April 19, 2017

#WordlessWednesday: #Miracles #Saving #Animals

Amazon CARES has rescued THOUSANDS of animals in Iquitos, Peru! Our efforts and daily dedication is to provide the best care and love to all the animals that need us. We want to share with you some of the miracles we have witnessed! 
Please support MANY more animals in need with a donation- ANY amount will make a HUGE difference in their lives! We rely 100% on your support and donations!

April 16, 2017

Happy Easter from Amazon CARES!

Wishing everyone a Happy Easter from Amazon CARES!

Former street dog Dan ADOPTED!!
We hope everyone has a wonderful day! One of our recently adopted rescue dogs, Dan, will be spending the day with his brand new family!! We LOVE happy endings!

Catalina, rescued a few months ago, is finally on the mend after being found in very rough shape. She is looking for a loving family to spend many more wonderful holidays with. She was named after the Catalina family for their generous support!

Beautiful Catalina is in search of a new home!
Thanks to all for your continued dedication and support to our no-kill animal shelter and veterinary clinic. We see the difference that we've made in the community every single day, thanks to your help!
Send some love to all our rescue animals in Iquitos, Peru today- they sure deserve it!
              Donate here!

April 12, 2017

#WordlessWednesday: #Priceless #AnimalRescue #Charity Moments!

Last February, our President and Executive Director, Manuela Rodrigues, was in Iquitos overseeing all operations! Our successful Spay & Neuter Campaign, Rescues, supervised adoptions, assisted in the care of patients and their pets, and much more!
Do you want to know a little more about her visit? Here is a heartwarming video with priceless moments!

April 9, 2017

David Found His Forever Home!

David was just a 3 month old puppy when he was abandoned in our no-kill shelter. The pictures truly say it all- look at how relaxed and happy he looks when he is fully recovered, and taking a final snapshot before heading home to his fur-ever home. THIS is the reason we are here- we LOVE what we do!!

Enjoy your new family David!

Please, make a donation of ANY amount to so we can help many more neglected dogs and cats like David! https://www.paypal.me/amazoncares We rely 100% on your support and donations!

April 5, 2017

#WordlessWednesday: #Adoption #Event this Caturday! #Animal #Rescue

We have SO MANY wonderful cats to #adopt out at our upcoming adoption fair this Saturday, April 8th!

March 31, 2017

A #SecondChance at Life: A Cat's Journey!

"Catigula" is a beautiful white cat that stole a tourist’s heart, Maria. She decided to take him to a vet due to he was in a very bad condition for a wound inside and out his mouth. He couldn’t eat and was very weak and in pain. The veterinarian at a local clinic in Iquitos saw Catigula and decided that it was the best to put him down. Maria decided to look for a second opinion and do anything possible to save his life.
She came to our clinic and after our veterinarians checked Catigula, they thought he had a chance to survive but he needed to go through a risky surgery. They decided to go ahead and the result was amazing! Catigula is not only eating, but now is a very healthy and loving cat living with a lovely family that will take great care of him and give the life he deserves.

Donate here! We rely 100% on your support and donations!

March 29, 2017

#WordlessWednesday: Gary was #adopted! Help us #rescue them all

This is Gary, a former street dog that needed our help, and recently he joined as one of our thousands of success stories! Adopt! Don't Shop!

March 27, 2017

#Rescued, #Rehabilitated, and #Adopted! #HappyEnding

Here’s a glimpse into the life of a dog, Nyon, that faced extreme neglect but was ultimately rescued by Amazon CARES. The picture shows the rescue time, when Nyon received ALL the care and love needed, fully recovered and when he got adopted! As you can see, it takes an extremely dedicated team to provide every aspect of care needed by each of our patients. Nyon is one of the thousands of dogs and cats we have helped. 

Please, make a donation of ANY amount to help animals in need like Nyon! Be a hero for animals that need our help every single day. 

Donate here! We rely 100% on your support and donations!

March 24, 2017

Hundreds of #Animals Received #Veterinary Care - Amazon CARES January & February 2017 Report

Amazon CARES assisted hundreds of animals in Iquitos, Peru, during the first two months of 2017. Check out these numbers and see how many animals we have been helping. We accomplished all of this because of our wonderful supporters & donors who make this possible!

TREATMENTS provided by Amazon CARES at NO Cost

32 Street Dogs neutered
13 Street Dogs spayed
30 Deworming Animals
12 Dogs adopted through our no-kill shelter
8 Cats adopted through our no-kill shelter
13 Dogs rescued 
7 Cats rescued 

TREATMENTS provided by Amazon CARES at Social Cost

1109 Animals received treatment
133 Animals were vaccinated
42 Deworming Animals
20 Dogs spayed 
6 Dogs neutered
52 Cats spayed  
6 Cats neutered

Thanks to our generous supporters, Amazon CARES is able to continue our invaluable work. Thank you for your support and remember that with your help, we can continue helping hundreds of animals! Donate to our charity today!

March 22, 2017

#WordlessWednesday: "Olvi" an Unforgettable Rescue #Dog

Supporter Anita Soluna rescued "Olvi" from a jungle village, bringing her to Iquitos and to Amazon CARES! Olvi is short for "Olvido," meaning "Forgotten."
Look at her before and after pictures.  She is truly unforgettable! 

March 20, 2017

#Kittens Are Always in Season, but our #NoKill Charity Never Turns Any #Animal Away

Kitten season is approaching!

While many of the animal rescues and shelters are overflowing with kittens in the United States, overpopulation is even more of a concern in Iquitos, Peru, where resources are scarce. Year round, it is extremely difficult to prevent cats from creating more litters, continuing the cycle of homeless and sick cats living in the streets. To make matters worse, boxes and even bags of unwanted kittens are left at our doorstep for us to take responsibility for, as we are the only non-profit animal rescue in the Amazon. As you know, we will NEVER turn animals in need away, despite our extremely limited resources in this very remote region of the country. Our efforts focus on rescuing, rehoming, and managing the feral cat population through trap, neuter, and release campaigns. 

Last year alone, we were able to spay and neuter over a hundred cats through our feral cat campaigns. In addition, hundreds of owned pets are fixed and provided with necessary veterinary care. Locals have noticed a significant decrease in the amount of sick, unfixed cats in local markets and city

squares. We have more campaigns happening this year too, including one happening right now in memory of our dear friend, Bill Grimes.   

If we can continue our efforts in Iquitos, Peru by caring for not only owned companion animals, but also street animals, we can continue to make a huge impact on animals and a community in need. 

Our programs run ENTIRELY on donations, and every gift to us is directly used for the animals. The more donations we receive, the more animals we are able to rescue! To support our feral cat campaigns, make a donation HERE. 

March 17, 2017

Animal Rescue: A Team Effort

On a daily basis, we are heartbroken by the amount of sick, homeless, and mistreated animals that we see and care for in our non-profit veterinary clinic and animal shelter in Iquitos, Peru. At the same time, we are filled with hope by the amazing compassion that comes from the community to help these animals in need.

The dog pictured here is "Aton", who was abandoned, poisoned, and left to die in the streets. A kind citizen found him and took him into his home. Aton was taken to our veterinary clinic, and Dr. Edwin Inga, our chief veterinarian, took charge of his case and ensured he was given the attention he needed for a smooth recovery. Now, Aton has regained his health, and is doing very well! He is living life to the fullest with his 
new, loving family. 

Rescues like these are a team effort from our organization, the community of Iquitos, and supporters like you. Aton's life was forever changed, like many other rescued animals that we've saved and rehomed to wonderful families. Please, make a donation of any amount to help animals in need like Aton! bit.ly/HELPPLS We rely 100% on your support and donations!   

March 15, 2017

#WordlessWednesday: Our #Commitment to #Animals in Need

Rescue dog "Dana", before and after treatment at Amazon CARES.
Dana came to us extremely sick. We committed our time, caring hands, and a significant amount of resources to nurse her back to health. Making the right call on the best treatment plan for every animal we see is our top priority. Animals like Dana deserve the chance to heal! We continue to ask you for your support in helping us to provide veterinary care, food, and shelter to every animal in need. Please donate today!

March 14, 2017

100 Dogs + 200 Cats + 1 Caring Vet

Thank You: Times Two

Hello, everyone! This is Manuela Rodrigues, Executive Director and President of Amazon CARES, and I want to welcome you to this Rainforest Update. I’ll be keeping you posted every few months with our latest news, campaigns, challenges, and successes. I look forward to staying in touch on a regular basis!

First off, let me extend one last thank you (and a virtual hug) to all of the generous people who donated to our Holiday Matching Campaign. It was a big success, and we met our goal of raising $5,000 during the months of December and January. Because of your efforts, an anonymous donor matched this amount, which means we raised a total of $10,000 for Amazon CARES!

All funds will go directly toward the food, medicine, supplies, and operational expenses that we must meet to keep our animals safe and healthy. Thanks to you, we’ll have the resources to rescue, treat, shelter, and find homes for twice as many abused and neglected street animals in the coming months…and that’s the best gift we can possibly imagine!

100 Street Dogs: The Count Continues

As some of you know, our dear friend Bill Grimes was an Iquitos business owner who lost his life to a terrible storm in the summer of 2016. His memory and his love for animals live on, however, through our 100 Street Dogs Campaign. Launched in Bill’s honor, this campaign aims to spay or neuter at least 100 homeless dogs and greatly reduce animal overpopulation on the streets of Peru.

It’s not as easy as it sounds. Our small staff is already stretched to the limit with daily clinic procedures, animal rescues, abandonment cases, and other emergencies. Still, we’ve already spayed or neutered over 60 street dogs, and we’re working hard to reach 100. As always, we value your contributions to the cause. Rest assured we won’t stop until we meet the magic number!

200+ Cats: A Big Finish for Felines

From July to November of 2016, our feline spay and neuter campaign made huge strides for cats! Once again, this effort required a tremendous amount of time, resources, and expertise. Despite these hurdles, we spayed or neutered more than 200 street cats! Add to that the 100+ spay/neuter procedures our vets performed for local pets, and we’ve made a sizable dent in the future feline population.

Wondering what’s involved in rounding up so many stray kitties? Amazon CARES volunteer, Sarita, gives us a firsthand account of her Adventures in Cat Catching on our blog. Check it out!

Dr. Edwin Inga: Animal Hero

Our Chief Veterinarian, Dr. Edwin Inga, has always surrounded himself with animals. Throughout his childhood—filled with dogs, parrots, and turtles—he cared for his pets when they were sick and hated to see any creature in pain. For Edwin, animals were always more than human companions or commodities; they were beings in their own right, deserving of our help and respect.

With the support of his parents, Edwin studied veterinary medicine at San Marcos University in Peru, and turned his love for animals into a full-blown career. In October of 2014, he vacationed in Iquitos and heard about an open veterinarian position at Amazon CARES. Soon after interviewing, he was offered the job, but felt unsure whether he could take on the daily challenge of treating abused and neglected animals. Luckily for us, Edwin’s mother encouraged her son to accept this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

Since that day, Dr. Edwin’s calm demeanor, expert care, and sheer optimism (in the midst of unspeakable suffering) have saved many hundreds of animals’ lives. Even during his time off—when he’s not playing volleyball or buried in a good book—he researches clinic cases online, seeking out the best possible treatment options. While his patients may express their gratitude with a purr, a nuzzle, or a wagging tail, we’ll come right out and say it: thank you for being an animal hero, Dr. Edwin!

Get to know the people of Amazon CARES with staff profiles like this one: here's another recent profile (of me, Manuela!) on our blog.

Amazon CARES Always Needs You

Thank you so much for your ongoing support! We wouldn’t exist without your generosity. As a reminder, Amazon CARES is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in the USA, and all of your donations are tax-deductible. We welcome any gift, large or small. Monthly contributions are especially helpful, since they provide us with added financial stability.

Regardless of how you choose to donate, I will personally make sure that your gift is put to good use for the needy animals who count on us and deserve a better life.

With the utmost gratitude,
Manuela Rodrigues
Executive Director & President
Amazon CARES

March 11, 2017

Don't Litter- Spay and Neuter Your Pets!

We recently launched our next spay and neuter campaign here in Iquitos, Peru!  The amazing Amazon CARES President & Executive Director, Manuela Rodrigues, has been in Peru helping to kick off another successful campaign to sterilize more animals, addressing major overpopulation issues in the community here.
Manuela and the crew at our jungle shelter.
Spaying and neutering companion animals helps them live longer, happier lives and will break the cycle of unwanted animals suffering in the streets, homeless and sick.  
Dr. Edwin and Manuela examining a patient.

In our campaign, we are able to offer spay and neuter surgeries to the public for a very minimal fee used to pay for supplies. In addition, we frequently catch street animals to provide veterinary care and spay/neuter surgeries. When animals come in for their surgery, this is the perfect time for our veterinarians to do a complete examination and provide life-saving vaccinations and de-worming treatments.
Please consider supporting our work! Your donation goes directly toward our goal of spaying, neutering, and providing much needed veterinary care for as many animals as possible in this Amazon region.
Donate here! bit.ly/HELPPLS

March 8, 2017

#WordlessWednesday: Adorable Rescues

Happy hump day! We sure are keeping busy at Amazon CARES- from adoption events, to spay and neuter campaigns, to constant animal rescue and rehabilitation, we never stop working to help animals in Iquitos, Peru. Here's some of our adorable patients to brighten your day! We LOVE finding cuties like these the perfect forever homes to live happily ever after.

Donate to help make even MORE happy endings!

March 4, 2017

Through #Suffering to #Happiness!

This is street dog, Gary, named in honor of supporter, Gary Flint. The picture says it ALL! Amazon CARES mission is very clear and my staff and I fulfill it every single day-- Making miracles like this one happen.  
While many dogs and cats are subject to a miserable life on the streets in Iquitos, often exacerbated by cruel humans who enjoy their suffering, we are there to help and care for these unfortunate creatures.

If you would like to help Amazon CARES continuing to save as many street animals as possible, please click here to donate.
With gratitude, Manuela Rodrigues.

March 1, 2017

#WordlessWednesday: #Adoption Day Highlights

Another adoption event is in the books, which means we found homes for more loving, rescued dogs and cats this past week in Iquitos, Peru! These events are certainly one of the best ways we can open our doors to the community, spreading the word that we are here to help and to be a resource to the community. And, one of the coolest parts is sharing all the pictures afterwards. Check out all our awesome volunteers and staff in the bright green shirts! They rocked it. We couldn't do it without them. Next up is another spay and neuter campaign- we'll have another update to follow on this. 

We are lucky to have so many people all over the world who care about the animals, and believe in our mission.

Want to help? You can "adopt" your very own jungle dog or cat, or simply consider a donation of even just $10 or whatever you'd like- EACH supporter makes an incredible impact on our program.  

February 26, 2017

"Adopt" A Rescue Animal From the Amazon

Named in honor of donor Andrea McCormack
Did you know that you can "adopt" your very own rescued dog or cat from Iquitos, Peru? ANYONE can become a guardian angel for animals rescued from the streets in terrible conditions by our organization, Amazon CARES. You can even name your chosen animal! Many people have chosen to donate to sponsor an animal in need in honor of a loved one- what a wonderful way to honor another person or beloved pet by giving the gift of life to another animal.

Named in honor of  Peggy Frezon

Sign up to sponsor your very own rescue animal here: bit.ly/HELPPLS, and simply mention a name for an animal you'd like to rescue, and then you will receive a beautiful certificate by email! We ask that you donate $25 or more to sponsor a rescued animal.

Join us in providing life-saving veterinary care to animals who deserve our help.

February 22, 2017

#WordlessWednesday: A Cat's Second Chance at Life

Since Amazon CARES was founded in 2004, we have been working daily to minimize dogs and cats overpopulation, and lessen the needless suffering of many street dogs and cats in Peru’s Amazon Region.  

A beautiful white cat that I have named Polyester, in memory of the grand kitty of Amazon CARES supporter, Suzanne Elkins, stole a tourist’s heart. The tourist, Maria, rescued Polyester and first took her to a regular Vet Clinic because she had a wound inside her mouth, broken teeth and could not eat or drink, making her very weak and in pain. The doctor at this Vet Clinic examined her and told Maria that the best thing to do was to put her to sleep. So Maria decided to look for a second opinion and do anything possible to save Polyester's life.

She came to our clinic after some locals referred us. One of our doctors, Dr. Gustavo, examined Polyester, and explained to Maria that Polyester needed to go through a delicate surgery to remove couple teeth from the bottom jaw and also shaving the bone. As any surgery, it involved risks. The outcome was amazing! Not only Polyester can eat now on her own, but she is very healthy and ready to become a family member!

Please support our efforts on rescuing and saving animals like Polyester-- Your support is crucial to ensure these innocent animals have a second chance at life. Donate here bit.ly/HELPPLS or you can also mail a check to: Amazon CARES, PO BOX 271344, Tampa, FL 33688. THANK YOU for your support!

February 18, 2017

Helping Abandoned Stray Cats and Kittens

Did you know that kittens need to be with their mom and be breastfed at least until they are 1 and half month old? In Iquitos, there are countless of abandoned kittens on the streets. A lot of then die trying to survive on their own, others are abandoned in our door. We had gotten many kittens with their eyes still shut and with their umbilical cords attached. Some of them are separated from their moms and are left to their fate. 

Our staff and volunteers provide care to every cat and kitten that is in need and in our clinic and no-kill shelter. Our licensed veterinarians give them all medical treatment, vaccines and any special care that is needed. If the kittens are only days old, our staff feed them every two hours, until we can find a mom substitute to feed and care for them
Our goal is to provide all the care they need, see them healthy and ready to be adopted so we can find them a responsible owner who will be caring and loving these beautiful creatures. 
We run completely on donations. Remember that any amount helps us keep our doors open to all animals in need. If you'd like to contribute to help today, donate here! Thank YOU!

February 14, 2017

A True #LoveStory

This is a true love story.
A lesson of love and bond between two dogs and 6 legs. Molly, named in honor Amazon CARES Founder, Molly Mednikow, is a lovely dog that has been under our care for more than a year now. She was abandoned in our shelter with one of her legs seriously hurt after being ran over by a motocar. After some medical tests and exams, our Veterinarians came to the conclusion that the only and best solution was to amputate her leg.
Molo was found in the street and brought to us. He was alone, starving and with a broken leg. His leg condition was not that bad, although he will never be able to recover the movement again. Molly and Molo have a lot of things in common. They are both rescue dogs, same color, with the same kind of disability, and with the same feelings. As soon as they met each other, they became inseparable. It is amazing to see how two beautiful creatures are so loyal to each other. How they understand the each other needs and how they decided to be the support and encouragement for one another. Despite their disability, they live a happy life together. They make their life like any other dog … Jumping, playing and enjoying time with many other dogs. Together they are invincible! Molly and Molo are now not only a couple, friends and a lesson for all of us. They are a team of 2 dogs, 6 legs and one only heart.
Thank you to everyone for sharing and generously donating. Animals such as Molly and Molo generate love, and whether you donate $5, $10 or $25 increments, any amount is important! Donate through PayPal at bit.ly/HELPPLS. Many people make a monthly pledge which helps us immensely!
We are so busy making miracles, it is impossible to find time to tell every story. For your safety and to prevent fraud, make sure that you are actually donating to Amazon CARES, a legal 501c3 with a physical location in Iquitos. Your donation is tax-deductible.

February 12, 2017

Upcoming Events to Benefit Animals in Iquitos!

It's going to be another exciting month at our veterinary clinic and no-kill animal shelter in Iquitos, Peru. Last month we had our first open-house style adoption event of the year, and it was a huge success! We will hold another this upcoming Saturday to continue finding new forever homes for all our rescued dogs and cats. Encouraging the community to adopt animals through us ensures that all pets are vaccinated, treated with de-worming medication, and spayed and neutered prior to going home with their new families. What a difference this makes for the welfare of animals in the area!

In addition, we have a fun Valentine's Day event scheduled- we are going to have drawings, prizes, and more. Animal owners are invited to the clinic with their pets to celebrate the amazing friendship animals share with us! It should be a super fun time. Of course, we will have updates and pictures to follow.

A lot of planning goes into these events to make them fun for the whole family- this gives us a wonderful opportunity to connect with the community of Iquitos, whom we are here to serve. We LOVE what we do and couldn't do it without your support. If you'd like to make a donation in support of Amazon CARES, donate here!

February 10, 2017

Staff Profile: Meet Manuela Rodrigues!

If you follow this blog, then you’re familiar with our recently-appointed President and Executive Director. But do you know her backstory? Let’s find out more about Manuela and what makes her uniquely qualified to lead Amazon CARES into a productive new era…

Manuela Rodrigues is no stranger to compassionate endeavors. Drawn to charitable work early in life, she tackled the challenging task of caring for abandoned and abused babies in the slums of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where she was born and raised. Not long after that, she volunteered in Cape Town, South Africa to help underprivileged children suffering from disease, abuse, and neglect.

In 2004, Manuela moved to the United States and gained her US citizenship. A few years later, she met Amazon CARES’ founder, Molly Mednikow, and heard about her groundbreaking work to reverse the plight of street animals in Peru. Manuela’s love for all creatures, along with her strong drive to assist those in need, compelled her to pitch in as a virtual volunteer in 2008.

From the start, Manuela & Molly shared a passion for helping needy animals.

For a full five years, Manuela worked closely with Molly and her staff. First as a volunteer, and then as a trusted employee, she discovered the challenges and rewards of running a small animal charity in the Amazon River Basin. Despite numerous obstacles, Amazon CARES achieved many milestones during this period, and Manuela played a large part in helping hundreds of needy animals.

Both Manuela and Molly departed from Amazon CARES in 2013. Manuela left in order to start a family, and Molly decided to get her degree in animal law, while still retaining her position as Chairman of the Board.

Two years later, Molly and the board agreed that the Iquitos shelter and clinic required stronger oversight and consistent leadership. In late 2015, they unanimously chose Manuela as the best candidate to take on the challenge of overseeing Amazon CARES in both Peru and the United States.

As Chairman of the Board, Molly praised the change in leadership, saying, “My fellow board members and I are grateful for the fresh infusion of energy Manuela brings to Amazon CARES. We’re 100% confident in her strong management and administrative skills…she is a natural leader and has a genuine passion for animal welfare in developing nations.”

Manuela gets some “snuggle time” with our shelter dogs on a recent trip to Peru.

Manuela expressed gratitude for her new roles as President and Executive Director: “The volunteers, board of directors, and supporters are passionate about the mission of Amazon CARES,” she stated. “I am extremely impressed and proud of the high level of care we provide to each and every animal that comes to us. I look forward to working with such a great group of people, as we continue to provide shelter, care, and love to needy animals in the Peruvian Amazon Region.”

After she accepted her post in January of 2016, Manuela validated the board’s decision by addressing multiple issues and completely restructuring the organization. During her initial six months in charge, she enforced strict employee rules and regulations, oversaw the build-out of a new veterinary clinic, ensured that sanitary conditions were in place at the no-kill shelter, initiated street animal health campaigns, and supervised international vet volunteers who spayed and neutered over 200 community cats. Not a bad way to kick off her first year!

Manuela assists in the clinic as our chief vet, Dr. Edwin Inga, examines a patient.

As she continues to manage multiple responsibilities in both Peru and the United States, Manuela’s many tasks include:
•    Overseeing all budget decisions and purchase orders
•    Managing donations and fundraising efforts
•    Hiring and firing employees
•    Recruiting and managing both on-site and “virtual” volunteers
•    Recruiting and supervising international veterinary volunteers

Again, our founder, Molly Mednikow, says it best: “Manuela is one-of-a-kind…truly the glue that held Amazon CARES together during years of unprecedented growth, and the super-glue that will guarantee even greater success.”

When she’s not working or taking regular trips to Peru, Manuela enjoys life in America, keeping busy with her family, “fur family,” and ongoing philanthropic activities. Named “Changemaker of the Year” by Change.org in 2008 and 2009, and honored with President’s Volunteer Service Awards in 2010, 2011, and 2012, Manuela brings a fierce determination and a wealth of experience to her new roles at Amazon CARES.

Hard-working staff and canine residents pose for a selfie with Manuela.

The results of Manuela’s efforts show plainly in the renewed productivity of our shelter and clinic, and in the faces of countless street animals who receive a second chance at health and happiness!