On the eve of All Saints’ Day, a special graveyard had its early share of visitors whose expressions of love and yearning transcend species.
Pictures of dogs and cats—such as that of “Pochie,” “Miming,” “Jumbo” and over a hundred more—lined a wall inside the animal shelter of the Philippine Animal Wefare Society (PAWS) compound in Katipunan Valley, Loyola Heights, Quezon City.
Flowers, candles and, yes, stuffed toys turn the wall into a shrine, above which runs a poignant epitaph: “Gone but not forgotten.”
By Kathy Moran (The Philippine Star) | Updated November 1, 2015
horse and carrying a miniature rose in his mouth made out of doggie treats.
Mini Pinscher Peewee and owner Bujeng Jose were dressed as the Winged Warriors complete with white feathered wings that actually flapped, went home with the award for Best Ghoulish Partners (best pet and owner tandem).
Aspins and Puspins were also represented that day. The Halim-Aw-Aw Award (best native dog in costume) drew the loudest cheers from the audience. Maxim and Cheska came as Yaya Dog and Lola NiDOGra with their entourage — Dogelio, Dogelio, Dogelio, portrayed by Mandaluyong Animal Shelter (MAS) volunteers. Another Aspin from MAS named Mirin bagged a Pumpkin Patch honorable mention with his eye-catching Falcon Dog costume.
Also particularly noteworthy was the Puspin group, which dazzled everyone as the cast of “Heneral Tuna,” a parody of the the blockbuster movie, Heneral Luna. All 11 felines are rescued native cats and portrayed the different characters in the movie. Among them were Luke the orange tabby as Heneral Del Purrlar, gray tabbies Sebastian and Gray as Purrsidente Aguinaldo and Heneral Tuna, and Emboy as Apawlinario Meowbini, an actual paraplegic cat who was carried onstage in a hammock.
The audience giggled and cheered loudly as the cat parents came onstage amid epic music, while being introduced by host Shaan Hizon: “Para ba kayong mga birhen na naniniwala sa pag-ibig ng isang pusa?” (Are you virgins who believe wholeheartedly in the love of a cat?) — a parody of an actual quote in the movie.
The resounding answer was a loud “Yes!,” as 16 cats participated in the fun Halloween event, the largest number in its 12-year run.
“It’s more difficult to judge these super cute pets in costumes than candidates in a beauty pageant,” said TV host Marc Nelson when asked how hard it was to be on the panel of judges for the competition this year. Co-judges for that day were dance diva Regine Tolentino and Asia’s Got Talent producer Serena Lau, who both nodded in agreement.
Sponsors of the event included Pet One, Fisher Mall and Frontline Plus. Other sponsors were Gerry’s Grill, McDonald’s, Swell Sweets, Betterdog, Jack ‘n Jill Dos, Posh Nails, Xcess Salon, Torque, Crossfit Halcyon, Victoria Court, Vanity Fur Pet Salon, Fisher Box Office, Fisher Supermarket, Fisher Department Store and the STAR Pet Life Section.
Jaymee T. Gamil, Philippine Daily Inquirer
reposted from http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/692842/paws-ateneo-launch-program-for-stray-cats-on-campus
Striking a compromise between the welfare of students and compassion for animals, the Philippine Animal Welfare and Society (Paws) and Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) have launched a trap-neuter-release (TNR) program for stray cats on the Quezon City campus.
Since last week, Paws has been capturing the stray cats on the sprawling 85-hectare property in Barangay Loyola Heights. The animals are either spayed or neutered by a licensed veterinarian and given an antirabies vaccination before being returned to the school grounds.
The TNR program was in line with the memorandum of agreement (MOA) Paws signed with ADMU officials last Nov. 25. Under the MOA, the animal welfare group will conduct the TNR and vaccination program for 80 identified stray cats with the school providing a P300 subsidy per feline.
Ateneo would also be in charge of conducting an inventory of the stray cats and manage the cat colony by setting up feeding areas away from areas frequented by people.
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!