December 31, 2013

Amazon CARES #1 Moment of 2013 - The Animals!

These last days of 2013 we have been sharing
Amazon CARES' top moments of the year. What is the number 1 moment of this past year? The animals we've helped, of course! Improving the lives of animals in Peru's Amazon River Basin is our goal, so it's no wonder they made the top of our list. Here are some of the more memorable kiddos we've helped this year!

Dottie when she first arrived at the
Amazon CARES veterinary clinic.

Dottie, named after longtime supporter Dottie Bonnett, arrived at the Amazon CARES veterinary clinic malnourished and with a bad case of mange. With some simple treatment, and plenty of love and attention, Dottie looks like an entirely new dog! And just in time for the new year, Dottie has been adopted!

Dottie now!


Momma lived at the Amazon CARES no-kill shelter for a number of months until this past October when she was adopted by US supporter Kristi Emerson.
It took a lot of work on Kristi's part to make sure Momma traveled safely and comfortably all the way to the United States. Momma now lives in Tennessee and leads a very spoiled life thanks to Kristi!
Kristi and Momma at the CARES clinic in Iquitos.


Dos before.

Dos was rescued in April at the door of the Casa Morey, just a few doors down from the CARES veterinary clinic in Iquitos, by US citizen William Christiansen. Bill decided to sponsor Dos' treatment and care, a very generous gesture by a person who was just visiting the city! Dos was very skinny and had a bad case of mange. Thanks to Bill's generosity, since being treated Dos is happy, his hair has grown back, and he is mange-free. He is up for adoption at our no-kill shelter!

Dos after!

Henry the day he was found.

Henry was found at a mobile veterinary site during our October volunteer veterinary trip. He was named Henry by volunteer Henrietta Fidler.

Volunteer Hen speaks to a child while recovering patients
from surgery during an Amazon CARES mobile veterinary
campaign. Little Henry looks on in the back.

Henry was living in a gym where his mother had given birth to him and his siblings. According to the gym owner, a short time after delivering her babies the mother disappeared. While his siblings didn't survive, Henry did, but the gym owner was unsure how to care for him. Henry is now up for adoption through Amazon CARES!

Henry one month after being rescued by Amazon CARES.

Lupita the day she arrived at Amazon CARES.

Lupita was initially rescued by a woman who had already adopted a dog from the Amazon CARES no-kill shelter. Lupita stayed around the woman's house, but she couldn't afford to care for her and she also couldn't stand the thought of Lupita continuing to live as a stray. Lupita came to Amazon CARES in October, and has since found a loving, permanent home!
Lupita after!
These are the stories of only five of the animals Amazon CARES helped in 2013. Each year Amazon CARES helps hundreds of animals and dozens of communities. With your continued help, Amazon CARES will help even more in the coming year.

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 Missed our other top moments of 2013? Here's a recap!

5. Amazon CARES treats over 600 animals during
health campaign.

Read more here.

4. Amazon CARES gets a new logo and website.

3. Amazon CARES battles animal abuse in Peru.
Read more about CARES' efforts in 2013 to protect endangered species,
domestic animals, and other legislation.

 2. New volunteer leadership for Amazon's only domestic animal charity.
Read about Amazon CARES' transition to a volunteer-run organization,
along with current virtual volunteer opportunities, here.

Volunteer Shannon Sullivan rode with Momma from
the CARES no-kill shelter to the veterinary clinic
where Momma's new owner Kristi was eagerly waiting to adopt her.

December 20, 2013

The Season of Giving!

Are you looking for a way to give back this holiday season? Consider supporting Amazon CARES! We are the first, and only, domestic animal charity in Peru's Amazon River Basin. With the generosity of our supporters, we help hundreds of dogs and cats every year. In addition, we host humane education and responsible pet ownership talks throughout the region. We also work closely with local legislators to strengthen and enforce animal cruelty laws. When you support Amazon CARES, you are helping both animals and communities.

There are several simple ways to give to Amazon CARES this holiday season, some without spending a dime!

Purchase a Love decal!

Get your decal here!
Through the month of December, Self-Made Vinyl Co. is hosting a fundraiser that benefits Amazon CARES. Purchase a Love decal for only $10, and $5 goes directly to Amazon CARES. Not only are there several colors to choose from, but these decals also ship worldwide for free! Get your decal today by clicking here!

Give to our Crowdrise Holiday Challenge!

Donate here!

Fundraising website Crowdrise is hosting a Holiday Challenge that Amazon CARES has joined. The challenge runs until Thursday, January 9th, and the team that raises the most during the challenge wins $100,00 for their charity. There are additional prizes for second and third place, along with a number of other prizes throughout the challenge. We are encouraging supporters to donate $10 to help us celebrate our upcoming 10 year anniversary! Donate today here!

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searching the internet! With every internet search conducted on Goodsearch, one penny is donated to Amazon CARES. That may not seem like much, but those pennies can add up quickly! Over $450 has already been raised so far! You can also get great deals both online and in stores with Goodshop and Goodswipe. Visit Goodsearch today! You can also learn more about shopping with Goodsearch tools here.

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Thank you for your support in 2013! We have helped many animals, like Dottie, throughout the year. With your continued support we can help even more animals in 2014!

December 12, 2013

November 2013: The Numbers

November was a very busy month for our team in Peru!
A puppy fast asleep during a mobile campaign.

 Dogs and cats spayed or neutered at AC clinic: 29
Dogs and cats receiving other medical care at AC clinic: 30
Dogs adopted: 4
Cats adopted: 1
Dogs rescued from streets:  17
Cats rescued from streets: 4
Dogs available for adoption: 42
Cats available for adoption: 10
Interviews with local media: 4
Articles published in local newspapers: 5
Educational presentations: 1

Participation in a local science fair. 

Public meeting about responsible pet ownership.

Mobile veterinary campaigns in Tamshiyacu, AAHH,
Los Cedros, and Madre de Dios.
Mobile clinic at Tamshiyacu.

Help Amazon CARES continue our work; please consider donating $10 to help us celebrate our upcoming 10 year anniversary! Donate today!

December 11, 2013

A Week Volunteering With Amazon CARES - Part 3/3

For two weeks this past October, Liz volunteered in Peru during one of our volunteer veterinary trips. In this special three part blog series, Liz describes her first week volunteering for Amazon CARES. To learn about upcoming volunteer veterinary trips, visit our website at

The final day of neutering in Caballococha was on a Friday. 
We were woken up by the local school band playing and marching the street outside – practice for the later parade I think, and as we walked out of town we could see all the stages and decorations being set up.  It was really sad thinking that we were not going to be back there!

The surgeries were a little more steady, although I don't for a minute think we had neutered most of the animals.  The day seemed to be a public holiday in the town – we had had assistants from the biology classes.  Even the school janitors seemed keen to leave and Harri had to climb over the wall to get to the autoclave.

Doctors Jason Down and
Desiree Hartmann during surgery.
The town celebrations coincided with Hen's birthday, so we had to complete the trip with a few beers – it would have been rude not to.   We spent the evening in the square listening to the talent show final.  

The following day was back to Iquitos in the boat – ready for a day off and the next week!  The highlight of the day – I finally got to see my pink dolphin!

Missed Part 1? Read it here! Read Part 2 here!

December 6, 2013

Amazon CARES In The News - Reflecting on 2013

Earlier this week Amazon CARES was featured in La Region, a popular news source in Iquitos, Peru. Longtime CARES supporter and volunteer Marina Pereyra was interviewed for the article. You can read the article, printed in Spanish, here. Below is the article's English translation.

As 2013 is ending, various institutions, organizations, and even the population, begin to take a self-assessment of the work or actions that developed this year. CARES, an institution devoted to promote public health campaigns, animal rescues, education, and the rehabilitation of abandoned animals, is not unfamiliar to that.  "In this 2013, we feel that we have had several successful improvements in our health campaigns and in our agreements with different municipalities. As for 2014, we are projecting ourselves to  have more agreements, improve and implement the services in our veterinary clinic, start the delivery service, continue with the support and rescue of abandoned dogs," says Marina Pereyra, member of the Amazon CARES board.

CARES volunteer Marina Pereyra. Photo courtesy of La Region.

They are also seeking to institutionalize charity dinners where they can deliver awards for individuals, institutions or companies that support their noble cause. In the meanwhile, there are an increasing number of abroad volunteers looking forward to come to our city and join the community work that CARES have been promoting in our city for the last eight years.

About the shelter, she explains they have already made ​​progress on plans, and defined how they will be renovating and expanding the center, because flooding last year and earlier this year left the place in a situation of emergency and should be addressed. With the expansion we can accommodate a larger number of puppies.

When she was asked for her opinion on the degree of awareness of the population in Iquitos about the stray animals, if maybe there are more conscious people about animal care, wild or domesticated, she points that Iquitos is in an evolutionary phase. "We have teamed up with other organizations such as SOLINIA, among others, together we do talks in schools, because new generations could pass this sensibility to the new ones."


At the same time, she didn’t hesitate to invite people interested in collaborating with CARES’ work, "There are many ways anyone can collaborate and help, not only economically, but also joining the volunteer program, helping in the campaigns, or in the educational talks."