Hola Amigos

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Hola amigos. Welcome to our home here in Colan, Peru. I'd like to introduce some of my friends here at the St. Francis of Assisi animal shelter…but first, let me tell you a little about myself.


I answer to Princesa – although sometimes they call me 'Madam'. My early life was quite difficult as I was bought in order to have puppies to sell. However, my owners neither fed me or gave me any medication for fleas and ticks and my puppies all died. I was then abandoned and found in a sorry plight with my hair all long and matted and a zillion ticks and fleas  and starting to get a little desperate, let me tell you.

MontanaI've always been an upbeat dog but during those days it was hard to muster any optimism.  These days, with the wonderful Rosemary as my guardian, it is easy to appreciate life again. So, let me show you a little of our lives here in our small oasis.


One of my closest friends here is Montana.  We like to go for early morning walks together  before the sun gets too hot. She was found on a rubbish dump searching for food.  And I'm so glad she was; she is a very chilled companion for us all.



PinkyThe other dog we walk with is Pinky. Ah, Pinky- she has many medical problems these days, including facial tumours which can sometimes cause her pain. However, her tail is always wagging whenever someone visits her and she is the most boisterous when we walk in the desert.  She needs a lot of care and medication which needs money and the kind patience of our vet and volunteers. She must also wear a little jumper to stop her sensitive skin from getting sunburnt.


RosyRosy is the quiet one. We believe she was badly abused by a group of boys when she was young . However, after years of loving kindness here, Rosy is now one of the friendliest and relaxed dogs, always offering her paw to shake to visitors.


BobbyBobby is one of the newer arrivals. He is one of the sweetest but has a nervous disposition. Recently, he just started going for walks around the block but we all have to be careful not to scare Bob. He was found at the side of the road dragging his body which makes us believe he has had a few road accidents. He was all skin and bone when he arrived. But with love, attention and help from Rosemary and her workers he's doing well. He stills drops his head occasionally when someone approaches but his wagging tail tells us he enjoys the attention.


LAikaLAika is one of the old-timers here. An accident when she was little caused her to have her broken leg pinned. Unfortunately, the trauma of being confined in a cage as her leg healed caused her to chew through the pin and her leg. She's adapted well to only three legs though and sometimes looks like a kangaroo hopping around. She is also an eternally optimistic dog and never fails to give the volunteers her love.


ChinaChina *pronounced CHEENA* is an old and understanding soul... and a licker. Not a day goes by when she doesn't scramble over the fence in the yard in order to get to more people to give her affection to. She has a healing effect on this place.

There are also many cats here, 40 in total. They particularly like to help with the crafternoons that Rosemary organises (although I'm not sure how much help they actually are).


Kitty Kitty Kitty Kitty Kitty Kitty Kitty


We also have some human friends. This is Aleja who helps clean and feed us,then there is Ingrid the vet and her helper Marie-Louise. Finally there is Alfonso who helps maintain our quarters and does a brilliant job of making this place feel like the oasis it is.

Aleja Ingrid Ingrid


How to help

So that's a little insight into our life. We have a comfortable time here but it's not always easy to look after so many of us. That's why we are always in need of help- in whatever form people can give. We understand not everyone can take time out of their busy lives to come and visit us in Peru. That's why we recently set up a program where you can 'adopt' one of us. This means you pay 10 soles/$4 USD/ 2 GBP a month for a year towards our food and medical costs and in return you get a photo and a thank you card from your chosen animal. If you would like to give a one-off donation this is also possible.

You will find more details about how to donate under the volunteer section.

Of course, if you have the time, we'd also love to meet you in person!

However you can help, please email our guardian Rosemary at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

And we hope to hear from you soon. Hasta luego amigos. Until the next time...


Last Updated on Sunday, 21 September 2014 18:23

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