lives of so many dogs. We’re socially committed, environmentally aware, equal rights supporters and pet friendly.”  Website 

Dra. Patricia Garcia, Dermatologist, "Dermatology is a profession that allows me to help my patients, not only when they are sick but on a prevention level so they stay healthier. In Vallarta I have found the best kind of patients, I feel we are all a kind of brotherhood. I think just like the eyes are the window to the soul...Dermatology is like the window of our body. I love my job." Dra. Patricia has one rescue dog and hopes to have another in the future. "I believe it is our responsibility to take care of these precious animals, to spay and neuter and love them."  Facebook 

Ron Morgan Properties is a full-service innovative company specializing in real estate sales and rentals here in Puerto Vallarta.  “We’re here to help you find your new or second home, your best rental options or your perfect office space in one of the most beautiful bays in the world.” Ron says, “SPCAPV has improved the condition of pets and animals and must go forward improving care and rescue requiring continual support of the organization.”  OFFICE phone 322 222 6678. Vallarta Office Olas Altas #509 Pto. Vallarta. Website

Sanctuary News

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 spcapv@gmail.com. We appreciate any donations you care to bring and please feel free to bring treats for sanctuary staff as they truly appreciate it.

To see our animals available for adoption, visit our 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.

Get involved…rescue, adopt, foster, volunteer, donate or educate. Contact us at spcapv@gmail.com. You can learn more about the SPCA Puerto Vallarta by checking us out at SPCA-PV or on Facebook.

Find us on the Worldwide Web...

Please remind your friends that they can sign up for our weekly newsletter by simply going to our Facebook page and enrolling. Additionally, we have made it easier for you to contribute to our cause by simply clicking on the DONATE button which allows you to help via PayPal or any credit card.

Be sure to "like" our official page and let your friends know to share information from the official page to their own account. 

You can find us at  our official Facebook page where all animal action and interaction is happening.

To our friends in the United States and Canada, please “like” our sister organization PVCA Animal Rescue  also on Facebook. The PVCA name and logo are used when referring to our separate organizations in these two countries which are responsible for placement of our rescues into foster or permanent homes when they arrive there from Mexico.

Subscribe to our YouTube channel to get all the latest videos of our rescues.

To use your credit card to make donations through PayPal, go to SPCA-PV on Facebook.

Check out this link to see all of our rescues in foster homes outside of Mexico. This is a wonderful service provided by Petfinder. You can also see a list of the dogs who have found their fur-ever homes.  The website is PVCA Petfinder.

We need volunteers...

We all know it takes a number of dedicated individuals, working together, to make our rescue efforts successful.  We can’t do what we do without the help of all our volunteers and foster families.

How to become a volunteer? Volunteers are needed all over! We have pawesome volunteers in Canada, the United States and of course here in Puerto Vallarta.

Volunteers do many tasks from visiting our shelter and walking, cuddling or taking care for our animals, driving people to and from the sanctuary, social media and web site work, posting online "For Adoption" ads, airport transportation, crate management in BC and Alberta, home checks, animal delivery to new homes, foster home management, newsletters, Farmers Market booth, networking and fundraising.

All types of talent are needed but most important is DEDICATION. If you are interested, contact us at spcapv@gmail.com.

Happy Endings

Oso was adopted by Lisa Nordstrom and family. Oso now enjoys the good life in North Saanich, Vancouver Island. He has gotten so big since we sent him! Must be the raw diet that he is thriving on and all that love!

We didn’t get an airport photo but want to send huge thank you to Louise and Bob Marvin, who escorted dogs for us to Edmonton, AB. These dogs finally made it home to their waiting families: Carina, Bonita, Toby, Bella and Spot. Stay warm sweethearts and have a wonderful life!

Pogo is living the life and having many adventures with the Geary family in Sidney, B.C.

A huge THANK YOU to Judy Webber for fostering Cupid while in Puerto Vallarta and also for escorting Canela (in this photo), Cupid, Dixie, and Teddy home to their new families in BC.

Bear is smiling from ear to ear! He finally has his furever family! He went home recently with his new mom and dad, Holly Stensrud and Cody Stene of Vancouver, B.C. Congratulations Bear! Your foster moms will miss you! Have a wonderful life!

Lucky boy Cupid has finally gone home to his new mom and dad! Cupid was adopted by Julie Strother and Mike Fewkes of Vancouver, B.C. Have a wonderful life Cupid! You will be missed!

Sweet Canela was picked up at the Vancouver airport by new mom Vivian and Darren Benson and family. Canela now lives at Lac Le Jeune, B.C.

Lucky Teddy has gone home with new mom Kelly Swan. She met him when he arrived in Vancouver and took him to his new home in Victoria, B.C

Dixie is tired after her long day of travel, but she finally got to meet her new dad at the Vancouver airport. Dixie has been adopted by Darren and Dallas Cavan and family. She will be living in Nanaimo, B.C. What a lucky girl she is! We will miss you!

The little duo, Spot and Carina met at the sanctuary and now will live their happily ever after with the Acosta family. They will be living in Wetaskiwin, AB. Better keep your sweaters handy puppies, the snow is coming! Thanks for holding Carina, Bruce Thom....she is a wiggler!

Bonita has found her furever family in Edmonton, AB.  She will be living with the Quon's. This lucky little gal even has a new big brother Ethan to play with. Have fun Bonita!

Bella has found her furever family with Margaret and Joey Smallwood from Cochrane, AB.  Have a wonderful life Bella!

Toby has been adopted by Carol and Bob Szybickyj from Edmonton, AB. Better keep your sweater handy Toby, the snow will be flying soon! Have fun!

Blue has been adopted by Richard Hasan and family of Ladysmith, B.C.  Blue is having a nap while his new buddy Bashu gets a haircut. Little Mighty, Blue's other buddy is hiding under the couch! Lucky Blue does not have to worry about haircuts, so he gets to have a peaceful sleep.  Have a wonderful life Blue!

Donations Other Than Money

If you would like to make a donation other than money to the SPCA, here is a list of items we can ALWAYS use: Kong's or very hard rubber chew toys (we cannot use soft plastic toys anymore due to ingestion worries); Chuck it balls ...hard rubber; stuffed toys for puppies; all natural dog treats. 

Some always needed items you can bring from home are old towels and blankets. If you want to pick up some things from Costco while you are here, consider Lysol, Greymoon Paper Towels and Kirkland 2.8 I Hand wash soap.

Donations can be made at Hacienda San Angel located at Calle Miramar 336, above Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in El Centro, or at our sanctuary location when you stop by for a visit.

Vet Recommendations  

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.

Be a responsible pet owner!


Check their website and Facebook page for future dates and locations of FREE sterilization clinics. These clinics take place Wednesday through Saturday, doors opening at 9 am each day. Everyone should arrive early. Animals are treated for parasites, ticks, fleas and mange, if present. Cats and dogs must be 8 weeks or older. No food or water after midnight the night before surgery.

Volunteers are needed to poster neighborhoods, provide lunches and to work at the clinics. Please contact them at infopeaceanimals@gmail.com.

This can only come together with the support of volunteers and donations from people like you. If you wish to make a contribution please go to PEACEAnimals, it´s tax deductible. Every little bit counts, please help us help them. 

Colina Spay and Neuter Clinic

Colina is a free and by donation Spay & Neuter Clinic for Dogs and Cats, at 491 V. Carranza between Naranjo and Jacarandas, Romantic Zone PV (opposite Colin Meats). Open SATURDAYS only. Drop off at 8:00am (come earlier to ensure a spot!), pick up at 4.

Colina is a permanent facility in Old Town/Romantic Zone Puerto Vallarta providing spaying and neutering services for cats and dogs. Services will be offered free to those who otherwise would be unable to get their pets neutered. The clinic operates through donations as well as contributions of other pet owners using the service.
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 info@vallarta-adventures.com 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.

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