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Amazon CARES - Community Animal Rescue, Education and Safety

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Veterinary Services

Mission: Amazon Community Animal Rescue, Education and Safety seeks better health and living conditions for ALL living beings in the Peruvian Amazon region. This includes appropriate care, respect, and protection from cruelty and neglect.

Results: 31,000 animals treated. 22,000 humans given anti-parasite medications 470+ adoptions 625+ volunteers donated time and services.

Target demographics: Animals, Environment

Geographic areas served: Iquitos, Peru; Amazon Rainforest

Programs: No-Kill animal shelter with active adoption and adoption follow-up programs. International veterinary volunteer program for spay/neuter clinics in more remote areas of the Amazon. Low cost, modern Veterinary clinic in the city of Iquitos, Peru. Humane education and assisted animal therapy programs.

Community Stories

77 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

4 Brigida C.

Donor

Rating: 5

I learned about Amazon Cares for the first time thru my niece who is a Veterinarian.I just have to Congratulate Amazon Cares' Team for the great job that they are doing in Iquitos. A truly needed organization in the area that is not only helping animals with care and medicines but also is giving them love and a safe place. Awesome Job Guys !!!

Donor

Rating: 5

It may be small, but Amazon CARES is one of the most dedicated, resourceful, and compassionate animal charities I know! I've been privileged enough to work closely with the Executive Director, Manuela Rodrigues, and she puts every penny of donated funds toward making life *exponentially* better for hundreds of street dogs and cats who've lost all hope. Thank you for existing, Amazon CARES!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Selfless, hardworking group. They give their time, energy and love daily!

Laurie22

Donor

Rating: 5

Excellent work, wonderful people, the world needs more of this. Thank you all involved with Amazon Cares!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amazon Cares organization & their members are amazing people, who, despite all the hardship & obstacles they encounter, never give up trying to help the animals & the people get & learn all they need!!!

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Laurie, thank you for this touching review. I know that you spoke from your heart. We are especially honored because we know of your activism with multiple animal causes.

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Sherwin K.

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a trustworthy and long standing organization that directly helps the animals. The first of its kind in the region, I’ve been happy to follow its progress and support it over the years!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've seen animals butchered or euthanized by non-vets in Iquitos. It is really sad. I've met the vets at Amazon CARES and they are 100% licensed with veterinary school degrees. I'm shocked these charlatans continue practicing, but there isn't much law & order in Iquitos. I volunteered there for 2 weeks & learned so many techniques that aren't used in the Western world. Please support this small, meaningful charity!

1 Alexandra B.1

Donor

Rating: 5

Amazon CARES does incredible work in Peru, helping both animals and people. They save lives and help the community, educating people on how to care for their nonhuman family members and providing medical care and safe refuge for animals in need. They've saved so many no one gave a second glance. They're absolutely amazing- and they do it without any affiliation to the giant retailer of similar name. They're tireless in their efforts and no life is too insignificant. They're certainly my superheroes!

1 SarahTay

Volunteer

Rating: 5

If you visit Iquitos, Peru, you will be dismayed at the large number (too many to count) of REALLY sick dogs on the streets! Most of them are missing hair, and covered in fleas. One night I was out late and they were everywhere trying to find scraps of food. Right before Ieft town I heard about one organization working to rescue these animals. Amazon CARES is always on the street providing treatments, and when they can they can they have campiagns to fix dogs and cats.

I went to their animal shelter to walk the dogs as a volunteer! It warmed my heart to see dogs barking happily, running and playing, or sleeping in their shaded areas. Local volunteers were also walking dogs, and some were getting baths (those dogs didn't seem quite as thrilled). It is a happy scene because the dogs are well-cared for by the dedicated volunteers and have lots of space. It is a wonderfully inspiring place.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so grateful to Amazon CARES. My sister and I were taking a boat trip for another charity. Just before the trip I saw a really sick, mangy dog. He wouldn't even eat the food offered him. I cried and my sister practically dragged me away. One of the workers on our boat said he knew a charity that would help the dog, and I had no choice but to hope he was going to follow through. He did! I returned ten days later and found the tour employee.
He walked with me to a really nice vet clinic and my dog was there! I couldn't believe how much better he looked, although he still had a log ways to go. But he was eating. Previously I was convinced he was dying. And that might have been the case were it not for Amazon CARES.

They didn't ask for anything, but I did make a donation, because I could tell they were overrun with rescues and locals asking for free care. The office was a bit chaotic, but it seems it is because they won't turn animals away. The vets seem like they genuinely care.

I got a nice Thank You note after making my donation, and the Director asked it I would write a review. I am happy to do so. The dog I saved is completely healthy now and has been adopted! I wish I could have taken him home myself!

Amazon CARES deserves ten star!!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amazon Cares helped rescue a heavily pregnant dog off the streets, who went on to have 9 puppies, who they now also care for. They really do care but they have such a massive job to do with so little funding. I am grateful to Amazon Cares and all who work there for their compassionate spirit.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

After years of donating to larger animal charities, a friend told me that my donations would be more important to small, grassroots organizations. She had just returned from Peru where she volunteered for Amazon CARES. Her pictures brought me to tears, and I could not believe the really sick animals that they worked so hard to save. I kept thinking, "how did this animal survive? Would my local shelter work so hard to save it?" I started dividing my donation money up between small organizations, and I got an amazing Thank You note from their Director, Manuela. Since then I've received updates and newsletters, but no expensive promotional items like calendars and t-shirts. I can see exactly how my donations are being spent, and I wish I had more to give. They work so hard with so little. Read about them and learn more!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

A small charity doing essential work in challenging circumstances.

1 titadoesballard

Donor

Rating: 5

I am fortunate to live in Seattle, WA, where there are many amazing groups and organizations doing work on the behalf of animals. This is not the case in Peru, with the exception of very few, including AmazonCARES. They do tremendous work with very little budget, educating the community on how to care for their animals, and the importance of spaying and neutering to control the population. I will continue to donate to them for as long as I'm able, the work they do is so important!

1 morgancatalina

Donor

Rating: 5

I found out about Amazon Cares after a trip to Iquitos, and I learned they were the only ones in the region who were tackling the systemic problem of animal neglect. They are the most dedicated, hard working and passionate people, who do it truly because they love the animals they serve. They have been influential in changing public opinion in the community to be more positive towards dogs and cats and have provided critical services like spay and neuter programs, vet services, and so much more. Every dollar you send goes directly to the cause, which is something I really value about them. They stay in touch with updates, are extremely kind and personable, and easy to work with. Donating to them ensures our dollars go so much further because they are unique in the area doing critical work. I recommend them to anyone and Im happy to discuss at any time! Huge fans.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amazon Cares is a real inspiration. This group is tackling an enormous problem in an area where their help is critically needed. Instead of turning away from the massive problem Amazon Cares is making big changes, teaching people and saving lives. I like to donate to this charity personally because I know that all the money is going directly to the lifesaving mission, and because it goes so much further in the Amazon. I've never seen such heartbreaking animal abuse and neglect, and it really is so wonderful to know that they are working hard where the issues are toughest.

The staff is kind, professional and responsive. I highly recommend them to anyone.

2 Chris249

Donor

Rating: 5

I found out about Amazon Cares while volunteering in Iquitos with another organization. I think it is a miracle what they have done not only with the health of the animals but changing peoples thoughts of caring for these animals.
Sincerely,
Chris Kellner

3

Donor

Rating: 5

I found out that in Peru, homeless, starving and sick
dogs are ignored by the local people. How one can just walk by and not do anything to help these innocent victims is beyond comprehension.
AMAZON CARES is one of the
most reliable foreign charities I trust. R. O.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I live in Iquitos. Is a beautiful city but there're so many abandoned dogs and cats. Thanks to AMAZON CARES for help us to educate people and take care of these amazing animals. Keep doing this great job! You're the best!

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have the great good fortune and joy of being able to learn about the work of Amazon Cares. I am not only happy to work doing something I love, which is caring for the animals, but also to work with extraordinary people and a great work group. I could not be happier to partner with such a noble organization.

4

Donor

Rating: 5

Amazon CARES is a great organization that carries out inspiring work to help animals in the Peruvian Amazon region, an organization run by proficient, intelligent, dedicated and deeply compassionate people. The work this tireless group does not only alleviates suffering for animals, but also has an extremely positive impact on the people who derive lots of benefits from interacting with the animals rescued by the organization and from seeing such compassion and effective advocacy in action.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I found out online about your great rescue organization. I saw the work you did with a poor, sick , homeless dog that was on the brink on dying on the streets, and people would just keep on walking, ignoring his pain, suffering. Then two of your volunteers took him in, feed him, gave him water, and a safe place to rest his aching body.They took care of his mange riden skin, and nursed the puppy back to health, day after day, until the hopeless, sad animal recovered his life spark. It is such a labor of love, something St Francis Di Assisi would bless you for. So, yes I am happy to make a donation to such wonderful cause, within my modest means, I'll do it Everytime I can.

5

Donor

Rating: 5

A great charity doing wonderful work. A cause well worth donating to as all money goes to help the animals.