PAWS for Change: Help Roaming Dogs in Peru

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PAWS for Change: Help Roaming Dogs in Peru
PAWS for Change: Help Roaming Dogs in Peru
PAWS for Change: Help Roaming Dogs in Peru
PAWS for Change: Help Roaming Dogs in Peru
PAWS for Change: Help Roaming Dogs in Peru
PAWS for Change: Help Roaming Dogs in Peru
PAWS for Change: Help Roaming Dogs in Peru
PAWS for Change: Help Roaming Dogs in Peru
PAWS for Change: Help Roaming Dogs in Peru
PAWS for Change: Help Roaming Dogs in Peru
PAWS for Change: Help Roaming Dogs in Peru
PAWS for Change: Help Roaming Dogs in Peru
PAWS for Change: Help Roaming Dogs in Peru
PAWS for Change: Help Roaming Dogs in Peru
PAWS for Change: Help Roaming Dogs in Peru
PAWS for Change: Help Roaming Dogs in Peru
PAWS for Change: Help Roaming Dogs in Peru
PAWS for Change: Help Roaming Dogs in Peru
PAWS for Change: Help Roaming Dogs in Peru
PAWS for Change: Help Roaming Dogs in Peru
PAWS for Change: Help Roaming Dogs in Peru
PAWS for Change: Help Roaming Dogs in Peru
PAWS for Change: Help Roaming Dogs in Peru
PAWS for Change: Help Roaming Dogs in Peru
PAWS for Change: Help Roaming Dogs in Peru
PAWS for Change: Help Roaming Dogs in Peru
PAWS for Change: Help Roaming Dogs in Peru
Dogs at the Cusco shelter with a volunteer
Dogs at the Cusco shelter with a volunteer

Since our last update, the issue of dog overpopulation in Cusco has been featured in the national news in Peru. At the end of 2018, an unfortunate incident involving stray dogs was featured in La Republica, one of the two main national newspapers found in the country.

The story covered an occurrence in one of the Cusco district’s rural communities, where a flock of sheep was attacked by a pack of twelve dogs, known to roam the area in search of food. Ten sheep were killed during the attack and another twenty gravely injured. The local community members were very unsettled by the incident and reported to the newspaper that they had informed authorities of other attacks previously to one, but the authorities had taken no action.

This episode brought to light the larger issue of dog welfare and overpopulation in the region and incited farther discussion. The story spread on social media, where many citizens criticised the authorities for ignoring the problem. Some called for the stray dogs to simply be exterminated, where others argued for the animals’ rights, explaining that the dogs were only acting on their instincts and trying to survive. Many locals hold the same belief as Globalteer that it is our duty to help these animals, and that a sterilization campaign is needed to address the overpopulation. Only this way can we reduce their suffering and also help protect the economic interests of local farmers with livestock who may be in danger from roaming, hungry dogs.

Although the issue may have only been featured in one article, the fact that it is reaching a national audience gives us hope that it will continue to receive attention. And seeing other voices standing up for the dogs is also encouraging; any solution to a problem so severe will require a network of supporters and cooperation from various entities. It is our hope that we will be an integral part of the solution for the wonderful dogs in Cusco.

Thank you for reading and as always, thank you for your continued, invaluable support. If you would like to donate, and we hope you do, please visit our page! You can also subscribe to our newsletter for regular Globalteer updates regarding this and all of our other projects!

Cusco dogs scavenging for food
Cusco dogs scavenging for food
Shelter dog with a new toy!
Shelter dog with a new toy!
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Mateo and Eli at the Cusco Dog Shelter
Mateo and Eli at the Cusco Dog Shelter

Mateo first arrived at our partner shelter in Cusco in 2015. He was severely malnourished and had a serious respiratory infection. The shelter managers, Maite and Anyelo, nursed him back to health, and over time, he recovered completely. Without their intervention and donations for his veterinary treatment, he never would have survived. But with their love and care, he transformed from a desolate, dejected street dog into a happy, delightful member of the shelter with high spirits and a friendly personality.

During his time at the shelter, Mateo quickly became a favourite among visiting volunteers. He captured many hearts with his scruffy face and soulful eyes. Then one fateful day this year, he met a volunteer who would give him his new forever home, changing Mateo’s life…

This past June and July, Eli volunteered at two of Globalteer’s other projects within Peru – the Rainforest Wildlife sanctuary and Community project. He was an extremely motivated volunteer, so during his time in Cusco, he also spent time volunteering at the dog shelter, where he first met Mateo. He was enamoured. When Eli’s parents came for a visit to Peru, they also made a trip to the shelter, and they also fell in love with Mateo!  They decided that they couldn’t leave without him and would adopt him.

A few weeks later, Mateo was on an airplane to the USA. After 3 long years of waiting at the shelter, Mateo finally has a loving, forever home. He is greatly missed in Peru, but they know that he is living a better life, full of constant attention, his own bed, and a life most dogs in Cusco could only dream of. 

We are so excited to be a small part of this story. Without volunteers and donors like Eli coming to Peru, success stories like this would not be possible.

If you’d like to know how you could come meet the pooches of the Cusco dog shelter or would like to know how you can help dogs like Mateo live better lives, please visit our Global Giving page. You can also subscribe to our newsletter for regular Globalteer updates regarding this and all of our other projects!

Mateo and Eli finally together in the USA
Mateo and Eli finally together in the USA
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Mateo enjoying grooming time
Mateo enjoying grooming time

Welcome to our first Project Report! We are glad you have decided to be a part of our journey in caring for the dogs of Cusco, and we are looking forward to keeping you updated along the way through these periodic reports.

We are still getting started with the new phases of the project as funding comes in, but the continued support of our partner shelter is going strong and steady. Since the beginning of this year, we have had 8 incredible individual volunteers come to work with the dogs at the shelter, each bringing with them a lot of love and affection for the pups. More volunteers are scheduled for the coming months, which is great news for the dogs – each volunteer means more happy wagging tails and vital funding for food and medicines.

Volunteer Group at the Shelter

In March, the dogs at our partner shelter enjoyed a week of daily visits from a group of students from China who are currently studying in Canada. The students, aged between 11 and 17, visited Peru as part of a cultural exchange and service learning programme. The group worked daily cleaning pens and bowls, putting in new bedding, and grooming, feeding, and playing with the dogs. They even made cute bandannas for the dogs to wear after their grooming sessions! Some group members who were slightly afraid of dogs before their arrival learned quickly that the dogs were friendly, and canine friends were made all around! So not only was their visit beneficial for the dogs’ care, but the students also learned quite a bit from the dogs themselves.

Ongoing Problems with Street Dogs

Every day in Cusco, our staff members witness the growing dog overpopulation problem and the consequences it has for the dogs. Just recently, Jim (our founder and general manager), came across a dog that had been recently hit by a car. The driver of the vehicle had left him unattended and in severe pain. Jim rushed him to the veterinary hospital, where the veterinarian examined him and determined that he also had a severe case of canine distemper. Sadly, the dog had to be euthanized due to the extent of his injuries and the progressiveness of his distemper.

This is just a singular case that represents two challenges that Cusco’s dogs face every day. Distemper is a highly contagious disease, so this particular dog may have already spread it to several others before his untimely death. They may also now be suffering. And dogs left abandoned after being hit by cars is a daily occurrence; their only saviour may be a kind passer-by. These problems will not resolve themselves – action is needed. Stay tuned for more updates!

Thank you for reading and as always, thank you for your continued, invaluable support. If you would like to donate, and we hope you do, please visit our page! You can also subscribe to our newsletter for regular Globalteer updates regarding this and all of our other projects!

Student group washing feeding bowls
Student group washing feeding bowls
Rosie in her new bandanna!
Rosie in her new bandanna!
Who's ready for lunch?!
Who's ready for lunch?!
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New friends

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