February 23, 2013

Amazon CARES Veterinary Trips: Dates and Facts

2013 Vet Trip Dates:

March 31 - April 14 - Apply Today!
June 2 - 16 
August 4 - 18
October 13 - 27 

General Trip Description:

Spay / Neuter Project for street dogs/cats and owned animals for low income families.

Project Location: Amazon Rainforest near Iquitos, Peru.  Some trips include day trips or a complete 5-day jungle expedition to remote locales along the Amazon River.

Languages: English, Rudimentary Spanish is an asset

Who can volunteer? Veterinarians, Veterinary Nurses, Veterinary Technicians, Veterinary Assistants, Experienced Animal Handlers

Fees Include:  All food and lodging when staying in jungle facility. Meals taken "in-town" are not the responsibility of Amazon CARES. Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks are not covered. Filtered water will always be available, and often, fruit juice will also be available.  Nominal transportation costs to and from airport are not covered.

Each participant is expected to pay their personal transportation costs to and from Iquitos, Peru. All food and lodging during boat / extended jungle trips are provided with the above exceptions.

Not included:  International & Domestic airfares, airport departure taxes or visa fees, excess baggage charges, additional tours taken away from the group, and nights during the trip due to flight cancellations, alcoholic beverages or bottled water, snacks, insurance of any kind, laundry, phone calls, radio calls or messages, reconfirmation of flights and items of personal nature, domestic flight. Gratuities to rainforest tour guides are appreciated, but are not obligatory and are not included.

See our website for more information!

February 14, 2013

A Birthday Valentine to Director Bruno Antoine

Today, February 14, we not only celebrate Valentine's Day, but we also celebrate the Birthday of Bruno Antoine, a very well known man in Iquitos, Peru, and the Director of Amazon CARES in Peru.

Prior to joining Amazon CARES as our Director in Peru, he worked for two different NGO's based in Peru.  Bruno is a native of Évreux, France.  He is married to Lily Zumba and in 2012 they welcomed their daughter Zoé into the family.

His academic history prepared him well for work in the international non profit arena.  

  • Bachelor's degree is in Political Science from the Université François Rabelais (François Rabelais University) in Tours.
  • Master's Degree in in Government Administration from the Institut d'études politiques (Institute of Political Studies).
  • Master's Degree in Non-Profit Management from the Institut de Formation et d'Appui aux Initiatives de Développement (Institute for Training and Support Development Initiatives) in Bordeaux. 
As Director of Amazon CARES in Peru, he communicates our mission internationally while searching for grants and media exposure.  Much of his time is spent dealing with the local authorities to promote animal welfare issues and form alliances that benefit animals.  He works with local and international volunteers, and is well known among youth in the region as a passionate humane educator.  

As a Frenchman, romance is in his blood, and we are plying him with questions about romance from a French perspective, and hope to feature these thoughts on another blog.

February 13, 2013

Mourning a Colleague & Animal Savior

Gustavo Cahuaza Shapiama (May 10, 1982 -February 2, 2013
We mourn the loss of our colleague and friend, Gustavo Cahuaza Shapiama, born in Mazan on May 10, 1982 and died on February 2, 2013. Gustavo was a trusted employee of Amazon CARES for 5 years. He worked as the primary animal caretaker at the Amazon CARES No-Kill shelter at Cabo Lopez, near by the city of Iquitos. during the last two years Gustavo lived in the Cabo Lopez community with his wife and his infant son, Jack. He is also survived by another son from s prior relationship.

His sudden and accidental death took place at around 2 PM while he was at work for Amazon CARES. Amazon CARES has been cleared of any fault or negligence in Gustavo's tragic accident.

All those who knew Gustavo are mourning the death of our own "Pied Piper" of puppies, who followed him throughout his daily work routine. Volunteers and employees of Amazon CARES came together to cover his funeral expenses, and Amazon CARES has established a fund to help his family during this difficult time.

We honor Gustavo best by continuing to rescue animals in need. Gustavo applied daily treatments and preventative care for all animals awaiting adoption at Cabo Lopez. He also provided a loving, dignified and humane life to our "permanent residents" at the shelter that were not adoptable. His love for each animal ran so deep. And he is deeply missed, leaving a void in our hearts as we continue his life's work.