PetSafe Gives Peruvian Rescue Dog the Royal Treatment!

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By Molly Mednikow, Founder and Executive Director of Amazon CARES

READER GIVEAWAY: A $100 Value. See details below on how to enter!

My name is Molly Mednikow and I am the Founder and Executive Director of a great charity called Amazon Community Animal Rescue, Education and Safety, also known as Amazon CARES. I started CARES after witnessing the hardship companion pets face in the Peruivian Amazong region.

I first traveled to Peru on a dare. I had been supporting a charity, Rivers of the World, that delivered school supplies to remote villages on the Amazon. The Director came into my place of business, a high-end jewelry store, and invited me along. My salespeople laughed, so I stubbornly said yes, I would love to go. That and subsequent trips changed my entire perspective on life.

I am part of a 125 year old family jewelry tradition. I was fortunate to own a successful store in Atlanta, Georgia. Yet with every visit to Peru the jewelry business became less important to me. Whenever I sold an expensive piece of jewelry I would think about how the same money could help so many people and animals in poverty-stricken Iquitos, the capital of the Peruvian Amazon region.

Every time I went to Peru, I was saddened by the high volume of very ill street dogs that fought to survive. I heard horrifying stories of mass, inhumane culling of the stray dog population, and I learning of the practice of feeding strays to circus tigers, I had to do something. Despite global concern over environmental and wildlife issues in the region, there were no programs in place for domestic animal welfare so I created CARES.  In 2004 I stayed in Peru, and my family graciously purchased my jewelry business from me. Privately, nobody thought I would last 6 months. I really surprised them, and most of all, myself.

CARES’s  focus is on humane education and the reduction of animal overpopulation through free spay/neuter clinics and street dog capture-neuter-release programs. We have a veterinary clinic and a no-kill shelter, a successful adoption program, and we have excelled in the area of animal assisted therapy. Because there are many more issues in our region, we also deal with environmental education and the importance of leaving wildlife in their natural habitat.

Pet ownership in the Amazon is quite different from that in the USA. Pets are not pampered. Very few have collars or identification. A pet shop might carry food bowls for pets, but they are of the cheap plastic variety. When one’s life depends on survival, pets are not a priority.

Most don’t even have official owners that care for them on a regular basis. We call these free roaming dogs, as they usually have a territory and often they once belonged to a family that abandoned them or moved away.

My beloved dog, Marilyn Monroe, started her life this way. We found Marilyn on the harsh streets of Iquitos, Peru and she was one of the first rescues of Amazon CARES. She was emaciated and young, and her outlook for survival looked grim. Once back at the shelter, eating regular meals, she gained weight quickly.  Then we found out that Marilyn was pregnant! We saved three animals, and when her two puppies were born, we kept them until we could sterilize them, and then found them homes. Marilyn knew to trust me, but she has always been protective of her food. She still eats in a seated position at times, with her arms around the food bowl.

When I moved back to America from Peru in 2008, Marilyn joined me, of course. I’ve never really bought anything extravagant for her. Does she wonder why I’ve never provided her with special food and water bowls? Since coming to the USA, she has been eating out of a bowl I created at a pottery café in 1997. The bowl even bears the monogram of my former pet, Gretchen! I always meant to return to a pottery café to make Marilyn her own bowls, but most of my dog related purchases are limited to items we need for the shelter in Peru. In truth, I don’t think Marilyn is actually offended.

But, things have changed for Marilyn thanks to PetSafe. She and I are proud owners of a beautiful new feeder and a watering station. They have a modern, clean look that really fits my décor. I am thrilled she has fresh, filtered water all the time. With better tasting water, your dog or cat will probably drink MORE water, which is essential for bodily functions and pet health.

The PetSafe Healthy Pet Food Station is revolutionizing her food and my home environment. Marilyn will get fresh food AND FILTERED water whenever she needs it. Both are served in stainless steel bowls, which is the most hygienic material one can use to feed or water a pet. Plus the bowls are removable and dishwasher safe, which means clean up is easy.

Not only does Marilyn love these products, you’re pet will love them too! To win the PetSafe Healthy Pet Food Station and a PetSafe Healthy Pet Water Station including two water filters plus the Amazon CARES tote bag, simply

1) Leave a comment on this post about why your pet needs these products;

2) Like AmazonCares on Facebook and make a comment there as well (for 1 bonus entry);

3) Like PetSafe on Facebook and make a comment there as well (for 1 bonus entry).

We will utilize Random.org to select a winner. The contest ends on June 30th at 11:59 PM EDT.

Be sure to enter the PetSafe and Amazon CARES give away so your dog can enjoy the benefits of a Healthy Pet Water Statuin and Healthy Pet Food Station!

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27 Responses to PetSafe Gives Peruvian Rescue Dog the Royal Treatment!

  1. Ron Marzullo says:

    We have 3 dogs, one of them doesn’t have his own bowl for food and water yet. We are hoping he, Zorro, can get the PetSafe food and water stations as a gift! He would be thrilled, and we too!!

  2. Debby and Kirby the Dorkie says:

    Kirby and his fosters need this product because they need fresh food and fresh water.

  3. Debby and Kirby the Dorkie says:

    We like Amazon Cares on FB and will like PetSafe on FB tonight. Will pass along contest info to our FB fans too!

  4. Stacy Bendall says:

    Amazon Cares does such amazing work. I have one dog Elsa. She recently almost died from a rare blood disorder. The meds she has to take now make her thristy all of the time. The pet feeder would be perfect for her since my husband and I both work and have to leave her alone

  5. Vernita Oliver-Lane says:

    Our dog Lily (who was rescued when a puppy) suffers from airborne allergies and needs extra vitamins and nutrients. Lily stays home alone each week day and to be able to use Healthy Pet Water and Feed Stations would be a plus.

  6. Roni Kelley says:

    Hi, I have 3 dogs. 2 chihuahuas and one American bulldog. They are the sweetest dogs ever. However our American bulldog (dozer). Loves fresh water. He will not drink water just sitting in a bowl. He will go to our bathtub and whine for us to turn on the water and drink it straight from the tub faucet. He will also drink it straight from the hose. I think he would drink from one of these and have been considering getting him one. It is hard to explain to guests that I have ro go give my dog some fresh tub water!

  7. Laura says:

    We have five rescued dogs and would love to have especially an auto waterer for them!

  8. Jason says:

    We live in Arizona and all 3 of our dogs need as much water as they can get during the summer.

  9. Marta says:

    I am retired and now devote all my time to fostering dogs; have six at the moment and have succeeded in finding homes for ten this calendar year so far. Takes lots of effort to keep them healthy, fed and watered even before I start “vetting” potential forever homes for them and making sure its a good match for dog and owner. I would love so much to have less “busywork” on the basic food and water side of the effort and more time for doing the technical stuff, like advertising, screening, visiting homes, etc. This product could really help.

  10. Nicole says:

    I work at Astro Kennels in Simpsonville, SC & considering the hot hot hot summers we have here itd be awesome to have something like this! Thank you!

  11. Patrice says:

    Miss Ellie Mae, Jethro, Sandra, Jill and Chinchilla (2 hound dogs and 3 cats) all share one water dish. I know they would love to have a better drinking station.

  12. Treva says:

    We have 9 animals 3 dogs (Samoyed,shepard mix, pit mix) and 6 Kitties. They all love each other and share everything. They are constantly running out of food and water, I would love to have something like this.

  13. Mary says:

    I changed from the standard dispenser to the round dispenser. It is easier to clean! The cat drinks from the spot (where the water comes out), and the dogs drink from the bowl. Extremely please with the product.

  14. Amy B says:

    Filtered water is really important to me because my Squirt has dental issues. He lost 35 teeth when we got him at the age of 6 and he has an oronasaul fistula from that as well.

  15. Amy B says:

    I like petsafe on FB-where I learned of this contest.

  16. Amy B says:

    I also like amazoncares on FB.

    Thanks for using random.org to chose a winner.

  17. Karen & John says:

    This is important to me because you never know what is in water. People flush all sorts of things down the toilets & down the drain…medicines too. It all mixes into our water and if filter our own water, why wouldn’t we filter our pets water?

  18. Karen & John says:

    I have liked Petsafe on FB for a while now. :)

  19. Karen & John says:

    I like amazoncares on FB too.

  20. Flossie says:

    With 3 rescue dogs that play hard in the hot southern sun…there can never be enough pure, safe water for them!

  21. sara says:

    My dogs Raster and Pixel need this because they are always out of water and I would LOVE for them to be able to have filtered water as well. The fact that they are also stainless is wonderful!!

  22. james says:

    I often wonder what is in the water when I give it to my dogs from the faucet. Since this is filtered I wouldn’t have to worry! Plus I know my pups would like the fresh, clean water :)

  23. Collette says:

    Maybe this would curb my 2 elderly dogs from wanting to drink out of the toilet! Lol….I think something like this may change their minds! :)

  24. Chela says:

    I have two cats and a precious mini aussie. I only drink filtered water, my babies should also!!

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