October 31, 2012
Having traveled to Iquitos Peru on vacation a couple of times, I saw first hand the plight of the street dogs living there. After returning from my second trip, I came upon Amazon Cares online and started following their work. I contacted Molly in 2011 and began making arrangements to volunteer on one of their trips. We were a little different from most of the volunteers in that we wanted to send an entire team. In June 2011, my husband (DVM), my 23 year old son (Vet Tech), my office manager (15 years working at our pet hospital), a Vet tech from another local animal hospital and myself (practice manager at our pet hospital for many years) started our 2 week journey with Amazon Cares. The staff at their facility in Iquitos were so friendly and eager to share their knowledge as well as eager to learn whatever we could teach them. They truly cared about the animals they were helping and I was amazed at the amount of education they do there. It's not just about neuturing the street dogs to help with overpopulation. A large amount of their time goes into educating the people about the importance of caring for these and all animals. It was hot, humid, working conditions were primitive to us and the work days were long. Would we do it again - absolutely!! We made wonderful friends there and 1 1/2 years later, we still talk about things that we saw or things we did while we were there. We think so much of this organization that we stay in contact with them and try to help them in any way we can. I think more teams should go on this trip together as it will help to bond you together in ways that would never be possible here. We put together a slide show from our trip and it is on youtube (Hayden Pet Medical Center Joins Amazon Cares) if you would like to see what we did while we were there.
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