Project Director:

My name is Azadeh Chegini, and I am excited to introduce myself and share a little about my journey and passion for animal welfare.

For many years, I had the privilege of working with ZOETIS Petcare, where I enjoyed a long and fulfilling career. However, it was during this time that I realized there was more I could do to make a difference. In 2016, I embarked on a personal project called “Dogs of Otavalo” which aimed to help animals in need in Otavalo, Ecuador.

The turning point for me was when I asked myself, “Isn’t there anything I can do to assist these animals?” That question spurred me into action, and I know that no matter the challenge, there had to be a way. I soon discovered that by joining forces with like-minded individuals and constantly seeking opportunities to be of service, anything is possible.

Throughout my career, I have witnessed firsthand the incredible impact we can have when we come together to support a cause we deeply care about. Working with passionate people and leveraging available resources, we have been able to make a positive difference in the lives of many animals.

I firmly believe that by joining forces, we can create a collective impact that goes beyond what any one person can achieve alone. Whether through volunteering, fundraising, or spreading awareness, there are numerous ways we can contribute to this noble cause.

I am the happiest when holding an animal and when I am around others who respect and protect the voiceless.

Our 2023 Team:

Sante Clinica Medico Veterinaria

“Hi, I am Marcela Pineda DVM, I am the owner of Sante Veterinary in Otavalo. We work as host of this wonderful project. Sante´s commitment is to help the stray a nedded dogs of our little town. As a clinic and as a Team are fully equipped to ensure that this project can be done with high standards of pain control and quality. Our team have two doctors Lu and Diego and our techs Andres, Yandri, Darwin and Jonathan. We are counting the days to be part of this project again.”

Colitas de la Calle Foundation

Hello, I am Dayana, president of Colitas de la Calle Foundation, we have been rescuing dogs and cats from the street for 6 years. We have a petshop and we recycle bottles to raise funds. We are very happy that Dogs of Otavalo visits us and helps us to continue working with street dogs of Otavalo.

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Our Partners:

Check out the village it takes to help provide care for the dogs of Otavalo:

Santé is the first veterinary clinic in Otavalo! They are sponsoring our project and kindly allowing us to use their facilities to carry out our mission.

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Caring Hands Animal Support and Education (CHASE) is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing awareness of, and providing support for, animal welfare initiatives. CHASE is committed to making a positive impact on communities by reducing the overpopulation of cats & dogs, and decreasing animal suffering through compassionate care.

CHASE is an organization formed for the purpose of providing veterinary care and support for animals in a variety of ways.  

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The Chris Griffey Memorial Feline Foundation (CGMFF) strives to provide advanced medical care to shelter and rescue kittens placed in their program that otherwise would be euthanized due to increased medical costs and/or not being able to provided the advanced 24/7 nursing care necessary to have a successful outcome. Through education, they train fosters, rescues, and shelter staff to be confident in nursing skills as well as providing medical consultation to other veterinary professionals to allow them to help kittens in their area.

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