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!

February 8, 2017

#WordlessWednesday: #Adoption just changed this kitty's life!

This little kitty is Murila, and she just found her new forever home on Monday! She was abandoned at our clinic about 2 weeks ago, and received all the veterinary care and TLC she needed in our clinic and no-kill animal shelter to be a purrfect companion for someone here in Iquitos, Peru. Thanks to this family for considering adoption and saving Murila's life! We love being able to bring loving companion animals in need of homes together with families, and we love sharing their heartwarming stories with you! Enjoy, Murila- you deserve it!
Please support our efforts! #donate #save#animalrescue #share http://bit.ly/HELPPLS
EVERY donation goes directly to helping the animals we care for, ensuring bright futures for these sweet souls.  

February 7, 2017

Onur & Sherezade: A Sibling's #LoveStory!

Loyal sister, Sherezade, waiting for Onur.
Couple of days ago, we helped save Onur, a beautiful dog, that was ran over by a motocar. Our Vet Assistant, Junior, rescued Onur and immediately brought him to our clinic. Onur's sister, adorable dog Sherezade, was taking care of him and she would not leave him alone for one minute.
When Junior arrived to rescue Onur, Sherezade saw how Junior put him inside our motorcar, but as she wasn’t sure that we were going to help him, she came running behind the motorcar to the clinic, just to make sure we would take care of him.
Dr. Gustavo treating Onur.

As soon as Junior arrived with Onur in our clinic, our veterinarian, Dr. Gustavo, treated the multiple wounds, and noticed how weak Onur was. Sherezade came into the clinic and stayed with Onur until he was treated and well.
Both Onur and Sherezade left the clinic together-- the same way as they arrived. Onur is doing well and will be 100% better, thanks to our dedicated team, our special care and to his inseparable sister, Sherezade!
Every day we receive many, many cases of dogs and cats from the street that need our help. We also support the people who bring animals in need to us or who simply call us asking for help. To all these cases, Amazon CARES give them free medical assistance and care. Many people make a monthly contribution which helps us immensely. Regardless of our funds, resources, or capacity, we never turn any animal away. Every donation goes directly to helping the animals we care for, ensuring bright futures for these sweet souls. Please donate at bit.ly/HELPPLS or you can also mail a check to: Amazon CARES, PO BOX 271344, Tampa, FL 33688.

February 5, 2017

Save #Animals With #AmazonSmile!

In an organization like ours, every penny counts to work toward saving countless animal lives in Iquitos, Peru. We have an easy way YOU can help animals simply by carrying out your everyday shopping with the retailer, Amazon.com! Here's the low-down from our previous blog post.

All you have to do is follow the link to our Amazon Smile account, where we will receive 0.5% of all eligible purchases as a donation.

You must use this unique link for us to receive donations through your purchases: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/45-3660998

We are so lucky to have so many friends of Amazon CARES we can count on to help us out in small, meaningful ways that make a HUGE difference.

February 1, 2017

#WordlessWednesday: #Adoption Fair Success

Last Sunday we held an Adoption Fair for the community of Iquitos, Peru! Not only was it a lot of fun for us, but it was a huge success in the amount of adoptions that took place. Our goal for these events is not only to find forever, loving homes for all our rescue animals, but also to let the public know that we are here to help, providing education for responsible pet ownership. 
Here we show you some of the happy moments that we had that day! Of course, our organization would not be possible without the truly fantastic supporters and volunteers in Peru and worldwide that are the backbone of Amazon CARES.

Thank you to all the people who came, to the Amazon CARES team and to our wonderful volunteers! 

Support a worthy cause when you make a donation to Amazon CARES. You can be certain that your gift will help save the lives of animals like those pictured below. Make a donation today!