January 31, 2014

Mama Bear's New Family

In October 2013, Amazon CARES supporter Kristi Emerson traveled to Peru and adopted Mama, a dog from our no-kill dog shelter. Here is Mama's story as told by Kristi.

A year and a half ago I woke up one night because I couldn't sleep, so I got up to watch some TV. There was a story on about Peru, and to be honest, I wasn't even sure where Peru was. I was drawn to the TV and I knew I had to go there, so I got out my computer and booked a ticket right then and there. My friend said I was crazy to go to Peru all by myself not speaking any Spanish. I visited the usual tourist sites such as Cusco, the Sacred Valley, and of course the rainforest.

Iquitos was like being in a different country! I stayed at the floating Camiri Hostel and the owner at that time, Marcel, said that with me being such an animal and vegetarian activist, I should visit the Amazon CARES vet clinic and no-kill shelter. He took me to meet Bruno and he gave me a map to the shelter so I could go volunteer walking the dogs. It was the best experience of my entire trip. I was home a month and was already planning my next trip to Amazon CARES.

Kristi at the CARES no-kill shelter.

On my third trip to Peru, and third visit to Amazon CARES, I took a friend with me. On our last day at the shelter we were walking the dogs and this one little, skinny red dog kept following us with every dog we walked. We were commenting on how smart she was because she stayed right with us even though she wasn't on a leash. At the end of the day I think she sensed we were about to leave. She jumped in my arms and was giving me kisses like you see in the picture as if to say please don't go.

When the moto taxi arrived, she kept jumping in it to go with us! As we pulled out of the gate and headed down the little road something told me to look back. There was Mama running full speed down the road after us on her little injured leg with Harri running after her! My friend and I were crying like we had never cried before. After a few minutes when we were out of sight I couldn't get her out of my mind running after us, so I told the taxi driver to stop and turn around. My friend told me to be reasonable as we had no idea how to get a dog out of a foreign country and our flight home was in five hours!
Mama Bear
I had the moto taxi driver take me straight to the Amazon CARES clinic to find out what I needed to do to bring Mama back home with me. Delta would not allow me bring her back on my flight and I was devastated! Once I was home I could not stop thinking about that sweet little dog chasing after me and I knew I had to go back for her! I planned another trip to Peru to go get my little Mama Bear and I was even able to gather medical supplies to donate to the clinic this time. Even with plenty of time to prepare, getting Mama Bear back to the states was still a daunting task as things in Iquitos do not move as quickly and smoothly as they do here in the states! But with the help of Veronica and Bruno I was able to make it happen!

Shannon the US Director of Amazon CARES just so happened to also be in Iquitos at the same time. Shannon went to the shelter and brought Mama Bear back to the clinic. When Mama Bear saw me it was as if she remembered who I was and knew I was coming back for her. The hostel I was staying at would not let me have Mama with me, as I wanted her to stay with me for the remainder of my trip so she could get used to me before our multiple flights home. So I found a hostel that would with the help of Bruno. I will never forget what it was like to watch Mama Bear eat out of her very own dog food bowl for the first time, and to sleep on a nice comfortable bed in an air-conditioned room. She seemed to be so at peace, and so was I! We were just meant to be!
Kristi and Mama reunited at last!

We spent the next few days together taking long walks around the city of Iquitos until her final adoption papers were ready. I was such a proud mama on the day that I signed her adoption papers.

Once we got back to Tennessee, little Mama Bear’s life drastically changed. She had her first trip to the Sonic drive-through, and by the way, she loves tater tots! I introduced her to my other three animals as I have two dogs and a seven-month-old kitten, and it was as if she had always been a part of our family, no adjustment time needed. Mama Bear is partial, however, to my seven-month-old kitten Meow Meow, as they are best friends! They do everything together!


Mama and Meow Meow.

Mama Bear has since gained a lot of weight and she is very happy and loves to spend her days playing outside and playing with her toys. And of course taking her daily naps in my arms on my lap! I do believe it was fate that night that I couldn't sleep and I got up to watch TV. Because there was a missing part of my family and that part was in Peru, at Amazon CARES! I cannot express my deep gratitude for everyone at Amazon CARES for helping me bring my Mama Bear home, home to her family!


January 21, 2014

Sponsor Reyna Today!

This adorable kiddo is named Reyna.

Renya was rescued off the streets by a client of Amazon CARES. She has mange and an old fracture in one of her limbs. With your support, we can give Reyna the veterinary care she needs and find her the loving home she deserves! Please consider donating towards Reyna's care today via PayPal (sponsor@amazoncares.org) or on her fundraising page.

January 18, 2014

Juda Needs Your Help Now!

Meet Juda!

Juda recently arrived at our veterinary clinic unable to walk due to being hit by a MotoKar.  He also has mange and is underweight.  With your help, we hope to at the very least keep Juda comfortable and pain-free, but possibly even regain some (or all!) ability to walk.  Please consider donating towards Juda's care today via PayPal at sponsor@amazoncares.org or through Juda's fundraising page.

January 17, 2014

Iquitos' Only Domestic Animal Charity Assists Over 2,000 Animals in 2013

Amazon Community Animal Rescue, Education, and Safety (CARES) is the first, and only, domestic animal charity in Peru's Amazon River Basin. Since 2004, we have been working to not only improve the health of the area's dogs and cats, but also help reduce pet overpopulation. In addition, our educational talks and presence in local media help to promote responsible pet ownership along with the humane treatment of animals. Our work is possible thanks to our supporters who donate and share our cause. We had a very successful 2013 thanks to our hard-working volunteers and our generous supporters. With your continued support, we will achieve even more in 2014!

2013 Totals

Spays/Neuters: 800
Medical treatments: 2425
Dogs adopted: 73
Cats adopted: 46
Dogs rescued: 102
Cats rescued: 66
Media interviews: 39
News articles: 29
Educational presentations: 30

Support the work of Amazon CARES today by making a donation via PayPal at sponsor@amazoncares.org. Or via Crowdrise.

January 1, 2014

Thank you 2013 donors!

Amazon CARES is so grateful for all of our supporters who have donated to our cause in 2013. We thank each and every one of you!

Alison Bennett
Alvaro Navas
Amy Tsui
Andrea Orta
Angie Brouillette
Anita Soluna
Bernadette Kero
C.S. John
Cameron Frost
 Candy Barnett
Candy Benedicto
Carol Aboody
Chris Kellner
Cindy Anderson
David and Dottie Bonnett
David Forsythe
David H.
Deb Hilpert
Debbie DeBellis
Debby Dayton
Debra Campbell
Devin Greaney
 Donna Declemente
Dr. Jaime Tamez
Edward Ovsthus
Edward Vargo
Eileen and Ron Taylor
Elaine Williams
Elizabeth Ann Mayberry
Erin Parks
Eva Catalina and Family
Gail Black
 Gail Ross
Gerald Pool
Giovanna D'Alessandro
Heather Mansfield
Howard Lichtman
Ian Munro
Isabelle Stefania Chimienti
Jackie Bigford
Jackie Imai
James Tachovsky
 Joanie Waidelich
Joanna Marracelli
Josie Castenada
Julia M. Wei
Karen Luning
Kerry Hudson Willis
Kimberly Spector
Kirsten Pedersen
Kristi Emerson
Kristin Snider
Kristin True
 LB Mom
Lesa Steeves
Leslie Olyott
Lili Chin
Linda Baker
Linda Cramer
Linda Kane
Lisa Barron
Loanna Day
Lynette Young
Lynn Ehrenberger
M. Barron
Manuela Rodrigues
Margaret Davison
Marie Bergeron
Mark Greenberger
Mary Elkins
Michael Bobek
Michael Chan
Michelle Beery
Misty Ayers
Mitch Skandalaski
Morgan Ctalina
Ned Hamson
Paula Wilson
Pet Mamma
Peter Carlos Kirsch
Preston Small
Quita Imai
Racelle LaMar
Rachel Jampsa
Robert Lange
 Sandra Bowen
Squee the Cat
Stacey Tollackson Chen
Stephanie Allen
Susan Gutafson
Susan Vaughn
Susan W.
Susanna Sallinen
Valerie Simmons
Donate to Amazon CARES today through Crowdrise or via PayPal at sponsor@amazoncares.org.