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Away from keyboard (Mar 19-22, 2008)

Posted by siyerwin on Tuesday, March 18, 2008 at 1:08 PM

I will not be able to go online from March 19 - 22, 2008. Please send adoption inquiries to pawsadoption @ and somebody from the PAWS adoption team will get back to you. Comments moderation has been temporarily disabled but be warned that spam will be deleted.

In the mean time, in our never ending quest to get more attention for our shelter cats and dogs online, I stumbled into this nifty blog networking website called I've found it a cool way to discover some great blogs out there. Mybloglog is a Yahoo! unit so everyone with Yahoo! I.D. will find the registration very easy! Please join and support this blog's traffic-building efforts. If you join, please don't forget to Join the Mefindhome Community!

Donating some cash for the shelter cats and dogs is also a good way of helping out. You may deposit directly to PAWS bank accounts or donate via Paypal (accepts credit card funded donations or bank account funded donations even during holidays).


In behalf of the shelter cats and dogs, thank you very much for your support. Enjoy the rest of the Holy Week.

Van Damme

Posted by siyerwin on Monday, March 10, 2008 at 9:42 PM

Written by Gui Garcia
Edited by Alya Honasan
Photos by Sherwin Castillo and Liza Umayam

As I was massaging Van Damme’s light, tan coat with shampoo, the enthusiasm evident in his wagging tail brightened up his countenance until the very end of his refreshing bath.

“Is somebody going to adopt me yet?” I could almost see the question in Van Damme’s eyes, which were glistening with excitement. He was more than eager to get out of his kennel, probably in the hope that he had finally found a new home.

Van Damme was abandoned at the shelter about a year and a half ago. He is kept in a separate den from the other dogs. But don’t let his isolation give you the wrong impression—Van Damme is one of the friendliest dogs at the shelter. It’s just that he’s very affectionate, and sometimes, he wants all the attention. He would be perfect as an only dog in the family. He’s a very energetic male dog, and will appreciate daily exercise. A strong, firm grip on his leash will also be essential, in case his sense of adventure gets the better of him. He also tends to be very playful with people and with cats, although he never harms them. He enjoys baths, especially when you start massaging his coat.

This charming dog is approximately three years old. He’s neutered and dewormed, and has had all the necessary vaccines. Although he has a kidney problem, it can be treated with medication.

Van Damme is waiting for the family he seems so ready to devote his life too. But until then, the closest thing he’ll get to a home will be his dog kennel at the shelter, where he’s cared for by the PARC staff. Won’t you give this lively dog another reason to jump for joy?

At the UP Adoption Booth: AS Parking Lot with PAWS Volunteer Abby

UP Adoption Booth: Van Damme's fans

Taking a walk to the UP Main Library

Taking a walk to the UP Main Library

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

*Help Van Damme find his forever-home by re-posting this in your blogs, websites, yahoogroups, forums, etc., and forwarding to relatives and friends who you think might be interested in giving a good dog a good home. (Some even go as far as printing these out and posting in their school / office / neighborhood bulletin boards! :D) Thanks! :)

Check out my other post about Van Damme HERE.

From Zoe to Palma to Askat to Menggay to Hyacinth

Posted by siyerwin on Saturday, March 08, 2008 at 10:54 AM

The author of this story is fellow PAWS volunteer Angelica Ocampo who recently got adopted by a former shelter cat named Zoe. She's now recipient to a generous amount of love and appreciation of the feline sort. Welcome to the club, Angelica! :)

Photo by Angelica Ocampo

Palma was the name we gave her on our way to the University of the Philippines that 20th of february 2008 as a tribute to the venue of her first stint as PAWS' shelter cat representative. I did not really pay too much attention to this three-colored feline since being a dog person, I was busy petting and hugging ely, the sweet shelter dog. But at the lecture, she never left my lap and promptly stole my heart and so I adopted her. Friends suggested numerous names like Askat or Purrdy, even my mom wanted the name Menggay for her, and for a week after adopting her, she was still un-named.

PAWS volunteers like Liza Umayam gave numerous advice on how to feed and care for her, they were all very helpful. Since her arrival here at home, she has been great. Before leaving for the office I make sure to give her enough food for the day, kibble being her favorite. After a very hectic day at work, tired and all, we play, which she absolutely loves doing, and it somehow takes the stress or the sadness of the day away. The only problem i've ecountered so far is this one day when i tried to change the kitty litter box from kusot to newspaper as newspaper is easier to clean. i got home after work and she pood and peed on the cushions as if to say "your comfort? what about mine?", she won that one.

I'm looking at her now and she's looking at me with those eyes, so cool and calm, the way cats should be. The other cats I've encountered hates being cuddled or kissed, but she accepts them placidly. The day I named her, I opened the window to my unit to see if she'll run away. She jumped up on the window, watched the busy street, sniffed the air outside and sat back on the carpet. she knows where she belongs now, she is content and i am too. I named her Hyacinth.

Please adopt a pet from PAWS and give another dog or cat a chance to be loved and experience the fulfillment of being loved back unconditionally.

Want to adopt a cat? Visit the shelter and meet the shelter cats! There are over 70 waiting for you!!!

An Animal Welfare Ally in the Philippine Senate

Posted by siyerwin on Thursday, March 06, 2008 at 10:48 PM

It's good to know that not everyone in the Philippine Senate is fixated on the NBN ZTE scandal--- which is the current hot issue prevailing in the politics of the Republic. I'm no fan of Philippine politics. But reading about a recent privilege speech (see below) by Senator Juan Miguel "Migz" F. Zubiri on a number of animal welfare issues was like a breath of fresh air in the midst of the stifling media frenzy around the controversies of corruption gripping the country. Finally, somebody up there is speaking for the animals!

Yes, of course, corruption is a very serious matter that requires the attention of our hard-working senators. But how can we solve the problem of corruption if we can't even keep some of our fellow Filipinos from inhumanely hurting the furry and feathered inhabitants of this country?

The fledgling senator is off to a good start. I think blogger Ted is quite correct in thinking that this is not a passing fancy for the senator. In fact, the senator has had an accomplished career in the legislature and has authored, among others, the Wildlife Resources Protection and Conservation Act (Republic Act 9147). He's also the founder of the Philippine Deer Foundation and a director of the Katala Foundation which looks out for the Philippine Cockatoo. Check out Sen. Zubiri's page at the Philippine Senate website for more information.

Senator Migz Zubiri, would you like to adopt a shelter cat or dog?

Senate of the Philippines

Privilege Speech By Sen. Juan Miguel F. Zubiri
27 February 2008

A Tale of Two Hunters

Mr. President, on a number of occasions I rise on this August Chamber,in defense of the environment and to expose violations of our environmental laws. Today is no different from those instances. I will not cease to stand on this floor as long as our environmental laws continue to be flagrantly violated. I ask our distinguished colleagues to bear with me on this crusade, if only to call everyone's attention, especially the public and the executive branch, which is supposed to zealously implement our laws. And, we too in the legislative can do something, to amend the law, if necessary, or in the exercise of our oversight powers, to look into the culpability or neglect of our law enforcers and executive officials. This humble representation is not only passionate about environmental advocacy, it is a way of life for me.

Bird Massacre

On December 13, 2007 an article in Philippine Daily Inquirer by columnist Juan Mercado tackled the "slaughter of the birds" in several towns in Negros Occidental purportedly by the members of a loose organization called Bacolod Air Rifle Hunting Club. The grisly photos of shot birds displayed on the internet by some members of the Bacolod Air Rifle Hunting Club led to the accidental discovery of this illegal activity by Mr. Josef Sagemuller while surfing the internet insearch of information on birds in the Philippines. He then alerted the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines represented by Mr. Michael Lu and his members present at the gallery today, together with Ambassador David Pine of New Zealand, and some members of the diplomatic corps, who share a passion for conservation. The discovery sparked the drive for 10,000 signatures by the Club to curb this slaughter and call the attention of authorities. The photos displayed hundreds of slaughtered doves, mallards, whistling ducks, snipes and other endemic and endangered species, according to Mr. Lu. In an attempt to cover uptheir illegal deeds, after the photos posted in their website caught the attention of environmentalists, the Bacolod Air Rifle Hunting Club shut down their website.

What is worse is the blatant denial of some of its members that it ever happened, well, a picture speaks a thousand words! And at this point, distinguished colleagues, let me show you some of these gruesome photos of massacred birds which were downloaded before the website was pulled-out. (Play slides.)

So that the authorities would have something to start their investigation with, let me name their group: some members of the Bacolod Air Rifle Club and some members of the Philippine National Shooting Team. A certain Mr. Gino Castandielo was the one who postedthe photos in the internet, one of which shows Ms. Tet Lara, Mike and Jade De Guzman of the Philippine National Shooting Team who had posted their own lame excuse for the compromising photos. These people's names cropped up in their own website, just before they shut it down. Others were even interviewed and admitted to this illegal activity but pleaded that they were not aware of RA 9147 or the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act. Have they not heard of the legal maxim "ignorance of the law excuses no one?"

What frustrates me the most Mr. President is the inaction ofour DENR officials at this brazen violation of our wildlife laws. I will get to that later on.

Mindoro Safari

In another hunting expedition, this fellow from New York by the nameof Jay T. Carlson is enticing foreign tourists for an exciting and different hunting activity in Mindoro. He is the outfitter for the hunting activities and advertises his hunting expedition in the internet as the Mindoro Safari.

According to reports posted in the website: www.huntingreport. com, The Mindoro Safari is a 12 to 14-day itinerary with 10 hunting days in thefield and for a fee of US$10,500. to US$12,500. The hunt is done totally on foot in the thick jungle of Mt. Halcon in Mindoro with the help of the Mangyans. Mr. Carlson started this hunting expedition in2002 and has pioneered some fascinating hunts for Asian water buffalo and Philippine sambar deer. They also take wild boar and bearded warty pig as hunt trophies. "Clients may take a second buffalo for an additional US$1,200. A fit client should expect to collect two primary species with additional species collected as time allows. Most clients shoot three animals. Hides are prepared for shipment/dipand pack. All paperwork is processed for export," says the report published in April 2005.

Mr. Carlson's first client in 2002 was Hunting Report Honor Roll subscriber Truman Clem, who took an Asiatic water buffalo. According to Mr. Clem, "the hunts are best marketed to the Safari Club International (SCI) hunter/collector who is looking for unique species found nowhere else."

Mr. President, what they romantically call as Asiatic water buffalo isnothing but our hard working domesticated carabao, the poor animal was probably standing by itself or even tied to the ground when it was killed. It may not fall under the CITES list of endangered species but nevertheless, it would violate RA 8485, The Animal Welfare's Act, a law against cruelty to animals.

And if the November 2007 report posted in their website is to be believed, it is still ongoing with a possibility to include in thehunt the 12 to 18 foot crocodiles that have been seen in their hunting grounds.

These crocodiles Mr. President are one of the most endangered freshwater crocodiles in the planet. They are known as Crocodilus Mindorensis and are numbered only in the hundreds left in the wild. If these reports are true, then Mr. President, this fellow should be prosecuted, fined and should serve his sentence in our jails as stipulated in Section 28 of RA 9147. After which, he should be deported as a menace to the environment.

I would like to also ask our Bureau of Immigration to look into Mr.Carlson's immigration status as we have reports that he has over stayed his tourist visa.

Wildlife roles in our ecosystems Birds and wildlife have important roles to play in the chainof life. Decimating their populations would threaten the viabilityof all ecosystems. Birds play a key role for the Philippineenvironment. They eat fruits and disperse the seeds over wide partsof land that are crucial in revitalizing our forests. Some nectar-feeders such as the olive-backed sunbird are important pollinators. Seabirds improve the ecology of small islands by producing large amounts of guano which enriches the island's soil, allowing less adaptable plants to root.

More than 200 Philippine birds, out of 600 resident and migratory species, are included in the World Conservation Union's redlist of critically-endanger ed species. Among them are the Philippine cockatoo, the Negros fruit-dove and the Philippine eagle, considered as the world's largest eagle.

The most unique animal feature of Mindoro must be thetamaraw (Bubalus Mindorensis) , or dwarf water buffalo. The tamaraws are endemic to Mindoro. There were around 10,000 tamaraws in Mindoroin the 1900's. By the 1960's only about 300 had been counted in thewild making it rarer than the black rhinoceros of Africa, China'spanda and the tiger. It was listed as critically-endanger ed in 1970.The latest official count placed their numbers to 263.

The World Conservation Union cites habitat loss from cattle ranching and farming, hunting and diseases as the major threats to thetamaraw's survival.

Another threat to biodiversity conservation Mr. President, are the continuous poaching activities for the pet trade. It still saddens me to find out from my friends that they still see the rare Philippine Cockatoo or Katala or even Mouse Deer being sold at stalls in Cartimar, Arranque Market and other provincial markets were these species are found. Once again, in clear violation of our laws.

Mr. President, I strongly condemn these illegal hunting and poaching activities which could lead to the extinction of many birds and mammal species which are endemic to the Philippines.

I would like to remind these violators of the provisions of RA 9147--- Wildlife Conservation Act, which I had the honor to author in the11th Congress together with the distinguished members of this Chamber, particularly:

Section 27 of Chapter IV on Illegal Acts:

a. killing and destroying wildlife species;

f. collecting, hunting or possessing wildlife, their by-products and derivatives;

Section 28 of Chapter V on Fines and Penalties:

a. imprisonment of a minimum of six (6) years and one (1)day to twelve (12) yeard and/or a fine of One HundredThousand Pesos (P100,000) to One Million Pesos(P1,000,000) , if inflicted or undertaken againstspecies listed as critical.

b. imprisonment of four years (4) and one (1) day to six (6)years and/or a fine of Fifty Thousand Pesos(P50,000) to Five Hundred ThousandPesos (P500,000), if inflicted or undertaken against endangered species

I ask our Committee on Environment to investigate this issue and determine the gross negligence and responsibility of our environment officials, particularly the Regional Directors of these areas and theProtected Areas and Wildlife Bureau Personnel. Why do they allow these illegal and immoral activities to continue? When will they muster the political will to prosecute these people?

I suggest Mr. President that we, together with the environmental groups file cases with the Green Ombudsman Task Force to look at cases involving environment officials who commit gross negligence of their duties and mandates.

I also ask the Philippine Sports Commission, if the members of thePhilippine National Shooting Team mentioned in this privilege speechare still part of the present National Shooting Team to suspend their financial and logistical support to the Philippine National Shooting Team until an investigation is conducted and those responsible havebeen identified. Even before they could bring honor to the country ininternational competitions, they already brought disgrace to our people and to the entire sports community by their illegal hunting activities.

Mr. President, this is not just about conservation. It's about biodiversity, natural heritage, legacy and ecological balance. Instead of putting out life, these poachers should modify their motivations to that of creating life. Instead of seeking gun permits, why not apply for breeding permits and set up wildlife breeding farmsfor conservation, trade and/or scientific purposes.

Mr. President, we must put a stop to these illegal hunting activities that threaten the survival of species which are endemic to the country. We must seriously look into this issue and prosecute those who would be found violating our laws.

In Psalm Chapter 104, Verse 24: "How many are your works Oh Lord! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your beautiful creatures."

And here they are, ladies and gentlemen, destroying God's beautiful creation.

Thank you.

Thanks to for posting about this.

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Posted by siyerwin on Sunday, March 02, 2008 at 10:17 PM

Adopt a shelter dog! Adopt Chubby!


Written by Sharon Say
Edited by Alya Honasan
Photo by Sharon Say

Just when Christmas was about to come, Chubby found himself abandoned by his human, all alone on the doorstep of PARC. Beside him, though, was a colored ball, almost like a bittersweet message from his owner, telling us that he was loved but could no longer be kept. Today, Chubby still keeps that ball near him, waiting for the day when he can happily run around with a human again, ball in mouth.

Chubby is about 4 years old, an energetic male. He seems to have some Labrador in his blood, what with his deep brown eyes and pristine white coat. He must have been chubby when he first arrived, which was why he was given that name. Over the months, however, missing a home and initially being set apart from the other dogs in PARC has saddened him and affected his appetite, making him a lot less than chubby nowadays.

He has no diagnosed ailments, is fully vaccinated, and is well taken care of by the staff. He’s a bit of a leash-puller, and wants to inspect every nook and cranny. He’s also very crafty; he surprised the staff one day when he unhooked the latch of his cage on his own! Chubby has so much spirit, yet you know he could be so much happier. He needs a bit of supervision with other dogs, but with humans, he is a sweet bundle of joy.

Will you be the one to give Chubby a new home, and to throw that beloved ball for him to chase once again?

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

*Help Chubby find his forever-home by re-posting this in your blogs, websites, yahoogroups, forums, etc., and forwarding to relatives and friends who you might think would be interested in giving a good dog a good home. (Some even go as far as printing these out and posting in their school / office / neighborhood bulletin boards! :D) Thanks! :)

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