We were happy to receive this helpful information from Sally Margolis and wanted to pass it along to you.
DONATION & VOLUNTEER OPTIONS FOR ISLA ANIMALS
ISLA ANIMALS is a 501C3 organization started in 1999, 100% funded by donations. We have rescued over 5,400 dogs since 1999 and are dedicated to decreasing the unwanted pet population on Isla Mujeres, Mexico through on-going spay/neuter programs, education, vaccinations and adoption. Our Goals:
—>To provide free spay/neuter clinics to help control the animal population on Isla Mujeres.
—>To provide free or reduced cost veterinary services and vaccinations
—>To offer animal foster care and promote adoptions in Mexico, USA and Canada
—>To educate pet owners about humane animal treatment, care and responsibility
—>To do all of the above in the most humane, compassionate way possible
WEBSITES AND CONTACT INFORMATION:
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Isla-Animals/169657606676
Alison Sawyer Current (founder) email: firstname.lastname@example.org
1 – Paypal (Online)
—>You may donate to Isla Animals using your credit card. From our website http://islaanimals.org, you will find our Donations page: http://islaanimals.org/help/donate-animal-rescue-isla-animals.html The “Donate” button will take you to Isla Animals Paypal page. Or direct from the Paypal.com site, you may choose “Send Funds” The email address to use for Isla Animals is: email@example.com
—>NOTE: Within Paypal you may include a message to us with your donation, and there are TWO donation options on Paypal: 1) A one-time donation 2) A recurring monthly donation
2 – Via Mail (Check/Money Order)
—>Payable To: Isla Animals. Mailing Address: Alison Sawyer, 1750 30th St #197, Boulder CO 80301
3 – In Person Donations Drop-off Locations On Isla Mujeres
—> At Isla Animals. Location: Centro. On the north end. There’s a convention center (Centro de Convenciones) near Playa Norte, anyone can direct you. Take the brick road to the right of the convention center, you will pass Hotel el Secreto and Hotel Media Luna and then veer to the left. Keep on the same road and turn right before it dead ends. Our house is the big wooden doors, straight ahead. There is a bell to the left of the door: CASA DE LOS VIENTOS.
—> At Barlito Restaurant. Location: Centro. On the corner of Hidalgo & Abasolo. (Open: Tues thru Sat, 8am-3pm)
You may leave with owner, Tiffany Yenawine Wareing. Please include your name and email address with your donation so we can thank you.
—> At the Isla Mujeres Artist Fair (only occurs on the First Thursday of every month, 4pm-7pm). Location: Centro, the town square in front of the Municipal Building, Super-Express, and Church. Isla Animals has a table at the fair.
4 – Donation ITEMS Needed (Donors can email Alison to ask most urgent/current needs)
—-> Chedraui (a big box store in Mexico, Chedraui is located mid-island across from the Baseball field) or Costco gift cards. (Isla Animals uses these two companies to purchase the following: laundry detergent, bleach, dry & canned dog food, chicken to freeze when we have sick dogs, mops and buckets, brooms, zip ties, crates, garbage bags, pedialyte, fungal cream, anti-biotic cream, hand soap, hand sanitizer, cotton, Q-tips)
—> SUPPLIES NEEDED can be found on the Isla Animals website http://islaanimals.org on the Donation page:
http://islaanimals.org/help/donate-animal-rescue-isla-animals.html . Items from this page are listed below:
Medical Supplies Needed:
Syringes: 1 cc, 3 cc & 5 cc * Surgical Blades: #15, #11
Surgical Gloves: STERILE, Sizes 6.5 to 8.5
The suture that we use has to be the best that we can get. These animals go back to the streets or into dirt, backyards where there is rarely any follow up care. If there is a problem with infection, these animals will suffer, so we are asking for the BEST SUTURE MATERIAL: 0-0 PDS absorbable, 2-O PDS absorbable, 3-O PDS absorbable → These sutures need a 1/2 curved cutting surgical suture needle. Reels of the same type of suture are also great, we can swag on our own needles.
Surgical Instruments * Stethoscopes * Spay hooks: All sizes * Sterile Gauze
Sterile Drape ( also, anything made out of drape material that we can cut and sterilize)
Betadine Hand Scrub * Triple Antibiotic Eye Ointment * Needles 18-23 gauge
Chlorhexidine * Prevails Betadine scrubs #20
IV Sets: Micro-drip and Macro-drip * IV catheters : 20 gauge, 22 gauge & 24 gauge
Antibiotics: Injectable long acting Amoxycillin * Cephalexin * Ketoconazole * Doxycycline 50- 100 ml. tabs (we always need these the most!!)
Non-Medical Supplies Needed:
Muzzles * Leashes * Slip-Leads * Collars * Food dishes * Zip Ties
Animal Vitamins – especially puppy vitamins or supplemental gels
Eye drops * Ear cleaner * Ear drops * Non-sterile Gauze
Fungal cream * Antibiotic creams (like Neosporin) * Leather work gloves
Hair Clippers * Clipper blades #40 or #10 * Sharpie Markers
Tweezers * Scissors * Cotton balls * Cotton Makeup Remover Pads
Duct Tape * Tarps * Towels
Cages & Crates – Hard or Soft for transporting animals as carry-on
5 – Volunteering
—> Information about Volunteering on or off Isla can be found on the Isla Animals website http://islaanimals.org on the Volunteer With Us page: http://islaanimals.org/help/volunteer-isla-mujeres-mexico-animal-rescue.html Information from this page is listed below:
Help with the animals, there is always a need for walking dogs, socializing puppies, bathing and grooming, cleaning and repairs etc.
With office work/research/grant writing (this can even be done from home)
During spay neuter clinics we need help with trapping, check in and paper work, recovery, organizing and cleaning, plus pick up and return of animals
You can volunteer whatever amount of time you can afford and you’ll have a vacation experience that will be fun and fulfilling.
[Created by Sally Margolis for Isla Animals November 17, 2013]
Play Isla Iguana Tag FREE in October 2013!
Game Ends October 31, 2013
A great way to see the island and win a great prize!
2.) Sign up for a Team Username (an email address works great)
3.) Join the “Isla Iguana Tag October 2013” game by selecting it from the home screen or using the search button on the top right
4.) Enter the password for the game “beachspikercups”.
5.) Start completing missions.
6.) The winner of this game wins 2 free Beach Spiker Cups courtesy of Isla Mujeres Vacation Rentals. Includes shipping.
>What if I don’t have an international data plan? Wifi is available at locations throughout the island and you can upload your photos once you have access.
>Do I have to have a Smart phone? Yes. iPhone or Android are required.
Speaking of artists…
Yesterday, I shared with you about the Isla Mujeres Artist Fair, an event that happens monthly. As a former Art major for a short while in college, I am certainly drawn to the topic.
Music is another form of art that I am also drawn to in a big way. I am fortunate that I have a front row seat to music on the island. While there are tons of great musicians on the island, I am a bit partial to the one I live with. And, I get to sing with the band! This is actually how I met Javier Martinez back in 2007, but that is another story for another day. I often joke that these days, I am more like a roadie instead of a groupie and the groupie role was much more fun!
However, this story is not only about music, but about community and giving back. Last year, Javier and I (Hammock for 2) were playing at Cafe del Mar on the beach and we met Hope and Dennis Prater from Florida. Dennis shared with us that he had a guitar that he wanted to donate but wanted it to go to someone deserving and a youth and asked if we could help. He had hit numerous dead-ends and was relieved that we could help.
We began emailing before their trip this week and decided that we would work with Chuuk Kay Restaurant to host it after the band’s set on Sunday. La Banda Sin Nombre plays every Saturday and Sunday at Chuuk Kay 3:30-5:30. The requirements were:
- Tell why you deserve to win.
- Describe what you will do to continue to improve.
- Play anything and this would only be one piece and not necessarily a deciding factor
- Agree to sign a contract that you would not miss school and have a perfect attendance for the rest of the year.
First Place Prize:
- An electric guitar
- Small amplifier
- Gig bag
- picks, cables, tuner and a guitar stand
- 1 free 30 minute lesson donated by Javier Martinez Cen (La Banda Sin Nombre band leader)
Second Place Prize
Javi met with all of the 7th graders during their music class and presented the challenge. We had 2 brave contestants show up (with their parents as required by Javi since he wanted to make sure they were involved). After the flip of the coin, Axel deferred to Diego to go first. Diego was prepared with his speech and explained why he wanted to be a ‘rock star’ and talked about how he really liked heavy metal music. He said that he was committed to practicing and felt he deserved to win. Javi of course translated that into English for us Gringos that were there. Diego played what he had practiced and did a great job. Smoke on the Water filled the air as our senses filled in the gaps of his beginner strumming. It’s never easy being the first in any competition.
Next was Axel. Great name for a guitarist, don’t you think? Javi and I had seen Axel and his 2 buddies walking around La Gloria the week before with his guitar in hand. I think he takes it with him everywhere he goes. It is an acoustic guitar. In his speech, he talked about how he had been given that guitar by his uncle and he loved it. However, if you are going to play rock and roll music, you need an electric guitar. His passion for wanting to play music was clear in his voice. His nervous fidgeting showed how badly he wanted to win and he was able to put those aside during his montage of rock ballads. He had clearly been practicing.
Miguel Hernandez, musician with La Banda Sin Nombre, and Dennis Prater, the source of the donation, were the judges. They chose Axel as the winner but everyone really felt for Diego and passed around the tip jar for him to begin his savings to buy his own guitar.
The whole process was really emotional for Javi as a musician who grew up here on the island. His father is a musician, his grandfather and uncle were musicians and his great grandfather were all musicians on Isla Mujeres. He has been playing all of his life and he remembers what it was like to get your first electric guitar. He can tell you that story in great detail and with emotion. That was also very obvious with the whole band later that evening as they opened the ceremony for the newly elected president who began his term Monday with their salsa music in the square. They sounded amazing and it really seemed to complete the circle.
You don’t have to have artistic talent to enjoy the arts or to give back to the island we love. There are many organizations on the island to fit your passion. We are happy to help arrange any of these for you.
Volunquest provides the Mexican English Curriculum to elementary students with native speaking volunteers looking for an immersion experience.
PEACE Isla Mujeres is an organization that supports all charity organizations on the island. Make sure you stop by the Otra Vez second hand store and pick up a cook book. The acronym is P – Protection, E – Education A – Animals C – Culture E – Environment http://www.peace-islamujeres.org
The Little Yellow School House and Liberty Education Center are other educational opportunities.
Isla Mujeres Artist Fair October 17, 2013 4pm-7pm
“An event to celebrate the talent of local & visiting artists on Isla Mujeres.” Isla Mujeres Artist Fair
If you happen to be on the island the first Thursday of a month, make sure you visit the local artist fair in the square. To make sure you confirm the date, you can join their Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/IslaMujeresArtistFair. In October, the date will be changed to the 3rd Thursday as to give the new officials of the island time to get things settled as they have taken their new offices as of today.
“In October 2011, Barlito began hosting an Artist Series in front of their bakery & market café on the corner of Hidalgo & Abasolo. Our hope was to make this Series into an Island event. Our wish has come true. Now with the support of the Municipal & the Office of Tourism, the Isla Mujeres Artist Fair will be held in the Zocolo on the first Thursday of every month from 4pm to 7pm. Local & visiting artists share their talents with the residents & visitors of Isla Mujeres.
Our definition of an artist is a person whose work shows exceptional creative ability or skill. We are looking for individuals who create, write, perform, paint, draw, sculpt, sketch, bake, teach, photograph, etc. The artist fair is about individual artists & their talents. Commercial products or people that sell other people’s products are not eligible for participation.
Barlito is thrilled to have partnered up with Faynes & Soul de Isla to create a spectacular event for the visitors & people of Isla to meet the artists that are inspired by our beautiful Island.”
Shopping for Isla!
Make sure you visit our store for ideas and conveniences. Getting things ready for vacation can be stressful! We all have made those marathon-long to do lists that only haunt us in our sleep, that is if we are lucky enough to sleep. It seems like I am always pulling all nighters before a trip.
We want to help. Take a look at some of the items on our list and maybe it will save you some time by ordering online and having it delivered to your home. Then, just relax on Isla.
September Mexican Holiday Special at Hotel Kinich
Enjoy a special rate in celebration of the holiday September 15, Mexican Independence Day. This patriotic promotion offers
Single Rooms for 500 pesos a night
Double Rooms for 600 pesos a night
Suites for 1000 pesos a night
Extra people are an extra 100 pesos and children under 10 are free.
Privilege Aluxes 10% discount in September
Looking for a great deal to escape to the island? September is a great month to do it as many properties drop their rates for low season.
Located in town across from Jax with access to Playa Norte and Hidalgo Ave for night life and restaurants. This hotel offers 124 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and flat-screen televisions. Rooms have private balconies. Wired and wireless Internet access is complimentary, while DVD players and satellite programming provide entertainment. Bathrooms have shower/tub combinations and hair dryers.
Beach Spiker Give Away!
We are giving away 2 Beach Spiker Cups this week with free shipping to anywhere in the US or Canada. If the winner chosen lives outside of the United States they will receive their Beach Spiker Cups on their next trip to Isla.
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This giveaway is open to all US and Canada residents for shipping. If the winner chosen lives outside of the United States they will receive their Beach Spiker Cups on their next trip to Isla.
Top 7 tips for a successful Whale Shark Adventure Swimming with the Whale Sharks is a majestic experience. It is one of those adventures that you just don’t miss.
If you happen to be visiting the island between May 15 and September 15, you book a trip for this epic life-changing event. Ask anyone! Your survey will convince you quickly that this adventure is a majestic and reminds us that we really are only a small part of this universe.
Here are 7 tips to reserving your whale shark trip.
Top 7 tips in reserving your Whale Shark Adventure
Most of the companies have English speaking guides, but you will want to make sure that you can communicate. Safety is one thing and understanding the rules, but also getting to know your local guide is fun and entertaining. There are so many facts about the whale sharks and their history of coming to this area, you won’t want to miss those details. Remember to review your company on TripAdvisor or their website after you return.
2. Size Matters
Boat size that is. There are a wide range of companies and this offers all sorts of options. The biggest difference will be size of boat and boat motors. The Whale Shark sites are about 16-20 miles (more or less) out in the open water to the northwest. Consider being in a small wooden boat with no shade for 4+ hours.
3. What’s included in the price?
The price of tours can fluctuate a bit, but we recommend tours that are about $100-$125 per person. This typically offers a boat large enough to get you to the whale sharks quickly and safely without a lot of time to get seasick and to beat the crowds. They are also usually really connected and so you spend less time searching for the whale sharks. The companies we use:
- include all equipment
- provide an experienced captain and crew
- have a bathroom on board
- canopy for shade
- include water and soft drinks on board along with fresh-made-in-front-of-you ceviche while you snorkel around or swim at Playa Norte. The iPods playing and everyone is happy and in no rush to get you back. These trips are usually 8-2pm.
4. Sea Sickness Sucks.
If you are concerned about getting seasick, take the medicine or use the patch or there is even a wristband now. Your pharmacist can help you with this or we have added some options below. While on the tour, if you do get sick, make sure you ‘get sick’ over the side into the water and not in the boat.
5. Photo Opps
There are so many reasonable options for underwater cameras these days. Remember to charge it the night before. If you are looking for accessories or cameras, we can help.
It is important to use eco-friendly sunscreen to protect the reef and the animals from the chemicals and yourself from the sun. Natural Biodegradable Water Resistant Sunscreen.
7. Jump in more than once.
The way it works is that 2 or 3 people jump out at a time and you rotate through. Make sure you jump in more than just once.
We can help you book the right tour for you through our Activities and Adventures service.