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 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 . . .

Best,
Matt & Courtney
The Perros Project

 

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Sep 24, 2013

We did it! 2013 Clinic Wrap-Up Report.

We did it!
...and we couldn't have done it without you.

The team has landed safely back on this side of the Pacific and the reports are in . . .  Perros Project 2013 was a huge success!

Operating out of the living/common room of a generous supporter’s home, our small but dedicated team of veterinarians, vet techs, and volunteers performed 101 surgeries in four and a half days.  From 6 week old kittens to 14yr old dogs, all types of animals ended up on our innovative surgery tables made out of beer crates and topped with yoga mats. Every morning, people would arrive bringing animals in backpacks, boxes and on makeshift leashes, entrusting their pets to our team. Every afternoon we would return those animals to their relieved owners and without fail be flooded with cries of “Muchas Gracias!”  It was an amazing experience.

Of course, we couldn’t have done it without all of our amazing volunteers. The 10 volunteers from the United States joined with half a dozen Peruvians affiliated with the organization Amigo Fiel, creating an effective team that did all types of tasks. From weighing big dogs on bathroom scales to making sure animals in recovery were kept warm, they did it all. The two American vets worked side-by-side with two Peruvian vets for most of the clinic. One of the most rewarding aspects of our time was the veterinary skill sharing – on both sides. Members of the community also pitched in. On our first morning there were homemade cupcakes from one volunteer and throughout the clinic dogs were adorned with fleece blankets made by friends in Huanchaco. Every day was early to rise and late to sleep, with some members of Amigo Fiel coming to clean up the clinic (which was no pretty sight) in their office attire after work. 

And, of course, we couldn’t have done it without our amazing donors, most of whom we know personally and most of whom had to dig deep to support us : )! Please know - we believe strongly that every one of the animals who came to our clinic will lead healthier and happier lives because of the surgeries our team performed.  The dollars you entrusted to us were used effectively and your contributions made a difference. If you were unable to follow us while the clinic was in full swing, please check out these photos and videos onFacebook  - they tell a much richer story than our words ever could. Also, take a minute to read the recent article about the Perros Project in our state newspaper, The Oregonian.

Finally, please stay in touch to hear about our future plans. On the last day of our visit, we met with a dozen members of the animal welfare community in Huanchaco/Trujillo to review the clinic and discuss best practices for the future. Many innovative ideas were put on the table and we looking forward to sharing those with you very soon. 

In happiness & gratitude,

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Jul 9, 2013

July 21st: Perros Project's 2013 Spay/Neuter Clinic Begins!

Hello friends of Peruvian street dogs and tireless supporters of the Perros Project’s work in Huanchaco! 

We are thrilled to announce that our third visit to Huanchaco is less than two weeks away. We have a great team assembled from all over the United States and goal of sterilizing 100 animals during the five-day event. As our GlobalGiving supporters - we wanted to give you a quick update. 

Here are some of the details worth knowing:

  • We are incredibly lucky to have Brenda Kennedy, our lead veterinarian, returning for her third year, Natalie Freidberg, our superstar vet technician, returning for her second year, and Kim Upham, our 'Jackie' of all trades, returning for her third year. That kind of consistency on the team leads to greater efficiency and effectiveness.
  • In addition to our returning volunteers, we are also grateful to have Angelina Piccoli, who works full time at Spay Today in Denver, joining us as the second veterinarian and half a dozen other people ranging from vet techs to untrained, but eager helpers.
  • This year we have been able to work more closely with our partners on the ground to pretreat animals with antibiotics leading to what we hope will be even better outcomes post-surgery.
  • We have gained more allies in the local government and business community in Huanchaco. The government is supportive of the clinic and several businesses have expressed a willingness to help, including one business that will provide the fleece blankets for animals during recovery.
  • We have arranged to meet with a local veterinarian during our visit with the intention of setting up a funding system for spay/neuter operations as well as emergency vet care. Such a partnership would ensure that our work could continue even when we have returned home.
  • Our fundraising efforts are making strong progress. Two weeks ago we sent out an email to our network, both in the United States and abroad, with the goal of raising $2500. With 10 days to go, we’ve raised $1605! (FYI: The entire clinic can be run on a budget of less than $5000.)

As you can see, we have a lot to be excited about!  If you would like to continue your support of the Perros Project, you can do so here. We strive to use any funds received in the most effective manner possible to improve the lives of the dogs living on the streets of Peru and to prevent additional unwanted animals.

With much appreciation,

Matt Webber & Courtney Dillard  

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