The areas reached by the IFAW-PAWS team for assessment and relief-distribution were Veruela, Cateel, Boston, Monkayo, Compostela and New Bataan.
“The extent of devastation is great and we are glad to be able to give relief to even just some of the towns affected by the disaster,” said Jennifer Gardner, program officer for IFAW’s disaster response.
“Still, in the midst of everything, we’ve seen people also count their animals among the ones that they hold dear and would like to save,” says PAWS campaign specialist, May Felix-Razon. The IFAW-PAWS Team has also seen locals sharing their food rations with their dogs, chickens and their pigs.
“The pigs and chickens are their sources of livelihood, the dogs were treated as valued members of the family and there were many of them who took their dogs with them in the evacuation centers.”
In the meantime, groups like PAWS and IFAW are doing what they can to address this need — even though it is in a very limited capacity.
PAWS will extend help to both humans and animals. When we help animals, we also help their human owners. If you would want to support PAWS’ Disaster-Relief Operations and their campaign to include animals in disaster-relief, their account numbers are: Bank of the Philippine Islands-peso savings 3943-0086-11; Banco de Oro-peso Savings Acct 625-0058-159. Account name for both accounts is Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS).
For information, visit www.paws.org.ph
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