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
Planning for the 2013 clinic is in full swing. We had a great conference call last weekend with our head vet (Brenda), our awesome vet tech (Natalie), and one of our star volunteers (Kim). Here are some of the details:
Our clinic will run July 22 - July 26, but we will have people on the ground a few days prior & after to make sure everything is a success. We understand that GlobalGiving will be doing a matching gift campaign in June so please keep an eye out for our email as this will be our big fundraising opportunity for the year. Please consider forwarding it to a friend when the time arrives. As always, we thank you for your interest and support! Expect photos of cute dogs soon! ;)
In appreciation,Matt Webber & Courtney Dillard The Perros Project(503) 341-2390
Hey again everyone,
While we're still in the depths of winters in (mostly) cold & grey Portland, our summer in Peru is just around the corner!
With that in mind we have been ramping up the plans for our visit. Our biggest news is that we finalized the dates for our visit to Huanchaco and Trujillo: The general dates including travel time are 07/19 to 07/28.
Here are some of the details:
We have a couple of things for you to consider as you read this update:
Any help is always appreciated.
We look forward to writing you again with new news to share. As always, you can reach us with any questions or an interest in volunteering for our next clinic by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 503-341-2390.
Matt Webber & Courtney DillardThe Perros Projecthttp://perrosproject.org
Hey there Perros Project supporters,
We hope this update finds you well in the world. Courtney, and I are still away from our home base of Portland, OR pursuing another project (breakfastwithstrangers.com) to add good to the world. Even while we've been away though, we've been active with the Perros Project.
As many of you know, our biennial spay & neuter clinic was not scheduled to take place this summer. That said, the summer was not a quiet one. Our previous work at the shelter in Huanchacito laid the groundwork for local volunteer activities in August. As a result of our construction of fences, gates and doors at the shelter in 2010 - they have been able to welcome many more visitors. Wanting to spruce up the shelter to make it even more attractive for people looking to adopt sterilized street dogs, the local volunteer group Arca Trujillo, painted the walls and did a general face lift to the interior of the shelter (Photo attached).
Here in the United States we have also been busy. We have started to secure commitments from veterinarians, vet-techs, and general volunteers for the 2013 clinic. Our head vet, Brenda Kennedy with Remote Access Medical's (RAM) vet team and other key volunteers from previous clinics have already agreed to return. Coming out of a series of conference calls we have decided to focus on the following things during the 2013 clinic:
We look forward to writing you again closer to our departure. As always, you can reach us with any questions or an interest in volunteering for our next clinic by emailing email@example.com or calling 503-341-2390.Thank you,Matt WebberThe Perros Projecthttp://perrosproject.org
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