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 !!!
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.
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.
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!
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:-)))
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.
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.
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.
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
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.