PEACE Mexico (Protection & Education: Animals, Culture, and Environment) was officially founded in 2005, but the start date goes back to 2003 when Help the Animals (Ayuda a los Animales) held its first spay and neuter clinic in Bahia de Banderas (Bay of Banderas) with one veterinarian and six volunteers. In 2004, Molly Fisher, a socially conscious teacher at the American School in Puerto Vallarta, envisioned a community organization in the Punta de Mita area.
In 2005, Community House (Casa Comunidad) was born with the help of a donated space and 23 enthusiastic students. Over the next two years, Molly almost single-handedly laid the groundwork for what she envisioned PEACE to become. A crucial part of this development was establishing positive and effective relationships with the Mexican government, gaining the trust and support from influential community members, dedicated volunteers, and other non-profit organizations.
In 2007 and 2008, PEACE expanded to other towns along the bay. The PEACE staff grew as well, increasing the efficiency and scope of their work. In addition to the 30+ towns where the mobile spay and neuter clincs are held, PEACE currently works with nine towns in the Bahia de Banderas on the Pacific Coast of Mexico (Puerto Vallarta and its environs).
PEACE in its short beginning, has expanded from spay and neuter clinics to a multitude of special programs:
Help the Animals (Ayuda a los Animales)
Community Pride (Orgullo en la Comunidad)
Community House (Casa Comunidad)
In 2013, PEACE closed its doors and became Peace Punta de Mita, A.C.
A.C. indicates Mexican-govt approved charitable status.
Peace Punta de Mita programs will now be concentrated in the Punta de Mita-Higuera Blanca area and focus on three categories: Education, Health/Lifestyle, and Community Pride.
In October 2015, PEACE further defined its mission to support primarily the communities for Punta de Mita and Higuera Blanca.
Banderas Bay Charities, Inc was then formed to support organizations and communities in the larger Bay of Banderas area, including PEACEAnimals, SayulitAnimals, Amigos de La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, NOBARS, Pasitos de Luz.
PEACE (USA) has official IRS recognition as a USA non-profit.
Peace Punta de Mita, A.C. has official recognition from the Mexican government as a Mexican non-profit.
PEACE (USA) works with Canadian Children's Shelter of Hope to offer Revenue Canada tax credit.