Does PAWS adopt Pets? If so, how? (actual question sent thru email to PAWS)
REPLY FROM PAWS:
This question gives us a chance to clarify that PAWS does not adopt or take in owned pets (although most of its volunteers adopt from the shelter or rescue animals on their own, too.)
[ Hindi kumukuha, tumatanggap o umaampon ng owned pets ang PAWS. ]
PAWS PUTS ITS RESCUED ANIMALS UP FOR ADOPTION and screens all applicants. For those interested in our adoption process, please go to PAWS ADOPTION PAGE.
A lot of people come to us and say that "Ipapaampon ko sa inyo ang pusa/aso ko"
(I am bringing my pet to PAWS for adoption) but we correct the statement by saying that these pet guardians are not "adopting out" their pets to us. They are, in fact, abandoning their own dogs or cats to PAWS and making the job of volunteer animal advocates more difficult.
Some people also come to us saying "I want to donate my pet to PAWS". We would like to clarify that donations are meant to help an organization, and "donating" one's pet to an animal welfare organization such as PAWS will not help the org.
[Hindi din po tumatanggap ng bayad o donation ang PAWS bilang kapalit sa pagtanggap ng alaga sa shelter. ]
Taking in abandonments takes us away from our efforts in rescuing animals in distress or educating more people about responsible pet guardianship.
As for people who want to give up their pets, we have come up with policies for people to realize that, most of the time, they can still keep their animals when they are informed of all or any of the following:
PAWS does not encourage people to give up their pets. In order to help pet owners, PAWS offers assistance in terms of advice, low-cost veterinary services such as low cost spaying/neutering and behavior training so that pet owners can KEEP their pets.
PAWS strongly encourages responsible pet ownership and one of its campaigns is to remind people that A PET IS A LIFETIME COMMITMENT.
We discourage abandonment of pets because most pets suffer from depression when separated from their owner or taken from a home environment to a stressful shelter environment. They lose appetite and tend to get sick. Add to this the issues of: high incidence of death and spread of disease when we take in more animals than space will permit and limited funding.
PAWS survives only through the help of donors and volunteers and its aim is to help people help themselves for the welfare of the animals.
PARC is intended to house animals that are victims of cruelty and neglect as we file corresponding charges to abusive pet owners and animal offenders.
PARC IS A LIMITED-ADMISSION SHELTER.
It is exclusively for animals in distress. An “animal in distress” is one that is suffering or is in imminent danger of losing its life.
Not all animals in distress can be taken in at a given time due to the limited space & number of caretakers in our shelter and due to our strict quarantine protocols. That’s why we ask our volunteers to foster rescued animals and wait until there’s space in our canine and/or feline quarantine areas.
We have never advertised our shelter as a "NO-KILL" shelter because that will be dishonest. We strive to provide the best care for shelter animals as far as our space, time and financial resources will permit and continue to work at prevention of abandonments largely through educational campaigns.
We hope more people will help by ADOPTING, DONATING, SPAYING/NEUTERING THEIR OWN PETS and spreading the word about adopting from our animal shelter or about our spay-neuter services.
Click on the following link for PARC ADMISSION POLICY
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