But like most Good Samaritans for animals, Nanay Edith didn't know that feeding cats was not the way to help strays for the long-term. She also had no access to low-cost vet services in the area which would enable her spay-neuter (kapon) the animals whom she feeds. As a result, the cats multiplied.
The outreach was scheduled on May 28 to 29. Bgy Captain Rodolfo Catologan of Bgy Pag-asa allowed PAWS to set up its Mobile Clinic inside the basketball court and helped announce the limited slots of free 'kapon' (neutering) for pets to the community.
Under the unforgiving heat of the summer sun, the neighborhood kids trekked the streets of Bgy Pag-asa with PAWS volunteers and helped them locate and trap the cat colonies. Humane education sessions were done in one half of the basketball court while the other half was divided into Registration, Waiting, Anesthesia & Shaving Area, Mobile Clinic parking, plus Recovery area.
The two days were the hardest on the team of two PAWS volunteer vets - Dr. Wilford Almoro (shelter vet but doing this project on volunteer capacity) and Dr Maripi Diaz who would only step out of the Mobile Van to check on neutered animals and to inject anesthesia. Volunteers interviewed pet owners, weighed the animals and went on cat-catching and flyering stints around the community. Many kids and pet owners of Bgy Pag-asa learned a lot about the advantages of spay-neuter from the HE lectures conducted periodically throughout the day.
Perhaps the most fulfilling part of the outreach was to see the smiles of the children and the toothless grin of Nanay Edith who profusely thanked us when we finished at 9pm on the last day.
PAWS would like to thank Korina Sanchez and the staff of Rated K for putting us in touch with Nanay Edith. Special thanks also to Bgy Captain Rodolfo Catologan who accommodated our logistical requests. We thank the kind people of this community for welcoming us so warmly and for being kind guardians of stray cats.
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