A quick update on some of the activity that has been taking place this fall/winter season with the Perros Project.
In this off-project season we continue to try and help the dogs of Huanchaco through both planning work and support for the continuing work on the ground .
1. Supporting our partners on the ground: We are continuing our efforts of assisting our local contacts in both Huanchaco and Trujillo. One of the great relationships we have formed in carrying out our two previous clinics is with Javier Mendoza, a man who has spent many years helping the street dogs of Huanchaco. We've helped Javier obtain medicine and supplies to distribute for his daily/weekly outings around town. Specifically, he distributes medicine against fleas/ticks and medicine to reduce the ongoing mange problem. He also transports sick animals to the vet and consistently encourages spaying & neutering in the poorer neighborhoods of the community.
On another front, we also offered assistance to our partners at the animal shelter in Huanchaquito where we had worked to make the upgrades in 2010. Unfortunately there has always been some tension between the shelter and the municipality. For a brief moment this fall it seemed as if the doors could shudder at the shelter forcing us all to scramble and find a new location (a difficult task). For now, the municipality has backed down (again) providing us all with more breathing room but also requiring us to do some more long-term planning. In addition to responding to that crisis, we are currently discussing how we might help the shelter send a few dogs to the United States where their chances of being adopted are much higher.
2. Collecting medicine and donated medical equipment to send to Huanchaco this January as a care package: As some of you may recall from out last clinic - we had some difficulties with a lost bag of medical supplies (which finally got resolved by Delta months later). Supplies and equipment are things that are greatly needed by our friends in Huanchaco and so we've been gathering what we can as well as getting donated items from supporters. For our friends on the ground who do more of a 'guerilla' effort when it comes to helping the street dogs - this care package will be a huge help to their efforts. In addition, we'll be putting a care package together this winter for the dogs at the Huanchaquito shelter as well. Donated funds will go to supplemented in kind medical supply donations, buy toys and other requested materials and cover expensive shipping costs.
3. Firming up our dates and participants for our next clinic/shelter trip: We've yet to set a date for the next trip down to Peru but the planning is already taking place and much of the donations we received this holiday season are being saved towards this end. As in 2010, the upcoming trip will be of a larger scale. The hope is to once again bring down two groups of volunteers: A medical team to work directly at the spay/neuter clinic assisting with local vets and volunteers and a team to repair/enhance the local shelter. Just like our first trip, the dual-pronged approach and also the size of the team should help us to gather good media coverage and further build key political/social relationships in the town. We feel this will help provide a more positive long-term attitude towards both the street dogs and the shelter.
Again, thank you for all your continued support of our project. We really cannot express to you the level of gratitude we feel towards each and every one of you.
Matt & Courtney
The Perros Project
PS - If you ever have any questions for us or ever think about volunteering - we're always available to answer any questions at either firstname.lastname@example.org or(503) 341-2390.