July 12, 2013

Amazon CARES June Report - Hundreds of Animals Receive Veterinary Care

By Shannon Sullivan

Amazon CARES once again assisted hundreds of animals in and around Iquitos, Peru, during the month of June. Check out these numbers! (These numbers do not reflect veterinary care provided at our clinic by paying clients, only those services Amazon CARES provided at no cost.)

  • 8 dogs and cats spayed or neutered
  • 8 dogs and cats received other medical care
  • 180 dogs and cats spayed or neutered during San Juan and Rio Nanay mobile campaigns
  • 500 dogs and cats received other medical care during San Juan and Rio Nanay mobile campaigns
  • 4 dogs adopted through our no-kill shelter
  • 8 cats adopted through our no-kill shelter
  • 1 dog rescued by Amazon CARES
  • 7 cats rescued by Amazon CARES
  • 9 media interviews conducted
  • 5 articles published about Amazon CARES
  • 5 humane education talks given 

Thanks to our generous supporters, Amazon CARES is able to continue our invaluable work. Thank you for your support!


July 8, 2013

Peruvian News on CARES' Animals Have Rights Campaign: "Why Not Dream of A Better Future?"

By Shannon Sullivan

A newly registered dog
and his owner.
At the end of May I reported on a successful mobile veterinary campaign hosted by Amazon CARES where over 600 dogs and cats received much needed veterinary care. In addition, pets were registered with the city of Contamana for easy identification and tracking should the animal become lost, neglected or abused. In June La Region, Loreto's major news source, also reported on the campaign.

The article discusses Amazon CARES' Animals Have Rights campaign, which encourages individuals to anonymously monitor and report violence towards animals. Witnesses of abuse or neglect towards both domestic and wild animals are asked to report the incident to local authorities or to Amazon CARES so that corrective action may be taken.

Peru Director Bruno Antoine explains in the article that Amazon CARES is "pushing an agreement with the State Bar of Loreto, such as the creation of a commission of lawyers responsible for processing complaints presented by the affected and move them to the competent authorities. So CARES becomes an intermediary between the complainants and the authorities that manage and provide solutions to complaints about such crimes and misdemeanors."

A Humisha display which used the
endangered woolly monkey.
Amazon CARES acted as an intermediary in February 2013 when reporting on a Humishas contest in Bellavista Market organized by the Municipality of Maynas. The public was shocked when dead woolly monkeys were used as decorative ornaments in the contest, violating a Supreme Decree. Luis Navarro Acho, President of the Flea Market Vendors Association, justified the use of the endangered woolly monkey since the contest is held only once a year. Amazon CARES, with support from the Commission of Defense of Wildlife and the Domestic Bar Association of Loreto, have been working together for the conservation and protection of these endangered animals.

The article goes on to urge citizens of Loreto to take animal abuse seriously and to always report it to the appropriate authorities. "Many times we become aware that some people do cruel and ruthless acts against animals and we are filled with anger at feeling powerless over such acts; this is because we know that there are laws and procedures that protect wild and domestic animals. In this sense, we must understand abuse as being any event, act or omission of the human being that can cause pain or suffering, affecting animal welfare, endangering the animal's life, or seriously affecting your health, as well as labor exploitation, are considered acts of cruelty and maltreatment."

A young boy with his pets at the
Amazon CARES Contamana Campaign.
Amazon CARES' work has helped to create a culture of empathy and compassion throughout Peru; this is evident with the article's closing statement. "So much for turning a blind eye and pretending that the problem doesn't concern us. It's time we start considering the animals who are beings with feelings, but especially, are suffering and treated unfairly, often subjected to unscrupulous people. Slowly and together we can get society aware, and why not dream of a better future?"

La Region article translated with Google Translate.

July 1, 2013

Dog Food Shortage A Real Danger

By Shannon Sullivan

Last month I reported about the difficulty of obtaining quality dog food at a reasonable price for the Amazon CARES team in Peru. Unfortunately, that difficulty continues and the potential of a dog food shortage is more real than ever.

Ysa, one of the dogs at Amazon CARES'
No-Kill Dog Shelter.
Operating a no-kill dog shelter out of one of the most remote areas of the world allows our team to help animals who may otherwise not receive assistance. However, there are certainly problems associated with that remoteness; namely getting supplies in a reasonable time frame and at a reasonable price.

Entrance to the CARES No-Kill Dog Shelter.
Currently Pedigree dog food, the food we usually feed our shelter dogs, is unavailable in the entire country of Peru. In turn, we have been forced to purchase the higher cost, lower quality food that is available. Having to spend more money on dog food means that our organization has fewer funds for other expenses, like medical supplies. During times like this we rely on our supporters more than ever.

Peru Director Bruno Antoine
with dogs up for adoption at the shelter.
Please consider making a small donation to help feed these wonderful dogs. As the gravity of this situation becomes more apparent, the support of donors is more important than ever. Even the smallest donation can go a long way in helping shelter dogs in Peru. Your support is very appreciated! Visit our Crowdrise fundraising site for more information or to make a donation.