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! 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!

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.