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March 31, 2012

Flood Destroys Animal Shelter; Volunteer Trip Cancelled

With great sadness we report the forced cancellation of the April/May Veterinary Volunteer trip to the Amazon, which we were conducting in conjunction with the Worldwide Veterinary Service. *


This is the worst flooding in 13 years.  Our shelter
 is destroyed.
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Flooding has destroyed our animal shelter, and we have relocated all animals to a space below our jungle treatment center.

March 26, 2012

HELP - Flood Destroys Animal Shelter

The Itaya River continues to rise, strongly affecting those living on the coast, and including our no-kill animal refuge at Cabo Lopez.

The inundation of rain has caused a fast deterioration of the shelter.  There is no longer a dividing wall between healthy animals and those in treatment.  CARES' workers are endangered, as they must wade through water to get food to the dogs, avoiding snakes and other dangers.  Sadly, the dogs have no play area anymore.

Meatless Monday: Peruvian Huancayo Potatoes

Did you know?  Peru is currently in the Guiness Book of World Records for Most Diverse Cuisine.

Papa a la Huancaina
Papa a la Huanca√≠na is dish of sliced potatoes covered in a spicy cheese sauce that is typically served cold, as a first course or luncheon dish. It's delicious made with yellow or white potatoes. If you prefer a spicier sauce, add an extra aji amarillo*.  If you cannot find aji amarillo, substitute a pureed hot pepper of your choice, though the flavor will be considerably different.   Learn more about Aji Amarillo by clicking the link to Read More.

March 20, 2012

Cruelty and Indifference: "I Will Never Accept"

"I just found these 8 new-born kittens on the sidewalk. Left in the burning sun to die. Bystanders looked on and did nothing. They just shrug; it´s not my problem! The umbilical chords were still attached; these babies are less than a day old. They can´t survive, but I took them to my friends at Amazon Cares anyway. But all they can do is give them a more humane death.

March 2, 2012

Martin the Monkey Needs Me. And You!

 Today I was moved to tears after welcoming a friend into the Amazon CARES clinic in Peru.   Gart Van Gennip is the General Manager of the San Pedro Lodge near Iquitos.  Gart is also known around Iquitos as a defender of animal rights and has even worked with the authorities to close down two illegal 'serpentarios', where animals were brutally exploited. You can read his account here.

Recently Gart has championed the cause of Martin the Monkey.  On learning more about Martin I broke down into tears.  My first responsibility is to raise money for Amazon CARES.  Yet I am so moved by Martin´s plight that I must tell his story, and hope that we can raise the $1200 needed to build Martin an appropriately sized cage so that he can live comfortably.    He can live another 18 years, however he lacks survival skills to live in the wild.