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Poypoy is First Aspin Dog Dash Champ!

Posted by siyerwin on Sunday, August 31, 2008 at 9:17 PM


After winning hearts in the Alpo Frisbee Challenge, Poypoy now wins the trophy in the Aspin (Asong Pinoy) category of the just concluded fund-raising dog race for fun dubbed as the The Great Dog Dash and organized by The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS).

A photo-finish for Pinoy dog Poypoy!

Poypoy in his historic photo-finish as the champ in the first ever Aspin heat of The Great Dog Dash.

Poypoy, Putol and Pepper in the awarding ceremony!
Poypoy with Second and third placers Putol and Pepper in the awarding ceremony.

A big hurrah for Poypoy and the Aspins that joined the race! For more news and photos of the event, please subscribe to the official PAWS Yahoogroup! at

Funds raised from this event will directly benefit the PARC shelter animals, specifically the dogs, because it will help finish the construction of 10 dog quarantine kennels that will serve as temporary shelter for newly rescued dogs before they are joined with the other dogs. Rescued animals are more often than not stricken by some form of illness so the dog quarantine will be their home while they are getting treated.

PAWS Dog Quarantine Kennels Under Construction
PAWS Dog Quarantine Kennels Under Construction
To those who went to join and support the event, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. A hundred dog licks to everyone!

Marikina City Pet Registration & Free Rabies Vaccination

Posted by siyerwin on Friday, August 29, 2008 at 1:45 PM

For Marikina City residents, here's this year's schedule for cat and dog registration and rabies vaccination printed on a flyer I found this morning. This is a program by the Marikina City Veterinary Office in cooperation with the City Health Office, City Council, Barangays and various offices concerned.

Schedule for 2008

Barangay Date Venue
Sta. Elena Aug 6 - 10, 2008 In Front of Barangay Hall
Calumpang Aug 13 - 17 Kalumpang Mini Hall
(Gen. F Santos Cor Kagitingan St.)
San Roque Aug 20 - 24 San Roque Health Center
Sto Nino Aug 27 - 31 Manotoc Subd Covered Court
J. Dela Pena Sept 3 - 7 In Front of Barangay Hall
Tanong Sept 10 - 14 In Front of Barangay Hall
Barangka Sept 17 - 21 Barangay Multi Purpose Hall
I.V.C. Sept 24 - 28 In Front of Barangay Hall
Malanday Oct 1- 5 In Front of Barangay Hall
Concepcion 1 Oct 8 - 12 In Front of Barangay Hall
(Formerly Brgy Motorpool)
Concepcion 2 Oct 15 - 19 In Front of Barangay Hall
Nangka Oct 22 - 26 Covered Court TwinRiver Subdivision
(In front of Nangka Elementary School)
Marikina Heights Nov 5 - 9 Barangay Gym
(East Drive Cor Champagnat St.)
Parang Nov 12 - 16 In Front of Barangay Hall
Fortune Nov 19 - 23 Pugad Lawin Covered Court
(Champaca Fortune)

Requirements for Dog & Cat Registration:


For the Owner

1. Duly accomplished APPLICATION FORM
2. Photo of the dog & cat (Full body, side view)
3. Photo of the owner (2x2 size)
4. Registration Fee: Php 75.00


For the Owner

1. Present the Dog Tag/Old Registration Papers
2. Duly accomplish APPLICATION FORM
3. Registration Fee: Php 75.00

For the Pet

1. Certificate/proof of Anti-Rabies Vaccination
2. In the absence of Rabies Vaccination, please bring the animal for the necessary vaccination.


For inquiries call 475-4719 and look for Ms. Sol Eugenio

The Great Dog Dash, Aug 31, 2008, Sunday, SM Mall of Asia

Posted by siyerwin on Thursday, August 21, 2008 at 8:40 AM

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The Great Dog Dash 2008 Poster, SM Mall of AsiaKindly re-post on your websites and blogs. Thank you very much.

The Great Dog Dash is another fund-raising event of The Philippine Animal Welfare Society.

This year's event will be a little different from the previous years because PAWS will be inviting and featuring medium- and large-sized dog dashers.

There will also be an Aspin Heat* and a Celebrity Heat.

Come and enter your dogs, or just come watch the fun!

All proceeds will benefit the animal welfare cause and the animals of the PAWS Shelter.


PAWS, in cooperation with ALPO and SM Mall of Asia, is calling all canine sprinters to join THE GREAT DOG DASH : YEAR 4, a fun race for medium and large dogs to be held at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall on August 31 (Sun) at 1pm.

Dogs measuring at least 16inches in height from tip of paw to top of head and friendly to other dogs & humans are eligible to join. Just present their updated vaccination records upon registration which opens at 1PM. Race begins at 2PM.

The P300 registration fee will go to the PAWS Animal Shelter which houses more than 100 dogs and cats rescued from cruelty and neglect.

A special race for Aspins (Asong Pinoy) plus a Celebrity Heat will make this year’s event even more exciting so see you there!

Trophies, Medals & other prizes await the fastest canine runners.

As an added treat, the first 50 registrants will receive a FREE 1.5kg pack of Alpo 2in1.

The Great Dog Dash is also brought to you by McDonald’s, Frontline Plus and the Philippine Star Pet Life Section. For inquiries, call or text 0917- 8315970 / 0917-8352405

*Aspin = Asong Pinoy

"Cats on Highways"

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

Cats were not made for the city streets. They are no match against man's inventions of stone and cold steel and are helpless against cruelty and indifference. The story of Shaun and Joey, two cats that somehow ended up in the middle of two of the busiest streets in the Philippines, is a testament to this severely lopsided contest.

Anna Cabrera of PAWS shares their story:

When cats and kittens end up in the most dangerous of places, on a narrow ledge near the fast lane of a busy highway like EDSA... Or in the middle of an "island" of Aurora Boulevard, you can bet that they did not fall out of the sky.

They have been put there by cruel or demented individuals.

Take for example the case of a cat we named "Shaun".

He was found huddled by the side of the EDSA Shaw Tunnel. Concerned motorists Sue Hooper and Wendy Duncan reported the case of the cat - immobilized from possibly a combination of fear and dehydration - on Saturday, July 27, 2008.

The cat had been seen at the same spot since last Thursday and a PAWS rescue was finally arranged on Sunday night.

Cat Shawn Rescued from Edsa-Shaw Tunnel
Can you see Shaun in this picture?

Grimy and severely dehydrated, Shaun still managed to meow his thanks the minute he was brought into the car. He also tried to show appreciation by rubbing up against his rescuer's shirt as he was being rushed to the vet clinic.

Shaun was brought to Vets in Practice clinic where he wolfed down a plateful of soft cat food laid out for him, before he was put on dextrose by Doc Herbert.

Shawn at Vets in PracticePAWS Cat RescueThe spunky Shaun is expected to make a full (physical) recovery from his harrowing experience by next week.

Just like this other white and orange tabby kitten we plucked off the plant box ("Island") in the middle of Aurora Boulevard last June 25.

Cat Joey rescued from Aurora Blvd."Joey" was entangled amidst the bougainvilla branches planted on the said "island". PAWS had to cut the tight wire which someone had put around his neck as a 'decorative collar'.

Now, these "Highway Cats" are up for adoption.

If you are ready to offer them a safe and loving home, please contact us at philpaws@yahoo. com.

Report incidences of cat cruelty to the police "117". For assistance, call PAWS at 475-1688 or email a complete report (i.e. time, place, name of perpetrator, photos)

Thank you.

Kathy Moran, a cat rescuer herself, wrote about this story in her Philippine Star Column. Read here.

Click here for the adoption procedure.

Jasmine: Gone to the Farm!

Posted by siyerwin on Monday, August 04, 2008 at 9:29 PM

Jasmine, the shelter longest-staying shelter dog, adopted!For some time now, I've been hearing some buzz about someone wanting to adopt shelter dog Jasmine who's currently dubbed as the longest-staying resident dog of the PAWS shelter (PARC). But since Jasmine was still at the shelter last time I was there, I chose not to give any indication of such possibility yet on this blog (although other volunteers have been announcing it everywhere). After all, there is always that unlucky possibility of a botched adoption for some reason or another.

Imagine my delight and sigh of relief when I opened my inbox this morning and saw one email with subject heading "pics of Jasmine - finally home!" from PAWS' Liza Umayam.

Definitely and absolutely, this is something good to blog about.

(Pics of Jasmine at her new home after the jump)

Last Saturday (August 2), Jasmine bade goodbye to the animal shelter that has been her residence for about 3.5 years. She was picked up by her new parent, Marla Nicandro, amid the gloomy and rainy weather. Marla herself was even sick and was under heavy Biogesic + Neozep medication but she still decided to push through with her shelter visit.

Marla Nicandro is no stranger to PAWS as she is also volunteer who's very active in its Dr. Dog Program. She is the proud parent of one Dr. Dog named Bacchus.

And now thanks to Marla, Jasmine will be spending the rest of her life in a farm where she could be herself and play with other lucky dogs like her.

Below is a series of pictures and words by Marla on Jasmine's journey from shelter to HOME.

Hello all!

It was a dark, gloomy and wet day when I went to PARC yesterday morning to pick up Jasmine. I woke up with a fever that morning and almost postponed the trip (health-wise and weather-wise), but then I figured there was no point in that... popped a Biogesic and Neozep and headed for PARC.

I guess Jasmine got so used to seeing people come and go that seeing me yesterday morning wasn't a big thing. (On another note: I saw Jerby staring at me from the other dog house.. waah! someone please adopt him.)
Jasmine on her way to the farm!Off to the farm we go... she seemed really excited in the car. And yes, she ended up "blessing" my trunk :-P
Jasmine meets a new friend!Natalia (daughter of my parents' friends) decided to go around the farm with me and help familiarize Jasmine with the sights.

Jasmine with new farm friends!Completely ignoring Ruffa, our lab pup. Glad to know she holds her own when Ruffa starts being the makulit puppy that she is.
Jasmine, a shelter dog no more! -

Marla promises to send more pics to show how Jasmine is faring in her new and wonderful farm home. Thank you very much Marla!

Looking for a pet? Consider these first...

Posted by siyerwin on Sunday, August 03, 2008 at 1:49 PM

Abandonment and neglect of pets are some of the major problems animal welfare volunteers regularly contend with. It seems that there are a lot of people out there that are failing to realize that getting a pet is a long-term commitment.

The bottom line is, if you can't see yourself being with the same cat or dog 10 to 15 years down the line, then I think you should re-think your plan on getting one. To put it bluntly, if you're not in it for the long haul, forget it.

More than half of the cats and dogs currently living at the PAWS Animal Rehabilitation Center (PARC) are victims of abandonment and neglect. And with the excuses and justifications that the people who abandon them offer, it's obvious that they simply are choosing the easy way out of difficult situations.

It makes you wonder about how they arrived at the decision of getting a pet. Did they know that, like a lot of things in life, having a pet is not a walk in the park?

In this blog post I offer a list of considerations that I think every one thinking of getting a cat or a dog (or any domesticated pet for that matter) should go over and internalize. I use the word "internalize" because I want these considerations to be a part of every potential pet guardian/owner before they actually start having a pet. It does require a some introspection to learn of your capacity as an animal guardian and I'm hoping the following list will help you in your decision-making:

  • Are you being impulsive?

  • Most people will agree that puppies and kittens are indeed cute and the reaction they get from people is a spectacle in itself. But if the main reason why you're adopting a puppy or a kitten is because they are cute and you want something cute and furry to cuddle with and show your friends then I suggest that you step back and practice a little self-restraint. Sleep on it and think about it again in the morning. Puppies and kittens grow up and they do it really fast! The people who do it out of impulse will probably get overwhelmed by the inconvenient habits of growing cats and dogs. This usually brings out the worst in these pet guardians which in turn brings out the worst in their pets. These are the situations that could end up in abandonment, neglect and cruelty which most of the time is death sentence for the animals concerned.

    Prada and a shelter friend -
    My cat Prada and a shelter friend a few days after I found her crying her little kitty lungs out under a huge Ford F150.

    If you get the urge to adopt a pet, I suggest that you think about it for 1 to 2 weeks (or longer). Spend half of the time learning as much as you can about raising a puppy or a kitten and the challenges it entails, and the other half looking for that perfect one. Potential adopters at the PAWS shelter are usually asked to visit multiple times before being allowed to bring home a shelter animal. This helps PAWS evaluate the sincerity of the adopter and it also gives him/her time to think his/her responsibilities as a guardian.

    PAWS Promotes the adoption of adult dogs that are available at the shelter. Sometimes it's easier than adopting a puppy or a kitten. Read about the 10 good reasons in adopting adult dogs.

  • Are you moving any time soon?

  • I think a better way to put it is "Will you treat your pet as family and bring it with you where ever you go?". Some people tend to overlook the welfare of their pets when they're planning a big move. These animals are living beings that have come to depend on you so you should include them in your 5-year, 10-year plans and should also be a factor in your decision to relocate. The former shelter manager of PARC Oscar Lei took all of his 4 cats to Canada when he moved there.

    Sometimes leaving your pets behind literally means death for them. Take for example the story of Ella (picture below), the German Shepherd, who was abandoned by her owner, Christine Dawn Abrams, at their home in Florida. The dog starved to death waiting for her to come back. She's now on trial for cruelty. More on this at Ted's blog.

    Ella, the German Shepherd, was left alone for two months!
    If you already have a pet and are planning to move abroad (or anywhere) and bring your pets with you but you have no idea what to do, you may get in touch with PAWS and we will help you get in touch with people who have done it and know what to do. There is always a way. Please don't leave your pets behind.

  • Do you have the time?

  • Animals have emotions. And like you and me, they have this basic need for human interaction to make them well-adjusted and well-tempered individuals. Neglect this need and things get ugly emotionally for all parties.

    PAWS recently received an email from someone asking if he could abandon his dog because he couldn't care for him anymore as he spent "70%" of his time out working. The math will indicate that he's spending 16.8 hours working every day on the average and 7.2 hours are all that's left for him to do other things like rest and recreation. Assuming the numbers are accurate, an adjustment of only 3% in his work schedule will allow him 30 minutes of quality time with his dog. This reminds me of a Filipino saying:

    " 'Pag gusto, maraming paraan. 'Pag ayaw, maraming dahilan."
    (If you want it, you'll find ways. If you don't want it, you'll find excuses.)

    I find that a 15-minute play time with my cat is more than enough to expend that excess energy and to create that bond between cat and human. The rest of the time, all you'll need to do is talk and interact with them. A dog, depending on the size, might have a different minimum requirement but I doubt it will be that big a loss in terms of the time you need to earn a living.

    If you are willing to make time, create time, sacrifice other things that you need to do in order to attend to a pet, in sickness or in health, then by all means go adopt a pet as soon as possible!

  • Do you have the money?

  • This is a reality that I'm actually reluctant to talk about. But it is the truth. Pets cost money. And the top things that we need to spend for is food and veterinary care. The good thing is, and the reason why I put this consideration down the list is because it's the least important of them all.

    Your financial capability is by no means an indication of your capacity to become a loving and responsible pet guardian. Michael Tan of the Philippine Daily Inquirer wrote in one of his past articles on our very own Filipino dogs, a.k.a. askals, that he has seen families living in rural areas that were willing to spend part of their small income for veterinary care:
    ...But at the university clinic, I saw another aspect of the “askal” [a contraction of “asong kalye,” or street dog]. The ones we saw had owners from poor communities, who clearly loved and cared for the dogs and were willing to use part of their meager budgets for an ailing dog...
    Read the entire article at

    The cost of food varies depending on your pet and the type and brand of food you buy. Of course a big dog will put a bigger dent on your wallet compared to a small dog or a cat. All dogs were not created equal in terms of chow needs (volume) so you should take that into consideration as well.

    Veterinary care is one of the most important commitments as far as the tenets of responsible pet ownership is concerned. Vaccination against deadly diseases is a must. If your pet exhibits signs of sickness, it is important to bring it to the vet the soonest time possible. The internet is a good source of information but no one here can safely diagnose what's wrong with your pet. I would refrain from hanging out in online forums and mailing lists asking what's wrong with your cat or dog. Only a veterinary doctor can help you with that.

    Here's a little secret that can help you save some vet money: Have your pet spayed or neutered.

    I've put up a small list of veterinary clinics at [Under Construction].

    Related article about finance and pets: A Not So Shaggy Dog Story

There you have it. If you've made it this far down this long and boring blog post and you still want to adopt a pet then I congratulate you. It's a good start.

The funny thing is, while I've been saying that having a pet isn't easy, that is only partly true. For those who truly love animals and their pets, dealing with these responsibilities is nothing but a happy job. Someone said that if you love what you do, then you'll never work a day in your life. That applies here as well.

These animals have an amazing ability to pay back all the love you give them plus a whopping amount of interest. There's simply nothing like puppy and kitty love!

Thanks for reading and for being a responsible pet guardian/owner.

Planning on buying a pet from pet stores? Why not adopt instead?
Click here for the adoption procedure or call up the PAWS shelter at 475-1688.

Related article: Liza's (Very Long) Word On Abandonment

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