The event started off with a tour of the newly-renovated shelter. Among the early birds were PAWS celebrity volunteers - GMA’s Pia Guanio and Toni Rose-Gayda, TV5’s Ariana Barouk and actress Alma Concepcion. The guests were happy to see the newly-built dog quarantine area, dog walk area, cattery and multi-purpose room which were all made possible through the funds raised from donors and 2008 PAWS events.
PAWS credits its sponsors and the individuals who participated in the fund raising events throughout the year for all these improvements.
PAWS also gave out awards for Outstanding Volunteers. 11 year old Anton Cabalza, a grade 5 student from the Ateneo, became the youngest recipient of the award because of his work in direct animal care at the shelter .
Other recipients of the PAWS’ Outstanding Volunteer Award are: Atty. Vicente Roy Kayaban, Kathleen Caga-anon, Wilford Almoro, May Felix, Andrea Castillo, Marga Carpio, Popi Laudico, Sharon Say, Marla Nicandro, Christine Roquim, Fabiola Ortiz, Angelica Ocampo, Joe Claret, Charlene Laxamana, David Arceo , Nielsen Donato, Daisy Medel, and Jenny, Jessica and Joana Danaux.
During the annual report presentation, increased adoption rates were one of the things that was highlighted. 39 Dogs and 66 Cats were adopted out by PAWS to very good homes in 2008. These figures show a 26% increase in dog adoption and a whopping 132% increase in cat adoption attributed mainly to the campaigns and programs initiated by the adoption team led by Liza Umayam.
PAWS’ 2008 Humane Education program was able to lecture 880 students in universities and 330 pre-school and elementary pupils. A total of 210 students were also mobilized for community service for the year.
In the barangays, PAWS was able to assist the QC government in the registration and rabies vaccination of 5000 dogs and participated in Makati City’s responsible pet ownership talks for the public and in elementary schools.
As for their 2008 Spay-Neuter program, PAWS participated in the celebration of International Spay Day, fixed 39 dogs and 74 cats, distributed 1000 flyers to vet clinics and barangays to promote S&N and gave information on the benefits of spay & neuter to the more than 2,500 PARC visitors and callers.
All the guests came bringing gifts for the shelter animals so at the end of the day, the PAWS office was full of donated pet food, dog shampoo, disinfectant and old newspapers. Truly, it was a good Christmas for the shelter animals.
Some of the attendees became lucky recipients of prizes raffled off courtesy of Alpo, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Goldilocks and Merial Philippines.
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