We hope this report finds all of our supporters as well as can be expected given the many uncertainties of this time. Fall is quickly becoming winter here in Portland and we have reflected more than once in the last few months how lucky we are that our biennial clinic was not scheduled for this past summer. Of course, we are very hopeful that we will be able to keep our plans to return to Huanchaco in the summer of 2021. We miss everyone there so much and have worried for their safety and stability given how hard the virus has hit Peru and how difficult life can sometimes be even under normal circumstances in that country.
In the meantime, we continue to be in good touch with our partners on the ground and would like to highlight some of their work, which of course continues every day (and night!) even under these difficult conditions.
Ursula, the founder and daily den mother of Huanchaco al Rescate, emailed us recently filled with a mix of hope and heartbreak. She sent along pictures of two dogs which we won’t share here, but who were in dire need of veterinary care for ailments we are lucky enough not to witness here. Thankfully, she was able to secure low-cost veterinary services, bringing an obvious amount of relief to each of the dogs who had suffered for quite some time. Outside of these particular cases, Ursula continues to run the shelter (see photo 1) including making dinner (see photo 2), caretaking for the animals under her charge (see photo 3) and always looking for potential people to adopt them.
In other news, Paul, who runs the hotel where our team not only stays, but performs our clinic, has been hard hit by the lack of tourism due to the virus. Ever-resourceful and no doubt thinking back upon how our clinic has run so smoothly out of the large and small conference/recreation rooms in the past, Paul is currently endeavoring to open a side business on the property. He is in the process of planning and coordinating a much needed health clinic to provide basic services for people in the community. We applaud his efforts and have been working to support them.
In these difficult times, we particularly appreciate our supporters who always step forward when we ask them to. When reflecting on our decision to found the Perros Project and all of the stories that emanated from that decision, we are humbled, grateful and acutely aware of how lucky we are. We are so enriched, more now than ever, by our Perros community knitted together by such fine people. Despite difficulties, all of us continue to make such a difference in the lives of not only the dogs of Huanchaco, but also the greater community they live in. Take a bow and thank you!