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.
Jan 17, 2017

A new year, a new website, and our next clinic!

Screenshot of our new homepage.
Screenshot of our new homepage.

Happy 2017 everyone!

We’ve got lots of great news to share with you in this update. First and foremost we've set our dates for the 2017 clinic, which is our fifth to date (!!). Our Perros Project team will be on the ground in Peru operating the clinic with our partners from July 10th to the 16th. For the second time in a row we will be able to host the clinic in Huancahco (instead of Trujillo) thanks to Sr. Paul at Hostal Huankarute. They will once again provide not only our lodgings, but also the clinic space.

We're excited that many of our previous volunteers have already said they'll be joining us again this summer, including our head veterinarian, Brenda, our extraordinary vet-tech and general “fixer”, Natalie, and our most trusted non-medical volunteer and head of patient recovery, Kim. Beyond our core team that's been there with us since our first clinic, we're also blessed to have returning members from prior clinics, including two veterinarians.

That said, we still have a couple of spots so If you or someone you know might be interested, let us know.

Our partners on the ground, Amigo Fiel and Huanchaco al Rescate have been quite active these last several months and both will be involved in preparation for our summer clinic. One of the most encouraging pieces of news from Huanchaco is the growing support of the local government, not only for our project, but for a whole host of activities aimed at improving the lives of area street dogs.

In other exciting news, we've launched a new website that is both mobile-friendly and much more visually appealing - please check it out at www.PerrosProject.org. We’d love to hear what you think about it, so please send us an email at perrosproject@gmail.com.

Finally, financially speaking, the close of 2016 found the Perros Project, way within the black thanks to generous supporters like you. One of our bucket-list items that we will be pursuing in 2017 is a portable anesthesia machine, which will make the surgeries safer and smoother for all of our patients. It would also be an important advance in veterinary medicine for the region. We’ll keep you up-to-date on our progress.

2017 Clinic Dates
2017 Clinic Dates
"Love without limits." - our friend Ursula
"Love without limits." - our friend Ursula

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Oct 18, 2016

People are wonderful! That includes you. :)

Greetings amazing Global Giving community!

Typically when we submit our quarterly reports we focus on our own efforts and the efforts of our partners on the ground to make sure that the Perros Project continues to thrive. This time we would like to highlight the efforts of one stranger to support our work. Earlier this month when we went to send our monthly thank yous to donors an unusual transaction caught Matt’s eye. Someone who had been traveling in South America had witnessed a number of sick and vulnerable dogs during their trip. Instead of feeling sorry for the dogs but doing nothing, this person sought out a way to help – and Global Giving provided that way. Using a fund-raising tool on the Global Giving website, this stranger reached out to their community in an effort to raise $300. Last we checked, they were only $40 from their goal! When we stopped to think about it, this moment reflected the amazing power of strangers, a long line of strangers each helping one another to do more good in the world. The money raised by this fundraiser will be used to support the growing shelter Huanchaco. Specifically, funds will go to food, shelter improvements and a part-time staff member (see photos below). In so doing, their funds not only help the street dogs of Huanchaco, but also provide support to a young Peruvian who cares about these animals and will be a future voice of compassion in the community. We cannot thank Global Giving enough for making these connections possible.

Oh yeah, one short note about the website - we're slowly in the process of updating/redoing it. 

With gratitude,

Courtney & Matt

Jul 22, 2016

The Dog Days of Summer

When summer comes around, especially the month of July, it is hard not to think about Huanchaco and our biennial spay & neuter clinic. With one year to go until we return to that wonderful community we are both planning for the upcoming visit and working with our partners on the ground to take care of the current needs of the community’s street dogs.

Last month we supported Amigo Fiel by sending funds to vaccinate all of the dogs they currently have in shelter. This year the cost of vaccinations went rose dramatically, so their organization relied on us to help them buy the necessary injections. Dogs in the Huanchaco area are frequently exposed to distemper and parvo which are generally rare in North America. As a result, these vaccines are literally life-saving.

In May we supported Huanchaco Al Rescate by sending funds to cover the cost of having a local woman visit, feed and exercise the dogs at that organization’s shelter. Doing this allowed Ursula, the organization’s director to broaden her activities in the community, including advocacy and education efforts. There can be no doubt that Ursula has used this time very well. Last week we received an email from her letting us know that the municipality, which is not always supported our efforts on behalf of the dogs, voted unanimously to work with her organization (and thereby ours). In the next few weeks we hope to be in communication with Ursula as she negotiates with the municipality to discern specific objectives.

Finally as we think ahead to next year, it is interesting to note how many people contact the Perros Project to inquire about the clinic or to ask us to put them in touch with our partners so that they might assist their efforts. During this past year we have had over a dozen inquiries. In our next report we hope to feature the work of at least one American student who will be working with the street dogs of Huanchaco in August.

Until then, we wish you well and cannot thank you enough for your support and donations.

Matt and Courtney

 
   

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