Major Amici Cannis Announcement

Amici Cannis wants to announce some major yet exciting changes with our organization!

Amici Cannis was started 5 years ago by a group of people dedicated to changing the lives of the street dogs for the better. We started small, and put on a few spay and neuter events. We fostered some pets for adoption but we quickly found that that wasn’t going to be enough. In 2014, we created a grand plan to build an animal shelter with an attached veterinary hospital. This plan was a novel approach to what we deemed to be a major problem; the lack of access to medical care, and a shelter to house stray dogs until their adoption.

In 2015, Amici Cannis started the groundwork to implement this plan. In doing so, we reached out to many organizations that have done similar work in Central and South America. Through our contacts at Humane Society International (HSI), we learned that our plan may not be the best for us, nor for the street dogs of Cotacachi. HSI has done extensive research on sterilization efforts in stray populations and has found that a shelter set up prior to population control is likely to fail. There are too many animals in need of shelter, and not enough resources, money or space to house them all.

So, armed with that new knowledge, Amici Cannis has shifted our focus slightly. We still are focused on helping the dogs of Cotacachi, but we will be doing so through a Population Control Plan (extensive spay and neuter programs), as well as education for local pet owners. Our goal is to have the over population of both stray, and owned animals controlled in 5 years. This Population Control Plan will in turn provide less fighting for the scarce resources, and overall healthier animals (HSI researched that too!).

We have met with the Municipality of Cotacachi to advise them of our change in plans, and they were very understanding of our situation. The Municipality realizes that they too have responsibilities to help undertake, and create solutions for the over-population problem. We agreed to consult with them on future plans.

We started this revised mission this summer. We performed our first Non-Surgical Neuter Campaign in June. We neutered over 100 animals for a fraction of the time and cost of traditional neutering. This November, we are hosting a large Spay/Neuter Campaign in Cotacachi with the help of Veterinarians from Ambato, Quito, and our 2 US doctors. During this campaign, we will also perform non-surgical neutering. Our goal is to sterilize 200 more animals by the end of the 2015.We would like to grow that number each year, but we can only do so with the help of our amazing volunteers and supporters. If you would like to volunteer with us, donate to our cause, or have any questions about our new goals, please check out our website or contact us directly at  

While on our website, please stop in at the new adoption corner. We will be providing courtesy listings for adoptable pets in Cotacachi. If you know of anyone needing to re-home pets, or fostering strays for re-homing, please have them contact us at

Much love to all and we welcome your feedback!



Amici Cannis won the 1st place Timmy Award from the Parsemus Foundation

Amici Cannis is proud to announce that we have won the Timmy Award from the Parsemus Foundation. This award is due to our documentation about our use of the Calchlorin Injectable Neuter Shot this summer during our very successful Non-Surgical Neuter Clinic. We won a $5000 prize which will be used to purchase equipment for our November Spay Clinic.
See the Press Release here:
In addition we are getting recognition from the Alliance for Contraception in Cats and Dogs! Read about that here:
ACC-D September Newsletter

As always Amici Cannis relies heavily on private donations to continue funding our spay and neuter projects. If you are able please click here to donate. As a reminder we are a 501c3 non-profit so all donations are tax-deductible.

Furever Friends Fiesta Fundraiser 5/21/15

A big thank you to everyone who was able to join us and to many more who supported from afar, this fundraiser was a huge success! We had sold 130 tickets and 107 people showed up. The hotel (Land of the Sun) that we used had 2 main dining rooms. One covered that seated 50, and the other was an open courtyard that seated 60. We knew going into this that weather would be a factor, but we all crossed our fingers. It hasn’t rained for about 2 week… UNTIL the day of our fundraiser. At about 4:30pm, the skies opened up, and it just poured. The good thing about Ecuador, is you just have to “roll with it”, so we figured we would make do. Well, the rain only lasted for 20 mins, so I got the volunteers hard at work drying everything, and putting the tables back together. The rain held off all night, and it turned out to be a beautiful night, with an awesome view of the sky!! Of course the Mariachi Band was 55 mins late, but hey.. It’s Ecuador. It all turned out great, because they made a grand entrance by playing their way in and around the crowd.
A little rain can’t keep us down or ruin our party! The show must go on!!!

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The Mariachi Band Arrives!
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Even a Stray dog dropped by to show her support!

For anyone who wasn’t able to join us that would like to donate to our cause please click here.

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