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September 24, 2011

Philanthropist Pledges 150% Match for Animal Health

Rick Britton with Marilyn and Mo, rescue dogs from Peru.
Rick Britton Challenges Donors and  Animal Advocates

As a friend of the Mednikow family, I am extremely impressed with the personal sacrifices Molly Mednikow (the Founder and Director of CARES) has made to keep Amazon CARES alive.  She is extremely committed, and told me of some of the hardships that exist in running an animal charity and shelter in the Amazon.  I wanted to donate money right away, but quickly realized that I could do more good by becoming a matching donor.  I am getting great pleasure out of seeing Molly "beg" for Amazon CARES.  I'm sort of kidding.

I decided upon a figure of $12,000, thinking I could donate $1000 a month.  Molly had mentioned this sum to me as an amount of money needed to buy a new boat motor, install solar power, and reinforce the infrastructure of the no-kill shelter which is constantly battered down by the elements.  I knew I wanted to do something, but then I thought of it as an investment, and realized my best investment would be to teach Molly to be a better fundraiser.  With a matching funds donation I figured I could plant some seeds and watch things grow.  As a further incentive, I decided that I would give Amazon CARES a bonus donation of $6000 if they could raise $12,000 in 6 months!  So I have pledged to donate $18,000 if Amazon CARES can raise $12,000 by March 1, 2012.

As an animal lover and rescuer, I felt a need to do this as a "global citizen".  This is a global world in which we are increasingly connected.  Yet the citizens of Peru's Amazon Region remain disconnected,  Without Amazon CARES, none of their amazing programs would exist for these people and animals.

The breadth and reach of CARES' programs amazed me.  I didn't realize that CARES traveled to the most remote parts of the Amazon region.  Nor did I realize their commitment to human health issues and education.  They do so much more than rescue dogs!  The numerous volunteers that travel to Peru to volunteer for CARES walk away with more knowledge and they are also enlightened.  Amazon CARES has all encompassing programs for health, education, and human and animal welfare in an area that doesn't receive much support.  I am challenging others to take a closer look at Amazon CARES and make a donation!

I plan to visit the Amazon sooner than later.  I plan to volunteer but also want to take advantage of the once-in-a-lifetime eco-tourism opportunities in that beautiful setting.

Written by Rick Britton



  1. Wow, that is so terrific. It is so awesome to see someone like you that cares enough to donate money and time to saving the Amazon animals. I wish I could donate some money but I have my hands full with all these animals that I have here. Thanks for visiting my blog.

  2. We understand others, especially animal rescuers and advocates, already have their hands full and can not donate. Anything you can do to share the news is greatly appreciated. Thanks for your comment and for visiting our blog.

  3. That's's because of people like you that animals in dire need make it.

  4. Thank you so much fur stoppin' by my blog on Saturday! :)

    Woofs and Licks,
    Maggie Mae

  5. This isn't all about Animals, it is about ensuring their owners understand that diseases travel from animals to people, as Molly mentioned parasites. This saves children lives and teaches the value of friendship and responsibility through animals.

    Growing up in tourism I found too many people not interested in meeting needs of people in other countries but in selling tickets. Sometimes it was very ugly, I did not continue to work in that field. I am hopeful for a rise of the no kill nations in the US.

    This will be a hard amount to meet in these economic times but I hope they can do it!