After attempting to catch all possible showings (we were too cheap to buy the DVD), I’d fantasize over owning my own shelter-hotel for homeless dogs. I’d think, “When I’m rich and successful in the future, I’m going to put up a giant shelter for all the homeless dogs and cats.”
It turns out that my noble dream isn’t necessarily sustainable. While building a hotel of that size would be a good temporary solution, the reality is that it would still have its limits. All the money in the world will never be enough to save all the animals out there.
Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) executive director Anna Cabrera explains that we can’t adopt our way out of the homelessness problem. People have misconceptions about the shelter, thinking that all animals that are brought in can be accommodated, even with the limited space.
She stresses that animal welfare is there to prevent animal cruelty. “The mission of PAWS, or any other animal shelter, is not to rescue cats and dogs. It’s actually to prevent rescues from happening in the first place,” she says.