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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 !!!

3 Liliana3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have followed the work of Amazon Cares for several years. I began to follow them because of the great information provided through their twitter feed. I followed their blog because I have been to Lima, Peru and I saw the great need of help that animals need in the country. I believe that there is true love and vocation in everyone that participates in this organization. Amazon Cares makes a huge difference for the non human animals in Peru and also sets a great example for other organizations to follow.
Thank you for all you do Amazon Cares

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

5 Stars or "Far Exceeds" to me indicates someone who has made a dedication to something they felt so compelled to accomplish they completely changed their life. Amazon CARES is that group. Why would anyone leave the luxury of their comfortable surroundings to help stray, disease ridden animals in the middle of "nowhere". What we change - changes us and I am proud to know Molly of Amazon CARES and how her dedication has changed a region of the world for better ... bringing awareness of a Humane society into the Light of the Amazon.

3 Debby D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In June of 2011 I went on the trip of a life time. I joined 4 others and we volunteered in Peru with Amazon Cares. Amazon Cares is an amazing group of people who do amazing things. We worked hard but we enjoyed every minute of it. We spent our very busy days doing spays and neuters on dogs and cats, treated them for parasites and gave some medical care. We also distributed important antiparasite medication to people in the remote villages. They educate the children about appropriate treatment of animals and fights for legislation to protect them. Amazon Cares does very important work in Peru. I think they are a great group of very dedicated people.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I went to Iquitos, Peru as part of a group of volunteers from the veterinary hospital where I work. We worked side by side for 2 weeks with the Amazon Cares staff. They were very welcoming and fun to work with. I was so impressed by the things they were able to do with their limited funds and supplies. We were there to help with the spay/neuter portion of what they do but they do so much more. They educate the people, especially the children of the area on humane treatment of all animals and they fight for legal changes to protect the animals. They care about the animals and people of the area and strive to make things better for both. This was the most amazing experience I have ever had and I walked away feeling and knowing that we had done something good. It has been over a year since my trip and I still talk about it as if it were yesterday. I hope to someday be able to return and do it all again.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered for AMAZON CARES in 2011. They are doing amazing work helping not only animals that have been abandoned on the street but also working with the related issue of community health. Operating a Not for Profit organisation in Iquitos is not easy, but Molly and her team have really made amazing progress and continue to work where no one else dares. Keep up the good work!

2 applepieor1

Donor

Rating: 5

This is an amazing non-profit!! They spread their compassion despite the difficult working conditions.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I think what this group is doing is wonderful!! I can't actually be there so I know my donations will be helping those that are!!

4 Laurie22

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The people who make up this organization go above & beyond to help the animals in need & the humans too....they give from their heart & soul. They love what they do & always strive to better the lives of others around them & to move forward through all the hardships thrown in their path...this is just a wonderful group & I'm proud to help them from my corner of the world in any way I can

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Board Member

Rating: 5

This past 2012/2013 period has been a tough time for Amazon CARES. But even facing financial hardship , losing a dearest worker on an unfortunate accident, going through all sort of difficulties I am very happy to see that Amazon CARES never deviated from its goal and mission. We kept our work in Amazon (Peru) by taking care of those lovely animals we recued, worked hand to hand with Iquitos community not just saving dogs and cats, but also educating and promoting events.
I truly believe that on hard times is where we show who we really are and what are our strengh.

I would like to thank all of you for what you have been doing.

Regards
R.M.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I could talk all day about this and have please go to.the site I guaran you will want to help myself yes I wanted to.volunteer there but there is other ways to.do this sharing this site amazing videos Freenet see and learn it really is bringing the world together if you.cater about anything at all pleaded do.what you can to help me sadly my age and health keeps me limited to share this as often as can it truly is amazing to.see all these ppl do we are the ones who can make a difference in some eat mime is small compared to others but this OS fear to my heart will be til I die and hopefully a guardian angel after :) Sincerely Mixture Rigg and yes my grandson Dallas Rigg and my ganando Larry.Rigg ! Please check this site out Amazon Cares you will be quite surprisingly amazed at all they do.!!! Thank you very much.@!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was lucky enough to volunteer with Amazon CARES a little over one year ago. The work that this organization does is not only endearing, but also necessary. This organization has done so much to improve animal welfare in not just Iquitos, but in the entire country of Peru. The ideas, and legislation, that this organization promotes is invaluable.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am lucky enough to have had a first hand experience with Amazon Cares an Organization dedicated to helping domestic and stray animals in the Peruvian region.
I was in Iquitos Peru and came across an injured stray cat. I desperately needed to find him help and miraculously I found Amazon Cares. Molly Mednikow the founder of Amazon Cares was a life saver for me and for the injured kitty. When she heard my story she immediately helped me make arrangements to get the cat into her clinic. Amazon Cares treated this stray cat for over 3 weeks. In addition to the kitties injuries he had to be neutered, de wormed and vaccinated. All of this was done by dedicated veterinary doctors and staff in their clinic. They made it possible for me to bring the kitty back to the United States.
During the weeks of treatment I was at the clinic often. I had opportunities to see many incredible rescues. I saw travelers bringing sick and orphaned kittens for emergency treatment. I saw Amazon Cares rescuing stray dogs sick and infected with mange and I have seen local people bringing their pets in for treatments. Since there is no other place like Amazon Cares in this region those animals would not have a chance for survival without them. Thanks to Amazon Cares those animals are treated and turned into beautiful and healthy animals that now have a chance to be adopted into their forever homes.
I know how deeply appreciative I am to Molly and her Organization for helping me and my adopted Peruvian kitty. I also have seen how appreciative the local people are to be able to get veterinary care for their beloved pets.

Myself I am so grateful to be associated with Amazon Cares and to have seen all the selfless work provided by the entire staff.
I know that all domestic and stray animals in this region would suffer greatly without Amazon Cares in their corner. The spay and neuter programs make such an incredible difference in the animals and their owners lives.
Thank you to everyone associated with the amazon cares programs for everything they do to alleviate suffering and over population in this region.

4 Victoria A.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am both a "client served" and a donor. I first discovered Amazon CARES when I was visiting my sister in Iquitos, Peru. We are from the United States, but she was there for 3 years working on Malaria research for her pH D. I am a huge animal lover and was absolutely shocked at the condition of many of the animals living in the streets of Iquitos. After enjoying lunch at a local restaurant we stepped outside to find a pathetic creature on the sidewalk. It was a tiny, mangy, starving, shivering little cat. I think this was the last straw for me and I burst into tears right then and there. That convinced my sister that we must do something for this little cat, but she insisted that I not pick it up because of the mange. We ran home and fetched a towel and relocated the cat (he didn't get far). We easily captured the immobile being and brought him to the Amazon CARES clinic. The wonderful volunteers at the clinic quickly fixed him up for us and we brought him home. He soon became a beautiful, healthy cat of at least twice his original size that we named Pepito. He was adopted by a friend of my sister's. So this is the story of how Amazon CARES touched my life and the life of a little cat who wouldn't have survived otherwise. I have been a donor ever since.

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AmazonCares 04/06/2013

Victoria- Your comment touched my heart and brightened my day. Thank you for being such a supportive Donor. It is great to be reminded of the reason you support us. Molly M.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been supporting Amazon Cares for years because I love animals and it provides a unique opportunity to do some good in an area of the world that can use a lot of good! I have watched the charity grow over the years and do more and more even in the face of adversity. A superb opportunity to help both the animals and people of Iquitos and the Amazon region!

2 Vargas Kopp N.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I came to Iquitos first, I saw a dog on the road, very ill, almost dying. I asked around for an NGO, and what I found was the best NGO ever. They adopted "my dog" and gave a lot of love to him, cured him and some months later, when I was back in Lima, they told me they found a family for them. From them on my biggest dream was to work voluntarily for AMAZON CARES and Molly and Bruno made that possible. One year later I worked 3 weeks with the dogs, which was the most amazing experience of my life! Thank you! Amazon Cares and all who are involved do the greatest job. All the animals are much loved and cured. I also went to the family to see Jessica, the dog that I found on the street and was amazed how well he was, playing with the children of his family:-)))

2 Linda133

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

3 Donna58

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I follow them on twitter, they go out of theyre way to make people understand about life and evreyone in it. Its amazing how they react to the things that are happening, they always stay calm, I admire that.

2 Stacy B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Amazon Cares since its inception. They do amazing things in an area of the world that has so much need for education as well as medical help for animals. This organization makes great use of all donations and volunteer hours. The founder's heart is 100% with Amazon Cares

2 Manuela P.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I started working for Amazon CARES in 2008 as a volunteer and then in 2010 I joined as one of their employees and also Board Member. It has truly been a life changing experience to me. I have had the opportunity to watch the organization develop tremendously since then. Amazon CARES has provided me not only with a clear understanding of non-profit work, but also of how to make a difference in so many lives in the Peruvian Amazon. The leaders of the organization are very motivated, hard working and inspirational. Employees are lively and absolutely willing to engage in all types of activities with anyone who is committed to the work. The changes I have seem in the past 4 and half years are quite remarkable and I am so excited to be a part of the continual process of its growth. I consider myself lucky to be involved in such empowering, inspiring work.
Amazon CARES (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.