The Brigitte Bardot Foundation has approved funding to aid Amazon CARES in the sterilization of 600 dogs. CARES is located in the Amazon, wich is known for its exceptional biodiversity and is home to the largest variety of plant species in the world. The region is under constant threat by predation of all kinds; from the trafficking of wild animals to domestic abuse.
The people of the Amazon also live in a precarious situation with significant health and social concerns. The prevalence of endemic diseases (malaria, dengue, diarrhea, parasites...) is severe, especially in marginally urban areas and in Indigenous communities.
Conditions in Iquitos are no better. Iquitos is home to 60,000 domestic animals, "street dogs," approximately 70% of which suffer from abuse and neglect. Street dogs carry infectious diseases that are contagious to humans. These factors make Iquitos seem dangerous and unsanitary to tourists, which causes the local economy to suffer further.
Amazon CARES has provided ongoing support to sick an abandoned animals since 2004. Drawing on the expertise of its members and foreign volunteers, several projects have already emerged and mobile clinics in remote forest areas have been established. CARES also organizes educational programs, prevention campaigns and shelters rescued animals suffering from ongoing needs in the Amazon region of Loreto, Peru, until they are healthy enough to be adopted. CARES enjoys the support of local and national authorities (Municipalities, Region of Loreto, Ministries of Health and Agriculture) and international (Worldwide Veterinary Service, WSPA, Animal Medical Care Foundation).
In addition to sterilizing the 600 dogs mentioned above, The Brigitte Bardot Foundation has elected to donate much needed funds to CARES to repair their shelter damaged by severe flooding in 2009.
Amazon CARES is extremely grateful for the grant which enabled us to survive the flooding catastrophe during 2009.