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.
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
Mar 18, 2014

Spring News!

Hello wonderful supporters,

Spring is in the air and its contagious excitement can be felt here at the Perros Project!  We have spent the last several months working with our partner, Amigo Fiel, on the ground in Huanchaco, as well as doing some planning here at home. Here are some of our highlights:

  • We have successfully instituted a monthly Perros Project Day, where all sterilizations and emergency surgeries by Amigo Fiel are done in the name of the Perros Project and paid for by our organization. We have included some photos of patients from recent surgeries. The Peruvian veterinarian, Dr. Ingrid, is an amazing surgeon and a tireless asset to homeless animals and low income families with pets.

  • We’ve been able to help our partners purchase a wide variety of needed medicines and surgical supplies. These medicines, particularly pain medications, are often not as available for surgeries as we would like to see.  We hope that these purchases will make it more likely that they are used routinely in the future.

  • We are in the process of establishing contact with another animal welfare group in the Huanchaco area - Rescate del Hermano Menor which focuses solely on Huanchaco. We believe that this relationship will allow us to do even more focused work in the sleepy beach town where our project first began.

  • We were excited to attend and observe a Zuetrin clinc here in the Portland area. The Portland Animal Welfare Team and their head veterinarian, Mary Blankevoort kindly showed us the new frontier in approaches to neutering – two simple injections into the testes, replaces the surgery which would remove them. We are very hopeful about using this technique in our 2015 clinic as it may help us overcome some of the hesitations on the part of the local population about neutering male dogs.

  • Several people who volunteered for our 2013 clinic have voiced an interest in returning in 2015. In addition, Mary Blankevoort has indicated that she might be willing to come and train Peruvian vets in the Zuetrin procedure!

As the spring continues, we plan to send Amigo Fiel additional funds for some fencing repair needed at the shelter, as well as continue support of the monthly clinic.

It cannot be said often enough – without your generous donations our work could not continue. On behalf of the Perros Project, Amigo Fiel and the dogs (and cats) of Huanchaco – we are immensely grateful.


Matt & Courtney

Dec 23, 2013

Happy Holidays from the Perros Project!


We write with a short update about our work with our partners in the interim period between on the ground clinics in Huanchaco, Peru. Our main partner, Amigo Fiel, has just celebrated their 10th anniversary of rescuing abandoned dogs, offering free and low cost clinics and running spay & neuter clinics both in conjunction with the Perros Project and on their own.

Recently we helped orchestrate an additional short term spay & neuter clinic when two Australian veterinarians reached out to us via our website. We were able to put them in touch with Bertha and Ingrid who happily took advantage of their skill and willingness. The vets were able to set up a clinic in under 24 hours and do surgeries on 60 animals.

In addition, last month we sent Amigo Fiel funds to operate on those animals still on the wait list from our last visit. As we deepen our relationship with the community and pet owners come to know the organization's name and trust in our abilities, the demand grows. A small portion of the funds were also directed towards materials needed by the shelter in Huanchacito. It will be nice for the dogs there to get more bedding and some toys, especially at the holidays.

In the coming months we look forward to formally establishing a process whereby two Peruvian vets will take a portion of their clinic time to not only perform sterilizations, but also responded to accidents and provide general canine care for poor Huanchaco residents. An example of how that process has already benefited specific area dogs is Zach who is pictured below. He was hit by a car and funds were used for his surgery which was very successful. 

Our work continues . . .

Matt & Courtney
The Perros Project


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