Our Mission

Amazon Community Animal Rescue, Education & Safety (CARES) seeks better health and living conditions for ALL living beings of the Peruvian Amazon region. This includes appropriate care, respect, and protection from cruelty and neglect.

The world is focused on the important global and environmental issues facing the Amazon Rain forest region.  Naturalists, biologists, environmentalists and wandering souls visit Iquitos in droves.  Sadly, this region had NO programs in place for DOMESTIC animal welfare.
This is the reason that Amazon Community Animal Rescue, Education and Safety (CARES) was founded in 2004.  Citizens with a desire to protect countless stray animals stepped in to create programs that the government did not provide.  Since 2005, this charity has made amazing progress in the promotion of animal and public health.

Ongoing, Active Projects

  • Modern Veterinary Clinic in center of Iquitos
  • Two Full Time Licensed Veterinarians on staff, including the only Licensed Veterinarian in the region specializing in "Small Animal Medicine."
  • Absolutely NO-KILL Animal Sanctuary  with "Lifetime Pet Program" in Cabo López, near Iquitos.
  • Animal Rescue, Rehab, Adoption.
  • Free Mobile Clinics & Stray Animal Birth Control Programs.
  • Youth & Community Enrichment, Humane Education & Anti-Domestic Violence Campaigns.
  • Frequent boat trips to service more remote communities. 
  • Assisted Animal Therapy for disabled children.
  • Free wildlife veterinary assistance at a non-profit "Animal Orphanage" and INRENA, the government facility that rescues illegally traded wildlife.
  • Continuing Education Programs to All Veterinary Professionals in the Region.
  • Active Volunteer Programs in the USA and in Perú.