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The Ten Finalists - The ALPO Frisbee Challenge

Posted by siyerwin on Thursday, May 29, 2008 at 9:36 PM

The Alpo Frisbee Challenge finals will be happening this Saturday, May 31, 2008, in SM Baguio. Baguio residents are invited to go and watch this exciting event organized by the Philippine Animal Welfare Society. It also serves as fund-raising event for the animal shelter.

Dress up your dogs and bring them to the event to join the Doggie Fashion Face-off for a chance to win amazing prizes while enjoying a Saturday afternoon with your family and friends! Below are the schedule of activities:

11:00 AM Vet Consultation
12:00 PM Doggie Fashion Face Off Registration, Alpo Frisbee Competition Registration
1:00 PM Dog-Themed Art & Crafts Session
2:00 PM Fun Games for Dogs and Humans
2:30 PM Responsible Pet-Ownership Talk
3:00 PM Doggie Fashion Face Off
4:00 PM Alpo Frisbee Challenge Competition Proper


The Ten Finalists for the Alpo Frisbee Challenge

THE BORACAY SUPERSTAR
Every dog lover who has ever been to Boracay knows this duo: Erick and Julie are their names - and Frisbee is their game. They were the 2007 ALPO Frisbee Challenge champions. Will they be able to hold on to their title this year?

Erick Kim and Julie - 1st Place (Manila Eliminations)

TRAINER'S PRIDE
Lito is a professional dog trainer. Kim is every trainer's dream dog: obedient, alert and smart. But are those qualities enough to get them the top prize in this Saturday's championship match?

Lito Barrameda and Kim - Second Place (Manila Eliminations)

THE ASPIN (Asong Pinoy) FRISBEE CATCHER
Nice rescued Poypoy when he was a pup. You've come a long way, Poy! Show 'em that native dogs can do it, too.

Nice Rodriguez and Poypoy - Third Place (Manila Eliminations)

BABY DOG BLUES
Vina's mom is Kim - the second placer in the Manila Eliminations. At SM Clark, Kim was placed in the throwing ring with Vina upon request. Reason? Vina whimpered and experienced anxiety attacks when her mom was not in sight. A second dog in the ring will no longer be allowed in the Championship Match. Is this the end of a Mama's Girl's bid for a Gold Medal?

Oscar Enciso and Vina -First Place (Pampanga Eliminations)

THE CROWD-PLEASER
Frisbee-catching is not all that Boger can do. His wide-range of talents, including posing in a "sit" position with his front paws up in the air has endeared him to the SM Clark crowd. Every round of applause from the crowd seems to pump up the energy of this dashing duo.

Atty. Byron San Pedro and Boger - Second Place (Pampanga Eliminations)

MR. EXCITEMENT
Archie and Agos were the only finalists who had to go through a harrowing tie-breaker in the Elimination Rounds. This team definitely had us chewing on our nails as we watched them try to beat the clock in catching that one last frisbee that made all the difference. Will we get the same cliffhanger ending from them in the Championships?

Archie David and Agos - Third Place (Pampanga Eliminations)

THE SPECIALISTS
This team moved like well-oiled machine on the frisbee ring: Kayu caught every single frisbee thrown at him by Aletta! Theirs is the highest score ever in the elimination round - a whopping 47 points!

Aletta Yniguez and Kayu - First Place (Batangas Eliminations)

NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK
The youngest team in the competition has a "magic" formula of their own. Once Baron learns to focus more, they may just beat all their other rivals for the top prize.

Gino Bailon and Baron- Second Place (Batangas Eliminations)
AIN'T NO FRISBEE FAR ENOUGH: THE LONG-DISTANCE CHAMPS
They hold the record for the farthest frisbee thrown that was ever successfully caught within the throwing area. Aidelbert will probably try for the 7-point mark in the finals. If Java catches several frisbees from his master's "discus" throws, he will probably be the dog to beat in the Frisbee finals.

Aidelbert Tangcora and Java - Third Place (Batangas Eliminations)

THE WILDCARD ENTRY
They had the highest score from among all eliminated contestants. When ALPO decided to have an even number of 10 entries in the Finals, Jessie and Zheal got the Wildcard slot. Perhaps this team's long trip from Zamboanga was not in vain after all?

Jessie Abilla and Zheal - Highest Scoring Team from Eliminated Contestants (Wildcard)

MeFindHome is 2 years old!

Posted by siyerwin on Wednesday, May 28, 2008 at 4:59 PM

The pictures below constitute my priceless collection of images of erstwhile shelter cats and dogs that have been lucky enough to get new chances at a better life. I dedicate them to all the volunteers, adopters, bloggers and everyone who spend a portion of their lives helping defenseless animals victimized by cruelty, neglect and indifference. I dedicate this post to all animals in shelters everywhere still waiting.

Do you recognize these fellas? :)

Adopted cat Prada - MeFindHome.orgAdopted cat Kate, the three-legged cat - MeFindHome.orgAdopted cat Kate, the three-legged cat - MeFindHome.orgAdopted cat Kate, the three-legged cat - MeFindHome.orgFormer PAWS Shelter Cat with Liza Umayam - MeFindHome.orgFormer PAWS Shelter Dog with Gwen - MeFindHome.orgFormer PAWS Shelter dog Putot - MeFindHome.orgCeline, Mario and Blackie - MeFindHome.orgJeff, the former office cat, with human Burnz - MeFindHome.orgSusan, the sleepy cat, still sleepy after adoption - MeFindHome.orgMarian and adopted kitty Kisha - MeFindHome.orgFormer PAWS Shelter cat Alfie - MeFindHome.orgFormer PAWS Shelter cat Alfie with Xyza - MeFindHome.orgGina and Hanny making themselves at home - MeFindHome.orgGina snoozing on the sofa - MeFindHome.orgNo more blank stares from former homeless Hanny - MeFindHome.orgGina and Hanny with mommy Joy - MeFindHome.orgEmil, the former shelter dog - MeFindHome.orgChubby: Homeless no more - MeFindHome.org
If you adopted a cat or dog from PAWS / PARC, I'd love to hear from you. Please help me complete my collection by sending in your pictures with your adopted cats or dogs. I'll appreciate it a lot. You may email the pictures to sherwin [at] mefindhome.org

Thank you very much.


MeFindHome URL Updates

Posted by siyerwin on Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at 2:00 PM

(Please read up to the last paragraphs for some really inspiring news)

I have decided to move MeFindHome out of its Blogspot domain and fully implement its custom domain: http://www.mefindhome.org. Please update those links if you have time to do so. This is really not that important as far as I'm concerned but I thought it's best to make a formal announcement. The old address http://mefindhome.blogspot.com will continue to work and will forward visitors to the new domain.

If you wish to update your links, please use "MeFindHome.org" or "Adopt a shelter cat or dog" as anchor texts or simply go HERE to copy and paste the HTML codes.

I've also created sub-domain shortcuts to some of this blog's pages that you guys might want to take note of. They are enumerated below:

  1. http://adoption.mefindhome.org - PAWS Adoption Procedure
  2. http://parc.mefindhome.org - Map to PAWS Animal Rehabilation Center (PARC)
  3. http://linkup.mefindhome.org - Link Exchange
  4. http://paypal.mefindhome.org - Paypal Donations to PAWS
  5. http://volunteer.mefindhome.org - What you can do as a PAWS volunteer
  6. http://wishlist.mefindhome.org - The Shelter Wishlist
  7. http://spayneuter.mefindhome.org - Spay & Neuter Campaign
  8. http://orientation.mefindhome.org - PAWS Volunteer Orientation Schedule
  9. http://subscribe.mefindhome.org - Email Subscription

Also, please check your current links to the Philippine Animal Welfare Society's official website. Please use http://www.paws.org.ph OR http://www.pitstopit.com/paws3/index.htm for now as the other URL, http://www.paws.com.ph, is not working.

Thank you to those who silently support the adoption programs of PAWS by providing links to sites like mine (there are a lot of them out there; please see my sidebar). Please know that your help does make a difference and could mean better lives for many homeless animals that deserve it. Links save lives as far as I'm concerned. See one proof right here: http://theanimaldoctor.blogspot.com/2008/05/aspin-pups-adopted.html

If you're new to this site and you have a blog, I'm inviting you to join the blog brigade for the homeless animals. What's it about? Please go HERE and HERE to learn more.

Thanks and see you at the shelter!

Alpo Frisbee Challenge Finals in SM Baguio!!!

Posted by siyerwin on Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 10:40 AM

Th following is a press release from the Philippine Animal Welfare Society. The Alpo Frisbee Challenge, a Frisbee-catching contest for dogs, has been happening for the past few weeks in different Metro Manila and provincial venues. The final leg will happen on May 31, 2008, Saturday, in SM Baguio.

PAWS Event: Alpo Frisbee Challenge in SM Baguio(Please click image to enlarge)


Crowds at SM Mall of Asia, SM Clark and Canyon Woods were treated to the sight of dogs leaping through the air to catch Frisbees during the Manila, Pampanga and Batangas leg of the ALPO FRISBEE CHALLENGE.

Kicking off with human and dog cheerleaders as its opening number, the unique Frisbee competition had all the elements of a sporting event - a marshall, linesmen, an official tabulator, timer and commentators

Audiences cheered and groaned with contestants as human and dog teams tried to complete as many successful throws and catches within a span of two minutes.

Majority of the dog owner participants aimed to get bigger points in the shortest period of time by throwing the Frisbees at farther distances within the throwing area.

While the event showcased the best Frisbee-catching canines, it also had its light and funny moments from attempts by dog owners and their pets who had only had a few days’ “encounter” with the Frisbee prior to joining the competition. Prizes of P15,000, P10,000 and P5000 for the first, second, third placers and medals and trophies whetted every aspiring dog owner’s appetite to win in the elimination rounds.

Comic celebrity commentators Ariel and Maverick made sure that the whole proceedings stayed true to the spirit of a fun dog event amidst the intense competition.

The following emerged as the qualifying teams for each elimination round:

SM Mall of Asia –Manila Eliminations
Erick Kim – Julie (Labrador Retriever) – 29 points
Lito Barrameda - Kim (Belgian Malinois) - 19 points
Nice Rodriguez – Poypoy (Mongrel or Asong Pinoy /”Aspin”) – 13 points

SM Clark – Pampanga Eliminations
Oscar Enciso – Bina (Belgian Malinois) 26 points
Byron San Pedro - Boger (Belgian Malinois) 25 points
Archie David - Agos (German Shepherd) 12 points

Canyon Woods – Tagaytay Eliminations
Aletta Yniguez – Kayu (German Shepherd- Retriever mix) - 47 points
Gino Bailon – Baron (Belgian Malinois) – 35 points
Aidelbert Tangcora – Java (Belgian Malinois)- 31 points

Wildcard Entry – Highest Scorer from Eliminated Contestants
To be announced...


These ten teams will compete in the ALPO Frisbee Challenge Finals in SM Baguio on May 31, 2008.

On the same day, mall-goers can participate in the “Doggie Fashion Face-Off” by dressing up their dogs to the nines for a chance to win cash prizes of P3000, P2000 and P1000 for the “Best Dressed Dog” and the first and second runners-up to the title, respectively.

Registration for the Fashion Face-Off is from 1pm to 3pm, Frisbee competition starts at 4pm.

"Lessons From a Cat" by Lilli L. Fuentes

Posted by siyerwin on Friday, May 16, 2008 at 9:00 PM

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(Re-posted with permission from the author)

SKELETAL, except for his bulging tummy, Toby was a kitten destined to spend his entire life in the alleys and corners of our school. Nobody could possibly have wanted him. I didn't want him, but huddled among the bushes that evening, he looked like a lost boy. And then he followed me, as fast as his infant legs could carry him, to the jeepney stop.

Right there and then, something strange but familiar tugged at my heart. Motherly instinct, perhaps. My best friend gave me a wry smile when I begged her to put Toby in a box.

Our first week together was awkward. I've had a teddy bear and a stuffed pig, but I've never held a real, live cat in my arms. As days passed by, he grew bigger and his cries got louder. It became increasingly difficult to hide him among the pots and rocks in our garden.

As I feared, my mom went ballistic upon learning about my latest acquisition. But I ignored her sermon about the impracticability of keeping a pet and the subject of cat poop.

I was like that with my mother. I could never make her understand what I felt, using the only language I knew. So, I would just retreat in silence until she gave up and let the matter go.

The idea of being responsible for someone was a novelty for me. I began to linger at the table, collecting scraps from every plate and preparing Toby's meal. Afterwards, my sisters would make fun of the way he walked, swinging from side to side because of the heavy weight of his belly. And though she would never admit it, I caught an amused look on my mom's face one night.

Toby spent most of his time sleeping in a shoe box until he became too big to fit in it. I loved to watch him stretch and curl like a ball, looking as if he never knew a single moment of hunger, cold or fear in his life.

When my best friend visited, she almost did not recognize the cat in a checkered vest and matching collar. "So how did you do it?" she asked. "How did you come to love this thing?"

I myself didn't know how. Toby waited for me at the door and sat with me when I studied. But he was a cat. Cats do not jump up and down when you're home, or wet your face with licks and kisses. In fact, you do not have a clue whether or not they are happy to see you at all. But there I was, loving someone who I wasn't sure loved me back.

Toby died just months after we celebrated his second birthday. It was my first time, as an adult, to be overwhelmed by a deep sense of loss. But I did not lapse into silent mode this time, especially not with my mother. She was the one who had taken turns with me, feeding Toby and giving him his medicines. She had allowed Toby to worm his way inside her heart. In the end, she was the only person who understood my grief. I think Toby struggled to live just long enough for my mother and me to become friends. It's been five years. I thought I would never love again, but things have actually gotten worse. I found myself a new pet, a dog this time. Now we have seven of them, plus three cats and two rabbits that survived my sister's experiments in medical school. My mother is protesting that I have turned our house into an orphanage.

Being with animals, I've learned a different means of communicating, one that does not leave people trapped in semantic confusion and syntax errors. Speaking from my heart, I have found a way to make others listen to what I am not saying.

In a cynical world like this, it is fashionable to be cold and calculating. "You must know how to play the game," my best friend warned me.

But I do not want to build walls, or wear masks, or resort to subterfuge. I value my compassion, spontaneity, and ability to love purely, without conditions.

True, a thousand needles have pricked my heart, but I feel more human.

Amazing how a little kitten started this all.


Lilli L. Fuentes is a corporate lawyer who is also a consummate animal lover. She runs a veterinary clinic with her veterinarian husband in Greenwoods Executive Village in Pinagbuhatan, Pasig City. She also runs a blog (http://theanimaldoctor.blogspot.com) with her dog Moymoy who, oddly, only likes to blog during Mondays. Last month, Lilli went to Iloilo to have a little vacation but she ended up rescuing and bringing back 7 stray puppies with her to Manila. Read that amazing story at http://theanimaldoctor.blogspot.com/2008/04/tale-of-seven-tails.html. She's currently looking for foster homes for the puppies.

Shelter Needs Old Newspapers

Posted by siyerwin on Thursday, May 15, 2008 at 2:09 PM

At 7 am everyday, Onyok, the caretaker in charge of the Cat Quarantine section at the PAWS Shelter, changes the newspapers lining the cages of the 43 cats and kittens there.

The animals are then fed at 7:30am.

After an hour or so, the newspapers - now drenched with poo or pee - have to be replaced. And replaced again in the afternoon.

Onyok informed us today that the newspapers are fast running out.

If anyone can donate old newspapers and drop them off at PAWS, we (and Onyok and the cats and kittens in Quarantine) would really appreciate it .

Our address:
PAWS Animal Rehabilitation Center (PARC)
Aurora Blvd., Katipunan Valley, Loyola Heights, QC
(map at http://parc.mefindhome.org)
Telefax: 475-1688

Other things badly needed are: ZONROX bleach, powdered detergent and disinfectant (used for cleaning animal areas). Check out the shelter wishlist at http://wishlist.mefindhome.org.

Thank you very much!

A trip to the Zoobic Safari / A blogger's thoughts on zoos

Posted by siyerwin on Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at 11:00 PM

While blog-hopping, I stumbled into this really nice post by fellow blogger Ynseng on her blog (http://sensiblesanity.blogspot.com) about her recent trip to the Zoobic Safari in Subic Bay Freeport in Zambales.

In it she makes some rather interesting observations about the zoo and its inhabitants and manages to see through the veil that zoo spin doctors propagate by saying that their main purpose is to educate and to conserve...

Read her entire post at http://sensiblesanity.blogspot.com/

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I have a memory of going to the Manila Zoo when I was little. I went to Avilon Zoo some years back when it was relatively new. I have to admit that on both times, I remember being pleasantly impressed. I saw nothing wrong with zoos as long as the animals were treated and fed well.

This belief was sort of reinforced when I read the novel "Life of Pi" by Yann Martel wherein the protagonist's father, who owned a zoo at one time, insisted that zoo animals were happier because they didn't have to toil for food. To this I readily agreed because I knew, from numerous National Geographic TV specials, of what the lions of the African bush go through during rainy seasons when food sources become scarce because the grazing herds start moving away from water holes that the lions prowl for food. They become so malnourished and emaciated that I often felt sorry for them. Surely, I thought, they'd rather be in zoos than go through those cycles of starvation in the wild.

But then again wild animals are wild animals and we can't really assume that we fully know how they see and feel about the world that they live in. They've been around way before man even started having the notion of capturing them for entertainment. Now, with the claim of almost absolute dominion over nature, we take animals from their natural homes and imprison them in cages.

It's good while it lasts but when the going gets tough, it's usually the innocent that pay the price. When these zoos stop making money, who do you think suffers?--- The zoo animals.

Child gets bitten by Ark of Avilon zoo animal and child gets blamed
http://onlovinganimals.blogspot.com/2008/01/child-bitten-at-ark-of-avilon.html

Tiger escapes from zoo, kills a man, and gets killed
http://www.latimes.com/la-me-tiger26dec26,0,744512.story

Crocodile overpopulation prompts Manila officials to trade zoo animals with other zoos
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/metro/view/
20080122-114105/Manila-Zoo-to-swap-crocodiles-for-elephants-giraffes


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I've heard in the past that Manila Zoo was going to be closed down. But that, I think, was in the time of former Mayor Lito Atienza. The new government of Mayor Alfredo Lim, I guess, has other plans.

Shelter Wishlist - May 2008

Posted by siyerwin on Friday, May 09, 2008 at 12:11 AM

The animal shelter of the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) constantly needs donations to keep the place running for hundreds of dogs and cats. Here are the things that they currently need:

  • dry cat food
  • sisal rope (to make scratching posts for the kitties)
  • clean old towels or rags, or foot rugs, or anything we can use to line their plastic pans that the kitties use as "cat beds" (they all huddle & crowd in these "cat beds" at night )
  • for the doggies, nylon flat collars & leashes (even just the inexpensive ones)
  • feeding bottles for unweaned kittens
  • milk for unweaned kittens: COSI or AL 110 or any lactose-free infant milk
  • detergent powder
  • dishwashing paste or liquid (kitty & doggie bowls need constant cleaning too!)
  • ZONROX bleach or disinfectant
  • old newspapers
  • walis tingting
  • pails with lids/cover
  • working boots (for the caretakers size: 9 and 7)
  • "kusot" or woodshavings
  • printer ink for CANON iP 1300 PIXMA
Secondhand items:
  • rice cooker
  • electric fan
  • grass cutter
  • rechargeable lamps
If you wish to donate, you can go to the shelter in Katipunan. The map can be found at http://parc.mefindhome.org

Or, you can meet up with Grace and PAWS Volunteer Liza on May 16, Friday at Seattle's Best, Megamall. 630pm. Text 0917-5363224 or email cormier_fan@yahoo.com if you're coming.

Cash donations are also accepted via PAYPAL and via BANK DEPOSITS.

Thanks and see you at the shelter! :)

Be Kind to Animals Week: May 4 to 10, 2008

Posted by siyerwin on Wednesday, May 07, 2008 at 8:30 PM

Here's another Mefindhome news that's lagging a little behind (okay not a little) but taking the cue from Gail, the Pinoy Dog Lover, I'm letting you guys know, just in case you didn't, that this week is the Be Kind to Animals Week which was started by the American Humane Association about 93 years ago (1915).

How can you make the most of this week (and perhaps the rest of the year and beyond)? The American Humane Association has the following suggestions:

  • Speak out for the animals - get active in our local animal welfare community! Sign up with PAWS or other animal welfare groups and learn how you can help improve the the state of animal welfare in the Philippines. If you have a blog like this one, write about the animals and let's link up!
  • Appreciate Wildlife - we are all interconnected. The survival of the wild animals, and their natural habitat, means the survival of human kind! Watch The 11th Hour and An Inconvenient Truth
  • Share Kindness - Teach other people about being kind to animals. Volunteer and help out PAWS in their Humane Education Program.
  • Make A Donation to Your Local Animal Shelter - you may do this right now by donating to help in the care of the shelter animals. Click HERE to donate cash or HERE to donate in kind.
  • Spay/Neuter your pets - be part of the solution in controlling animal population. Learn why spaying neutering is the solution! Click here.
  • Be a responsible pet guardian - treat your pets as part of your family and bring them to the veterinarian at least once a year!
Learn more about the Be Kind to Animals Week at the American Humane Association's website.

Thanks and see you at the shelter! :)

Good News: Emil, Chubby and Jammin' Home at Last!

Posted by siyerwin on Tuesday, May 06, 2008 at 7:00 PM

This is actually old news but it's still good nonetheless. Emil, Chubby and Jammin' have been adopted last March and April (2008). This is great news indeed especially for Emil who's been waiting at the shelter for quite some time.

Our friendly neighborhood superhero Green Lantern dropped by the shelter and decided to bring Emil home!
Emil and Michael Barbosa (with happy Mom smiling behind them)


Jho (PARC secretary) with Rio, Anna (PAWS Program Director) and mom.
Rio is vegan while his mom is vegetarian. Date of adoption: April 11, 2008

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