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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 !!!

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.

4

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.

4 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

4

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.

4 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.

4

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!

3 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!!

3

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.@!