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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

29 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 !!!

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 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.

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.

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

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

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!

6

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!

3

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.

4

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.

6

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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3

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.

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.

5

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.

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!

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.