November 1, 2012
I have worked in dual capacities as a volunteer for Amazon CARES, first as a blogger, administrative assistant/clerical worker, and then in Iquitos as a layman vet tech. The dedication of founder Molly Mednikow is remarkable. Seeing the state of the stray dogs and cats that run around in the city and surrounding jungle is daunting, enough to make anyone want to throw up their hands and admit defeat. Her tireless efforts, both personally and financially, to ameliorate suffering in the companion animal population are laudable, and the hard work of Molly and the staff are paying off in greatly reduced stray animal population. I worked with vets and vet nurses to do full days of outdoor spay/neuter clinics, and it was wonderful to see the local population galvanized and excited about the prospect of better caring for their pets and the stray dogs. It is easy enough to alter a dog; it is much harder to alter a population about proper caring for their pets, including the necessity for spaying and neutering as well as culture changes regarding animal neglect and cruelty. It is here where CARES' work is most keenly felt, and which makes the most lasting difference to the area and animals it serves.
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