COVID-19 has had a huge impact around the world, and we are no exception. Due to travel restrictions & bans worldwide, people are no longer travelling, which means no volunteers. This is a big loss of physical help and financial income from the volunteer donation. And given the current global climate it may be a while before we see any more volunteers.
The people in Peru are suffering from the economic impacts of the coronavirus and the subsequent quarantine. This means that even more families will be unable to afford basic medical care or spaying/neutering for their pets. And unfortunately, some may even put their dogs out on the streets, unable to feed them any longer. With such uncertainty ahead we need your support now more than ever so we can continue our work as soon as Peru's quarantine is lifted and keep our staff employed in their vital work.
Peru Animal Welfare Society
Our main mission to reduce the number of dogs on the streets in Cusco, Peru as well as limiting the suffering of the many stray dogs. We help the dogs with a health, vaccinating & sterilising programme. We also support animals in shelters.
Recent figures suggest the number of street dogs in Cusco could be as high as 40,000. These dogs roam the streets freely and are incredibly vulnerable to both disease and injury.
PAWS for Change: Help Street Dogs in Peru
We support the largest dog shelter in Cusco, where rescued dogs receive food, veterinary treatment and a lot of love from the staff and volunteers. However, we soon realised that caring for rescued dogs in shelters was only the answer to half the problem for street dogs.
The situation for dogs in Cusco was not going to improve without mass vaccination and sterilisation of dogs, improved education of locals on animal treatment and welfare, and permanent, loving homes for the dogs.
With this in mind, we established the Peru Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), in order to keep supporting the rescued dogs, as well as combat the wider issues with four areas of focus.
1) Education: by visiting schools and creating a public information programme
2) Sterilisation: to neuter/spay the street dog population
3) Vaccination: to provide vaccines and health care for dogs
4) Shelter Support & Adoption Programme: Continuing to work with existing rescue shelters and veterinary clinics to ensure there is an adoption programme.
Thanks to a grant from the Summerlee Foundation, we were able to purchase a mobile veterinary clinic. This clinic will be used to perform health checks, sterilisations and give vaccinations to the dogs in the many villages around Cusco. With an overall goal of limiting the suffering of dogs and helping to reduce the population of street dogs in Peru.