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:
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
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:
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.
Warmly, Matt & Courtney
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,
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:
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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