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Homeless Kittens Massacred in Dasmariñas Village

Posted by siyerwin on Thursday, December 27, 2007 at 3:25 AM

There's nothing like murderous air gun-wielding village dwellers to ruin the Christmas spirit.

Below is a very grim email that has been circulating in animal welfare/lover mailing groups about the heartless massacre of some caged homeless and harmless kittens using air guns in Dasmariñas Village. The incident happened on December 16, 2007. It's one of those news that show how cruel human beings can get and how they can abuse the power they have over other creatures of this world. Dasmariñas Village residents should be very concerned about this and should do something before these criminals get their hands on real guns with real bullets. I've seen the pictures of the kittens but I don't have the heart to show them here. Ted posted some on his blog if you want to see them.

Email starts here:

My wife, Nancy, has been working with the Dasmariñas Village Association to help control their stray cat population. The stray animals are captured and sent to the CARA clinic or to other vet clinics to be Spayed or Neutered. From there, we keep them in our home to recuperate for a few days before they are returned to the Dasma Village Association office where they are temporarily kept in cages before final release to the areas where they were found.

Early this morning, the security guards called us with terrible news. They found all but one of the 29 cats - mostly kittens - shot by an air rifle or pistol at point blank range. Many of them had multiple bullet wounds. Three of the animals were found dead while 11 more had to be euthanized by Dr. Nielsen Donato after he found their injuries beyond repair or recovery. Of the 15 still surviving, only a handful are out of danger. It will take extensive care and dedication to nurse the others back to health. Those that will survive have been traumatized by their experience.

Blood was splattered all over the cages - the three kittens that died didn't do so immediately. There was clear evidence that theirs were horrific, painful deaths.

What would drive or compel someone to merciless shoot harmless animals in cages in such cruel and cold-blooded fashion is beyond comprehension.

These poor creatures were kept in cages in a storage area not frequented by village residents. They could not have been disturbing anyone.

Please pass this email on to your friends especially those who live in Dasma. This inhuman act may not have been committed by just one individual. In all likelihood it may have been kid(s) who are growing up without learning vital values such as the sacredness of all living creatures. Parents who have allowed their children to possess air rifles or pistols need to emphasize that these must not be used to cause harm.

It is really in the best interest of Dasma residents to find these criminals. God only knows who or what their next victims will be.

-------Email ends-------

If those who did this were kids then they may be in for future trouble. Studies have shown that there is high correlation between violent crimes towards humans and past actions of cruelty to animals. Some intervention is definitely needed to set them right as there's something utterly wrong going on in their heads.

Jeffrey Dahmer, Ted Bundy, Andrew Cunanan, David "Son of Sam" Berkowitz, and Albert "Boston Strangler" DeSalvo were cruel to animals before they started hurting people. Adults are not the only ones whose cruelty to animals can be a sign of deeper troubles. Many murderous children and teenagers-such as Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold of Columbine High School-also have histories of animal cruelty...

Yahoo!Mail sending Feedblitz email updates to "Bulk" folder

Posted by siyerwin on Wednesday, December 26, 2007 at 1:30 PM

I've noticed that two of my last Feedblitz email updates are going straight to the Yahoo!Mail's "Bulk" folder. Other subscribers using Yahoo!Mail may be experiencing the same.

While I try to figure out why it's happening, there are 4 things you can do to prevent it:

  1. Turn off "bulk/s*p*a*mguard" mail. I do not recommend this though as you most probably will be flooded by S*P*A*M in your inbox.
  2. Go to bulk folder and find the updates coming from Feedblitz and label them as "NOT S*P*A*M". This will inform Yahoo that emails coming from Feedblitz are not unsolicited and should go straight to your inbox.
  3. Save Feedblitz in your Yahoo address books. Simply add feedblitz [at] mail.feedblitz.com to your Yahoo! address book. I'm not really 100% sure this would work but this seems to be a popular suggestion in dealing with this kind of problem.
  4. Switch to Gmail. Gmail, in my opinion, is leaps and bounds better as far as s*p*a*m filtering is concerned.

Wishing you're having a blast this holiday season!!! Thanks and see you around.

Have a Merry Furry Christmas!

Posted by siyerwin on Monday, December 24, 2007 at 3:04 PM

Blogging on Christmas eve with the kulit and frolicsome Prada at my side--- can't get any better than that!

I've adopted a new layout for this blog using a template originally created for Wordpress by BOB and which was converted to Blogger format by Jackbook. I tweaked the color theme in a major way to fit the original mefindhome design of black with few touches of color here and there. I've also acquired the domain www.mefindhome.org but the blog will remain hosted with Blogger (http://mefindhome.blogspot.com). Those who wish to link up may use either of the two.

I'm using the rightmost sidebar as the adoption gallery so I wont have to maintain different pages for it like in the old template. I'm no expert in web design. Most of the things I do here are learned on the job. And I've given up trying to make this layout appear the same in different browsers like Firefox and Internet Explorer. I may be nitpicking here but Firefox seems to work better with this template. For Internet Explorer users, please upgrade to Version 7. Comments and suggestions are most welcome. This is a work in progress.

Here are the PARC adoption statistics as reported by PAWS director Anna Cabrera:

No. of dogs adopted this year: 32
No. of cats adopted this year: 35

Believe it or not but I think that's good statistics for the cats! I was kind of surprised that there were more cats adopted than dogs! PAWS is not resting on its laurels though and is aiming for a significantly higher adoption rate next year. I hope more of you guys sign up to help us out. 95% of what we need to do only involves spreading the word about homeless animals!

Here's wishing you, your family and your fur babies a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Let's all hope 2008 will be a better year for all animals homeless or otherwise.

Please remember the shelter animals this Christmas...


Thank you very much and see you all around.

Dolphin slaughter linked to dolphin shows

Posted by siyerwin on at 1:30 AM

Liza pointed me to another Youtube video that appears to establish the connection between dolphin drive fisheries such as that of Japan and the dolphin trade involved in supplying the demand for dolphins in "aquariums" and in traveling dolphin shows such as the one currently in Metrowalk, Pasig.

The video briefly showed how they sorted "young and pretty" dolphins away from the other dolphins that were doomed to go straight to the slaughterhouse. The chosen dolphins are fated to live the rest of their lives in captivity. An interview with a personality involved in the "aquarium" industry elicits an admission that their money indeed motivates such cruel hunts for dolphins.

The video, produced by BlueVoice.org, may be found at http://youtube.com/watch?v=FYGcnNjh-J4

Of course you shouldn't just believe everything you see on the internet. Anyone can put together a bunch of clips and create movies using the computer. But this case is pretty straight forward. Common sense dictates that dolphins can't possibly willingly sign up for a lifelong confinement in glass cages or small round pools. You can't possibly train a wild adult dolphin to do acrobatic tricks at your bidding. From a business standpoint, it's probably cheaper to teach young dolphins new tricks than the old ones. It's a known trade secret in the world of animal show-business.

Now where do you get young, trainable dolphins?

I personally believe that these dolphin shows indeed help in fueling the hunting of dolphins in such massive numbers with such inhumane methods. It's the basic principle of supply and demand. No buy, no sell.

That 300 Peso ticket is blood on your hands.

Watch more dolphin videos and judge for yourself. WARNING: VERY GRAPHIC AND NOT FOR THE WEAK STOMACH

Those poor dolphins in Metrowalk

Posted by siyerwin on Friday, December 14, 2007 at 3:34 PM

There's no business like the dolphin show-business.

Following the example and suggestion of fellow bloggers on animal welfare related issues, Liza and Ted, and after seeing video clips about how dolphins are treated in some parts of the world (Japan particularly), I've now included dolphins in this blog's campaigns. After all, if you think about it, dolphins in dolphin shows are very much like the shelter animals in that they're all homeless--- well, unless you consider pools filled with chlorinated water home...

Dolphins are some of the most intelligent inhabitants of this planet and it takes only a small amount of empathy to realize what they must go through when they are subjected to cruelty of any magnitude.

How are the mass murder of dolphins in Japan and the thriving dolphin show-business here in the Philippines related? I honestly am not 100% clear on that yet but I'm told that young dolphins are usually separated from their mothers during those drives and are sold to companies such as those that bring dolphin shows to countries such as the Philippines. It makes sense because the young ones should be easier to train. The mother dolphins, on the other hand, get hacked to death the way they are in those Youtube videos (see the bottom of this post).

If you pay P300 to watch the dolphin show, please remember: The dolphins paid with their lives.

The educational value of dolphin shows is very questionable.

Do these dolphin shows teach the audience that dolphins have very complex behavior and emotional capacity? Do they teach about how chlorinated water in small, round swimming pools (prison?) affect the health of dolphins? Do they teach about how dolphins in captivity have significantly shorter lives than those in the wild?

Fact is, you can not teach people about dolphins by making them jump through hoops and do somersaults in the air. An hour of watching National Geographic and Discovery will teach you more about these creatures than any trick those circus masters make the dolphins do ever will.

The bottom line for these circus shows is to make money. The educational aspect is merely propaganda. I hope Filipinos start being smart about this and follow the example of other countries like the USA, UK, Brazil, Nicaragua, New Zealand and Australia in banning this type of entertainment.

Please join the protest by blogging about it!

Don't support the dolphin show in Metrowalk, Pasig, entitled "The Wonderful World of Dolphins and Sea Lions"!

Scenes from the Shelter: The Cats Keep Waiting

Posted by siyerwin on Tuesday, December 11, 2007 at 12:30 PM

"The smallest feline is a masterpiece."
-Leonardo da Vinci

Good thing I was able to attend last Saturday's PAWS Christmas party at PARC. And while I brought my camera only to do a little photo-documentation of the event, I wasn't able to resist our feline friends' invitation. The light was amazing and I was rewarded with the following images that, to me, are testament to Mr. Da Vinci's famous quote (although he was referring to kittens).
Homeless cats at the shelterI love taking pictures of back lit subjects and I had a field day while these cats basked in the warm setting sun. I was ill prepared for the shoot because I was not able to bring my trusty tripod and made a lot of misses on account of me not having the steadiest of hands. But one good shot out of a hundred usually makes it all worthwhile.
Homeless cats at the shelterA couple of shelter cats catches the paparazzi in the act and gives him the look. Fortunately, no photographers were hurt in the making of this series. Homeless cats at the shelterThe newly-tiled cattery floor provides an interesting photo opportunity as it gives a ready fill light for back lit subjects. This cat was the star of that afternoon photo session.Homeless cats at the shelterAn interesting and somewhat sinister mood is created by some lens flaring (looks like fog on the image). The cats in the shelter are by no means sinister though. They're homeless cats waiting to be adopted. There are more than 80 of them right now. Homeless cats at the shelterEighty shouldn't be a lonely number. It should be more of a rowdy number but these cats are by no means rowdy. They're the loneliest group of 80 that I know.

Will these cats be watching the sunset within an enclosure of cold, welded iron and stone of the animal shelter all the days of their lives?

Please visit the animal shelter and take the cats home. Make adoption your first option.

For Sale: Postcards

Posted by siyerwin on Sunday, December 09, 2007 at 5:50 PM



Cats' Lair and Me.Find.Home have come up with a limited edition postcards made up of images of the cats and dogs of PAWS Animal Rehabilitation Center (PARC). Its aim is to raise funds for the homeless cats at the PAWS animal shelter (please see the current needs of the shelter cats on this page). These postcards were launched months ago but there are still a lot of sets left.

There are two types of sets: the cat and dog sets. Each set is composed of 8 different images for a total of 16 different images if you get both sets. Price is only Php 120.00 per set of 8. Complete the cat and dog sets for only Php 240.00.

Postcard layouts courtesy of Genesis U. of Cats' Lair

More photos of the postcards at Oreo Cheesecake's Multiply page

Payment & Shipping:
You may pay for the cards and pick them up personally at PARC (10:00-5:00 PM Mondays to Saturdays) or in the Mandaluyong area (Shangrila Mall, Megamall, 4-6 PM Mondays to Fridays except Holidays). Please get in touch with me before going to PARC so I can make sure that stocks are available.

OR

You may have the cards shipped via LBC for an additional Php 100.00. I will send them in a bubble-padded envelope. Payments may be deposited to my BPI savings account.

Shipping costs may change depending on the size of the order and the location of the buyer.

If you want to buy, please CLICK HERE and leave your name, address, email and the number and type of postcard sets you wish to buy. I will email you back for the price quote.

For transparency, I will ask PAWS to send you an official email acknowledging the receipt of your donation. If you want an official receipt mailed to you, please indicate it when you leave the information above. I will forward 100% of the payments I receive, net of shipping and packing costs, to PAWS.

For other PAWS merchandise that you may want to check out, please go to PAWS' Shop for a Cause Multiply site.

Thank you very much!

Homeless Animals Christmas Wishlist 2007

Posted by siyerwin on Thursday, December 06, 2007 at 3:21 PM

Dear friends,

PAWS has been getting text messages and emails from those of you who are thinking of sending some things to make it a merry Christmas for our shelter animals, too.

So they sent out this Christmas Wish List - including details which would enable people to help make our shelter cats' wish for a new outdoor cattery come true .

If you think a friend would be able to help us out with one or two items on the list, please feel free to forward this email to them.



PAWS' "Twelve Days of Christmas" Wish List:


1. dog cage - approximately P3,000/cage
2. kennel cab (L)- approx. P5,000/cab
3. cat cage - approx. P 400/cage
4. Spot-On Tick & Flea treatment - approx. P200/pipette
5. Cat Food (canned) - approx. P40/can
6. Cat Food (dry/kibble) - approx. P800/8kg. bag
7. Prescription Diet Dog Food A/D (canned) - approx. P80/can
8. Vaccines or various medicine for cats and dogs - range: P100 to P600/drug or vaccine
9. Canon iPIXMA 1300 black or colored ink cartridge - approx. P900/cartridge
10. Powdered detergent soap - approx. P120/kg.
11. Energy-saving light bulbs - approx. P110/bulb
12. Virgin coconut oil - approx. P120/ 250ml. bottle

Outdoor cattery renovation
Welded wire sponsor P500
Angle bar sponsor P500
Paint sponsor P200
Labor sponsor P350

Complete breakdown of materials needed for new outdoor cattery
1. Welded wire - 22pcs x P500 = P11,000
2. Angle bar - 36 pcs x P500 = P18,000
3. Angle bar - 5 pcs (roof) x 5 = P 2,500
4. Paint & welding rod = P 2,000
5. Labor (max 3 weeks)
P350/day x18 days x2 pax = P 12,600

For a total of Php 46,100

International donors may donate cash through Paypal or through bank wire.

You may click on the Paypal button in this blog's side bar or click here.

For bank wire transfers, the PAWS bank account details are provided at the PAWS website.

Donations in kind may be dropped off at PARC

Thank you very much.

A Pit Bull Named Chief

Posted by siyerwin on Wednesday, December 05, 2007 at 9:02 PM

I was taking a break from work this afternoon and was blog-hopping when I stumbled upon http://onlovinganimals.blogspot.com, a blog that posted a story about a pit bull named "Chief" who defended his human guardians with his life.

It happened right here in the Philippines, in Cagayan de Oro, early this year so I can't believe I didn't hear about it in the news. Did any of you? The story is so striking I was fighting off tears while reading it. I kind of failed when I reached the last paragraph. :)

The events were recounted in detail by Herbie Gomez of the Cagayan de Oro Journal and I thought I just had to put it in this blog for posterity. It's a gem and I want a lot more people to learn of Chief, the pit bull who fought off a cobra to save two of his human friends.

Here's to you, Chief!

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Friday, February 16, 2007 Dog saves family from cobra, is killed... CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (Feb 16) – A pit bull terrier proved beyond doubt that a dog can become a man’s best friend when it saved and gave its life for its master’s wife and her grandmother in Barangay Lapasan here. The dog named “Chief,” saved 87-year-old Liberata la Victoria and her granddaughter Maria Victoria Fronteras from a cobra that snaked through an opening in the family’s kitchen shortly around 8 a.m. Monday. On two occasions, the snake was about to attack the women when the dog dashed from a corner and used itself as a shield. Marlone Fronteras, an employee of Nestle Philippines who owned the terrier, said Chief seized the venomous snake in the neck with its teeth and repeatedly slammed it on the floor until it died. The dog was bitten too by the cobra; it died a few minutes later after giving its master a farewell gaze, according to the dog owner’s friends Mare Sabelita and Derf Ian dela Rama.

An organization of pit bull terrier owners here, Royale Pit Bull Club-Ancient Fraternal Order of the Pit Bulls Inc., honored Chief and gave it the moniker “grandfather” of all pit bulls in the community. Marlone told the Cagayan de Oro journal, that he, his family and members of the pit bull owners’ group gave the dog a “hero’s burial” the same day. “We just waited for the children to arrive from school because they loved Chief so much,” said Marlone. Sabelita said Fronteras’s wife Maria Victoria was teary eyed when she narrated the dog’s “heroism” to friends. “The snake was in front of us., maneuvering a deadly attack,” Sabelita quoted Maria Victoria as saying. “I screamed out loud to ask for help.” Hearing this, the four-year old pit bull terrier dashed from its sleeping area to fight off the deadly snake, said Sabelita quoting Maria Victoria. The cobra fought back and bit Chief at the lower left portion of the jaw. The dog then repeatedly slammed the cobra after it succeeded in immobilizing the snake with its sharp teeth, she said. Dela Rama said la Victoria was watching television when she panicked and alerted her granddaughter. The old lady said the cobra was about to attack her and the dog came to her rescue. Maria Victoria said she saw the cobra expand its neck as soon as she turned the lights on. She said the cobra looked like it was spitting as its inched closer, about a meter away, toward her. De la Rama said the terrier, “out of nowhere,” jumped on the cobra , bit it the neck, and then shook it till it died. Moments later, the dog slouched flat and fainted, spreading its arms and feet on the floor, after killing the killer snake. De la Rama said the dog went wobbly and lost control of its organs some 30 minutes after being bitten by the cobra; it started to urinate and defecate uncontrollably as it grasped for air and panted heavily.

The Fronterases sought the help of veterinarian but they were reportedly told that it was too late because the snake bite was near the dog’s brain and the venom had already spread. Sabilita said Marlone rushed home when his wife called him up to tell him of what had happened and the dog’s master was stunned. The Fronteras children, who treated Chief like a member of the family and who called the dog “Kuya Chief,” were deeply affected, according to Sabelita.

The last thing Chief did was waggle its tail and gaze at Marlone who had just come from work, said Sabelita. “Chief gave his two deep breaths and died. (It) was fighting and saving (its) last ounces of breath to see a glimpse of (its) master for the last two seconds of (its) life,” added dela Rama. Sabelita said he hoped people would change how they look at pit bull terriers, a breed strongly discouraged in many countries and banned because of their “cruel looks.” We never get the chance to know them more,” said Sabelita.

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For more animal welfare related news, visit http://onlovinganimals.blogspot.com.

Why I'm Against the Manila Ocean Park

Posted by siyerwin on Monday, November 26, 2007 at 5:58 PM

Are you not wondering why dolphin shows and and marine parks are popping up like mushrooms here in the Philippines? First we have Subic's Ocean Adventure and then last year we had the Indonesian-based traveling dolphin show at SM Mall of Asia. And now, the newest and boldest addition is the Manila Ocean Park which is said to be so high-tech, it rivals other oceanariums ever created.

The Philippines is turning out to be a good market for these businesses. In fact, Manila Ocean Park is tapping into the Filipinos' penchant for "malling" and seamlessly built a mall right on the park. Pretty darn clever if I may say so.

However, with this country's poor record in animal welfare, one wonders about how this mega-structure with billions of Pesos in funding will fare in ensuring the humane treatment of the animals in its care, especially those that do not fare well in captivity. One puzzles over how on Earth they are going to prevent the exposure of these animals to the pollutants in the waters of Manila Bay. Will the marine animals be treated differently from how Conde, the maltreated race horse, was and will the government agencies entrusted to make sure that they are be able to do their job this time?

Below is the official statement of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PeTA-Philippines) regarding the Manila Ocean Park. The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) and Earth Island Institute (EII-Philippines) share these sentiments and unite in crying out against the opening of another marine park in our country.

If you share these sentiments, I urge you to post about it in your blogs and ask your friends and family not to support the Manila Ocean Park and Ocean Adventure and any other dolphin shows that may pop up any time. Please remember that each time you pay for an entrance into these zoos, you're encouraging more businessmen to kidnap more wild animals from their natural habitats and from the freedom of the open seas and bring them into the miserable life of captivity. Please feel free to forward this to your friends through email.

------------PeTA Statement Starts Here------------

We are opposed to keeping animals in captivity in aquariums because of the suffering it causes them.

At home in the ocean, orcas and dolphins may swim up to 100 miles a day, but in captivity, most are given only 60-foot tanks. The chlorine, copper sulfate, and other harsh chemicals used to keep tanks clean causes some dolphins to go blind and makes their skin peel off. And because dolphins navigate by echolocation- -bouncing sonar waves off other objects to determine shape, density, distance, and location--the reverberations from their own sonar bouncing off the tank walls drives some dolphins insane. And marine mammals in captivity often develop ulcers from the stress of being gawked at for long periods of time each day.

In the wild, orca whales live in closely knit pods, or family units, each made up of a mother, her offspring, and their offspring. Orcas never leave their mothers, and a pod's adult males are older sons, not breeding mates. Dolphins swim together in family pods of three to 10 individuals or tribes of hundreds. Some researchers believe these mammals may be the most socially bonded beings on earth. So imagine the trauma when these intelligent animals are torn from their lifelong families and caged alone or with strangers in the artificial world of a marine park.

Capturing even one wild orca or dolphin disrupts the entire pod. Orcas and dolphins become frantic upon seeing their companions captured and may even try to save them. When Namu, a wild orca captured off the coast of Canada, was towed to the Seattle Public Aquarium in a steel cage, a group of wild orcas followed for miles. When one captive orca at Sea World--San Diego, Corky, was played an audio tape of her wild relatives, she immediately recognized their "voices" and began to tremble uncontrollably.

Marine mammals' difficulty in adapting to this alien world can be seen in their dramatically diminished life expectancies in captivity: While female orcas can live as long as 90 years in the wild, orcas taken captive survive only an average of seven to eight years. Dolphins can live up to 50 years, but more than half of all captive dolphins die within the first two years of captivity; those remaining live an average of only six years. Life in a tank is literally a death sentence.

And while aquariums claim they are educational, a true understanding and appreciation of wildlife cannot come from looking at bored, frustrated animals trapped in tanks, every aspect of their existences regulated. What many people really learn when they look at caged animals is how animals act in captivity. Aquariums also teach that it's acceptable to capture wild animals and imprison them.

We at PETA prefer to see study and learning about animals done on their terms, in their own natural environments. Animals who belong to endangered species are no happier in cages and tanks than animals who are plentiful. The ultimate salvation for those animals lies in protection of their habitats, not in a life sentence in a tank. On those occasions when animals must be kept in captivity (i.e. those who have been born into captivity or are unable to be rehabilitated) a for-profit aquarium situation is still far from ideal. Far better are non-profit sanctuaries that place the welfare of the animals above catering to the public or making a profit.

Caring people around the globe have already started to make life a little better for orcas, dolphins, and other marine mammals. Consumer boycotts have forced all of England's marine mammal exhibits to close. In Brazil, it is now illegal to use marine mammals for entertainment. Israel has prohibited the importation of dolphins for use in marine parks. Canada no longer allows beluga whales to be captured and exported. South Carolina has banned exhibits of whales and dolphins. You can make a difference by urging marine parks to rehabilitate and return captive dolphins and orcas to their families.

-PeTA-Philippines

The Story of Rex

Posted by siyerwin on Thursday, November 22, 2007 at 10:01 PM

Below is a wonderful account of Alya B. Honasan, a tireless PAWS supporter, about how she met a dog named Rex who, with a wag of his tail, teaches her a most beautiful lesson. She's looking for a good home for Rex but I'm not alone in thinking that Rex had Alya at "hello". :) Get a box of Kleenex before proceeding.

Photos and text reposted from http://bananamama.blogspot.com

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Rex the Dog

WHAT really got me was, he wagged his tail.

I had gone to the PAWS shelter last November 1, All Saints' Day, to light a candle on Muffin's memorial plaque and check out the little asPins, maybe to find a baby sister to bring home to Banana by Christmas. Then Anna Cabrera of PAWS took me to see the Labrador that the Animal Kingdom Foundation had referred to them for rescue and I found myself growing weak in the knees once again in the face man's profound cruelty to the creatures who least deserve it.

It was supposed to be a day for the dead, and I actually thought the dog would soon be among them. Call me nuts, but I found myself in indignant tears, and immediately praying to the high heavens that whoever did this to him would one day die a slow, painful death and barbecue in hell. The dog was a smelly, patchy bag of bones with a whole torso of prominent ribs and open wounds all over his head. The skin around his feet were swollen and wrinkled like a sharpe's, but definitely not as appealing. His hair was almost gone, and he was so absolutely caked in mange, I cringed. He threw up some yellow liquid even as Anna and I watched him. And then, he turned his brown eyes to us—and wagged his tail. Not a weak, tentative wiggle, but a wag as vigorous as his weak body could muster, which wasn't bad at all. Foolish little angel, I thought. Don't you know by now that people are evil, and we can be such bad news, and that we really don't deserve you? Apparently, he hadn't heard.

I couldn't get the dog out of mind over that weekend, and made a deal with Anna that, if things were too busy at the shelter that coming Monday, then she should have him taken to Vets in Practice, and I would pay for his treatment. I mentioned the dog to my friends Ame and Joy that weekend, and they volunteered to share in the expenses, so I was further emboldened. Anna and I had a frank discussion—if he was seriously ill, and it would cost too much to save him, and the money could actually save five other dogs, then I would leave it to her to decide if he had to go.

Come Monday, November 5, Anna called me as she and Liza brought the dog to VIP. On the phone. Dr. Nielsen Donato revealed that what we thought was a chocolate lab—yes, he was that filthy—was actually black, and that he hadn't been carried, but he had actually BOUNDED up the stairs to the clinic. "He's got the spirit," Dr. Nick Carpio said. "I've seen a lot worse. This guy wants to live." And soon, we had christened the dog Rex, for resurrection. I resolved then and there that I was going to try my darnedest to give this dog a second life.

I went to see Rex that same Monday after yoga class, and he had gotten his first bath in what may have been weeks. He was skinny, but still wagging his tail and immediately burrowing his head in my hands. He went for the food bowl with serious focus. We were in business.

Over the next few days, we learned that the swollen appendages were nothing malignant, just a major tick infestation. Rex had bad mange, but no heartworm, and his organs were functioning well. It was simply malnutrition and neglect, and so far, he was fine.

I had tried to keep some distance, asking Anna to find him a foster home and assuming he would go home to the PAWS shelter after discharge. But somehow, I couldn't do it. It's an ego thing, I will admit, whatever messianic complex I have coming into self-righteous overdrive. I want to take this dog, nurse him back to health, and make him beautiful and happy again as one big, reverberating "F-CK YOU" to every damned soul who has ever hurt a dog. Maybe I can't single-handedly stop the dog meat traffic, or save every dog who's been kicked or beaten or thrown into a dog fight, or keep flaky idiots from buying cute pups and locking them away when they prove too much too handle. But like I told Anna, I have to stay a little myopic here, or my heart will keep breaking. I have to look at just this dog first, and do my bit, one dog at a time.

So, I am writing this November 18, 13 days after we took Rex to VIP and a week since I brought him home. God does keep watch; I prayed hard to Him and St. Francis, patron of the animals, to make Rex's homecoming easy. Now I have my brother's support, and some house help to walk him and feed him when I'm not home. We've built a little cage for him, and he curls up in it contentedly when we put him back in after a short poo break. Even the other dogs, Larry the alpha black Lab and Ruffa the grandmother Dalmatian, seem to have accepted him.

And my darling Banana? As I've always known, my baby has a good and kind heart. There has been no jealousy, no tantrums, no aggression. I thank God she's so secure in her love, she doesn't mind sharing Mama's attention, even for a while.
Now, Rex shoves his wet, drooling, still mangy face in my hands whenever he sees me, and rubs his body against my leg. I gave him his first mange bath outside the clinic the other day, and the sponge came away black—but I'm seeing more of his skin everyday. Most of his wounds have dried up, although I see some fresh ones when thick encrustations of skin fall away. Even his tail is skinny! But he's gotten more meat on his bones, he doesn't stink anymore, and I'm seeing patches of his thick black hair growing back. We're going back to VIP on Saturday for a check-up.

I am humbled by the joy Rex shows, even after everything he has gone through. To paraphrase Neruda, oh, how many times I have wanted to have a tail—how I envy his open spirit and his freedom from anger. Someday, I hope I can learn to forgive whoever did this to Rex, just as he apparently has. How much better would this world be if every person had a heart as big as a dog's? How perfect would it be if we could shake off bitterness like water, like a Lab does after a swim, with such vigor and determination? What a gift indeed.

My friends are already kidding me that Rex is mine. I like to think he always will be, in a way. And if nobody takes him and is willing to take care of him with the special care that this miracle dog deserves, then I AM keeping him. But I live with an 83-year-old mom, and Banana had to learn to walk gently around her so she doesn't knock her over; you know how Labradors are like small, panting freight trains when they careen towards you. If Rex stays with me, he will be walked, fed, loved, and taken care of. He will live in a kennel during the day, and when he's well enough, have the run of my garage with Larry and Ruffa for the late afternoons and evenings. But I can't bring him indoors like Banana.

Here's the deal: If you, my friend, or anybody you KNOW WELL wants him, and if you want to take him indoors and give him a really good, cushy life, then he's yours. I mean a life indoors with you and your family, occasional car trips, walks to any nearby patch of green—he's a Lab, he'll be the gentlest, most playful thing on earth, and he deserves some fun and a bigger world than the one he's had to live in.

The bad news is, they estimate him to be about 3 years old, and the fact is, this kind of malnutrition usually has some permanent damage, so there is a possibility that he may develop problems in the future, despite everything we're doing now—multivitamins, mange medicine, antibiotics, etc. The good news is, he's an extraordinary dog with a second life, and I am only going to turn him over when he's healthy and fully recovered again. But please assure me that you're committed, because you've going to have to answer to me!

So there. Just letting you know my latest canine adventure, and if there is somebody out there who really wants him and can give him a better life than I can—I pray that St. Francis leads you to each other, and I will know that my part in Rex's journey will have been fulfilled. I believe in fate; I'm still waiting to learn if I'm just a stopover, or the final destination in this dog's life. Either way, it's been a privilege. It hasn't been easy, but hey—gifts come in different packages.

Me.Find.Home is still alive and licking! :)

Posted by siyerwin on Wednesday, November 21, 2007 at 11:58 PM

Ahem. Let me clear my throat first. Meow. Ok, it's clear.

Hello, World! It's me your friendly neighborhood Pinoy animal adoption blog sounding off!

At last, I'm officially ending another months long hibernation from blogging duties. What's the reason for the brief hiatus? Well, let's just say that I got caught up living my other lives (yes I'm living the feline lifestyle) and spent too much of my creative sap into them, leaving little or none for volunteer work. Yes, that's just the truth of it. Most of my time was spent on other things that may be of more or less or equal importance, my least favorite of which is that demanding day job (ack!).

But enough of the excuses and let me get on with it while the words flow.

As my cat Prada would say "meowow", which, translated to human-speak, means "What's up, Doc?", I will try to give you a rundown of what has happened during the last four months I went on the sideline of volunteer work (at least those that made their way to my memory bank and there stayed):

  1. Cats' Lair and Me.Find.Home launched an off line fund raising campaign by coming up with a postcard set of images from this blog. I so regret not being able to post here about it as it might have helped me sell more. 100% of the funds raised went to the needs of the homeless kitties at PARC.
  2. Successful adoptions kept on happening thanks to the hard work of other volunteers and PAWS directors and staff! I kept getting whiffs of good news through email and through the ubiquitous SMS about this and that dog getting adopted. Though I seem to remember no news about the cats and that's the bad side of the news. I went to babybranny's multiply photo album and found this:
    Yikes, the cats way outnumber the dogs!!! So do the cats win?!!! Definitely not. The cats lose big time. Homeless kitties alert!!!
  3. A slew of PAWS big events, Animal Blessing, Dine with PAWS, Scaredy Cats and Dogs happened as planned thanks to the brave and tireless efforts of the PAWS' active volunteers and directors. Accounts and pictures of the events may be found at the PAWS website and at babybranny's multiply site. PAWS has also launched its Memorial Wall where you can reserve a memorial tile to remember your beloved animal companions that have passed on. If you want to know more about the PAWS Memorial Wall, please get in touch with PAWS at 4751688 or email them at philpaws [at] yahoo [dot] com.
  4. Some bigwigs from abroad are bringing in an oceanarium into our, um, shores (no pun intended). Hype is being built up for this supposedly huge thing for marine life education and tourism in our country. PAWS and its friends in the animal welfare advocacy are crying out against this project which is expected to take its toll on poor marine animals quietly living their lives in the wild. If you want to learn more about marine animals, watch Animal Planet or National Geographic Channel. You'll learn more from those cable channels than you ever will from any zoo with big fancy glass cages to boot. Wild Marine animals inside aquariums are homeless animals!!!
  5. Homeless chickens at the shelter!!! I don't have the full story on this one yet but I had to put it here because of it's smile factor. This kind of thing doesn't doesn't happen everyday (at least not at PARC). The chickens have been adopted by the way. Not by Jollibee or KFC but by vegetarian who's going to bring them home to the farm all the way to Palawan.
  6. More shelter updates, stories of rescues and adoptions and images at babybranny's site. Thanks, Liza for keeping your site updated! :)
That's it for now. But before I end the post, an adoption pitch for two of my PARC buddies, Emil and 1-2-3. I've blogged about them here and here. Please help us find a suitable home for these wonderful animals. 1-2-3 has got to be the longest-staying animal at the shelter. And Emil is too nice of a dog to get stuck in an animal shelter.

One thing that keeps on inspiring this blogger is the help other blogs have been giving the homeless animals. Bloggers stumbling on this site are generously providing links and they keep at it even when the site is inactive.

Links help us reach more people who might be able to help us bring the homeless home!!!

Thank you very much from the bottom of my cat's cute little beating heart.

PAWS Volunteer Orientation (June 9, 2007)

Posted by siyerwin on Tuesday, June 05, 2007 at 7:15 PM

Want to do a good turn for the animals?


When you volunteer for PAWS, you can do shelter work, campaign materials, participate in fundraising events, visit schools to teach children kindness and visit hospitals with our Dr. Dogs.

The next orientation for PAWS volunteer applicants is on Saturday, June 9, 2007 - 10 am at our animal shelter, PAWS Animal Rehabilitation Center (PARC) in Aurora Blvd., Katipunan Valley, Loyola Heights, QC. (Please check out map HERE).

Those who have submitted application forms to us have already been informed by phone or SMS about the orientation. Those who have not submitted the forms may want to submit them directly to us before the orientation.

Please bring your P50 donation for the orientation materials.

For those who want their IDs processed right away, please bring P200 (ID and annual fee) and a 1x1 colored ID photo. For other inquiries, please call Tin at 475-1688 or 4827695.

See you on June 9!

Check out the new PAWS website at http://www.paws.com.ph. Kindly update those links! Thanks!

Spay & Neuter: Myths & Facts

Posted by siyerwin on Monday, May 21, 2007 at 7:34 AM

Here's something I got from the Philippine Animal Welfare Society website. I do think there are still a lot of people out there who see spay&neuter as something as taboo for their beloved cats and dogs. They couldn't be more wrong:

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Myth: A female cat or dog should have a litter before she is spayed.
Fact: The sooner you spay your female, the better her health will be in the future. As long as a kitten or puppy weighs more than 2 pounds and is 2 months old, he or she can be neutered or spayed. Many veterinarians are practicing perfectly safe early sterilization. The likelihood of developing mammary tumors or uterine infections increases the longer a female goes unspayed. In fact, female spayed before sexual maturity (6-9 months of age) has one-seventh the risk of an intact female of developing mammary cancer.
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Myth: Spaying or neutering (sterilization) will alter my pet's personality.
Fact: Any slight change will be positive. Regardless of the age when spayed or neutered, your pet will remain a caring, loving and protective companion. Neutering will reduce the need to breed, and that has a calming effect on many animals. Both neutered male canines and felines tend to stop roaming and fighting and lose the desire to mark their territory with urine.
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Myth: Companion animals will become fat and lazy if they are neutered.
Fact: Absolutely not! Lack of exercise and overfeeding make pets fat and lazy - not neutering. Your pet will not gain weight if you provide exercise and monitor food intake. Neutering is good for your pet, since sterilized pets tend to live an average of two to three years longer than unsterilized pets.
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Myth: Sterilization is a dangerous and painful surgery for my pet.
Fact: Spaying and neutering are the most common surgeries performed on animals. With a minimal amount of home care, your pet will resume normal behavior in a couple of days.
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Myth: Children should witness the miracle of birth.
Fact: Countless books and videos are available to teach your children about birth in a responsible manner. Letting your pet produce offspring you have no intention of keeping is teaching your children irresponsibility. Anyone who has seen an animal euthanized in a shelter for lack of a home knows the truth behind this dangerous myth.
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For your spaying and neutering concerns, you may get in touch with PAWS through (email) philpaws [at] yahoo [dot] com or through (tel.) 475-1688.

For other organizations and establishments offering spay/neuter services, please check out my other post here.

5 Steps to Living the PAWSitive Life

Posted by siyerwin on Thursday, May 17, 2007 at 5:01 PM

Please click on the following images to enlarge.





This friendly reminder was sent to you by the homeless kitties and doggies of the PAWS Animal Rehabilitation Center (PARC). The shelter animals implore you to stay PAWSitive by teaching the lessons of animal compassion and responsible pet ownership to those around you.

Please help PAWS bring more attention to the animals' plight by forwarding this message to your friends. Please click here to send this post to your friends via email.

Special thanks to Tata Lichauco (PAWS President), Fred Alimusa and Kariz Vergel De Dios for coming up with the above images.

Emil

Posted by siyerwin on Saturday, May 05, 2007 at 7:47 PM



The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) has this habit of naming the animals that they rescue after some of their volunteers. The names Tin, Gina, Anna, Jeff, Joyce, among others, are cats and dogs who were once PARC residents that were named after PAWS volunteers, PARC shelter manager and staff, and director.

Emil is yet another one such dogs named after a volunteer. I really don't know much about Emil (the dog) as he's relatively one of the newer PARC babies. But I hear that he's really nice and friendly and is very adoptable (like his human namesake). He's also very pretty as you will see from the images provided.

Please help us find a suitable home for Emil by showing this post and his images to your friends.

Emil is male, around 5 years old and was rescued by volunteers from the streets.

Call 475-1688 to learn more about Emil or email me at find.home [at] yahoo.co.uk and I will forward your queries to PAWS. The adoption procedure can be found HERE.

Other dogs are at the shelter waiting to be adopted. Please visit them and take them home.


Emil hanging out with one of his buddies at PARC.

We're also running out of names to give the animals. Volunteer and give your name to one of the animals! ;-)

MFH on FHM!!!

Posted by siyerwin on Thursday, May 03, 2007 at 8:01 PM

Yes, you read it right. MeFindHome (otherwise known as the homeless animals of PARC) is on FHM magazine's May 2007 Issue!


Prada is FHM's newest kitty next door! ;-)

FHM promotes "animal love" by dedicating a few pages on the joy of pet ownership and the responsibilities it entails. I urge you to go get a copy and see PARC's very own Mario, 1-2-3, Emil, Susan and Van Dam featured in the adoption gallery. Me and my very own adopted cat, Prada, are also presented in a two-page, full-color spread (a la Playboy centerfold) somewhere in there... Just kidding.

FHM is R-18 (for adults only) so reader discretion is advised. Meow.

Spay & Neuter = Love

Posted by siyerwin on Wednesday, April 25, 2007 at 9:25 PM

The spay and neuter solution is one of the most misunderstood concepts in cat and dog care. Just last Saturday, a couple of PARC visitors inquiring about adopting a kitten was surprised when we broached the idea of neutering the dog they currently have. They seemed to think that it's a matter of regret for a dog to lose its ability to reproduce. There are a lot of reasons why this is a wrong perception.

Nica of Cats' Lair summed it up pretty well with the following Spay/Neuter spiel:

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TO ALL CAT- AND DOG-LOVERS: DO THE RESPONSIBLE THING!!! SPAY/NEUTER YOUR BELOVED PET!!!

Taking good care of your pet and loving it does not end with vaccinations and healthy food. It includes spaying (for females) and neutering (for males).

DO YOU...

+ Want your cat (and dog) to become fluffier, heavier, and sweeter towards people and other pets?

+ Like your cat to stop disappearing for days and weeks, while you are worried sick whether it is still alive, or worse, road-kill?

+ Wish your cat (and dog) would live 10 years or more, with lesser risks of catching diseases or developing life-threatening cancers?

+ Hope to keep the number of your cats (and the smell of cat poo & pee in your house) under control?

Nowadays, there's just NO EXCUSE not to have your pet spayed/neutered when there's so many stray animals out there suffering from disease, hunger and the cruelty of people or being run over by cars. So many unwanted animals are in dire need of homes and it doesn't make sense to add to their suffering.

With a little effort and sacrifice, you can have the necessary surgery done. If you can afford vet care and pet food, then it follows you can also afford having your cat fixed. But if you are having financial difficulty, there are some organizations that can help you do the right thing for your cat (and dog).

PAWS: 475-1688 & 482-7695 and look for TIN.
- Location: Near Ateneo, Katipunan, Quezon City
- Rates: Male cat- P700, Female cat- P1,000; Male dog- P1,000, Female dog- P1,500*


* Rates apply only to native cats. Purebreds are charged a bit higher, but still not as expensive as those in vet clinics.

CARA: 0920-9126624, NANCY (President). Please say you got her number from Liza Umayam of PAWS.
- Location: Sta. Mesa, Manila, but surgeries can be performed in Mandaluyong, depending on schedule of vet.
- Rates: available upon inquiry. **


**Only native cats are qualified to avail of the low-cost rates. CARA does not spay/neuter purebreds.

Makati City Pound: 817-3271 and look for DR. MANALASTAS.
- Location: Near Makati fire station & PNP headquarters, Malugay Street, San Antonio Village
- Rates: Male cat- P400, Female cat- P600***


***Owner must be a registered resident of Makati (bring Community Taxpayer's Certificate) . Additional requirements may be asked from you, including proof that you cannot afford regular vet rates.


---> Hint: You may ask for discounts from your vets if you want multiple cats and dogs spayed/neutered. Vets can be very accomodating to their valued "suki" clients.


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Bottomline: You should not feel sorry for your cats and dogs when they get spayed/neutered. It's probably the best show of love for them because it's an essential requirement to a well-adapted, healthy and well-socialized cat or dog.

Do it also for the stray animals in your community. The animal welfare organizations mentioned above are willing to work with you. Call them up and ask about the Trap-Spay/Neuter-Release program.

Sleepy Susan: Sleeping homelessness away

Posted by siyerwin on Sunday, April 15, 2007 at 3:42 PM

This cat is one of the longer-staying cats at PARC. Susan, the sleepy cat, has hung in there by sleeping off the loneliness of shelter life. I first took her pictures July of last year. She was sleeping then. I took her pictures again last March and, well, she was again off to kitty dreamland by the time i started snapping.


It makes you wonder, doesn't it? What do cats dream about?

An answer to this question was provided by one of my all-time favorite stories written by Neil Gaiman in his Sandman comic book series. In the story, called "A Dream of a Thousand Cats", it was told that cats were originally the dominant creatures of the world instead of man. Men were merely the staple diet of cats and were much smaller than them.

Somehow, men were able to reverse the situation and claim the rule of Earth by dreaming about it all at the same time because, apparently, all it takes is a thousand individuals dreaming about the same thing at the same time to make that dream a reality.

So, to get back to world domination, all the cats had to do was dream about it at the same time and we're all cat chow once again. The challenge, however, is in getting a thousand cats to agree on one thing and do it at the same time. :-)


I do think Susan's on our side though and that she's not dreaming of world domination. She's just dreaming of finding home.

Let's not keep her from that dream.

Adopt her and watch this dozing beauty do what she does best.

Susan is spayed and is around 3 years of age. She was abandoned at the shelter.

Please tell your friends about Susan, the sleepy cat.

The last image below was taken last March. Please note the change in her appearance. She didn't look as good as she did last year. It's sad that she may no longer be coping well in the shelter environment. Please take Susan, the sleepy cat, home...


Email me at find.home [at] yahoo.co.uk or call up PARC at 475-1688 for your inquiries. Click here for the adoption procedure.

Thank you very much for reading.

Meek Mario

Posted by siyerwin on Monday, April 02, 2007 at 10:15 PM

Meet Mario. A 6 year old (mixed) native dog with a long-ish fur coat of black, white and orange. Mario is one of the longest-staying dogs at PARC. He's been there for 3 years and is now being prioritized for adoption.


Liza U. of the PAWS adoption team wrote:

"Mario is a beautiful, beautiful dog, shy yet sweet, and loves to takes walks. If you love to exercise (walk/jog), then this is the dog for you. He is very easy to handle on leash and is the happiest when out for a walk. He has been at the PAWS shelter for 3 years already, and is stil waiting to meet his forever family.

When people come to our shelter to adopt, almost all are looking for puppies or kittens. I hope people would notice the older animals like Mario who are still waiting, and waiting, and waiting, for their forever families."


Mario seems to have lost confidence and has probably forgotten how beautiful and majestic he looks. Years of homelessness will do that to any dog.

Please help end Mario's homelessness and give him back the joy and security of having a loving home. To all dog-lovers out there, please forward this post to everyone you think who might be able to help. Please, please, please don't allow Mario to live his entire life in a shelter.

If you want to learn more, please call up PARC at (02) 475-1688 and look for Dr. Jeff, our shelter manager. He'll be glad to talk to you about Mario.

Click here for the adoption procedure and here for the map to PARC.

Thank you very much for your time.

Paypal Donation

Posted by siyerwin on at 7:00 PM








GET A PAYPAL ACCOUNT


Donations will go towards the care of the homeless animals at the PAWS Animal Rehabilitation Center (PARC). Your donations will help PAWS tide over ocassional food and supplies shortages and will help defray cost of medicines for sick animals.

Your help, in cash or in kind, are very much appreciated.

Another heartbreaking scene at the shelter. Donate for the care of these poor animals or better yet, adopt one and save a life.

Shelter Wishlist

Posted by siyerwin on at 6:49 PM

If you wish to donate in kind, the following are at the priority list of PARC. If you need more information, kindly call them up at (02) 475-1688 or email at philpaws [at] yahoo.com or find.home [at] yahoo.co.uk :

1. Sack of rice
2. Kitty collars (80 pcs.)
3. Litter boxes
4. Old towels
5. Kennel cabs / pet carriers
6. Office supplies: pens, scissors, bond papers, short brown envelopes, long folders
7. Energy-saving lightbulbs (white/daylight)
8. Plastic pails / basins
9. Magnifying glass
10. Detergent powder / disinfectants

Map of PARC's location is here.

1-2-3: Homeless Supercat

Posted by siyerwin on Thursday, March 29, 2007 at 9:04 PM

Shelter life sure isn't easy. But 1-2-3, one of PARC's cat residents, has shown amazing resilience that I have not seen in any other cats at the shelter in the 1 or so year that I've been going there. He's a magnificent representative of the native Pinoy cat. I've never seen him having health problems, mild or otherwise, besides those occasional swat scratches that you'd expect in a multi-cat environment.

The bad news, though, is that he's the longest-staying cat at the shelter. Most of his contemporaries have either been adopted or have moved on to that place where cats and dogs are infinitely happier. It's painful to think of the possibility that he might live his entire life in a shelter. Please help PAWS find a home for this fella before it's too late.

1-2-3 is a male, 5 year old Pinoy cat with a coat of orange and white. He was abandoned by his previous owners around 3 years ago and he's perfect for anyone who knows cats well and has handled and cared for them in the past.

We have brought him with us at PAWS events a number of times for the PAWS adoption booth and I've seen him let perfect strangers rub his belly. 1-2-3 can be playfully cute around humans.

Please spend a little of your time to help spread the word about 1-2-3. Forward this post to your friends and kindly ask them to do the same. Home for 1-2-3 may just be a few clicks a way.

For more of your questions, please call up PARC at (02) 475-1688.

Click here for the adoption procedure and here for the map to PARC.

Thank you.

Homeless and Hungry

Posted by siyerwin on Wednesday, February 28, 2007 at 10:00 PM

Cat food crisis at the shelter!


Please help PAWS keep our homeless feline friends' tummies filled. The shelter is in dire need of cat food donations from those with a little extra to give. Every little bit helps. Being homeless is already bad as it is...

You may bring your donations to PARC (map here):

Address:
Aurora Boulevard corner
Marcos Highway,
Loyola Heights,
Quezon City


Tel: (+632) 4751688

(First picture above is that of Angel, the one-eyed cat. She's still looking for home... Second picture was a cat named Manila Bay...)

Please Sign the Petition for House Bill 2991

Posted by siyerwin on Monday, February 12, 2007 at 8:54 AM

An online petition initiated by www.DogMeatTrade.com is calling to every animal-loving being out there for help in showing the Philippine government that there are indeed a lot of people out there who support a move to amend the law on animal welfare by imposing higher penalty for cruelty to animals. The amendment is referred to as the House Bill 2991.

A query at the website of the Philippine congress regarding the status of the Bill shows the following results:

Bill Summary and Status
13th Congress
SPECIFIED HOUSE BILL/RESOLUTION NUMBER
2001-07-04 TO 2007-02-12 (Date of Filing)
Ordered by Bill Number
Search Results (1)

HB02991 [History]
Session No.: 13-1RS-023
Significance: N
Date Filed: 2004-09-22
Full Title: AN ACT TO INCREASE THE PENALTY FOR CRUELTY TO ANIMALS, AMENDING FOR THE PURPOSE SECTION 8 OF REPUBLIC ACT NO. 8485

Principal Author: ESCUDERO, FRANCIS G.Date Read: 2004-10-26
Primary Referral: REVISION OF LAWS
Bill Status: Pending with the Committee on REVISION OF LAWS since 2004-10-26


The online petition is targeting 50,000 signatures by June 30, 2007. As of today, February 12, 2007, there are only about 6,300 signatures. We need at least 317 signatures per day till June 30 to reach or surpass that target. My personal target is 100,000, which translates to 679 signatures per day.

It can be done if you sign now and ask your friends to do the same. In fact, if you ask only 2 friends of yours that are listed in your address book, and then those two friends do the same and each asks 2 other friends to ask 2 friends each to do the same and so on and so on, the target of 100,000 signatures can be reached and surpassed in just 16 days by you and your friends' efforts alone and assuming that each email invitation is complied with only every 24 hours! You can reach a million signatures in just 20 days through the power of exponential growth! Imagine if you asked more than 2 of your friends...

I'm not saying that you go send out to everyone in your address book (but it wouldn't really hurt if you did that, too). But a whole-hearted plea to a handful of friends will go a long way for this petition. Again, let's try and harness the power of email to support this petition.

This is a legitimate initiative that will help those who are lobbying for laws that help and protect animals in the Philippines.

For more information about the online petition, please go here.

Please sign the petition now!

Click here to email this petition to your friends.

Thank you very much.

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