December 20, 2014

Our Holiday Promise: Lifetime Homes for Shelter Animals!

Chester Before
Amazon Community Animal Rescue, Education & Safety prides ourselves on taking in abandoned street dogs and restoring them to health and finding them happy, loving homes.  Amazon CARES is 100% dedicated to the no-kill philosophy. *

Chester Now
Nearly every dog we rescue would be euthanized by an American shelter, even a no-kill shelter.

Yet the dogs we rescue almost always have treatable conditions such as severe mange, skin, ear and eye infections, malnutrition and parasites.  Treatment may take many months, but the results are amazing.

Scott has a home for life!
Scott, above, has not had an easy life, and we were forced to amputate one leg following a traffic accident.  Dogs like Scott have a forever home at the spacious jungle shelter where he is not confined to a kennel!

This holiday season please don't forget how many animals we can rescue for just a small donation!  Please continue supporting us!  One very easy and FREE way to save animals is by utilizing GoodSearch and GoodShop, featuring all of your favorite retailers.  Happy Holidays from everyone at Amazon CARES!

* We have written about our no-kill philosophy in previous blogs "Princess Chose Us:  True Meaning of 'No-Kill;" and "The True Meaning of 'No-Kill' Part II" which discusses PETA's controversial position on the no-kill movement.

Amazon Community Animal Rescue, Education & Safety (Amazon CARES) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit in the USA and a nationally registered ONG in Peru.  Read our Mission Statement here.

December 1, 2014

Help Amazon CARES on #GivingTuesday!




It's that time of year again - Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday. And now a chance to give back with #GivingTuesday on Tuesday, December 2nd.

What is #GivingTuesday? 
On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. It’s a simple idea. Just find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give something more. Then tell everyone you can about how you are giving. Join us and be a part of a global celebration of a new tradition of generosity. GivingTuesday.org
If you are feeling generous for #GivingTuesday, please consider a donation to Amazon CARES. There is no better time to donate than now, because Amazon CARES is really struggling due to lack of funding. The money you donate will go towards supporting the animals that are currently in our care. Any amount would be so greatly appreciated!

To support Amazon CARES' mission of better health and living conditions for all living beings in the Peruvian Amazon region, donate via PayPal here or email sponsor@amazoncares.org. Amazon CARES is a 501(c) 3 tax-exempt charity.

November 18, 2014

Introducing Abbie Mood - Combining her passions to make a difference!

Amazon CARES is happy to welcome Abbie Mood to the blog team as the new Blog Editor. Be sure to subscribe to our blog so you don't miss a thing!


Born in Delaware, Abbie now lives in Colorado after spending a few years in Southern California after college. She first learned about Amazon CARES on Facebook, and when asked about why she wants to work with Amazon CARES, Abbie explained, "I've always been an animal lover and writer, and now that I'm a dog trainer, too, I thought putting all of these passions together might allow me to help Amazon CARES from a distance!"

Abbie currently shares her home with two rescue dogs (Daisy & Sadie), two rescued guinea pigs (Ellie & Baxter), and two rats (Nellie & Ruby). Abbie enjoys traveling, volunteering, reading, rock climbing, running, and hiking, especially with her dogs.

Abbie explains that what inspires her to help animals is simple to understand. "I have a deep love for animals and their well-being. The more we can educate people about animals and our relationship with them, the better the world will be for all of us." She goes on to add, "over the time I've been following Amazon CARES, I have seen the great work that has been done not just with the dogs, but with the people and the environment in Peru, and I am sure that even more great work is to come!"

We are also looking for contributors and post ideas, so if you are interested or have an idea, comment below!


November 10, 2014

A Rescue Dog's First Trip to the Salon!

Sol means sun.  Rescuers found her languishing in the sun in on a pile of trash. The poor girl was extremely disoriented, yet sensed she was finally safe, and she was genuinely grateful to be rescued!  She also has severe malnutrition, dehydration, mange and other common internal and external parasites. 


Today Sol received her first bath and haircut!  Obtaining quality grooming materials (and maintaining them) is an incredible challenge for the charity, but we always do our best to give our doggies the royal treatment.  Make a comment below and tell us what you think of her quick transformation!  




Now that she is under the experienced care of the Amazon CARES veterinary team she can heal, be spayed, and find a forever home.  Sol has a bright future ahead.  
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It has been a struggle to help locals accept former street dogs as family pets.  Yet, we are proud of our "Slow but Steady Progress in Peru."  This article from the Humane Society International features the work of Amazon CARES.

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October 10, 2014

Celebrate Adopt a Shelter Dog Month with a #nokill #international #charity!

By Shannon Sullivan*


October is Adopt A Shelter Dog Month, but because most of our supporters are unable to adopt a dog from the jungles of Peru, we'll be observing Sponsor A Shelter Dog Month. Amazon CARES operates the first, and only, no-kill dog shelter in Peru's Amazon River Basin. Our shelter may be home to up to forty dogs at a time while they are waiting for their forever homes.

While in our care shelter dogs receive not only food, love, and shelter, but also treatment for internal and external parasites, vaccinations, and are spayed or neutered. Caring for these dogs does come at a cost, however.

 
Sam
- $55 provides a dog with a month's worth of food and treatment for worms, fleas, and scabies


- $15 provides a dog with vaccinations


- $85 covers the cost of a dog spay (for female dogs)


- $35 covers the cost of a dog neuter (for male dogs)




Mosa

You can sponsor a shelter dog today! Please visit our Facebook page for an entire photo album of shelter dogs and their stories. (No need to be a Facebook member to view the album.) Visit our Crowdrise fundraising page to sponsor a dog today! Simply make a donation the funds will go directly towards the care of our shelter dogs.  Even though you may not be able to offer one of these sweet dogs a forever home, you can help improve their lives by sponsoring one of them today!



*  This blog was written and published in 2013.  It remains one of our most popular blog articles, and we are republishing in its original form!
- $55 provides a dog with a month's worth of food and treatment for worms, fleas, and scabies
- $15 provides a dog with vaccinations
- $85 covers the cost of a dog spay
- $35 covers the cost of a dog neuter
You can sponsor a shelter dog today! Simply make a donation in one of our shelter dogs' names and the funds will go directly to his or her care! - See more at: http://www.crowdrise.com/SponsorAShelterDog#sthash.kjMqct1v.dpuf
- $55 provides a dog with a month's worth of food and treatment for worms, fleas, and scabies
- $15 provides a dog with vaccinations
- $85 covers the cost of a dog spay
- $35 covers the cost of a dog neuter
You can sponsor a shelter dog today! Simply make a donation in one of our shelter dogs' names and the funds will go directly to his or her care! - See more at: http://www.crowdrise.com/SponsorAShelterDog#sthash.kjMqct1v.dpuf
- $55 provides a dog with a month's worth of food and treatment for worms, fleas, and scabies
- $15 provides a dog with vaccinations
- $85 covers the cost of a dog spay
- $35 covers the cost of a dog neuter
You can sponsor a shelter dog today! Simply make a donation in one of our shelter dogs' names and the funds will go directly to his or her care! - See more at: http://www.crowdrise.com/SponsorAShelterDog#sthash.kjMqct1v.dpuf
- $55 provides a dog with a month's worth of food and treatment for worms, fleas, and scabies
- $15 provides a dog with vaccinations
- $85 covers the cost of a dog spay
- $35 covers the cost of a dog neuter
You can sponsor a shelter dog today! Simply make a donation in one of our shelter dogs' names and the funds will go directly to his or her care! - See more at: http://www.crowdrise.com/SponsorAShelterDog#sthash.kjMqct1v.dpuf

- $55 provides a dog with a month's worth of food and treatment for worms, fleas, and scabies
- $15 provides a dog with vaccinations
- $85 covers the cost of a dog spay
- $35 covers the cost of a dog neuter
You can sponsor a shelter dog today! Simply make a donation in one of our shelter dogs' names and the funds will go directly to his or her care! - See more at: http://www.crowdrise.com/SponsorAShelterDog#sthash.kjMqct1v.dpuf

Fundraising Websites - Crowdrise

October 5, 2014

Increased Cat Adoptions at #nokill shelter in Peru!

The no-kill shelter of Amazon Community Animal Rescue, Education & Safety did not have the ability to house cats. Previously cats were fostered. Now that we have constructed cat kennels at our in-town clinic, cat adoptions have increased dramatically! 

Amazon CARES is a worthy charity in need of support! 

Please sponsor a shelter dog or cat by sending a donation to http://bit.ly/HELPPLS

See more photos of happy families with their newly adopted cats at http://on.fb.me/1xSfWXu!

Si quiere información en español, visite http://facebook.com/ongamazoncares.

October 4, 2014

Abandoned Kittens Get a Second Chance

Amazon Community Animal Rescue, Education and Safety just encountered and rescued these 4 kittens found abandoned in a cardboard box.

Small, legitimate 501 (c) 3 charities like Amazon CARES struggle to survive. Please consider supporting a grassroots nonprofit! Please sponsor a shelter dog or cat by sending a donation to http://bit.ly/HELPPLS.

Like our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/AmazonCaresFans.

Si quiere información en español, visite http://facebook.com/ongamazoncares

September 25, 2014

Give Back to Animals with GoodSearch!

By Shannon Sullivan

Supporting Amazon CARES has never been easier. With Goodsearch.com you can support our charity just by doing the things you already do, such as searching the internet, shopping online, and using your debit or credit card in your own town. With the holiday season fast approaching, now is a wonderful time to get signed up with Goodsearch and start giving back!

There are three easy ways to support Amazon CARES using Goodsearch.

1. Use Goodsearch.com as your search engine.

Goodsearch is a wonderful tool that allows supporters, like you, to donate to a charity without spending a dime. Goodsearch is a search engine powered by Yahoo. Every time you use Goodsearch about one penny is donated to Amazon CARES. It may not seem like much, but pennies can add up quickly! If only 1,000 of Amazon CARES’ supporters use Goodsearch twice a day, $7,300 in donations can be earned every year.

Using Goodsearch is simple! Go to www.goodsearch.com and you’ll be asked to choose your cause. Select Amazon CARES, then get searching and watch as the pennies add up! Goodsearch keeps a running total of how much money your internet searches earn for Amazon CARES. Remember to bookmark the Goodsearch page! You can also download a Goodsearch toolbar by clicking here!

2. Use Goodswipe when shopping at your favorite retailers.  

Goodswipe is a new program offered by Goodsearch where you can support Amazon CARES simply by making the purchases you already make with your debit or credit card. Over 50,000 locations nationwide are part of the Goodswipe program. When you make purchases at retailers such as Staples, GAP, Quiznos, Regal Cinemas, and Sears among many others, you can earn up to 3% of your purchase for Amazon CARES. Visit the Goodswipe website for more information and to find out which of your favorite retailers are part of the program.

3. Use Goodshop when shopping online.

You can also earn money for Amazon CARES by shopping online. Goodshop offers coupons and other deals at your favorite online retailers. When you use the Goodshop tool, or shop with participating retailers, a percentage of your purchase is automatically donated to Amazon CARES. By using Goodshop for your online holiday shopping you can get great deals online and support Amazon CARES at the same time!



Visit the Goodsearch Frequently Asked Questions page for more information about how you can use these tools to benefit Amazon CARES.

Thank you for supporting Amazon CARES! Without your support we would be unable to help the animals of Peru's Amazon Rainforest.

September 1, 2014

Think Orlando Bloom is handome? Meet OUR Orlando!

Meet Orlando!
Do you think Orlando Bloom is handsome? Wait until you meet THIS Orlando! he is super playful and would be great for families with children. He seeks a forever home. 

Cinnamon
Amazon CARES operates out of one of the most remote cities in the world. Iquitos, home of our animal clinic, is the largest city in the world that cannot be accessed by road. That means all supplies must be brought into the city by air or by boat. Our no-kill dog shelter is located a short distance down river from Iquitos in an area called Cabo Lopez.  We shelter cats at our in-town clinic!  See a gallery of our dogs at .

Please sponsor one of our wonderful and deserving animals!  You can donate via http://bit.ly/HELPPLS.  Any contribution you can make will go a long way in providing good nutrition and veterinary care for these amazing animals!

Amazon Community Animal Rescue, Education,and Safety (CARES) seeks better health and living conditions for ALL living beings in the Peruvian Amazon region.  This includes appropriate care, respect, and protection from cruelty and neglect.  Amazon CARES was founded in 2004 and operates in the Amazon region of Peru.

Amazon CARES is a 501(c) 3 tax-exempt charity under section 170 of the Federal IRS Code. All donations, bequests and gifts are tax deductible.  Our FEIN number is 45-3660998.








August 9, 2014

Peruvians Warm Up to Adopting Rescue Pets!


The month of July 2014 was an extremely successful month finding new forever homes for our rescue animals!  Due to overcrowding at the Amazon CARES no-kill shelter, the dedicated staff and volunteers of Amazon CARES in Peru have been working overtime to find these wonderful animals homes!  Check out some of our July adoptions below!  Our animals really need your support!  If you can, please donate today!  DONATE

Check out a gallery of our cute July adoption pictures here!


August 6, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Paloma Deserves Everything!

All Paloma wants is food, care, attention, love and a safe home.    Please sponsor her at www.crowdrise.com/palomaac.

July 9, 2014

Dog of the Day: Freddy Survives Abuse, Neglect

We have a new rescue at Amazon Community Animal Rescue, Education and Safety. "Freddy" was found in the neighborhood of the port of Nanay. Freddy is another sad example of neglect and overpopulation. 

Please sponsor Freddy. He needs medical attention and lots of TLC and compassion. When is healthy we will provide all vaccinations and neuter him. He will live at our no-kill shelter while we seek a forever home for him.

Donations can also be made to sponsor@amazoncares.org via PayPal.



Amazon Community Animal Rescue, Education,and Safety (CARES) seeks better health and living conditions for ALL living beings in the Peruvian Amazon region.  This includes appropriate care, respect, and protection from cruelty and neglect.  Amazon CARES was founded in 2004 and operates in the Amazon region of Peru.

Amazon CARES is a 501(c) 3 tax-exempt charity under section 170 of the Federal IRS Code. All donations, bequests and gifts are tax deductible.  Our FEIN number is 45-3660998.



July 7, 2014

Dog of the Day: Megan Needs a Sponsor!

Despite financial issues, Amazon CARES will NOT abandon any of the animals in our care.  The no-kill shelter in Peru will remain operational until every last animal finds a forever home.  However, to do this, we need your help!  Today's featured dog is Megan.  Our goal is to raise $100 to ensure that she has proper food and medical care for the next three months.  Can you help?  Please donate any amount today.  Save Megan!



June 11, 2014

Why Donate To Amazon CARES?

Recently supporter Jenny Meneses made a very generous donation to Amazon CARES.  When asked why she chose to donate to our cause, Jenny had the following thoughts to share:

I am a Peruvian expat, my extended family is Peruvian and I lived in Lima for several years.  Being there I saw the stray dog problem and was saddened and very frustrated at the time because there was nothing I could do about.    My aunt lived in a part of town where there were lots of strays, and one day she took in an abandoned female dog “Millie” left abandoned outside her house.  As it turned out, Millie was pregnant. I got to spend a lot of time with Millie and the pups, took care of them, took them to the vet, my parents financed taking care of them for a while.  However, my aunt could not keep them all, and we ended up taking Millie and most of the pups to a local shelter.  I had grown attached to them, and the thought of “abandoning them”, not knowing what was to become of them was devastating.  This all happened more than seven years ago.

Recently I came across a young girl (I would guess perhaps between 4th-6th grade) carrying a poster about stray animals in Guatemala, and she was collecting money for the cause.  It reminded me of me when I was living in Peru.  Back then I was limited in what I could do help, being financially dependent on my parents, with no income of my own.  Now, that has changed; I have a job, am self-sufficient and can help financially.  Researching online trying to find how I can help spay/neuter efforts in Peru I found Amazon CARES.

Thank you for all the hard work you and others at Amazon CARES have put into helping the dogs.  This is a topic I care deeply about, and your efforts are much appreciated.

Amazon CARES is the first, and only, domestic animal charity in Peru’s Amazon River Basin.  We are also home to the area’s only no-kill dog shelter.  You can help us with our mission to provide veterinary care for Peru’s dogs and cats by donating today.  PayPal: sponsor@amazoncares.org or via Crowdrise.


June 9, 2014

Thoughts From A Former Amazon CARES Volunteer

Alexandra Schroth volunteered with Amazon CARES in August 2012. She is currently in her second year of veterinary school at Ross University.

One of my most memorable moments from my volunteer trip to Iquitos was during the third day.  I had a 25 minute conversation with a local about his dog.  I don’t speak a word of Spanish and he didn’t speak a word of English.  The amazing part is that we were still able to communicate.  I could tell that he truly loved this dog.  It’s amazing how the human race is so universal in their love for the canine race.  A dog’s love doesn’t know race, social status, religion, or sexual orientation.

Do you have any advice for future volunteers?

Don’t take this time for granted. Immerse yourself fully into the culture. It was one of the most unique and incredible adventures I’ve ever had the pleasure of experiencing. Oh, and bring lots of bug spray!

Alex with an adorable patient!
 Interested in learning about upcoming volunteer trips? Contact Molly at molly@amazoncares.org and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for 2015 trip dates.

June 8, 2014

"Shamans and Charlatans" - Named A Must Read By The Iquitos Times!

Gart van Gennip recently published “Shamans and Charlatans," a novel based on his experiences living in the Amazon rain forest for eight years. As the owner of a jungle lodge near Iquitos, Peru, Gart has had the opportunity to help organize and take part in many ayahuasca ceremonies. For eight years, he documented his own amazing experiences, as well as those of many of his guests. “Shamans and Charlatans” is the result. 

Shamans and Charlatans is the story of Jerry Coburne, a man who travels to Iquitos after having been visited by a shaman in his dreams. In Iquitos, he meets many of the colorful gringos that have made this town their home. One of them is Captain Bill Grimes, of Dawn on the Amazon fame. Many of Jerry’s encounters take place in and around the Dawn on the Amazon Café.

The Iquitos Times said about this book: “'Shamans and Charlatans' is a must-read for anyone who is planning to travel to the Amazon rain forest and for anyone who is interested in the mysterious Ayahuasca vine.” Join Jerry Coburne, the hero of Shamans and Charlatans, on his spiritual quest for truth in the Amazon rain forest.

 
Purchase your copy here!

  
You can order the book here: www.ikitos.com/shamansandcharlatans

May 15, 2014

Animal Lover Kristi Explains How Amazon CARES Has Allowed Her To Make A Difference!

Kristi Emerson is a longtime supporter of Amazon CARES.  This month she made a very generous donation to help feed the 50+ animals currently in our care.  We cannot thank her enough for her generosity!  When asked why she feels it's important to donate to our cause, Kristi had the following to say:

"I'm such a huge supporter of Amazon CARES and the hard working people who work tirelessly to save animals!  The day I discovered Amazon CARES while on vacation in Iquitos, my life and my views about my life drastically changed!  Since then, I have realized there so many things I can also be doing to help in the plight for animal welfare, and that has completely changed the path my life was on.  Amazon CARES has showed me that I can make a difference, and that is what I now strive to do every waking moment of every day!  I've never been happier or more sure of what it is I was meant to do and I cannot thank Amazon CARES enough for all that they do!  I even adopted the sweetest dog from them one year ago who is now living a very pampered life!  Even further proof that I can make a difference!  Thank you Amazon CARES, my new family!" 

Kristi with Mama Bear, who was adopted from
our no-kill shelter October 2013.
 

You too can make a difference and help improve the lives of dogs and cats in Peru's Amazon River Basin by making a small contribution today via PayPal (sponsor@amazoncares.org) or Crowdrise.

May 8, 2014

April Report - 50 Animals Need Your Help NOW!

Amazon CARES currently has over 50 animals in our care, which means we need your help now more than ever!  Our resources are extremely limited, so we depend on donations to provide these dogs and cats in need with the love and care they deserve. Please consider making a contribution today! Donations can be made via PayPal (sponsor@amazoncares.org) or via Crowdrise (by clicking here).

April 2014 Report

Dumbo,  8 months old.

Spays and Neuters - 12
Owned pets - 7
Street animals - 5

Medical Treatments - 13
Owned pets - 6
Street animals - 7

Successful Adoptions - 5
Dogs - 4
Cats - 1

Rescues - 11
Dogs - 8
Cats - 3

For Adoption - 50
Dogs - 48
Cats - 2

Media interviews - 2
News articles - 1

Events
Meeting with Loreto Lawyer's Association
San Juan deworming campaign

Tonito,  6 months old. 

April 30, 2014

Wordless Wednesday - March Veterinary Campaign

Michelle Rechkemmer volunteered during our March 2014 veterinary campaign.  Below are some photos of that experience.  To learn about our upcoming June volunteer trip, visit www.amazoncares.org.
















April 25, 2014

March 2014 Report

Spays and Neuters - 9
Owned pets - 7
Street animals - 2

Medical Treatments - 11
Owned pets - 5
Street animals - 6

Successful Adoptions - 6
Dogs - 5
Cats - 1

Rescues - 19
Dogs - 9
Cats - 10

For Adoption
Dogs - 51
Cats - 8

Media interviews - 10
News articles - 7

Amazon CARES is the first, and only, domestic animal charity in Peru's Amazon River Basin.  2014 marks ten years that CARES has been providing free and low-cost veterinary care to the region's animals.  Please consider supporting our work today.  All donations are tax-deductible!  Donate today via PayPal (sponsor@amazoncares.org) or via Crowdrise here.

 

April 24, 2014

Marone's Throwback Thursday!


This Throwback Thursday we'd like to honor one of the first dogs Amazon CARES ever helped, Marone.  CARES founder, Molly Mednikow, rescued Marone off the streets of Iquitos roughly ten years ago.

 
Molly and Marone.

Marone now lives in the United States with Molly, and lives a very pampered life!  In the past ten years, Amazon CARES has been able to help thousands of dogs just like Marone thanks to our supporters.
 


Please consider helping a dog like Marone today by making a small donation through PayPal (sponsor@amazoncares.org) or via Crowdrise.

April 7, 2014

March 2014 Veterinary Campaign Report

March 2014 Veterinary Campaign Report

Surgeries:

171 total

54 dogs neutered
86 dogs spayed
14 cats neutered
17 cats spayed

94 owned dogs
46 from the streets

30 owned cats
1 from the streets

 
Medical and Parasite Treatments:

570 dogs
43 cats

We love our team and volunteers!

Interested in volunteering in an upcoming volunteer campaign? Visit www.amazoncares.org! We are in need of volunteers for our June 2014 trip!

March 22, 2014

March 2014 Volunteer Veterinary Campaign Is Underway!

Amazon CARES veterinary volunteers have finished their first week of work in Belen, a very poor area of Iquitos.  We are happy to host veterinarians Kaisa Yla-Tuuhonen and Karoliina Tuomola, both from Finland, and Michelle Rechkemmer, from Canada, for our first volunteer veterinary campaign of 2014.  Next week our volunteers will be working about 275 miles from Iquitos in the town of Contamana. 

Our volunteers are working in a very remote region of the world.  Iquitos, home of Amazon CARES, is the largest city in the world than cannot be accessed by road, only by boat or by plane!

Campaigns such as this one are held four times a year, and are our most costly, but also most effective, work.  Please consider making a contribution to our cause so that our volunteers may continue to improve the lives of dogs and cats in Peru's Amazon River Basin.  Donate today via Crowdrise here or through PayPal (sponsor@amazoncares.org).
 

Karoliina and Kaisa performing surgery.

Vet tech Harri prepping a patient for surgery.


Karoliina and Julio performing surgery.


Michelle handing out candy.

Surgery at Cabo Lopez.

We are still in need of volunteers, especially veterinarians, for our June 2014 volunteer trip.  Visit www.amazoncares.org for more information or contact Shannon at shannon@amazoncares.org.