VOLUNTEERS ARE ALWAYS NEEDED
Twice a year Cristina returns to Australia for some R and R and to visit her family. She is always looking for caring, dog-loving people to mind her dogs while she's away. Two complete strangers offered, one from England and one from Australia.
The first to go to Peru was Joe, a lovely young man from England who cared for the dogs so well, and he coped with emergencies wonderfully. He had to find a vet who would operate on Frida dog who had a hernia, then another who fixed up Frida when her stitches fell out, and all without speaking hardly one word of Spanish. He even learnt to use a machete to clear a track to the Shack when things got too overgrown. When Cristina returned to Peru Joe was able to explore the jungle and had some mighty adventures on a couple of tours up the Tambopata River by canoe.
The second person was Cathy, a vet originally from Malaysia, now living in Australia. She also couldn’t speak a word of Spanish, and despite trying very hard, found the pronunciation so difficult that she had to give up so instead of talking, she won everybody’s hearts with her permanent smile, laughter and very amusing sign language. Cathy managed to do a rescue -: she found a skinny, sick and hairless dog who she took home to the Shack and nursed back to health. She gave him the name Tolstoy and he has turned out to be the most intelligent of all the rescued dogs and a real charmer as well. After Cathy had done her turn of caring for the dogs, she also went up-river to a jungle lodge, and then with some friends of Cristina’s to Cusco and up into the foot-hills of the Andes to see the famous fiesta of the Virgen held there once a year.
Our third volunteer from outside of Peru was Melissa Ilston who came all the way from Suffolk in England to spend 5 weeks caring for the dogs. Melissa did a great job in conditions that she had never encountered before; as well as having to care for the dogs, she had the added stress of one dog going missing (Macra, who has never been found) and two dying. She handled all situations calmly and the dogs adored her. They also adored all the piles of toys she bought for them. Melissa hopes to return to Peru one day with her new boyfriend, to show him the places she got to know, and to meet the dogs again. She will be welcomed by them with licks and barks and they will again jump all over her.
Anyone thinking of volunteering with street dogs in Peru should contact this web site. You could have the experience of a life-time!
Please take a moment to so that Peru Street Dogs can continue work to ease the plight of the poor abandoned and sick dogs of Puerto Maldonado.
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