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Jan. 6th 2016
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Drew and Sheri Hunt

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The holidays are history. It was the busiest that the town had ever been.  All of the restaurants were at capacity and those looking for a place to stay at the last minute were just out of luck.   But now everything has returned to the normal pace for this time of year.  The weather is so perfect and the beach is glorious.  Lots of the seasonal residents, us included, are returning for another winter season of fun and sun in the paradise we call home sweet San Pancho!  

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San Pancho Free Spay & Neuter clinic uses your donations to bring in visiting veterinarians and supplies to provide spay & neuter clinics and medical services for local San Pancho pets and strays.  This wonderful group works to decrease the strays and increase the quality of life for San Pancho's animal population. They also tend to the needs of sick and injured animals and help to find homes for strays.  We applaud their efforts!  They need your donations...Donate to address: kpasta1@mac.com  (please indicate donation as friend and family to avoid fees)

San Pancho Animals comprises a group of men and women dedicated to improving the life of our pueblo's animal population by providing free spay and neuter services and limited veterinary care for animals in crisis.  We have been working together for 15 years and have encountered many challenges along the way, including education of pet owners, raising money to support the free clinics, and trying to find foster and permanent homes for homeless animals.  Somehow throughout the years friends have stepped up to donate in many ways . . . all work is voluntary, and housing, food and medical supplies have always been provided by generous donations from residents and restaurants in San Pancho.  We now see greater responsibility of pet owners . . . dogs on leashes, vaccinated pets, love shown by owners, and less and less starving animals on our pueblo streets.  At this time, the end of 2015, we would like to share some touching stories from the past year.

The first story is about Coco and Valentina, two dobermans owned by one of our residents, Gloria Hanson.  When Gloria passed away two years ago, one of her sons left some money for the care and feeding of her two old dobermans.  Eventually, however, the money ran out.  Her house did not sell, and the utilities were turned off; the dogs were left alone every day, except for the few hours that the maid and her son visited.  Because there was no longer money for dog food, the maid and her son were feeding the dogs scraps from their lunches, and the dogs started to get sick, especially with skin problems.  Our group was notified, and we took action.  Dr. Julio from San Pancho administered to the dogs, giving them antibiotics, salves, vitamins and whatever they needed.  We raised money from friends to buy them adequate dog food.  Marianna Berdejo, who presently works at EntreAmigos and who loves animals, investigated the possibility of getting Gloria's dogs accepted by a Doberman rescue organization in Illinois.  It seemed like a crazy and impossible idea, but life alone in an abandoned house was sure death for these lovely animals.  The Doberman Rescue accepted the dogs, and we emptied the coffers of the Clinic fund to pay for their kennels, plane tickets, and vaccinations.  The day finally came, and the dobies flew from Vallarta and are now in Illinois being nurtured at the Rescue and destined for their "forever homes" where they will not be separated but live together as they did at Gloria's house.

Three other dogs were adopted and sent to the USA through the hard work and effort led by Karen Razza, one of our seasonal San Pancho residents.  Karen came down to work at the December Clinic and brought a very able assistant, Natalie Caetano.  Karen in past years had already rescued two other dogs from San Pancho, and she arranged to have another, Hombre, flown to Boston with her and Natalie, plus Natalie's San Pancho rescue, little Peso.  Complications at the airport prevented Hombre's departure.  Our dear friend, Melanie Blair of Beach Dog Boarding and Salon in Lo De Marcos, volunteered to keep Hombre until Christmas Day when he flew, escorted by a friend, to Boston to be placed in his new "forever home."   Again scraping together money for air fare, Peso Louie and Hombre are now residents of New England and doing really well.

Our last great story of the year is about a Husky who was in bad shape in the Vallarta SPCA.  Our residents, Buc Rogers and Gail Birdsong, who also provide invaluable help at our Clinic, have a special affinity for and who have rescued Huskies in the past wanted to save the Vallarta dog.  These amazing people raised $700USD in Idaho to take Lobo back to the USA where he is no longer living in a cold, cement enclosure but in his own beautiful "forever home" with a sister Husky.
While our principal work at San Pancho Animals will continue to be spay and neuter, we wanted to share with all of you the fruits of your labor.  We sometimes get very tired, and the need never ends . . . but the happy outcomes make all the work and financial sacrifice worth it.  At the Clinic in December, we neutered 102 animals.  

If any of you would like to see our program continue and wish to help with a donation, we would be very appreciative.  Our coffers are depleted and need to be replenished so the work can continue.  

Our heartfelt thanks goes out to everyone in the community who has come forward to donate in some way to our Clinics and animal rescue efforts.  We wish all of you a very HAPPY NEW YEAR!

From your PayPal account;  Donate to address: 
kpasta1@mac.com  (please indicate donation as friend and family to avoid fees)  Thanks in advance! 

Now that the holidays are behind us, it is easier to look ahead to the many fun events that are coming up in our community during the next few months.  One of those, of course, is the San Pancho Music Festival, which is now in it's 16th year.
    The festival dates this year are Friday, Feb. 26th, Saturday, Feb. 27th, and Sunday, Feb. 28th.  As always, it is free to the public, and once we get a bit closer to the event, we will start our fundraising drive as we did last year, to make this years festival the best yet.  The Chacala Cultural Foundation has once again generously offered to let us use their 501C non-profit organization to collect contributions for our San Pancho festival, which allows them to be tax deductible in the States.  We are extremely grateful to them for that!
    Speaking of contributions.....one of the most helpful contributions that one could make to the festival, is to provide a room to house a visiting artist during the festival.  As the festival has grown in stature the past few years, there have been more and more requests from out of town artists that are willing to offer their services for free if we can cover their out of pocket expenses.  The monetary contributions that have come in through the generosity of the community are able to help with those travel costs, but housing is an issue, since the success of the festival has created a situation where most of the rentals in town are full.  I'm guessing that most of the out of town artists will want to spend as much time at the festival as they can, so this may really only entail providing a comfortable place for them to sleep.
    If this is something that you might be able to help with, please contact me directly at the email address below so that we can discuss which artists might be the right fit for you.
          Thank you in advance for helping to make this a special weekend for our wonderful little town!
                    Chas Eller

Don't miss out on all the fun.  sanpancholife.com will keep you in the know about all the upcoming events,  and music.  If you are ever wondering what to do in San Pancho just click.
 Also if you have an event that is open to the public you can post your event there, or we will be happy to do it for you. 
Mercado del Sol - San Pancho happens every Tuesday.  It's on the sanpancholife.com calendar

Thanks for reading.  Please let us know your opinions, suggestions, complaints or anything else you feel will help make San Pancho a better place in which to live and vacation.
Drew & Sheri Hunt,