Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 15°C

min temp: 10°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Saxmundham: Melissa prepares for Amazonian trip to support Peru Street Dogs charity

13:35 19 June 2014

Melissa Ilston, of Saxmundham, is going to head off to Peru to care for stray dogs for five weeks.

Melissa Ilston, of Saxmundham, is going to head off to Peru to care for stray dogs for five weeks.

An animal lover from Suffolk is preparing for an Amazonian adventure nursing stray dogs back to health.


Melissa Ilston, 21, of Saxmundham, will jet off to Peru next month to spend five weeks living in a shack on the edge of the jungle, caring for abandoned pets.

Having previously worked with vets in Framlingham and Saxmundham and as a volunteer with the RSPCA rescue shelter in Martlesham, Miss Ilston is hoping the experience will prepare her for a full time career working with animals.

“This is a great opportunity to help out in a developing country working with animals, which is something I really want to do,” she said.

“Animals rely on us, they haven’t got a voice and so I think we owe it to them to look after them.

“Dogs are man’s best friends. Sometime I think my dog understands me better than people do.”

Although she is reluctant to leave behind Amber, her three-year-old cavalier King Charles spaniel, Miss Ilston believes she will understand as “I’m going out to help her brothers and sisters”.

With only a limited experience of travelling abroad – a two week holiday in Sardinia – Miss Ilston says she is nervous about jetting off to Puerto Madonado - a city in south east Peru on the edge of the Amazon rainforest.

To begin with, she will be working with Cristina Corales, the founder of Peru Steet Dogs, but will be expected to fend for herself after Ms Corales heads home for a break in Australia.

Miss Ilston, who works with MelBek, an IT company set up by her father Darren Ilston, will be locating stray dogs, nursing them back to health and arranging for veterinary care.

Visit for information.



Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other East Anglian Daily Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by East Anglian Daily Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique East Anglian Daily Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

The launch of 'Pigs Gone Wild' at Trinity Park.

A piggie parade that is set to draw many visitors to Ipswich and raise £100,000 for a hospice charity took off in style last night at a glittering launch event.

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service attended two road traffic collisions this evening.

Needham Road in Stowmarket where the crash took place

An 81-year-old cyclist who sustained serious injuries following a collision in Stowmarket last week has died.

Chelmsford Crown Court

Two teenagers that caused extensive burns to a Witham man’s face after throwing a corrosive liquid at him in a case of mistaken identity have been found guilty.

The East Anglian Air Ambulance is in attendance.

A woman has suffered a “potentially life-changing” head injury during a crash in Beccles.

Pc Jason Lambourne

When Pc Jason Lambourne isn’t working for Suffolk Constabulary, he dons another emergency services uniform for work as an extra in hit television shows and films, including the latest 007 movie.

The area off Mount Pleasant in Framlingham which could see 95 new homes built on it.

Campaigners have been left “outraged” after a decision on whether to allow 95 homes to be built on greenfield land in a historic market town was deferred.

Michael Scott, chief executive of Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust . Photo: Steve Adams

A lack of beds and increased demand led to a four-fold increase in the cost of sending people with mental health problems outside of Norfolk and Suffolk in 2014/15.

Police have arrested a woman on suspicion of drink-driving.

A woman has been arrested on suspicion of drink-driving after her car mounted a roundabout and collided with a sign.

Police called following contentious meeting of Long Melford Parish Council

Police were called to “restore order” at a parish council meeting in a picture postcard Suffolk village because one of the councillors claimed he “feared for his safety”.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages