February 25, 2014

World Spay Day 2014 - Help A Dog Today!

Today, Tuesday, February 25, is World Spay Day! According to Humane Society International, World Spay Day is a day to shine “a spotlight on spaying and neutering as a way to save the lives of companion animals, community (feral and stray) cats, and street dogs who might otherwise be put down in a shelter or killed on the street.”

Pet overpopulation is a problem in much of the world, including the region of Loreto, Peru, where Amazon CARES operates. Pet overpopulation is problematic for a number of reasons. The most obvious concern is that overpopulation results in stray animals. Stray animals are at high risk of illness, injury, and malnutrition.

Pet overpopulation is a problem for humans, too. When stray animal populations become too large, issues can arise with sanitation and community appearance. Public health and safety can also be jeopardized due to the risk of the transmission of parasites, as well as the risk of being bitten.

In order to address pet overpopulation, Amazon CARES offers free and low-cost animal birth control to both dogs and cats throughout northern Peru. The CARES clinic is open in the city of Iquitos year-round.

Four times a year, Amazon CARES recruits volunteers and veterinary professionals from around the world to assist with mobile clinics in remote villages throughout the Amazon Basin. In 2013, 800 dogs and cats were spayed and neutered by Amazon CARES! Our first major spay and neuter campaign of 2014 is less than a month away. Donate today to help us spay dogs and cats during the campaign.

A CARES mobile campaign in October 2013.

Spaying is not only a form of birth control, but it also has significant health benefits. When a female dog is spayed, her risk of mammary cancer significantly decreases; her risk of a uterine infection, which is often fatal, is eliminated.

Animal birth control is an effective means of addressing pet overpopulation. In one year, one female cat and her offspring can theoretically produce 60,000 cats! One female dog and her offspring can produce 11,000 dogs in one year! The staff and volunteers of Amazon CARES are able to prevent the cycle of unwanted animals through our animal birth control campaigns.

You can help spay a dog today by making a small donation through our Crowdrise fundraising website or through PayPal (sponsor@amazoncares.org).
Please consider helping a street dog today.

February 20, 2014

A Letter From Peru Director Bruno Antoine

Iquitos animals have found a spokesperson, and humbly, in their names, we would like to thank you for your support.

As an animal protection organization, each year we have ups and downs. We make alliances and partnerships, such as, with a few more conscious than others Municipalities, Universities, the Lawyer Association of Loreto, while some allies from yesterday forget their commitments to our institution. It is also difficult to maintain the interest of our volunteers who, despite sharing our passion for animals, often demotivate. The economic situation is certainly cause for concern, needs and expenses related to social activities and rescues are very strong.

Luckily an angel always appears in the moments that we find a desperate situation. And despite these disadvantages that every association may have, we will not lose sight of how lucky we are to partake of this beautiful work and the goal to which we serve: achieve concrete victories for animals.

The 2013, like every year, has given us satisfactions, sadness and promises for the future. Without claiming to be comprehensive, we mention some important facts that marked this year, starting with the tragic loss of our dear friend and colleague Gustavo Cahuaza, in February. His memory will forever remain in us and those who knew him. The shelter will officially have his name during a commemoration ceremony that we will organize soon in Cabo López.

As for the good news and achievements of 2013, we can highlight four successful veterinary campaigns around the Loreto region, allowing us to neuter and spay 669 dogs and cats, and provide treatments to more than 2,237 animals, activities that would not have been possible without the decisive support of the Brigitte Bardot Foundation for the fifth consecutive year. In total, adding these figures to other specific actions and social care at the clinic, more than 2,556 animals have been benefited. Also, we have given 31 lectures, 29 press notes published in local newspapers, and 39 interviews.

Another point that full fill us with joy is the record of adoptions obtained in 2013, 119 animals adopted.

In December, we acquired a scooter van that will have more than one function. It will allow us to facilitate rescues, transportation will be simpler and less costly to our clinic and the shelter, not to mention the ability to take the volunteers to where campaigns take place. Earlier this month a new module was built in the shelter, dream came true thanks to the donation of the Fondation 30 Millions d'amis, over a year after the heavy flooding which significantly affected our facilities.

To start a new year is an opportunity to leave behind what does not work and has not yielded the expected results. It is an opportunity to innovate, to recharge forces and to establish new goals, such as an expanded shelter will allow us to provide more services, and the VET MOVIL will help us to offer our delivery services in a more efficient way.

Sometimes it may look that for every victory achieved by the CARES team, for the rights and dignity of animals, other tests that we must fight appear, and also other fronts to cover. However, it is evident the fertility of the seed that we sow with our daily work and with your continued support. For your selfless commitment and expectations put on us, you nourish us, and encourage us not to give up and to move on, particularly insisting in education and promotion of standards laws.

Our cause and the support we receive, has no boundaries and no species. Each one is valuable in the trenches of your choice, both individual initiatives, sponsorships, such as targeted support that each of you seeks to serve the common good, allowing CARES fulfill its mission.

On this last day of the first month of 2014, I can only, in the name of the brave team of CARES, wish you a happy new year and thank you again for believing in us and our ability to alleviate animal suffering, building a world every day more fair and respectful to life.

Best regards,

Bruno Antoine

February 16, 2014

January 2014 Report

Amazon CARES January 2014 Report

Spays & neuters: 14
Medical treatment:  42
Dog adoptions: 7
Cat adoptions: 5
Dog rescues: 7
Cat rescues: 9
Dogs for adoption: 50
Cats for adoption: 11
Media interviews: 2
Newspaper articles: 3
Educational presentations: 1

Events This Month:
Anti-parasite campaign in Los Delfines
Formed alliance with Iquitos Lawyer Association

With sixty-one animals currently in our care, we need your help now more than ever! Amazon CARES is the only resource for these animals, as we are the first (and only) no-kill shelter in Peru’s Amazon River Basin. Please consider making a small contribution to help with their food and veterinary costs. With your help, we’ll continue improving the lives of dogs and cats in the Amazon!

Donate through our Crowdrise fundraising site, or via Paypal at sponsor@amazoncares.org. All donations are tax-deductible. 

February 13, 2014

Deforestation of Peru's Rainforest Threatens The Amazon & The World

Dear friends,

I have lived in Iquitos, in the heart of the Peruvian Amazon rain forest, for eight years now. During that time, in Peru alone, over one million hectares of our precious forests have disappeared to deforestation.

Near the town of Tamshiyacu. 

But now, the Romero Group, a wealthy and powerful conglomerate of several international corporations, has started to destroy the Amazon rainforest at an accelerated pace. They are planning to destroy as much as 43million acres (18 million hectares) of our forests, to create palm oil plantations.

This destruction will not only have devastating effects on the 
Peruvian rain forest, which as a result will likely disappear altogether, but also on the global climate, as it will directly affect the global jet stream on which the world’s climates depend. And, last but not least, twenty-three native tribes that still live in the jungle will quickly become extinct. That doesn’t make these plans amount just to ecocide, but to genocide as well.

As individuals, there isn’t much we can do. But we can put 
pressure on our own governments; asking them to put pressure on the government of Peru. One way of doing this is very simple: sign the petition I posted online and ask your friends to do the same.                                                
Thank you kindly for your support.

Gart Van Gennip 

Amazon CARES operates out of Peru's Rainforest and has worked in the town of Tamshiyacu and the surrounding villages many times. We have worked with the communities and animals who consider this area home, and can only imagine how devastating this destruction is to them. Please consider signing the petition and learning more about this pressing issue. Read more here.