Santino and Catherine
Santino and Catherine at the time of rescue Santino on his 2nd day at PARC
The woman who kept them believed that she was doing the best for them. The neighbors had reported her to us as slightly demented and PAWS had for her a written warning that she was not to take in any animal once we had confiscated these dogs from her.
After the letter had been given, we turned to face the rescue at hand: By the doorway of the woman's dilapidated house stood six (6) 'living-dead' dogs - dogs whose bodies you could use to illustrate where the different bones began and where they ended.
Even in their emaciated condition, the eyes of the dogs told us that they were used to being held and caressed.
"They are poor, innocent angels," one of the volunteers said tearfully when she noticed that the dogs were looking pleadingly at all of us the entire time that we were loading them gently into the crates.
Doc Maripi, our vet on duty at the time of rescue, said it was hard to tell if these dogs would make it through the week. She also commented on the dogs' sweet and angelic demeanor despite their body conditions.
For this reason, all the dogs were named after saints or saintly characters on TV- Claire, Agatha, Catherine, Gertrude, Lucy and Santino.
Catherine, on his 2nd day at PARC Catherine, after a few months of rehabilitation
Santino seemed to need the most prayers because he was weak and had to be on dextrose fluids the entire night.
When little Santino gained a fair amount of weight within his first few days at the shelter, rescuers praised the heavens and knew that a miracle was unfolding before their very eyes.
Santino believes in miracles and so do we. We believe that many miracles come about through hearts that give and reveal themselves to those who open their homes to share it with anyone, with any creature who needs it the most.
Help us get them adopted by telling a friend about visiting the PAWS Animal Rehabilitation Center or by giving a contribution to support our work.
Santino, a happier dog during rehabilitation
at the PAWS Animal shelter
Santino, on her 2nd day at PARC Santino TODAY at the PAWS Animal Shelter
waiting for his forever-loving home
Everyday, PAWS rescues and rehabilitates dogs like Santino and Catherine until they are ready to be put up for adoption.
Our life-saving work needs your support. Please donate. It will go a long way in helping homeless dogs and cats hoping for a second chance at a good life.
P 300 or US$ 7 (Staff & Volunteer Support)
will help sustain office and maintenance personnel that keep the shelter running
P 500 or US$ 12 (Utilities & Maintenance)
will help pay the rent, water, communication and electricity bills
P 1,000 or US$ 23 (Immediate Shelter Needs)
will help feed a shelter dog for one month or fully vaccinate a shelter dog or cat against diseases
P 3,000 or US$ 68 (Spay-Neuter Fund)
will help spay a female cat or dog preventing hundreds of unwanted kittens and puppies from being born
P 5,000 or US$ 113 (Medical Fund)
will help in the long-term veterinary treatment of an abused dog or cat, or any other animal in need of special care at our shelter