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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

65 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 !!!

5

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Beulah Resource Mission Center, Atlanta Georgia 30314...stated as a small mission. This nonprofit mission have made a significant impact in the Vine City and Northwest Communities. They focused on helping those with limited access to resources (including clothing, housing, employment, education, and overall counseling,etc.) Sitting in the waiting area as a newcomer I did not know what to expect. I could hear the volunteers speaking to some of the recipients about basic health care. They were so passionately about every issue you could think of (bathing, changing your clothes, loving yourself, preparing yourself for employment, etc) that you could find in the "Inner City Area."
I left there feeling as though I had been in a Counseling Session. I left my telephone number with the Director. By the way I was able to find several beautiful suits and pants for to work.

3 Isabel G.

Client Served

Rating: 3

Amazon Cares has a great sense of commitment with dogs and cats which are living in Iquitos - Peru. They have affordable services to maintain our pets in a healthy state and also offer several free campaigns for those with less economic resources. What is more, they have a shelter for those dogs and cats which are ready for adoption. Thanks Amazon Cares!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazon Cares 2009
My first 'big' trip with WVS was to Peru working as part off a 5 vet / 5 nurse team, working in Iquitos and Caballo Cocha. What a fantastic experience it was..Amazon Cares is a formidable charity serving a big, mainly dog population with great expertise and professionalism and a huge love of the animals and people of Peru. Cases of mange and tvt were horrendous but often treatable so those dogs were the lucky ones, along with all the others we treated. We operated in a variety of interesting venues....Belen market with its watchful vultures and confiscated pigs, a school classroom with hoards of interested children looking on, a slightly suspect village close to the Columbian border, a mud hut in a small rural community, and the front garden of somebody's house! A great buzz was travelling to and from work by boat along a tributary of the Amazon, seeing the colourful and varied river life, and the most colourful sunsets. The experience was truly amazing and one I'll never forget.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering at Amazon CARES was an amazing experience. As a Vet Nurse from Australia, I was challenged beyond the skills I had learnt from the school I gained my certificate. There was no modern tools or machines that I tended to rely on back home but what it gave me was an ability to be more confident in my work, to adapt and think "outside of the box". I was so blessed with the love and unlimited source of compassion these people had for the animals of Iquitos. The organisation is the only source for the hope of many destitute animals that would otherwise spend miserable lives on the streets. They not only desex the street dogs but help and are successful in abuse cases and also have educated the locals to understand that animals are important, that they need love and care and medical attention. I must admit the bonus of the whole time was meeting my own "Tarzan" from the jungle which we spent all the time we could together which led me to extend my stay.

3 Michelle164

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering with Amazon Cares in Iquitos, Peru was such a wonderful experience! I was able to witness first hand the great things they are accomplishing.

They are making great strides in keeping the population of stray dogs and cats down with they're spay/neuter campaigns, no-kill shelter and raising awareness and education of children on the importance of treating animals with respect and care.









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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is a pleasure to be able to become a part of such a great charity helping the street dogs and cats of Iquitos, Peru through education and spay neuter programs.

4 Lesa S.

Donor

Rating: 5

Amazon Cares is the only hope that domestic and even some wild animals have in the area. It is through the efforts of this great organization that animal welfare is being taught to the locals and they learn the importance of spay and neutering, vaccinations, anti-cruelty initiatives, adoptions, and that Amazon Cares is there to help with the health needs of their animals. By running spay and neuter clinics they are helping to curb the numbers of homeless animals and ensure they are vaccinated and healthy. Amazon Cares is the only animal welfare organization in the region and is essential to the community.

6 Sealy L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In the poorest parts of Peru, I assisted Amazon Cares provide care to pets and street dogs and cats. They were spayed, castrated and dewormed as well as receiving a flea treatment. In addition, collection of samples of blood, feces and parasites assisted the public health department in their research. The education of the people about sterilization and humane treatment of animals was also key. I am proud to have volunteered and made a difference.

3 Mhm M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazon Community Animal Rescue, Education & Safety started in a vaccum in 2004. After 10 years of dedicated service to the Amazon's poorest regions, people are now adopting former street dogs, and spaying and neutering their pets. Through it all, Amazon CARES has remained true to their no kill philosophy. Additionally, the education component makes a lasting difference. Veterinary volunteers come to Peru from all over the world to assist in remote clinics throughout the Amazon. Additionally, the charity operates a low cost clinic in the city of Iquitos.

3 Manolo J.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Gracias a la organizaciòn Amazon CARES, los animales en Iquitos Perù tienen a un aliado. Amazon CARES no solo ayuda a esterilizar a los animales, tambien tienen campañas de educaiciòn para todas las edades enfocadas en el cuidado de mascotas y la importancia de evitar la crueldad animal a todo costo. Gracias a Amazon CARES por existir y exhorto a cualquier otro voluntario-a que haya tenido contacto con Amazon CARES que dejen un mensaje! Un millòn de gracias por haber sido parte de esta tan noble organizaciòn... mj

4 Ines N.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fui veterinaria voluntaria para dos campañas de Amazon Cares, que es una organización que esta logrando grandes cambios para los animales en Iquitos. Definitivamente fue una gran experiencia muy satisfactoria estar ahí con todas las personas que lo conforman. Organizaciones como esta son tan necesarias en lugares como Iquitos, donde el maltrato y abandono de animales se volvió algo tan común que provocaba la indiferencia de la gente. El trabajo que realizan es un ejemplo de la entrega y la constancia de personas como Molly, quien fundo esta ONG, que demuestra que cuando se hacen las cosas de corazón, se dan buenos frutos.

3 Devin3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

There were no humane societies for pets in the Amazon region of Peru until ten years ago when a visitor decided she had seen enough of sick, hungry and injured street dogs walking the streets and decided to do something about it. After a decade this is still one of the most altruistic and efficient charities with nearly 1 dollar of every 1 dollar going to help pets in need. By any measure of wise gift-giving, Amazon Cares is a charity worth considering and a donation to AC will make an amazing gift to that pet lover on your list who does not need another cat laser!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have nothing but respect for Amazon Cares. First these people are not paid- they should be - but are not and when a doctor goes to help, that doctor is volunteering. Volunteers of all types are admirable, but a doctor taking leave of such a lucrative career to volunteer? I have trouble finding the words!

Second, the executives are not paid and these are often highly skilled and educated professionals doing what they do out of love- nothing more. And they work very hard.

One may say this is an impoverished area where AC is operating so attention should focus on people rather than pets. Seems reasonable, but pets HELP people! A downs syndrome affected girl made enormous progress through a dog received through Amazon Cares. Researchers working with AC also helped discover a kidney parasite further showing helping people or animals is not an either/or choice. And once I think these people have impressed me, they end up EXCEEDING my expectations. Amazon Cares is an incredible group and a wise choice for animal lovers and as for a donation in honor of those who care!

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AmazonCares 04/05/2013

Devin, thank you for your consistent emotional and financial support of Amazon CARES. You are a true hero. It is incredible that you remembered specific cases for your review. Thank you!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I think this says it all...especially in a place like Amazonian rainforest where there's been such human conflict. For this many animals to have received this much care shows the true nature of the people in Iquitos and other areas. They deserve every bit of help they can get:

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

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Client Served

Rating: 0

Es realmente necesaria una organización como esta, particularmente en Iquitos donde muchos llamados humanos parece que carecieran de sentimientos y dejan en abandono total a sus mascotas.creo que Amazón cares merece un aplauso y muchas felicitaciones por su trabajo. y creo que es propicia la ocasión para pedirles que se den una vuelta por los alrededores de la ciudad especialmente por Morona cocha hay muchos perritos callejeros y desnutridos. se que amazon cares hace un buen trabajo, seria bueno que hubiera mas organizaciones como esta, para concienciar en la población el amor por las mascotas y así evitar el incremento de mascotas abandonadas

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AmazonCares 05/25/2014

Parece que has olvidado en darnos un numero de estrellas (1 hasta el 5). Asi nuestra publicidad no es tan buena. Sea possible visitor la pagina para anadir los estrellas? Muchas gracias!

4 Angelena C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What Amazon Cares continually strives for, is very crucial to the lives of many animals. Every living thing has a right to be here on this planet. Their compassion and dedication for those less fortunate or those who cannot even speak for themself, has and continues to make a big impact! If we do nothing, nothing happens. We are all connected. The people of Amazon Cares shows us that life matters. It is an inspiration that others should take note of. I have noticed!
I thank you Amazon Cares! You make big a big difference!

3 Louise16

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Such an important cause.
They are doing an amazing job but they need and deserve more support. So don't just sit back and do nothing.
Get involved anyway possible.

5 Jaime T.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have travelled to Peru and know firsthand of the issues regarding street dogs. When I discovered Amazon CARES through a friend, Manuela, and learned of their tremendous efforts and hard work on such a small budget, I was amazed! The people are truly dedicated and committed to the work they do.

I am not new to non-profits and grass-roots community organizations, having worked in high poverty communities since 1975. I am also the former Executive Director for Cuidando Los Niños, a 501(c) (3) dedicated to ending child homelessness in New Mexico, USA. I explain my experiences so as to give credence to my review of Amazon CARES' work.

I am so impressed with this organization that I have asked to join their board of directors.

Kudos to Molly, Manuela and everyone involved in Amazon CARES!

3 Felissa E.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I met Molly the creator of Amazon Cares several years ago at BlogPaws - a Social Media Conference for pet people and since then have been following her story. Amazon Cares reaches communities that have little access to any sort of veterinary care to help keep their animals healthy. They literally work in the Amazon to treat sick and injured animals in whatever ways they possibly can.

Molly works tirelessly to ensure she can help those who would otherwise be overlooked.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

Amazon CARES is doing wonderful work in Peru.
Their dedication and efforts have gone a long way and it shows with every animal they rescue and every person they reach out to and educate about animal welfare.