by Neal H. Cruz, The Philippine Daily Inquirer
The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), Philippine Animal Rescue Team (P.A.R.T.), Save ALL, CARA Welfare Phils, Cat Care Philippines, INQUIRER columnist Neal Cruz and his daughter, Doris Cruz, participated in this dialogue with the QC Vice Mayor, April 16, 2015. Photo credit: from QC Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte's Facebook Page
Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte had a dialogue last Friday with animal welfare groups led by the Philippine Animal Welfare Society, Compassion and Responsibility for Animals, Philippine Animal Rescue Team, Save All, Cat Care Philippines, and interested pet owners on the hated Ordinance No. 2386 authored by Councilors Raquel Malañgen and Jessica Castelo Daza. Among other things, the ordinance limits pet ownership to only four and charges violators with huge penalties, as well as a P500-fee a year for each pet registered. If you have four dogs and cats, that’s a cool P2,000 a year for which you get nothing in return but threats of more fines and fees.
Jaymee T.Gamil, Philippine Daily Inquirer
Animal welfare advocates called on the Quezon City government “to put in black and white” the reported scrapping of an animal control ordinance limiting the number of pets per household to four.
By: Lira Fernandez, InterAksyon.com
November 27, 2014 3:56 PM
MANILA, Philippines -- Farmer Silvestre Ravago showed how he would go to great lengths to obtain justice for his family's pet dog brutally killed by a neighbor.
With just enough money and some packed food, Ravago, 65, boarded the bus from his hometown in Oas in Albay province and traveled for 10 hours to Quezon City to seek help from the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS).
"Ella is like one of my children. She sleeps with us," Ravago described his seven-year-old animal companion.
By Epi Fabonan III | Philippine Star – Mon, Nov 24, 2014
The children at White Cross Children’s Home in San Juan City applauded heartily when Dr. Eddie took center stage to show off his “therapeutic skills”.Alex, one of the children in the antiquated orphanage, volunteered to assist Dr. Eddie in this demonstration. After Alex throws a chew toy a few meters away from the stage, Dr. Eddie quickly walks to retrieve and give it back to him, to the delight of the other kids.
Dr. Eddie is not a graduate of any medical course from some big-name university, nor is he garbed in a white lab coat with a stethoscope dangling on his neck. He is a Labrador retriever and one of 14 Dr. Dogs of the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) and their visit to White Cross Children’s Home is part of an outreach activity.
The story of Nanay Edith Pizarro- "cat woman of Olongapo" - is the story of most cat lovers in our country. Even with her meager resources, Nanay Edith wanted to reach out to those who were having a tougher time - stray cats who would forage for food in the garbage just to get by.
But like most Good Samaritans for animals, Nanay Edith didn't know that feeding cats was not the way to help strays for the long-term. She also had no access to low-cost vet services in the area which would enable her spay-neuter (kapon) the animals whom she feeds. As a result, the cats multiplied.
[February 21, 2014] Dogs Paopao and Brownie - both owned by Nanay Donata Alonzo (in cover photo) - were among the 105 animals neutered today at the PAWS Animal Rehabilitation Center. Indigent pet owners trooped to PAWS as early as 6:00 am to avail of free neuter/spay services ("libreng kapon") for their pets. Shelter veterinarian, Dr. Wilford Almoro, and volunteer veterinarians, Dr. Aris Hapatinga and Dr. Maripi Diaz of SJ Vets worked with a team of three (3) clinic assistants and twenty five (25) PAWS volunteers to bring this service to the poor. Thank you to Supporting Members and donors for making SPAY DAY possible!
As early as four (4) days after Super Typhoon Yolanda, PAWS in cooperation with International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) responders who flew in from their head office in Massachussetts, US, was able to reach so-called “Ground Zero” of the disaster- Tacloban. Conditions were bad, where even relief did not reach humans and there were still human bodies uncollected in the streets- even one kilometer away from the airport. The PAWS-IFAW Team observed that the animals who survived seemed fairly able to still gather food. Among the tragic scenes they came across were the many companion animals who drowned because they were tethered and the bodies of pets lovingly covered by blankets by their surviving human families.
IFAW informed PAWS that the body conditions of the surviving dogs will start to deteriorate at least 3 to 4 weeks after the disaster, when the animals have finished up eating whatever food can be foraged in the vicinity. True enough, when our 4th and 5th teams visited the same area last November 29th, no animal refused the dry food that our team gave them.
Being the first team of animal responders on the ground for Tacloban City, the PAWS-IFAW Disaster Relief and Emergency Response Team immediately did feeding of animals in the affected area as they went on about their Rapid-Assessment work. After several flight delays, the said team just arrived from their Tacloban-Cebu-Manila flight at 1:30 am today and team members are currently meeting with individuals and agencies to come up with a strategic distribution of food and medical help for animals by next week.
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The PAWS-IFAW Disaster Response Team headed out to Bohol on October 19, 2013 to conduct an assessment of the effects of the earthquake in the area and to check on the conditions of the animals. It was a gruelling 6-hour per day road trip to get from Tagbilaran, Bohol to Loon, Bohol, while conducting a visual headcount of the animals through the baranggays and towns that were affected along the way.
It was heart-wrenching to see homes turned into rubble and one can only imagine the magnitude it took to shake these concrete structures down. Many residents were living in tents put up in open field with signs asking for food and water. As in many rural areas, many of the dogs would be seen in the streets or tagging along behind their owners as they tried to go about their farming or line up for relief distribution in the town halls. Generally, the dogs were in good condition and valued as part of their families. For a few of the dogs and cats that the team encountered, they were still skittish and showed signs of nervousness – probably from the initial shock of the earthquake or having to continually feel the aftershocks on a daily basis.