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.
Jul 9, 2015

Thank You!

Operation Room
Operation Room

Thank you! 

We're back from Peru and proud to report that we've had the most successful clinic to date. 
Peru by the numbers..
  • 108, sterilizations performed.
  • 2, the number of anesthesia machines we were finally able to get and use.
  • 10, the number dogs neutered through non-surgerical Zeuterin
  • 640, number of clinic hours logged by our volunteer team while in Huanchaco
  • 3, the number of Peruvian animal groups working with us: Amigo Fiel, Huanchaco El Rescate, and ARCA
  • 16, the total number of our volunteer team that went to Peru
  • 3, the numbers of vet students from Montreal who added our clinic to their travel itinerary
  • 1, the number of days of rest given to the team. The first time we've ever been able to do that!
  • 1, the number of Global Giving staff that was able to do an onsite visit to this year's clinic.
  • 1, the number of PeaceCorps volunteer that used their weekend to volunteer with us.
  • 49, the number of first-time donors to the Perros Project in the month of June .
And now some firsts...
  • The first time we were able to perform surgeries with gas anesthesia.
  • The first time we were able to offer the whole clinic in Huanchaco.
  • The first time we were able to give the team a day-off and still do over 100 surgeries.
  • The first time we were able to receive a letter of endorsement from the local municipality.
  • The first time we were able to work with more than one community partner. 
There's so much more to tell but for now we'll share some photos that help tell the results. Chances that we will do this again, and aim to do it even better in 2017... 100%.
As always, if you ever have any questions about the project, our work, or other ways to help - please feel free to reach out to us at perrosproject@gmail.com. 
Thank you again for all your support this past year.

In gratitude,

Matt & Courtney

PS, do expect some fun news from us in the coming year with some new aspects of our project. :)
Smiling Faces
Smiling Faces
Busy afternoon
Busy afternoon
Local shelter outreach
Local shelter outreach
Cutie
Cutie
Thank you!
Thank you!
Mar 31, 2015

Spring is here!

Greetings all,

Since we last checked-in with you, a lot has happened. We'll try and give you the short and sweet version:

  • Our team is looking good! We current have wo US Vets (Brenda & Mary) and Two Peruvian Vets committed. Waiting on potentially 1-2 more US Vets. In additon, we have our two Vet Techs: Natalie and Katy. The Support Team this trip will be: Courtney and myself, star volunteer Kim, on her 4th trip to Peru,and newbies Phoebe and Max. Also joining us will be our three Candian vet-studens: Roxanne, Geraldine and Alexander.

  • We're hopeful that Paige, a representative from GlobalGiving, may be able to visit us while at the clinic as she will be in the region visiting a variety of GlobalGiving projects. 

  • Clinic Details: June 22-26th. We'll be working in two different areas within the Huanchaco community. Both communities who would not be able to afford such veterinary services. The breakdown of the clinis is as follows:

    Day 1 & 2: Spay & Neuter in one location.
    Day 3, we're offering a wellness clinic.
    Day 4 & 5, we'll be moving to the second location to perform spay and neuter operations. 

  • This year we will also be working with a new group - Huanchaco Al Rescate. In the process we'll be teaming Al Rescate with our friends at Amigo Fiel.
  • As always, we'll be bringing down as many supplies and medications as we can manage to carry.
  • Courtney will be arriving a week early for a Spanish immersion program and to make sure all is in order for the clinic before the team arrives. 
  • Due to a recent friendship in Portland. We're current working on trying to acquire an anesthesia machine. Something that is a first for us! :)
Our next report will be likely coming from the ground while in Peru. We're excited to get underway and will do our best to update you. Please make sure to follow our Facebook page to stay up to date on the clinic's progress. 
Best,
M&C

 

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Dec 31, 2014

Our tails our wagging for 2015.

Happy New Year Everyone!

Well, we’re typing this update less than 15 hours left before 2015. It seems so  long ago that we set the date for our return trip to Peru and now, with the passing of this evening, we’ll be 6 months away. :)

As for updates,,,

  • Courtney continues to communicate with Huanchaco Al Rescate Del Hermano Menor. This group is located in Huanchaco and working specifically with the street dogs of our favorite community. In Courtney’’s weekly contact with Ursula, the leader of the organization, the two have been making progress in our 2015 clinic planning and outreach. Ursula is excited for our visit and she is currently locating a space for the clinic and trying to encourage a partnership with the Huanchacho municipality, something we've been interested in for years. We’re keeping our fingers crossed as this relationship could lead to bigger and better outcomes in the future. 

  • Things are still looking promising for using Zeuterin - an injection which sterilizes male dogs - at this summer’s clinic. We have a new vet, trained and certified in Zeuterin who is excited to join us. This is really a great option for this region as many people hesitate in neutering their male dogs due to a mix of future, religion, and machismo. 

  • In the last month, we've had four veterinarian students (2 from Michigan and 2 from Quebec) contact us about joining the team in some capacity. Brenda, our head vet, is currently in conversation with them to see if it would be a good fit for them and the project. We’re always amazed at how people hear about our project and our eager  to help.

  • Planes, Trains, and Hotel Rooms: As with every trip, there’s a lot to plan to make it all happen. Team members are currently arranging time off from their jobs, hunting down affordable airfare, and we’re negotiating with our favorite Huakarute Hostal on a block of affordable rooms for our stay. Ahhhhh….details. :)

Lastly, the holiday season continues to be a generous time for our project thank to Global Giving and the many contributors that help the Perros Project. We want to especially thank our recurring donors for their continued support and level of giving. Extra big ‘Thank You’s’ to - Leslie, Moira, and Vitra. 

More soon. Again, Happy New Year to you all and best in 2015. 

 

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