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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.

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