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