September 19, 2013

Amazon CARES Named Nonprofit Organizations' Nonprofit of the Month!

By Shannon Sullivan

Amazon CARES, the first and only domestic animal charity in Peru's Amazon River Basin, has been named Nonprofit of the Month by Nonprofit Organizations.

Nonprofit Organizations, founded in 2006, is a leading social and mobile media resource for nonprofit professionals. Nonprofit Organizations aims to help nonprofits, charities, and NGOs worldwide utilize the internet as a tool for social good.

Nonprofit Organizations has selected Amazon Community, Animal Rescue, Education, and Safety (CARES) as Nonprofit of the Month for September 2013 because of our unique, and necessary, work.

Amazon CARES has been working in Iquitos, Peru, and surrounding communities, since 2004. Since that time our programs have expanded, helping to improve the lives of domestic animals, humans, and wildlife in Peru's Amazon River Basin. Our programs can be grouped into four categories:


Amazon CARES is rooted in the Peruvian Amazon community with a team of veterinarians, shelter staff, and local and foreign volunteers. By working with local municipalities and using existing resources, we address and solve evolving issues of animal health and welfare more efficiently. We have created a culture of adoption in the region, once thought to be an impossibility.

Amazon CARES understands the importance of a partnership with local authorities. In 2012, Amazon CARES and the Bar Association in the province of Loreto, Peru signed an agreement regarding animal welfare. The agreement helps to strengthen and enforce current animal cruelty laws, as well as paving the way for future laws. Also in 2012, Amazon CARES helped to secure a landmark animal cruelty conviction, one of the first in the country.

Animal Rescue

In addition to providing free and low-cost veterinary care to the dogs and cats of Peru's Amazon River Basin, Amazon CARES also operates the area's only no-kill animal shelter. Our free spay and neuter clinics aim to reduce animal overpopulation throughout the region, in turn improving overall animal health. We treat many dogs and cats for both internal and external parasites.


We raise awareness about animal health, public health, and environmental issues through humane  education programs for adults and students. Topics of educational talks include responsible pet ownership, the humane treatment of animals, and environmental education that emphasizes the importance of leaving wildlife in its natural habitat.


Some of the parasites that are common to dogs and cats in Peru can be transmitted to humans. Therefore, Amazon CARES has a comprehensive public health program. We regularly offer anti-parasite medications to pet owners, and during our mobile campaigns we will often work with local public health departments. We promote clean living conditions and regular grooming of pets to help prevent the transmission of pathogens and disease.

Pet overpopulation can lead to feral animal populations as well as an increased spread of disease among animals. Our free spay and neuter programs and other veterinary services help to keep the area's pet population healthy for the animals and the community.

We are honored to be named Nonprofit of the Month by Nonprofit Organizations, and are grateful for the opportunity to spread our cause with a larger online community. You can support Amazon CARES and our invaluable work via Paypal ( or Crowdrise. Even the smallest contribution can go a long way in improving the lives of animals, and humans alike, in Peru.

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