December 1, 2016

Manuela's Birthday Wish

Manuela with precious rescue dogs Nion and Gary.
This year, Amazon CARES Executive Director & President, Manuela Rodrigues, hopes to celebrate her birthday by raising funds to save more animal lives in Iquitos, Peru. In 2004 when Amazon CARES first started, nobody noticed or cared about the innumerable sick animals that were hiding in plain site. Now in 2016, many, many people care. We have been so successful in teaching a generation to care about animals that we are now having a hard time keeping up! We NEED your help to keep our organization going to continue helping more animals that need us.

We truly have wonderful supporters, and have already reached Manuela's original goal of $1,800! How lucky we are to be surrounded by other people who share the same compassion and concern for animal welfare as we do.

Manuela and Coordinator Marjorie in our no-kill shelter.
Let's help make Manuela's wish even more amazing by surpassing her goal and raising as much as we can! With every donation, we can continue to help more and more animals. Consider sharing $36 for Manuela's 36th birthday, or even just $10 for an animal that deserves to be loved and cared for. Every single donation makes a huge impact for our small organization. 
Your gift will go directly towards helping many dogs and cats receive food, shelter, and the veterinary care they need. Please also share our Facebook page with friends and family.

Donate directly to Manuela's Birthday Wish HERE!

If you don't have Facebook, you can also donate through Paypal or mail a check to Amazon CARES, PO BOX 271344, Tampa, FL 33688.

We are SO GRATEFUL for everyone who supports us and our mission.

November 29, 2016

#GivingTuesday: Give a Gift of Hope and Life!

Amazon Community Animal Rescue, Education, and Safety (CARES) seeks better health and living conditions for ALL living beings in the Peruvian Amazon region. This includes appropriate care, respect, and protection from cruelty and neglect. Our daily work is to provide a temporary, safe, caring and humane shelter and total care for homeless, adoptable cats and dogs, and to subsequently place these animals in quality, adoptive and permanent homes. We advocate responsible pet ownership, follow a mandatory spay-neuter policy, and work in our community to fight animal cruelty through education.
Amazon CARES enlists and promotes public involvement in the humane treatment of animals, and is committed to principles of justice and compassion for all animals. Since 2004, Amazon CARES has accomplished miracles, but we need YOUR help to survive. 

Give a gift of hope and life! When you help Amazon CARES spay or neuter a street dog you are saving countless lives! Just look at the countless abandoned litters of puppies and kittens we are caring for! The Animal Rescue Site provides you with a beautiful certificate to download, so you can notify your loved one that you supported Amazon CARES in their honor! Celebrate #GivingTuesday: Fix a stray & save many lives! Click here-- Just $18 for each! 

November 28, 2016

Laura's Rescue Story: She deserves to live!

Meet "Laura"
Meet one of our recent rescues- "Laura", named after our supporter, Laura Lee. While visiting Iquitos, Peru, Laura saw the suffering of a stray dog in Iquitos and shared her picture on social media. As soon as, Executive Director of Amazon CARES, Manuela Rodrigues, saw Laura's ask for help and the extremely poor conditions of the stray dog, Manuela sent our vet assistants, Harry and Junior, to find the stray dog and bring her to the clinic for treatment. "Laura" is safe now with us and getting stronger- We are asking for your help now more than ever! Any amount: $5, $10... more if you can afford it, will support our life-saving work with homeless animals. Some people have generously made recurring donations of $20 a month- You can donate on Crowdrise or on PayPal. You can also mail us a check to: Amazon CARES, PO BOX 271344, Tampa, FL 33688. You can even create your own fundraiser on Crowdrise and ask your friends to support many animals like Laura! Just like you, we believe EVERY life is precious. Amazon CARES is committed to saving as many lives as possible. Your generosity helps us carry out that mission.
Laura was kind enough to share her incredible journey with us below.

"Laura" in our clinic.
"I’ve never been a big believer in miracles, but sometimes they really do happen when you least expect it. I had the chance to be part of one which I will never forget. 
Recently I took a trip to South America. When I was there I noticed many homeless dogs and cats. We would drive or walk through towns and I would see them. Their coats were filthy, some were very thin and they always seemed to have such grief and sadness in their eyes. I started saving all my leftovers, buying food and carrying it with me. I had heard from someone that I shouldn't feed the strays. That they were aggressive. But that was not my experience. All of the many dozens of dogs I met during my travels were friendly and patient. It seemed like they had learned that if they were well-behaved, people would feed them.
I felt so helpless. Here I was as a temporary visitor in a foreign country thousands of miles from home, desperately wishing I could make a difference. Feeding them didn’t seem like enough. 
During one of our stops we visited the city of Iquitos, Peru. It was there that I came across one dog that stood out from the rest. She was curled up under a trailer. Her body was so shrunken from hunger that her skin hung loosely. Most of her fur was gone and almost all of her skin was raw and sore from mange. Her eyes were closed and she continuously rubbed at her ear with her paw. Although I’ve experienced bad allergies and hives, I couldn’t imagine the suffering this poor dog was going through. Something in the back of my mind told me to take a couple of photos of her location so I took one of the trailer she was under and a second of the marketplace across from where I found her.
I shared the photo of her on my Facebook page. People asked me why I was leaving her there and they wanted to know why I wasn’t doing anything to help her. It was painful to admit I couldn’t help her. I was in a foreign country, I didn’t speak the language and I was only there a short time before leaving for another location. I felt even more heartbroken. All I had was a photograph. How can anyone make a difference with just a photograph? 
During the rest of the trip I couldn’t stop thinking about the little dog. When I arrived home the following week, I decided to post her photo on a couple of animal rescue sites. I wasn’t expecting any responses since Iquitos is a relatively remote city located in the Peruvian Amazon, but surprisingly enough, I received a response from my posting on the Angels for Animals Network that very evening. A woman named Manuela Rodrigues asked where the dog was located. I told her I had photos of the location and shared those with her. She told me that she knew the area and would have her two vet assistants look for the dog the following day. I was both surprised and excited. It seemed almost unbelievable to me. I felt like I was in a dream. I shared this update with friends and asked for positive thoughts and prayers that they would find her. Since the dog was in such poor shape, I hoped she wouldn’t travel far from the location where she had been.
They found her! Way to go Harry and Junior!
The next day I received a message and photos from Manuela. THEY HAD THE DOG!!!!!!! It was her-- "Laura". They brought her to their vet clinic and were giving her a medicated bath and starting treatment. I cried. I felt like I had won the lottery. A suffering dog 4000 miles away that I had just happened to capture in a photo during my trip had been rescued and was receiving treatment because I took a chance and reached out. Somehow one of my photos actually made a difference. Just thinking about this still brings tears to my eyes. I know I cannot save them all, but for this one dog I was able to make a difference. Manuela also confirmed that the dog was a girl and they had named her Laura after me.
Veterinarian Dr. Edwin examines "Laura".
There are no words to describe how deeply this experience has touched me. I owe much gratitude to Manuela for responding to my request. She has proven that sometimes something as simple as a photo can make a real difference, and sometimes miracles really do happen."

Right now, Amazon CARES takes in more animals that need our help just like Laura than ever before, and we need your help to keep our doors open. Any amount of support is a HUGE help to the animals and community of Iquitos, Peru. Please click here to donate today!