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PAWS Volunteer Orientation on July 12, 2008

Posted by siyerwin on Monday, June 30, 2008 at 11:12 PM

The second PAWS volunteer orientation for the year 2008 will be held on July 12, Saturday, 10:00 AM at the PAWS Animal Rehabilitation Center (PARC) in Quezon City (Map HERE).

Please spend a little time to get to know a bit more about the animal welfare advocacy and get the chance to meet the homeless shelter cats and dogs for the first time!

For those who have made up their minds about volunteering, just fill up the application form and fax it to 475-1688 or just bring it to the shelter on the day of the orientation. You may also do it via snail mail to:

Ms. Nita Hontiveros Lichauco
The Phil Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)
87 Small Horseshoe Drive, New Manila, QC 1112

What can you do as a volunteer? A whole bunch. Read more about it HERE or HERE.

Orientation usually takes about 2-3 hours.

Thanks and see you at the shelter!

Cats for adoption: Koko, Le-ann and Sammy

Posted by siyerwin on Saturday, June 14, 2008 at 10:40 PM

Koko, Le-ann and Sammy are 3 cats being put up for adoption by PAWS. Below are are some information about them with nice studio pictures to boot (courtesy of PAWS). The images look kind of surreal because you don't really ever see the shelter cats in such light.

Will you help me make it real for them by getting them adopted? Shelter cats look even prettier inside real loving homes believe me! You can help just by forwarding these images to your friends and/or posting them on your blogs. Simple as that!

Shelter cat Koko for adoption - MeFindHome.orgKoko - Wide-eyed Koko observes everything and sees everything. He is often seen staring at the other cats from the top ledge of the outdoor cattery. What makes him a favorite among volunteers and visitors is that a quick touch will immediately get his "motor" running -- Koko is a lean, mean, purring machine!

Shelter cat Leo for adoption - MeFindHome.orgLe-ann - Le-ann is one of our more laidback shelter cats. If her new owner will provide a couch and TV, we have no doubt that she'll spend the whole day just watching and lounging on the sofa

Sammy, the shelter cat up for adoption - MeFindHome.orgSammy - one of our handsomest kittens in the shelter, Sammy is personable and treats everyone like his long-lost friend. He loves being touched and is always looking for a pat on the head. His day is considered complete at the shelter when he is cuddled by a volunteer.

If you wish to adopt any of these 3 lovable kitties, you should read the ADOPTION PROCEDURE first. You may also call up PARC at 475-1688 and look for Dr. Jeff Chua (Shelter Manager) or Jho (PARC Secretary) to ask more information about Koko, Le-ann and Sammy. Email philpaws [at] or sherwin [at] for further inquiries.

Linking up is also a great way to help out. Please go to for more info.

Thanks and hope to see you at the shelter!

The above photos are owned by PAWS. Please ask permission (philpaws @ if you're going to use them for other purposes besides looking for adoptive homes for the shelter animals. No need to ask permission if you're reposting this entry as is on your blogs. Thanks!

An Aside: Do you guys know that there are animal hospitals in other countries that exclusively caters only to the feline kind? An example is the Cat Hospitals of Portland which is a highly specialized medical care provider geared towards cats! I wish we had the same here!

Shelter Needs Bleach Donations To Keep Cattery Disinfected

Posted by siyerwin on Thursday, June 12, 2008 at 9:20 PM

Shelter cat grooms fellow shelter cat
The Philippine Animal Welfare Society is requesting concerned citizens to donate bleach disinfectants to help protect the shelter cats from deadly diseases such as Feline Distemper.

The shelter needs approximately 4 liters of Zonrox or Winrox (or any other brands) per week to adequately keep such diseases at bay.

Feline Distemper is a stubborn, deadly (especially to kittens) and highly contagious disease caused by the Panleukopenia virus--- which can not be killed easily.

Read more about it HERE. Contains very essential tidbits for cat guardians / owners.

Please bring donations to the PAWS Animal Rehabilitation Center (PARC) located along Aurora Blvd., Katipunan Valley, Loyola Heights, Quezon City [directions and maps at] or through PAWS President Nita Lichauco at 87 Small Horseshoe Drive, New Manila, Quezon City.

Thank you very much.

Poypoy, the frisbee-catching Filipino dog!

Posted by siyerwin on Tuesday, June 10, 2008 at 8:46 PM

In the recently concluded Alpo Frisbee Challenge, there was one dog that, in my opinion, stood out among all the contestants. There were the huge pedigreed canines like the Belgian Malinois, Labradors, German Shepherds which are some of the dog breeds that you would expect to see in such dog contests.

And then there was Poypoy.

Poypoy was the lone Filipino dog, known also as the "aspin" or "asong pinoy" (a preferred name over "askal" or "asong kalye"), that made it to the finals of the frisbee-catching tilt. Poypoy lost in the contest (he caught 14 frisbees and ranked 8th out of 11) but I think he won some ground in the struggle to uplift the image of his own Pinoy lineage, which is commonly perceived as an inferior breed to his imported counterparts.

A really good article about Poypoy is featured in today's issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer (June 10, 2008). It was written by none other than Poypoy's human companion and guardian, Nice Rodriguez. It's one of those articles that you wished wouldn't end. Below are my favorite parts:

Poypoy came into my life unexpectedly. When I woke up to buy my breakfast one morning more than two years ago, he was there barely lifting his head, dying near my gate. When I asked whose puppy it was, the neighbors’ helpers said, the dog had been there for two days.

Then one early morning, when I let him pee, I found him all-bloodied with a big cut on his sprightly leg. There was also a lot of blood in the laundry area. He wanted to be with me and tried to open a sharp tin-edged back door and sliced himself good.

I panicked for I had never seen that much blood in my whole life. I knotted a plastic bag around his wound to catch the blood and carried him to a pedicab. I kept crying, “My dog’s hurt!”

When I lived in Toronto, I remember watching news on Canadian TV about a research showing that dogs had the IQ of a two-year-old toddler. So I raised Poypoy as a kid.

After he was housebroken, one of the first words he learned was “iwan” (Leave) because that was what I planned to do with him after I sorted out my own life. Of course, he knew what “sama” (come along) was. Besides “upo” (sit), we never did serious obedience training.

“Where’s your birdy?” I would ask him. He would raise one of his hind legs and showed what remained of his private parts. By then, I had also paid for his neutering (another P2,000) because I planned to leave him in a shelter where they asked that abandoned pets be fixed first. After his “where’s your birdy” trick, it was impossible to keep Poypoy to myself anymore. He was already amusing people. He could do Bless, and do “complex” commands like Kiss Grandma and Get Plato.

Then a friend from the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (Paws) said that they would like to take Poypoy to Baguio for a “parade,” and that there would be a frisbee competition.

They wanted visibility for native dogs like Poypoy, particularly in that summer capital where there was still rampant sale of dog meat. They lamented that aspins were most often absent in dog shows and that they wanted him to perform his tricks as Professor Poypoy in their pet therapy program Doctor Dog which they will hold in a Baguio hospital..

Although aspins had always been present in our streets and homes, it was so pretentious and snobbish not to see them in dog shows when they were just as intelligent, agile and beautiful. Like myself, they also demanded equal respect and awe.

I wish a lot more Filipinos would take up the challenge of training their aspins to improve their bonds and show them off. I used to be repulsed by the commercialism of dog events in the malls, but these were where Poypoy learned some of his most impressive stunts.

Want to train your very own companion aspin? Read the entire article and be inspired by how Nice did it. Filipinos just need to realize that Filipino dogs are as clever and as pretty as any other dog breeds out there. Adopt a Filipino shelter dog and see for yourself!

CLICK HERE to see some of PAWS' shelter dogs currently up for adoption.

CLICK HERE to see the online version of the article courtesy of

Jackie: Forever Puppy!

Posted by siyerwin on Friday, June 06, 2008 at 9:01 PM

Adopt a shelter dog! Adopt Jackie! - MeFindHome.orgIf you could see the way Jackie looked like when she was first brought in, you would never think she's the same one in the picture to the right. Jackie was rescued by a volunteer from an abandoned parking lot with 2 other dogs, with no food and roof to protect them from sun and rain. She barely had any fur left because of severe mange! Now look at her!

Jackie's one of my favorites at the shelter (Jasmine's the other one but please don't tell the other dogs! shhh!). To me, this dog is the shelter's perpetual puppy. She definitely knows her playtime. I'd see her playing with the other dogs and I'd join right in and she'd welcome me with open paws. Before long you'd find yourself puffing with all the running and chasing that Jackie loves to do with her fellow shelter dog friends!

Jackie's looking for a perpetual companion! If you are too, then Jackie's your girl!

She's been waiting since July 2007. Let's not keep her waiting any longer.

Please get in touch with PAWS animal shelter PARC at 4751688 or email me at sherwin @ mefindhome . org

Adoption procedure? PLEASE CLICK HERE

Please help spread this post around. Thank you very much!

Photo above courtesy of PAWS. Permission is required if you need to use it for purposes other than promoting shelter adoption. Please email philpaws @ to get a written permission.

More info about Jackie:

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.

Quezon City Pound Inaugurated, PAWS named as NGO Partner

Posted by siyerwin on Tuesday, June 03, 2008 at 12:29 PM

After months of meeting with the Mayor (Feliciano "Sonny" Belmonte, Jr), City Vet and Councilor BH (Bernadette Herrera-Dy) of QC, PAWS has succeeded in convincing officials that there is a need for a centralized city pound in order to facilitate easier monitoring and to put a stop to the practice of selling unclaimed dogs to dog meat traders by some barangays.

You may watch the video of the QC Pound Inauguration after the jump...



The new QC Pound is in Payatas - where security is tight and which makes it difficult for dog meat traders to infiltrate. Still, a watchful eye has to be kept at barangay level during the three (3) days that the stray dogs are kept at the barangay "mini pounds" before they are eventually turned over to the Payatas pound.

Registration of dogs will also ensure that everyone complies with the Rabies Act (RA 9482). Highlights of the said Act is the responsibility of all dog owners to register their dogs -for free (in QC), have their dogs vaccinated against rabies and not to let dogs roam unsupervised in the streets. Dogs should be walked in public places on a leash.

For info on when dog registration will be held at your barangay, please contact your local barangay officials. If you missed registration in your locality, you can go directly to the City Veterinarian' s office to make arrangements for your dogs' registration.

Quezon City is the largest city in Metro Manila with 142 barangays and a population of 2.69 MM residents. Estimated number of dogs is 200,000. Of this number, 1/3 are estimated as stray dogs.

The Rabies Act is aimed at eradicating rabies by making people responsible for their dogs and curtailing the movement of free-roaming dogs (unsupervised, uncontrolled dogs).

Please be a responsible dog owner/guardian:

  1. Keep your dogs inside your yards
  2. Exercise them by walking them on a leash everyday
  3. Pick up after your pet (do not leave poop on the streets)
  4. Have them checked by a veterinarian regularly
  5. Have them registered at your barangay
  6. Have them vaccinated against rabies and other diseases
  7. Socialize your dog so that he/she behaves properly in public - tolerant of people and other dogs.
  8. SPAY or NEUTER your pet.
With the cooperation of all responsible pet owners, we can make our country RABIES-FREE and have more pet-friendly places. =)

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