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July 23, 2012

Bloggers United: How Amazon CARES is Making a Difference for Animals

Since the start of Amazon Community Animal Rescue, Education and Safety (2004), we have fought uphill battles with authorities and the public due to ignorance and lack of cultural importance placed on domestic animals.  It is so amazing to see how far we have come!

In one week I will depart for Peru, and within 2 weeks I will be joined by a multi-cultural group of volunteers - from Australia, Canada, Asia, Great Britain and the United States.

Dr. Luis & Dr. Kyle Perrin work in a mobile s/n clinic.
Over a two week period our team will be traveling to remote jungle villages where no Veterinarians exist, and knowledge of basic hygiene and personal health care is minimal.  How could these villagers expect to understand what their dog or cat needs?

Whereas some organizations will "drop in" to an area and perform many spay and neuter surgeries, I am proud to claim a small corner of the world where the need is great.  Animal population control is not achieved by spaying/neutering animals over a two week period.  However, Amazon CARES spays and neuters animals all year long.  When we visit jungle villages, we return to visit them the next year.  For super remote locations such as Requena, one of our August destinations, we return every other year.

We have seen substantial changes in the stray animal populations.  The population is greatly reduced, and the roaming animals that we have captured and released live in healthier conditions.

Our humane education programs are also vital to our long-term success.

All in all, Amazon CARES plays a vital role in rescuing animals and preventing unborn litters in our region.  We are truly NO-KILL in every sense of the word.

A cat is well-loved in her new home.
This year, as many know, we almost had to close our doors after our kennels were destroyed by flooding.  Thankfully, donors made sure that didn't happen!  We began to promote adoption heavily with weekly TV appearances, and in 2012 we have adopted out 71 dogs and cats SO FAR...!  Last weekend volunteers spanned out through Iquitos to do follow up adoption checks on animals adopted in 2011 and 2012.  There were no misfires.  Not even one!  That is incredible!

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