The Perros Project

To improve the lives of the street dogs of Huanchaco, Peru by establishing a bi-annual spay & neuter clinic, supporting the local dog shelter through construction projects and donations, and educating the local community about the value of the human/animal relationship.
Dec 31, 2014

Our tails our wagging for 2015.

Happy New Year Everyone!

Well, we’re typing this update less than 15 hours left before 2015. It seems so  long ago that we set the date for our return trip to Peru and now, with the passing of this evening, we’ll be 6 months away. :)

As for updates,,,

  • Courtney continues to communicate with Huanchaco Al Rescate Del Hermano Menor. This group is located in Huanchaco and working specifically with the street dogs of our favorite community. In Courtney’’s weekly contact with Ursula, the leader of the organization, the two have been making progress in our 2015 clinic planning and outreach. Ursula is excited for our visit and she is currently locating a space for the clinic and trying to encourage a partnership with the Huanchacho municipality, something we've been interested in for years. We’re keeping our fingers crossed as this relationship could lead to bigger and better outcomes in the future. 

  • Things are still looking promising for using Zeuterin - an injection which sterilizes male dogs - at this summer’s clinic. We have a new vet, trained and certified in Zeuterin who is excited to join us. This is really a great option for this region as many people hesitate in neutering their male dogs due to a mix of future, religion, and machismo. 

  • In the last month, we've had four veterinarian students (2 from Michigan and 2 from Quebec) contact us about joining the team in some capacity. Brenda, our head vet, is currently in conversation with them to see if it would be a good fit for them and the project. We’re always amazed at how people hear about our project and our eager  to help.

  • Planes, Trains, and Hotel Rooms: As with every trip, there’s a lot to plan to make it all happen. Team members are currently arranging time off from their jobs, hunting down affordable airfare, and we’re negotiating with our favorite Huakarute Hostal on a block of affordable rooms for our stay. Ahhhhh….details. :)

Lastly, the holiday season continues to be a generous time for our project thank to Global Giving and the many contributors that help the Perros Project. We want to especially thank our recurring donors for their continued support and level of giving. Extra big ‘Thank You’s’ to - Leslie, Moira, and Vitra. 

More soon. Again, Happy New Year to you all and best in 2015. 

 

Sep 30, 2014

Perros Project Fall 2014 Update

Hello from Portland, Oregon!

Looking out the window at the rain coming down, it is easy to dream about our 2015 clinic in Huanchaco, Peru which is now about nine months away. A few weeks ago we set the official dates for the clinic: June 22nd – June 30th. We are thrilled to announce that the majority of our key veterinarians and support staff have indicated a willingness to join us again in 2015! Not only that, but many of them are in the process of recruiting several additional vet techs, which can be key to a well run clinic.  But of course this doesn’t mean we’re not taking new volunteers. There is always space for more, so if you or anyone you know is interested please let us know : ).

At this time in our planning cycle much of our effort is directed at finding an appropriate space for the clinic to be held in Huanchaco. While the Perros Project initially was designed to focus exclusively on this small beach town, the need in the larger city of Trujillo and the more ready availability of clinic space has led us to spay and neuter dogs from both locations. This year, in addition to working with Amigo Fiel, our longtime partner. we are also in the process of trying to partner with a smaller nonprofit organization – Huanchaco Al Rescate Del Hermano Menor. This group is located in Huanchaco and working specifically with the street dogs in that town. It is our hope that they can help us secure an appropriate clinic space in Huanchaco itself. 

Another area of focus is improving the process of client preparation and processing. Our 2013 clinic had such positive results because dogs needing the surgery were identified early on and were given antibiotics, improving their health before they underwent surgery. In addition, creating a list of dog owners who are interested in the surgery allowed for things to be done in a more efficient manner. We hope to follow the same process this year, but with more clarity in terms of the timing of the surgeries so that people have less wait time and we can avoid unnecessary cancellations.

As we develop these plans, and begin to turn our attention to the wide variety of details that go with holding a clinic such as this we are trying to remain in good contact with our partner Amigo Fiel. This is not always easy though as Bertha, Ingrid and others are busy on a daily basis trying to make a difference in the lives of the street dogs (and sometimes cats!)  all around them. Please see some of the photos to get a better sense of what they’ve been up to these last few weeks.

In closing, we remain amazed at the generosity of the Global Giving universe and how it brings all kinds of people to us and our project. For example, just last week we got a $60 donation from a total stranger. Amazing!

Muchas gracias por todo,

Matt & Courtney

Jun 26, 2014

The Dog Days of Summer

Waiting area outside the 2013 clinic
Waiting area outside the 2013 clinic

Hello wonderful supporters,

We are officially one year away from returning to Huanchaco, Peru to conduct our biennial spay and neuter clinic! If previous experience has taught us anything, it is that July 2015 will be here in no time. Here is what we’re doing to prepare:

  • Working with Amigo Fiel and individual supporters on the ground to locate an appropriate clinic space. The space will need to have good light, running water and, if possible, separate areas for checking patients in, performing surgeries and allowing for recovery time. In 2013 a supporter in Trujillo was kind enough to lend us her large apartment and we quickly turned it into a temporary clinic space. Next year we hope to have a bit more room : ).
  • Gathering information on the possibility of using Zeuterin as a nonsurgical method of neutering male dogs. Our partners on the ground are trying to assess local attitudes towards the procedure, as well as determine whether the Peruvian government will allow our veterinarians to bring the drug into the country.
  • Trying to firm up commitments from previous volunteers and people who have expressed interest. We generally keep an informal list of people who have said they would like to be part of future clinics and use this time to circle back and see if they can indeed participate.
  • Sending funds to Amigo Fiel for their ongoing work in Huanchaco and Trujillo. Recently these funds have been used on a variety of important projects which include:
  1. fumigation at the shelter to rid it of fleas and ticks. Because the shelter is open air in some areas, staff must remain vigilant to avoid infestations.
  2. responding to kitten and puppy season. While the mother and her puppies featured below would warm anyone’s heart, it can be difficult to find permanent and safe homes for these animals, especially as they grow out of the puppy phase.
  3. continuing the successful Perros monthly clinic. Not only have sterilizations taken place at the clinic, but sick and injured animals have also benefited from the tireless services of Dr. Ingrid.

We hope that all of you are well. Please let us know if you are ever visiting the Huanchaco area. We are happy to put any of our donors and supporters in touch with our partners on the ground, giving them the opportunity to visit the shelter and, if they are able, to assist in the clinical work being done with Perros Project funds.

Un abrazo grande (a big hug),

Courtney & Matt

Puppies Amigo Fiel will help find homes for
Puppies Amigo Fiel will help find homes for

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