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February 3, 2011

Join the Harveys on their Volunteer Journey to the Amazon!

Nicole and Jack Harvey are two of the volunteers that will be joining Amazon Community Animal Rescue in Peru for two weeks this April.   It will be an exciting journey, and we'd like to introduce our soon-to-be guests and fellow workers! This is our first trip that combines an eco-tourism component with a rigorous work schedule.  See the itinerary.
You can be a part of their amazing journey.   Please visit The Ruff Road Ahead, the website created to raise funds for their expedition; any contribution is gratefully accepted!

Nicole, or Nikka as many know her, developed her love for animals at an early age. As a child she used to bandage her healthy pups and nurse them "back to health."  Her childhood household always teemed with animals, from cats to dogs, to wildlife such as injured and orphaned raccoons and squirrels that young Nikka rehabilitated.  As an adult, Nikka lived for a time in Taiwan where she saw countless numbers of street dogs, hungry for food and attention.  It broke her heart to see the neglect, the starvation, the abuse, and the needless suffering.  These are all common sights in the region where Amazon CARES works to create a better life for animals.
Now back in the United States, Nikka has become a Positive Dog Trainer, Certified AKC CGC Evaluator, Wildlife Rehabilitator, and she and her husband are owners of Zoo Mommy Pet Care in Tennessee. Nikka is also continuing her education with a degree as a Veterinary Technician.   As Nikka states, "Animals are my passion, and providing the best for them is what I strive to accomplish every day."

Jack Harvey, Nikka's husband, also has a long history of volunteerism.  Born in Norway, he spent much of his childhood with his parents, a surgeon and nurse anesthetist, doing mission work in remote areas of Africa.  After his father died in a plane crash, Jack and his mother continued to live on the mission, working at the clinic while Jack attended school.  After traveling back and forth between Africa and Norway, he finally made his way to the United States, and graduated from college with a business degree. 
Together the Harveys spend every day caring and loving many, MANY dogs, cats, and other household pets all over Knoxville, where they reside with their three children and four dogs.  We cannot wait to have Nikka and Jack join us; we are lucky to once again have such dedicated volunteers to aid us in our passion: to aid the animals of the Amazon River basin area.                                        

 Be a part of this amazing journey!  Jack and Nikka need sponsors, and you have the chance to support them and make a difference for the neglected animals in the remote Amazon region.

Volunteering in Iquitos is expensive.  With airfare and other transportation fees, it costs well over $4,000 for the two to travel to Peru for the two weeks of the spay/neuter clinic program.  With a donation, you can be a part of their journey and help the two dedicated volunteers to make it to Iquitos for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to aid animals that are in such great need.  Please visit The Ruff Road Ahead, the website created to raise funds for their expedition; any contribution is gratefully accepted!

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