I have yet to divulge much about who I am or what I do, other than the fact that my husband David and I have lived here in the Jaltemba Bay area for 7 years, we run a Bed & Breakfast, and we operate a community website called JaltembaBayLife.com. I don’t particularly like to be the center of attention or in the public eye, but because of the upcoming Spay & Neuter Clinic, it seems like the perfect time to tell you a little more about myself.

I have been volunteering at the free Spay & Neuter Clinics in the Jaltemba Bay area for the past 5 years. These Clinics are organized by PEACE Mexico and Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue (JBAR). I have witnessed firsthand the dramatic change in the attitude of the local people because of what they’ve learned at these Clinics: how to take care of their animals, how to bathe them, and what to feed them (not just a few tortillas). They are now proud to bring in their “pets”. They have names, they have collars, and they are well loved. And if you walk the beaches, you can’t help but notice that there are far fewer stray dogs in the area. This too, is due to the great work of the Clinics. It has been an incredible transformation and in such a short period of time. This is one of the most rewarding things I have ever been a part of. I am so proud to be able to give my time to this wonderful project, with these amazing people all dedicated to helping change the lives of the animals!

I would be remiss if I didn’t also mention that I am the very proud adoptive Mom to Señor Taco el Valiente, which translates to Sir Taco the Brave. Taco has earned his name and he has clearly shown his will to live. When Taco was brought into the clinic back in March 2009 (top photo), he had been beaten, was extremely thin and weak, covered in ticks, had internal parasites and a minor case of mange, and was severely anemic from Ehrlichia, a tick-borne disease. After a blood transfusion (from a Rottweiler no less); overcoming seizures; months of antibiotics, liquid vitamins and a special diet; and lots of tender loving care (and sleepless nights for his parents), Taco has made a miraculous recovery and is now the picture of health. He is one of the lucky ones.

Taco on May 12, 2009 after a blood transfusion, nearly two months of a strict medication regime, special food and some much needed recovery time.

My dear sweet Taco today

I have decided to share this story with you now, not only because it’s a wonderful story with a happy ending, but more importantly because a life was saved – as countless lives are – at every JBAR Clinic.

These Clinics are only possible because of the devoted, hard-working, selfless volunteers who give their time for the sake of the animals. And while I hate to single out one individual, Dr. Malcolm Macartney’s partnership with JBAR is definitely worth sharing.

In February 2010, Dr. Macartney and his vet team from Victoria BC flew to Mexico for the first time. They had one goal in mind: to volunteer their time and talents at the JBAR clinic. During that Clinic, 144 animals were spayed and neutered. In November 2010, Dr. Malcolm returned. Because of the additional help from him and his team, the numbers increased to a whopping 203 animals. This was a new PEACE and JBAR record.

Dr. Macartney and his team are here once again to volunteer at the JBAR Spay & Neuter Clinic being held this week from Wednesday-Saturday, April 6-9. The Clinic will be located at Avenida Libertad #51 in La Peñita.

If you are interested in volunteering or if you are just curious about what the clinics are all about, stop by to see us. Keep in mind that the volunteers are often times busy attending to the animals, so please be patient. When we get a moment, one of us will be happy to give you a tour, answer any questions you may have, or put you to work if you so choose.

For more information, check out these links:
JBAR (Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue)
PEACE Mexico
McKenzie Veterinary Services

I think I can speak for the entire JBAR Team when I say, we are grateful for each and every volunteer who walks through the Clinic doors, and for each and every donation that comes our way. It is because of these combined efforts that these Clinics are a success and that countless lives continue to be saved. THANK YOU!

by Allyson Williams