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What you can do as a PAWS volunteer

Posted by siyerwin on Wednesday, February 27, 2008 at 8:54 PM

I know people out there who are considering signing up as a volunteer for PAWS have wondered, at one time or another, about what it actually entails to be one. I know I did before I was able to attend the orientation. Below is a list of the general activities volunteers may take part in.

Volunteers can do any of the following based on their area of expertise or the amount of their free time:

1. Direct animal care - walking dogs, bathing dogs, interacting with cats, cleaning animal areas, training dogs. (Note: Requires close coordination with Shelter Manager and the Shelter Veterinarian)

2. Humane education (H.E.) - join the team that visits schools and teach children kindness through puppet shows, storytelling, songs etc. There are university lectures too. Other volunteers simply prepare materials like video, posters, flyers for the H.E. Team

3. Dr. Dog - animal-assisted therapy. We have accredited "Dr. Dogs" who visit sick kids in hospitals and institutions

4. Fundraising - events that are organized by officers of the organization or merchandise (t-shirts, caps, etc) developed, produced and sold to help raise funds for the animal shelter
  • Fundraising Events- headed by PAWS Director, Rich Ilustre
  • Merchandise Committee - headed by PAWS volunteer, Marian Barola
5. Lobbying, legal work - meeting with govt officials, attending hearings, giving legal assistance to those who want to file cases against animal offenders

6. Adoption Team - members of this team do EVERYTHING and ANYTHING to get more "exposure" for shelter animals and tell their stories to increase their chances of being adopted. Some members are also bloggers who try to utilize the web to spread the word about adoption! You can become part of the team by simply blogging!

7. Animal Rescue Team - rescues animals in distress

8. Spay-Neuter Team - main goal: raise its own funds to be able to offer free spay-neuter to those who cannot afford even PAWS' low cost spay-neuter rates. (Done in close coordination with Shelter Veterinarian)

9. Campaigns - complements all the major projects of the organization with flyers, posters, celebrity endorsements, organizing protest rallies, etc.

That's about it. Of course, the stuff you can do is not being limited to the things listed above. You're welcome to be as creative as you want to be. You just need to closely coordinate with PAWS.

Thanks to Anna Cabrera of PAWS for the list.

CLICK HERE for the schedule of the upcoming volunteer orientation. You need to attend one to become an official volunteer.

To download the application form and to learn more about what is expected from a volunteer please go to the official PAWS website.

More on Miller Beer's lost dog ad campaign

Posted by siyerwin on at 8:00 AM

Miller beer lost dalmatian ad campaignSomeone has finally made a photocopy of the lost dog flyer Miller Beer has allegedly put out in the U.S. to complement their Dalmatian TV ads (my first post about this may be found here). I'm not surprised why people might find it insensitive and irresponsible; although it may have been an attempt at humor and was borne out of an ad war between Miller and its competitor Budweiser (Anheuser-Busch). In fact, as reported in Pet Rescuer Central, Bud has apparently reacted to the whole ad campaign by making donations to animal rescue groups and issuing out a statement (or more like a taunt) in the newspapers!

Will more animal rescue groups start crying foul at Miller's ads?

What will you do if you had lost a pet and found this flyer right beside the flyer you posted for your pet? Me I'd probably rip it to shreds and start flushing beer down the toilet...

"The Underdogs"

Posted by siyerwin on Monday, February 25, 2008 at 6:49 PM

Below is a year 2006 commentary by photographer Elson T. Elizaga about our very own Philippine dog, more commonly known as the "Askal", which was featured in the website of the Mindanao News and Information Cooperative Center (MNICC): I actually can no longer find the exact URL of this article (even Google didn't help). Good thing it was posted by someone in the Yahoo!Group of the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS). Please keep on reading. You will not be disappointed by what you will learn.

Adopt a homeless dog! Adopt Emil!Filipino dog Emil daydreaming of happier times.
Want to adopt an underdog? Click here to adopt Emil.

The Underdogs

By Elson T. Elizaga

The askal is the native, primitive dog of the Philippines. They are domesticated, but usually allowed by their owners to roam freely. The name is derived from "asong kalye", meaning "dog of the street". Aso is Tagalog for dog and calle is Spanish for street.

From this etymology, it is clear that the name originated in a Tagalog-speaking community, most likely in Manila. But, as what happens usually in cities, where dogs of different types congregate, the native dog eventually interbred with other varieties, producing mongrels.

Read the entire piece at the author's website...

Free Cat Neutering at PAWS - Feb 26

Posted by siyerwin on Saturday, February 23, 2008 at 12:23 AM

PAWS is pleased to announce that it is offering FREE NEUTERING OF MALE CATS (Libreng Kapon ng Lalaking Pusa) at the PARC Clinic on Tuesday, February 26, 9am to 4pm.

PARC or PAWS Animal Rehabilitation Center clinic is located along Aurora Blvd, Katipunan Valley, Loyola Heights, Quezon City. (see

Please take note of the following:

1. First come, first served. No reservations of slots. However, pre-registration by calling 475-1688 is required so that our veterinarian will know how many are coming and what time.

2. Cats must not be fed or given water for 12 hours prior to the operation.

3. Cats must be in secure carriers when brought to PARC. They will be placed in the same carriers right after the operation, and must be taken home by their owners after the operation.

4. This service is primarily being offered to families with multiple rescued "native" cats who cannot afford regular clinic rates for neutering.

Thanks to the generous donations of our Christmas donors that enabled us to offer this Free Neutering to families who need it the most.


Posted by siyerwin on Friday, February 22, 2008 at 12:30 AM

.Written by Jammin',
via her ghostwriter Dr. Kristin Ty
Edited by Alya Honasan
Photos by Dr. Kristin Ty

My name is JAMMIN', and I am so ready for a new home with a very lucky family!

I am a female mixed breed dog, around 8 years old. I'm medium-sized, with soft, cottony white fur speckled with red markings.

I was abandoned at the shelter on November 9, 2007. It wasn't a very happy day for me—but the shelter staff has taken very good care of me since then. I've been well-fed, spayed, dewormed, and have received all my required shots. I don't have any medical problems, but I will need some dental work to make my smile perfect again. And as you can see, I do have a great smile!

I am a favorite among many of the volunteers at the shelter because I'm an extraordinarily gentle and affectionate dog, well-behaved, even-tempered, and, I daresay, extremely cute, too. I have no food aggression issues, I get along very well with other dogs, and I absolutely enjoy my weekly baths.

I may be an older dog, but I still love taking walks; I may pull a bit, but only because I'm excited. I eat and sleep well, and am generally a big girl with a big heart. Oh, and did I mention that I absolutely love to be with people? Come visit the shelter, and I'll walk right up to you and ask to be petted—and I won't leave your side until you do!

I am looking for a quiet, warm, and loving home with a human who is willing to share his or her life with a mature dog. I would like a nice big bed to snuggle on, and to dream sweet dreams of a happy-ever-after life. I would like to run and play, just casually stroll around and investigate things, take walks with you, or just curl up at your feet. I would love for someone to spend time brushing my coat and giving me lots of hugs and kisses.

I do not know how long I have left on this earth to be with you, but I promise I will appreciate and treasure every single day with you, and I will always be grateful for my new lease on life. What's left of my life may be short—but you can help make the days sweet.

Me at the International School Family Fun Day Adoption Booth,
with PAWS volunteer Bobbi Thami

You may also email us at philpaws@yahoo. com
or call up PARC (the PAWS Shelter) at 475-1688.

The Dolphin Debate

Posted by siyerwin on Wednesday, February 20, 2008 at 11:10 AM

I found this very balanced report by on the question of using dolphins for "education" and entertainment. It's an old piece (circa 2001) but it's still very timely in the Philippine setting where dolphin shows are popping up like fungi in recent years. The lack of Philippine law against the dolphin entertainment industry does not mean dolphins do not go through inhumane conditions in traveling dolphin shows.

To pet or not to pet?

We homo sapiens are easily flattered. We like dolphins because they seem to like us. They smile--or rather, their mouths curve upward in an illusion of cheeriness--and we feel the urge to touch, to pet, to be nearer. It hardly registers that dolphins smile even when they have nothing to be happy about.

Luna died smiling. The bottle-nosed dolphin was captured last December off the southwest coast of Baja California. For two hours, she traveled in a coffin-like trailer with virtually no water. When she arrived at her destination, an aquarium at La Concha Beach Resort in La Paz, Mexico, she was carried in a makeshift hammock and deposited on a sandy beach. She tried to bite her handlers, but her protest went unheeded. She was forced to frolic and swim with tourists in a pen. After five weeks, she died--from stomach inflammation and ulcers caused by stress, according to the autopsy report. A leading Mexican environmental organization, the Group of One Hundred, is pressing for the release of Luna's seven traveling companions. "These dolphins are overworked and in horrible conditions," says Homero Aridjis, a poet who is the organization's president. "This is dolphin-napping."

Many tourists would be horrified at the thought. A growing number of them are getting a natural high by bonding with these seagoing mammals in aquatic parks both in and outside the U.S. In 18 national programs, visitors can pay up to $150 to hop into the pool for a half-hour "swim-with" the dolphins. These U.S. programs generally treat their featured attractions well: dolphins are no longer captured in the wild, and there are guidelines to limit the mammal's workday (no more than two hours) and office space (a sanctuary away from humans is required).

But such standards are less likely to be followed in parks outside the U.S. In Cuba, the source for many of the dolphins that end up in Caribbean aquariums, a fisherman can earn more than a year's income by selling a wild dolphin on the black market for about $800. Once trained, that same dolphin can fetch $1,500 a day at a Caribbean park. Several cases have been reported of dolphins suffering from stress, chlorine toxicity or an overdose of human affection. "Dolphins don't just drop out of the sky and end up in tanks," says Gwen McKenna, an activist in Ontario, Canada, who seeks to eradicate swim-withs. "They are literally being mauled by humans all day long. These tanks are death traps for them."

At Manati Park in the Dominican Republic, one of the world's most controversial facilities, techno music blares from two large speakers as five dolphins bounce balls and beach themselves on concrete for $7 photo ops. Then the contact sport begins. To the strains of a Celine Dion ballad, a girl douses her hands and feet in disinfectant and grabs hold of dolphin Vicki's pectoral fins. Vicki pulls her passenger along the length of the 10-yd. by 17-yd. pool and returns to the trainer for a reward--two pieces of fish. Vicki then swims up to a group of six swimmers for some petting. The entire session costs $65. "It was a marvelous experience," said Michelle Loeffler, a dance teacher from Peoria, Ill. "But I felt bad they have only that little pool to swim in." Said another tourist: "I don't like the idea of circuses, but this seemed like a nice way to meet the dolphin."

These meet-and-greets present risks to all parties involved. Dr. Santiago Gallo, a gastroenterologist who has treated dolphins in Mexico, reports cases in which dolphins have swallowed keys, a swimming cap and even a disposable diaper. Worse, critics charge that several dolphins have died prematurely at Manati because of toxic waters. Responds Javier Moreno, the owner of Manati: "If there are deaths, this is not a surprise. These are animals. There is a cycle of life. They die. They are born." He plans to expand the facility and add five dolphins to the roster next year.

Humans also can face perils from these encounters. Recent data are hard to come by, since swim programs are not required to report human injuries. But a 1995 study in the U.S. found that dolphins, particularly those in unstructured swim-with programs, occasionally acted aggressively toward humans. The British-based Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society claims it has witnessed three encounters at Manati that endangered humans.

Some facilities work harder than others to make dolphins feel at home. Dolphins Plus, in Key Largo, Fla., fences off an area of the Florida Bay, thereby connecting the play area to the ocean. One of its owners, Rick Borguss, also holds stock in nearby Dolphin Cove, a natural lagoon surrounded by palm trees where children with disabilities interact with the sea mammals. Orlando's Discovery Cove has three man-made lagoons, seven holding pools, a medical pool for sick animals and a staff of 70-plus workers to tend to the needs of 30 dolphins.

Defenders of these aquariums insist that their goal is to educate, not exploit. "There are billions of people who have no access to animals or [any way to] learn about nature," says Borguss. "People who leave here appreciate the animals." Discovery Cove produces curriculum guides and encourages its specialists to visit local schools. A federal study conducted last year appears to back up the claim that playing with people is no more harmful to the dolphins than performing for them. It found that 12 "interactive" dolphins exhibited no greater stress than their counterparts who simply took part in shows.

That doesn't address a more fundamental question: Should dolphins become human pets? "I can show you a dolphin born inside of a building that has never seen the ocean, live fish or the sky," says Ric O'Barry, a consultant for the World Society for the Protection of Animals. "These are freaks we have created for our own amusement." He advises tourists not to buy tickets for dolphin swims or shows. But that flies in the face of another fact of nature--human nature.

With reporting by Reported by Jeanne DeQuine/Dominican Republic, Dolly Mascarenas/Mexico City and Jacqueline Savaiano/Los Angeles,9171,109583,00.html

Emil, Emil, Emil...

Posted by siyerwin on Friday, February 15, 2008 at 12:02 AM

I first posted about Emil last May 2007. He's been at the shelter for quite some time even then. Now, 9 months later, he's still homeless and waiting. Below is Emil seen through the eyes of fellow PAWS volunteer Celine.

Adopt a homeless dog! Adopt Emil!

Written by Celine Quijano
Edited by Alya Honasan
Photos by Elsie Araneta and Sherwin Castillo

THE DOGS knew someone was approaching, and a barking frenzy commenced. One dog managed to keep his calm amid the excitement, however, lazily turning his head. It was the quiet and dignified Emil, estimated to be about five years old, and a long-time resident of the shelter.

Emil moved closer and looked at me curiously. His white coat was mottled with soft brown patches in the sunlight. His beautiful green eyes stood out; when I first met him, I thought he had one of the most unforgettable stares I had ever seen.

Adopt a homeless dog! Adopt Emil!Adopt a homeless dog! Adopt Emil!Emil is a deep thinker, a doggy philosopher. He seems to listen to your every word, and it’s almost as if he wants to say something important in return. Emil is easy to handle on a leash, and a good walk cheers him up. Small things, like a gentle stroke or a caring human voice, can make him happy. He likes to cross his front paws while lying on the ground before closing his eyes to get some sleep. But his senses are incredibly sharp; move close to his spot, and his eyes quickly open.

Sometimes I wonder if Emil is still haunted by whatever ghosts inhabit his past. Like other dogs in the shelter, Emil went through many hardships before he was rescued from the streets. He was frail, and had to fight for his life. It took a lot of strength to survive—that, and a will to live.

Adopt a homeless dog! Adopt Emil!Suddenly, I saw scaffolds forming at the corners of Emil's mouth. Emil smiled lazily—and such a handsome smile, too. Was he remembering a good memory? Or imagining a future to look forward to?

Emil is a wonderful dog. He also happens to be one of my own adopted dog Mario’s best buddies, back when he was still a resident of the shelter. They were always together—and it pains me to see Emil still searching for his forever home.

In the months that I have known Emil, he has grown lonelier and more indifferent with each visit. Won’t you please keep the light burning in this gentle philosopher’s eyes—and welcome him into your heart and home?

Adopt a homeless dog! Adopt Emil!CLICK HERE FOR THE ADOPTION PROCEDURE.
You may also email us at philpaws @
or call up PARC (the PAWS Shelter) at 475-1688.

Miller Beer ad campaign poking fun at "Missing Dog" flyers?

Posted by siyerwin on Thursday, February 14, 2008 at 7:44 PM

A recent TV advertisement by Miller Beer in the United States featuring a bunch of Dalmatians chasing a Miller truck is generating a bit of a buzz over the blogosphere. But it seems the campaign isn't limited to the television as some people are reportedly seeing flyers for lost Dalmatian dogs with contact numbers that connect you to a recorded phone message pitching for Miller beer.

I can't find a photocopy of the flyer online but if it was made to look like actual lost/missing dog flyers with no indication that it's just an advertisement, then I understand why people might find it distasteful. Jason, a reader of, complained of how this might turn off potential dog rescuers who would call up the number because they wanted to help out but instead hear someone asking them to drink beer.

I know first hand how difficult it is to find homes for homeless animals. And making fun of lost dog flyers is a bit insensitive and somehow disregards the welfare of millions of dogs actually out there right now trying to look for home.

Has anybody else seen this flyer?

I don't know about you guys but I don't even understand why these beer companies are associating dogs with beer! I wonder how many people out there are trying to make their dogs drink beer because of this association.

Adopt a homeless animal this Valentines

Posted by siyerwin on Wednesday, February 13, 2008 at 7:37 AM

Happy Valentines Day!!!

Poster by volunteer Heidi Guzon

The count as of my February 9 visit

Dog for Adoption: Jackie

Posted by siyerwin on Monday, February 11, 2008 at 3:37 PM

HISTORY: Rescued in Paranaque by the PAWS rescue team.

PERSONALITY: Sweet but wary of strangers until she gets to know them.

GENDER/AGE: Female, approx. over a year old



KIDS: Yes, but preferrably older kids. Not below 10 yrs old.



SPECIAL CONDITIONS: When she was rescued, she had no hair and had mange, so a holistic, hypo-allergenic diet would be good for her.

TYPE OF GUARDIAN: Even a novice dog guardian can adopt Jackie.

CLICK HERE FOR THE ADOPTION PROCEDURE. You may also email me at sherwin [at] or call up PARC at 475-1688.

Tell your friends about Jackie! Please forward this post or repost it in your blogs. You may use the image/s for that purpose. Thanks!

It's all about the light, baby! (How to take beautiful pic... Part 2)

Posted by siyerwin on Sunday, February 10, 2008 at 11:12 PM

This is the second part of a series which I started with this post.

I mean literally, it's all about the light (I like to repeat things)! Just in case you didn't know, the word "photography" came from two greek words that means "painting with light".

Here's the general idea: what we see with our eyes are actually just light, with all its visible colors, bouncing off things. An orange ball is simply a ball reflecting orange light and absorbing the rest. We use that light to paint a picture of an orange light-reflecting ball on a canvas through a light-tight contraption that captures light (camera)--- the canvas being the light-sensitive film or electronic sensor (digicams).

The process of capturing light with a camera can also be described by another word: Exposure (because we expose the film or the sensor to light). Exposure is mainly controlled by 2 variables: aperture and shutter speed. Remember what a camera is? In its most basic form, it's just a light-tight box with a hole covered by a component we call a shutter. The aperture simply relates to the size of that hole while the shutter speed relates to how long that hole is open during the process of exposure. You point the hole of the light-tight box to the orange ball, you open the shutter of the hole and let the light bouncing off the orange ball into the hole to register onto the film or sensor. Then you close the hole with shutter.

Um, you can further understand the fundamentals of photography by creating your own camera using a Pringles can! Click here to learn how.

There are other variables that are usually considered in taking pictures; like the focal length (or the distance of the hole to the film or the sensor), and the focus (which is just the convergence of a point of light coming from the orange ball into a point of light falling on the film or sensor). But don't worry about these two last two variables for now. They're the most intuitive aspects of taking picture especially with the cameras of today. You control focal length when you zoom in and out of a subject using the appropriate buttons on a camera. And you control focus by pressing the appropriate button, like the shutter release button, halfway and waiting till the orange ball becomes sharp enough before clicking all the way.

How to expose correctly

Let's simply say that for any given scene and lighting condition, there are settings for the aperture and shutter speed that will maximize the detail recorded on film or electronic sensor. An image is said to be overexposed when too much detail is lost in the lighter areas that it contains large whiter or brighter spaces. This is caused by letting too much light into the camera (via the aperture and shutter speed combination) than what is necessary. On the other hand, an image is said to be underexposed when too little detail is recorded in the shadow areas that the image looks murky and contains large portions in black. This is caused by letting too little light into the camera.

Overexposed Prada
Too much detail lost in Prada's fur due to overexposure.

Underexposed Susan, the sleepy cat
Too little detail recorded because of underexposure.

Here's one tip on how to expose correctly: Don't worry too much about it for now! :)

Modern cameras have advanced and been automated enough that they require little to no intervention most of the time. This means you only have to worry about it 10-20% of the time for your everyday snapshots and in most lighting conditions. It's the extreme lighting conditions that you need to watch out for and recognize to increase your hits in terms of correct exposure. More about this topic in my future installments. For now, please know that you can do creative pet photography without worrying too much about the exposure settings.

Why post about something that you don't even need to worry about? It's mainly because of this:

Creative Pet Photography Tip #1: Control aperture and shutter speed for creative effects.

(To be continued)

PAWS Volunteers Picnic this Saturday!!!

Posted by siyerwin on Wednesday, February 06, 2008 at 8:08 PM

PAWS volunteers are going to give a treat to the shelter animals this Saturday in their first ever volunteer picnic!

Here's the official announcement:

To all PAWS Volunteers:

We know that a lot of you would want to reconnect with fellow volunteers, join the working Committees and visit the PAWS shelter again so we've come up with a Volunteer Picnic - which we plan to hold every second Saturday of the month, only between the hours of 10 am to 12noon.

The first PAWS Volunteer Picnic is this Saturday, February 9! =)

The PARC office will be too small to accommodate volunteers so a table and some plastic chairs will be set up somewhere on the grounds as an improvised assembly area.

The activities are nothing fancy. You may:
  1. Bring your own tuna or special food for the cats or dogs at the shelter for the "feeding session" which begins promptly at 10am.
  2. Walk shelter dogs or clean the shelter cats' ears.
  3. Meet up with Adoption Team members to help them in their work.
  4. Do gardening or tidying up around the shelter (Pls bring your own tools, garbage bags, etc).
Those who would want to work in animal areas, please remember to wear long pants and closed shoes- and to bring an extra shirt and padlock for your locker- as discussed in the Orientation.

Since there is no fastfood outlet or convenience store near PARC, please do pack your own snacks and drinks- and extra food to share with at least two fellow volunteers. =)

Due to limited space within the shelter and to avoid overcrowding, volunteers are requested to stay only up to 12noon on this day unless they have specific work to do around the animal shelter.

Thank you and see you at the Saturday picnic!!

Want to volunteer? Then please attend the next orientation on March 1, 2008 and we'll see you at the next picnic!

Thank you very much!

Adopting adult shelter dogs: 10 Good Reasons

Posted by siyerwin on Tuesday, February 05, 2008 at 5:45 PM

(Reposted from the website of fellow PAWS volunteer Dr. Kristin Ty:

Why Adopt a Rescue Dog

... after all, aren't they like used cars? Who wants someone else's problems? If the dog is so wonderful, why would anyone give him away? If he was a stray, why didn't someone try to find him? I'd rather buy a puppy so I know what I'm getting, and besides they're so cute!

Rescue groups often hear a variation of this conversation. Many prospective dog owners are just not convinced that owning an older (6 months+) "pre-owned" dog is better than buying a puppy. But there are a number of reasons why adopting a pet from a rescue that carefully screens and evaluates its dog can provide an even better alternative. Here are the "Top 10 Reasons You Should Consider a Rescue." Remember that this is a general list of pros and cons, and may not be true for every dog (rescue or not) encountered. This is not meant to discourage the purchasing of a puppy over a rescue dog, but it instead outlines the difference between the two when considering a dog.

10) Housebroken. With most family members gone during the work week for 8 hours or more, housetraining a puppy and its small bladder can take awhile. Puppies need a consistent schedule with frequent opportunities to eliminate where you want them to. They can't wait for the boss to finish his meeting or the kids to come home from after school activities. An older dog can "hold it" much more reliably for longer time periods, and usually the rescue has him housebroken before he is adopted.

9) Intact Underwear. With a chewy puppy, you can count on at least 10 mismatched pairs of socks and a variety of unmentionables rendered to the "rag bag" before he cuts every tooth—and don't even think about leaving shoes lying around. Also, you can possibly expect holes in your carpet (along with the urine stains), pages missing from books, stuffing exposed from couches, and at least one dead remote control. No matter how well you watch them, it will happen—it's a puppy's job! An older dog can usually have the run of the house without destroying it.

8) A Good Night's Sleep. Forget the alarm clocks and hot water bottles, a puppy can be very demanding at 2am and 4am and 6am. He or she misses littermates, and that stuffed animal will not make a puppy pile with him. If you have children, you've been there and done that.

7) Finish the Newspaper. With a puppy running amok in your house, do you think you will be able to relax when you get home from work? Do you think your kids will really feed him, clean up the messes, take him for a walk in the pouring rain every hour to get him housetrained? With an adult dog, it will only be the kids running amok, because your dog will be sitting calmly next to you, while your workday stress flows away and your blood pressure lowers as you pet him.

6) Easier Vet Trips. Puppies need their series of shots and fecals, then rabies shots, then a trip to be altered, and maybe even an emergency trip or two if they've chewed something dangerous. Puppy visits can add up (on top of what you paid for the dog). Your donation to the rescue when adopting an older pup should get you a dog with all shots current, already altered, and are heartworm negative at the very minimum.

5) What You See Is What You Get. How big will that puppy be? What kind of temperament will he have? Will he be easily trained? Will his personality be what you were hoping for? How active will he be? When adopting an older dog from a rescue, all of those questions are easily answered. You can pick large or small; active or couch potato; goofy or brilliant; sweet or sassy. The rescue and its foster homes can guide you to pick the right match. Rescues are full of puppies who became the wrong match as they got older.

4) Unscarred Children (and Adults). When a puppy isn't teething on your possessions he will be teething on you. Rescues routinely get calls from panicked parents who are sure their dog is biting the children. Since biting implies hostile intent and would be a consideration whether to accept a "give-up." Rescue groups ask questions and usually find out the dog is being nippy. Parents are often too emotional to see the difference; but a growing puppy is going to put everything from food to clothes to hands in their mouths, and as they get older and bigger it definitely hurts (and will get worse, if they aren't being corrected properly.) Most older dogs have "been there, done that, moved on."

3) Matchmaker. Puppy love is often no more than an attachment to a look or a color. It is not much of a basis on which to make a decision that will hopefully last 15+ years. While that puppy may have been the cutest of the litter; he may grow up to be superactive (when what you wanted was a couch buddy); she may be a couch princess (when what you wanted was a tireless hiking companion); he may want to spend every waking moment in the water (while you're a landlubber); or may want to be an only child (while you are intending to have kids or more animals). Pet mismatches are one of the top reasons rescues get "give-up" phone calls. Good rescues do evaluations of both their dogs and their applicants to be sure that both dog and family will be happy with each other until death do them part.

2) Instant Companion. With an older dog, you automatically have a buddy that can go everywhere and do everything with you NOW. There's no waiting for a puppy to grow up (and then hope he will like to do what you enjoy.) You will have been able to select the most compatible dog—one that travels well, one that loves to play with your friends' dogs, one with excellent house manners that you can take to your parents' new home with the new carpet and the new couch. You can come home after a long day's work and spend your time on a relaxing walk, ride or swim with your new best friend.

1) Rescue Dog Bond. Dogs who have been uprooted from their happy homes or have not had the best start in life are more likely to bond very completely and deeply with their new people. Those who have lost their families through death, divorce or lifestyle change go through a terrible mourning process. But, once attached to a new loving family, they seem to want to please as much as possible to make sure they are never homeless again. Those dogs that are just learning about the good life and good people seem to bond even deeper. They know what life on the streets is like, life on the end of a chain, or worse is all about—and they revel and blossom in a loving environment. Most rescues make exceptionally affectionate and attentive pets and extremely loyal companions.

Unfortunately, many folks think dogs that end up in rescue are all genetically and behaviorally inferior. However, it is not uncommon for rescue to get dogs that have either outlived their usefulness or their novelty with impulsive owners who considered their dog a possession rather than a friend or member of the family. They simply did not really consider the time, effort and expense needed to be a dog owner. Not all breeders will accept "returns", so choices for giving up dogs can be limited to animal welfare organizations, such as rescues, or the owners trying to place their own dogs.

Good rescues will evaluate the dog before accepting him/her (medically, behaviorally, and for breed confirmation), rehabilitate if necessary, and adopt the animal only when he/she is ready--and to a home that matches and is realistic about the commitment necessary to provide the dog with the best home possible. Choosing a rescue dog over a purchased pup will not solve the pet overpopulation problem (only responsible pet owners and breeders can do that), but it does give many of them a chance they otherwise would not have. Beyond doing a "good deed", adopting a rescue dog can be the best decision and addition to the family you ever made. Rescued dogs are literally devoted friends for life.

Adopt a homeless animal today and experience UNCONDITIONAL LOVE.

Please make adoption your option.

The above article is a compilation of Internet articles on the benefits of adopting rescue dogs. Thanks to BOXER RESCUE, USA! and the DOG OWNERS GUIDE for their priceless wisdom on this subject.


Posted by siyerwin on Monday, February 04, 2008 at 9:19 AM

.Written by Elsie Araneta
Edited by Alya Honasan
Photo by Elsie Araneta

Evel has a great big smile on his handsome, open face. His eyes are a startling yellow, and they sparkle when he’s happy. His perky ears closely resemble those of a German shepherd—and yes, he will let you stroke them. His light tan hair is thick for an aspin, and very soft. He is healthy, has straight legs, a good back, and a playfully coiled tail. He is missing a few teeth, but that does little to dim the smile of this confident dog.

Evel is a six-year-old male dog who was left at PARC by his human family last November, before they emigrated. Since then, he’s been quietly on the lookout for a new human to keep company. He gets along well with the other dogs, but will not let himself be bullied. After I took him for a walk, he went back to his quarters. The other dogs crowded around him like a flock of paparazzi, but he simply held his head high and walked on.

Evel is a wonderful companion dog who likes to be close to his human alpha. He will let you hold him, hug him, and stroke him for very long periods. That’s why people, and even kids, should know how to treat him gently, but with firmness when needed. On the leash, he is light and obedient, even refraining from chasing cats—but you know he’s on the other end. After the first rush that comes with the beginning of every walk, he’ll stay alongside you, sniffing and marking anything taller than eight inches. After the walk, he’s content to sit quietly beside you as you watch the world go by. But Evel is also watchful and alert; he’s a sentinel ready to inform you of approaching life forms. He won’t threaten them; he’ll just bark a few times to give you a heads-up.

Evel is happiest when he’s with his humans. Won’t you give him a chance to take care of you, even as you take care of him?

CLICK HERE FOR THE ADOPTION PROCEDURE. You may also email us at or call up PARC (the PAWS Shelter) at 475-1688.

Dog for Adoption: Jorgia

Posted by siyerwin on Friday, February 01, 2008 at 10:02 AM

HISTORY: She was abandoned at the shelter by her former owner.

PERSONALITY: Very good with people but not with other animals.

GENDER /AGE: Female, approx. 2 yrs old.


SPAYED: Not yet

KIDS: Yes but they should be at least 10 years old and with adult supervision.



SPECIAL CONDITIONS: Diagnosed with a liver problem and mange so she needs a special diet.

TYPE OF GUARDIAN: For experienced dog guardians only

CLICK HERE FOR THE ADOPTION PROCEDURE. You may also email me at sherwin [at] or call up PARC at 475-1688.

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