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The Philippine Animal Welfare Society
PAWS is a registered non-profit organization which is dedicated to the protection and the promotion of humane treatment of all animals.
It runs an animal shelter called “PARC” (PAWS Animal Rehabilitation Center) located at Aurora Blvd., Katipunan Valley, Loyola Heights, Quezon City that currently houses 49 dogs and 227 cats rescued from cruelty or neglect.
The volunteer-based organization rehabilitates these animals in the hope of finding them new homes and a second chance at a good life.
The PAWS shelter also serves as an animal-welfare information center and a low-cost spay-neuter clinic.
It attends to an average of 50 calls a day concerning different animal welfare, animal care, animal control concerns and helps local government officials with many of their animal-related problems.
Prior to its having a shelter, the organization was already doing humane education, campaigns and low-cost neutering albeit on a small scale.
PAWS has spayed /neutered and adopted out hundreds of dogs and cats since the shelter was established in 2001.
PAWS campaigns actively against dogfights, horsefights and against wild animals being used for entertainment.
It has successfully lobbied for the passage of the Animal Welfare Act in 1998 - the country's first national law which prohibits cruelty to animals.
Two of its out-of-shelter programs are hugely popular among youngsters: PAWS’ humane education session and the Doctor Dog Program.
The PAWS Humane Education Team reaches hundreds of school children of all ages by conducting school visits within Metro Manila. It has modules for pre-school, elementary school, high school and lectures for students in university levels.
Moreover, PAWS conducts the Animal Asia Foundation's 'Doctor Dog Program in the Philippines (animal-assisted therapy). Over 100 visits to hospitals, schools and institutions have been clocked in by a handful of volunteer humans and their dogs since the Program was introduced in the country in 1998.
Dr Dog aims to fight cruelties such as the illegal Philippine dog meat trade in an unconventional way: by showing the public about the service that dogs render to Man.
By highlighting how animals help people in the Doctor Dog program (not just 'people helping animals' all the time), it is hoped that society will begin to grasp more fully why all animals deserve our respect and protection – beginning with our beloved companion animals.