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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

78 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 !!!

Krista L.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I lived in Iquitos for one year while doing my masters research and working on public health studies. The stray dog problem is completely overwhelming. I have brought several dogs to Amazon Cares clinic for a variety of treatments. Most notably, they helped me nurse my puppy back to health after I found her in the jungle, spayed her, vaccinated her, and eventually helped me to fully document her so I was able to bring her to the USA with me. I have spent a ton of time here and love the staff and all of their animals. I miss you 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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AmazonCares 04/05/2013

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!!

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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.

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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!

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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

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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.

4

Donor

Rating: 5

I just read a the story of the rescue of Ojitos, a beautiful dog that suffered terrible
neglect before 2 ladies from Amazon CARES stepped in. The story inspired me to
be a monthly donor. They are doing great work where the need is great. I encourage
others to give to this worthy organization.

6 Sarita P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I can't say enough about how fantastic this organization is! I am a veterinary medical student from the US and volunteered at this clinic for 3 weeks. Every single member of the team was wonderful to me and the experienced I gained far exceeded my expectations. Each animal is treated with the highest quality care and respect from the veterinary medical team, whether client-owned or surrendered from the street. I was lucky to have had the opportunity to learn from them. Thanks for everything!

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Awesome!!! A class organization from top to bottom.?

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amazon Cares is the Best non profit in the Amazon they rescue Animals and treat them with love & respect. They give Education and a safe place for all the Animals. The only one in the Amazon, to have a no kill shelter for the Animals.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

I read a story recently about this stray dog named Charlie on the The Dodo, and that's where I learned about Amazon Cares. What these guys are doing for animals in Peru is amazing. We need more people with a heart of gold like theirs! Great job guys!!! May all your furry friends live happily ever after!!!

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is such a amazing rescue! I am a veterinary student from the U.S. and volunteered with Amazon CARES for a week last year. The work they are doing is so important and is really making a difference. There are so many animals in need in the area they are doing their work. Every donation - large or small - makes a difference. I highly recommend this great non- profit rescue!

4

Donor

Rating: 5

Amazing caring people who are changing the lives of the animals they care for and educating the communities they serve. More organizations like this are needed for the neglected animals of the area.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The people behind the scene in this charity ; directors, volunteers, donors, are to be commended at the highest levels for all they do for humanity. We need these charities to receive large donations to be able to continue with the humanitarian work they do so very well.

The scenario in Iquitos, Peru is still in the danger zone for many animals who seriously deserve the help these folks can provide. But . . . they need donations. Please support!

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love that they were the first no kill shelter in Peru...paving the way for progress and saving lives every day! They are clearly working toward changing the world. Hooray for this team of amazing individuals and their dedicated team!

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AmazonCares 09/24/2015

Thank you for your review Dobie! You are such an advocate for good causes and for Amazon CARES. We always appreciate your social media support and for your sharing our information with others!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Helping to transform the lives of the 100's of street dogs in Iquitos Peru by education in schools, sterilization clinics, and rehabilitating dogs for future adoptions. A truly needed nonprofit in this Amazon city and surrounding villages on the river!

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AmazonCares 09/24/2015

Thank you for taking the time to review our work! Your visits to our shelter and frequent donation of medical supplies are very much appreciated.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The volunteers and everyone involved in Amazon CARES really do care and are making a huge difference. This isn't just a rescue, but an organization that is really educating people in the Iquitos area about proper animal care. It's an amazing group!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amazon Cares goes into Peru and does what no one else, to my knowledge, has done. They help the animals who are in desperate need of care and educate the people to take better care of the animals. Veterinarians volunteer for these trips and bring their expertise with them.

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AmazonCares 09/24/2015

Your comments are very thoughtful and much appreciated, even more so because of your work with so many great causes. Thanks you "PetXpert."

4 Sandra93

Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazon Cares is like an oasis. It takes such good care of injured and neglected animals. It deserves all the support possible. It also works with the people of the Amazon to help them take better care of animals. It is heartening to know it exists.

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AmazonCares 09/24/2015

Sandra - you and your husband really make a difference for animals in your home country of Canada and all over the world. Thank you for your longtime support of Amazon Community Animal Rescue!