Project #6038

Spay & Neuter street dogs of Huanchaco, Peru

by The Perros Project
Ursula, from Huanchaco Al Rescate.
Ursula, from Huanchaco Al Rescate.

Spring is in the air and everything seems to be coming up roses for the Perros Project. We wanted to craft this quarter’s update in terms of the fabulous relationships we have created over the years and the many ways in which these relationships continue to bear fruit.

Amigo Fiel & Huanchaco Al Rescate (our partner organizations on the ground in Peru):

The amazing people who run these organizations on less than a shoestring continue to offer hope to the street dogs of Huanchaco on a daily basis. They regularly feed dogs who have been abandoned, provide temporary shelter to those who are adoptable and work with local veterinarians to provide basic medical care such as rabies vaccines and anti-mange treatments. Below is an image of Ursula (Huanchaco Al Rescate) being interviewed by the local media regarding her efforts to improve the shelter. We at the Perros Project depend on relationships with community leaders like Ursula to keep our efforts going when we are not on the ground.

Senor Paul, owner of Hostal Huankarute

Ever since our first spay and neuter clinic in 2009 our team has stayed at Hostal Huankarute which offers an oasis of tranquility amidst a very hectic community and a grueling schedule. From the beginning Senor Paul went out of his way to help us and the dogs in our clinic. On more than one occasion, a dog who was still waking up from surgery found themselves in the courtyard area of Huankarute. In 2015, for most recent clinic, Paul generously offered the hotel’s meeting spaces for the clinic. This was an incredible gift which not only allowed the clinic to be offered within Huanchaco town limits for the first time, but also reduced our travel expenses to and from a space in Trujillo. Last month, Senor Paul assured us that we could offer the 2017 clinic at Hostal Huankarute once again. Our relationship with Senor Paul is a priceless one.

Our team, present & future 

As many of you know, while we always have new members of our team for each clinic, over the years three extraordinary women have returned to the project time and time again. Brenda, a veterinarian from the San Francisco area, has lead the clinical team since 2009 with a commitment to involving local veterinarians and improving the process every visit. Natalie, a veterinarian technician, has shared her skills and her Spanish proficiency to make sure things run as smoothly as possible. Kim, a Portland pet sitter and lawyer, has organized the recovery area since our first clinic, making sure that every animal is not only taking care of while recovering from surgery, but also given flea medicine and sometimes even a haircut! Our project would not have lasted this long without our relationships with these three amazing women.

With that said, we are always looking to make new relationships. If you know of anyone who would be interested in joining us for our 2017 trip, especially veterinarians and veterinarian technicians, please encourage them to drop us a line. We also take nonmedical folks, so if you think you might be interested in being a part of our team in 2017 let us know. We look forward to returning to Huanchaco, Peru and spending time with all of the wonderful folks who have made our project possible.

Us with our wonderful friend at Huankarute.
Us with our wonderful friend at Huankarute.
Our core volunteer team.
Our core volunteer team.
Will you be our next volunteer?
Will you be our next volunteer?
Our amazing partners.
Our amazing partners.


A heartfelt and happy update sent from gray and rainy Portland, Oregon. During this time of year we are primarily working with our partners on the ground to make sure that the dogs in the various shelters in Huanchaco are well cared for during the holidays and beyond.

This December we helped Ursula who runs Huanchaco Al Rescate to purchase food, medicine and some toys and treats for the dogs currently awaiting adoption at her rudimentary shelter. The donations of supporters like you all helped these dogs have much happier and healthier holiday season than they typically would.

Another piece of news we want to share with you all is that Lola, the spirited beagle with a broken leg that one of our volunteers worked tirelessly to bring the United States, arrived safely here this fall and enjoyed a wonderful Christmas with her new family.

Longtime supporters might well remember that the dog who started this whole thing was also named Lola. :)

Both of these lovely ladies had their own lives improved through the Perros Project and went on to improve the lives of other dogs through their stories.

Finally, the key members of the US team – Dr. Brenda, Natalie, Kim, Courtney, and myself will be meeting via conference call in late January to chart out a five-year plan for the organization. We are very excited to discuss the various ways in which the Perros Project might expand its efforts and even better utilize the funds we receive from Global Giving.

More on that soon....

Thank you for all your amazing and wonderful support!

Lola's Christmas Outfit
The original Lola
The original Lola
Holiday Card from our friends in Peru
Holiday Card from our friends in Peru
Our friend Ursula
Our friend Ursula
Hello all,
We've been back from Peru for several months now but we're still working with out partners on the ground. This update, we wanted to highlight the story of one dog whose life was radically changed by the Perros Project. 
During our 2015 clinic, two volunteers, Marnie and Sue, met a sweet little beagle with a hurt leg. Here's the story of what happened....
"One morning before the clinic started, we went to a local store to get coffee and we saw sweet Lola limp by. We immediately approached her and upon closer inspection not only did she have a bad limp but her skin was in rough shape and her teeth were almost completely worn down from scratching her skin. We were able to find her caretaker and he gave us permission to spay her at the clinic and have our team take a look at her leg. Once we realized the surgery was far more invasive than what the local vets could do - we wanted to work with our contacts on the ground in Huanchaco to get her healthy and fly her back to the states for surgery and eventual adoption.
It took the efforts of several people, the kind generosity of some Global Giving donors, many friends, and another great nonprofit, Homeward Trails, but eventually we were able to get Lola healthy enough to fly and prepare all of the necessary paperwork and vaccines to get her into the United States. One of the Perros Project's partners, Ursula, brought Lima from Huanchaco to Trujillo, where she flew on to  Lima. One of us met her in Lima and then flew with her back to Washington DC.

Holly Gill, one of the surgeons at the Perros Project's 2015 clinic donated Lola's entire surgery to amputate her leg. After a good recovery, a childhood friend and her husband adopted Lola, making her a part of their family. These days Lola is enjoying her new life, her new caretakers, and her other animal companions."
In other news, we're gearing up for another campaign with our Peruvian partner organization, Huanchaco El Rescate, to do a 'Christmas at the Shelter' event. Please keep an eye out for that in our next update. 
As always, we are grateful and appreciative of all of your support. 
Matt & Courtney (and Lola too!)
The Perros Project
From Huanchaco to the U.S.
From Huanchaco to the U.S.
Lola's new home
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 
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
Thank you!
Thank you!

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. 




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The Perros Project

Location: Portland, OR - USA
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Project Leader:
Matt Webber
Portland, OR United States

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