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Pet Blessings at Boni High Street and Eastwood (Oct. 4 & 5)

Posted by siyerwin on Sunday, September 28, 2008 at 3:15 PM

The Philippine Animal Welfare Society is mounting a series of PET BLESSINGS to celebrate the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals.

It will kick-off in the morning of October 4 with a private affair at the PAWS Shelter where the animals currently being cared for and rehabilitated by PAWS will be blessed (10.30am)

The other two blessings are for the public and will be held within a special Mass for the Animals at the Bonifacio High Street at 6:00 pm on October 4 (Sat) and at Eastwood Central Plaza at 5:00 pm on October 5 (Sun).

Pet Blessing at the Bonifacio High Street, The Fort, Taguig Pet Blessing at the Eastwood City, Quezon City

The Bonifacio High Street Pet Blessing sponsored by ALPO will be highlighted by a Candlelighting Ceremony and the renewal of pet owners’ commitment to their companion animals. This activity is part of PAWS’ participation in World Animal Day which also falls on October 4th.

On the other hand, guardians & their pets attending the Eastwood City Mass for the Animals will get a chance to join in the procession of a life-sized statue of St. Francis around the venue.

Offerings and collection will be done by PAWS' Dr. Dogs while music will be provided by the 92AD Choir.

The PAWS Animal Blessings are made possible with the generous help of Frontline Plus, Krispy Kreme, Bayopet, Shopaholic and the Philippine Star Pet Life Section.

Per request of parishioners, PAWS will also give a special talk on Responsible Pet Ownership and Animal Welfare at the Immaculate Concepcion Cathedral (ICC) in Pasig City at 12:45 pm on October 4, 2008.

Different ways to send in your donations to PAWS

Posted by siyerwin on Saturday, September 27, 2008 at 2:30 AM

The Philippine Animal Welfare Society is a not-for-profit volunteer organization that relies on the funds generated through fund-raising events, merchandise sales and donations. Your donations, whether in cash or in-kind, go a long way towards helping the group perform its mandate of fighting for the welfare and humane treatment of animals. This post summarizes the different ways you can get your donations to PAWS.

Cash Donations

The digital methods - For the internet savvy donors that would like to donate cash without leaving their seats, these currently are your options:

  • Paypal - One of the biggest online payment systems currently available which is quite convenient to use. You can literally send your donations with just a few clicks of your mouse. For residents of the Philippines, donations sent through Paypal can be funded by charging it to your credit or debit cards. For residents of countries like the U.S. or Canada you can set it up against your savings accounts to fund your donations.

  • Donate via Paypal
    Get a Paypal Account
    Learn more at Paypal

    Automatic monthly donations can be set up using Paypal. Email me at sherwin [at] mefindhome [dot] org to find out more!

  • MyAyala - This is a virtual shopping mall brought to us by subsidiaries of the Ayala Corporation. It carries a wide range of products which can be purchased with ease. They also accept PAWS donations through credit or debit cards.

  • BPIExpressOnline - This is the online banking facility of the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI). BPI savings/checking account holders are all eligible for Express Online access which basically is just your online access to your BPI accounts. You can pay bills, open new accounts, load your Globe cellphones, transfer funds to other BPI accounts, etc.

    You can donate to PAWS via their funds transfer function but you will need to add the PAWS BPI account to your third-party accounts list before you can do so. The cool thing about their funds transfer feature is that, besides the one-time funds transfer option, you can set it to automatically send money at regular time intervals. You can send in any fixed amount, say, on a monthly basis! And it's free, too! You wont get slapped with any of those interbranch fees that you normally get slapped with when you deposit through a branch outside of Metro Manila or Greater Manila Area.

    There are 2 methods of enrolling third-party accounts to your Express Online. You can 1) print, sign and then snail mail the enrollment form to BPI or 2) you can print, sign and then bring the form to your account branch. I recommend the second method because the third party account gets added to your list on the next day after you visit your branch to submit the form!

  • You may add the following account to your third-party accounts:
    BPI Account Name: The Philippine Animal Welfare Society
    PHP Account No.: 3943-0086-11
    Go to BPIExpressOnline

The analog methods - For those who like to get out there and take that nice walk to the bank or that trip to the shelter:
  • Bank deposits and wire transfers - This is pretty self-explanatory and perhaps is best for those who don't like going online to deal with money matters. Below are the PAWS bank account details.

  • Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI)
    Account Name: The Philippine Animal Welfare Society
    USD Account No.: 3944-0021-61
    PHP Account No.: 3943-0086-11

    Philippine National Bank (PNB)
    Account Name: The Philippine Animal Welfare Society
    PHP Account No.: 072-830174-0

    Above account numbers lifted from

  • Cash & Checks - I believe this method is still the preferred choice as PAWS likes to personally meet their donors. If you visit the shelter to give your donation personally, they'll be able to show you around to see how your donations are being put to good use. Please make checks payable to "The Philippine Animal Welfare Society".

In-Kind Donations

There are currently two drop off points for your donations in-kind. First is at the PAWS Animal Rehabilitation Center (PARC) and second is at the head office of PAWS. Both are in Quezon City:

PAWS Animal Rehabilitation Center (PARC)
Aurora Blvd., Katipunan Valley, Loyola Heights, QC
(Map at
Tel no.: +63 2 4751688

87 Small Horseshoe Drive,
New Manila, Quezon City


Thank you very much. Hope to see you at the shelter!

Frozen Yogurt Fundraising for PAWS by White Hat & Reema Chanco

Posted by siyerwin on Wednesday, September 24, 2008 at 12:30 AM

PAWS and low-fat diet go hand in hand this Saturday, September 27, 2008, 1:00 PM onwards at the SM Mall of Asia with a fund-raising activity by White Hat, a mall store that sells frozen yogurt, and celebrity host and animal welfare advocate Reema Chanco.

Reema Chanco & White Hat Fundraising for PAWS

(Click on the image to enlarge)

Simply put, Reema Changco, will be at the White Hat store from 1:00 PM onwards this Saturday to serve customers and for that, 50% of the sale made by her will be donated to the PAWS shelter! Neat!

A trip to the mall this Saturday will be made more worthwhile by a cup or two of frozen yogurt. Ask your family and friends to tag along and make sure you drop by the store after 1:00 PM! Thank you very much! :)

Where is the White Hat store located in Mall of Asia?

It's on the Second Level of the Entertainment Mall near the SM Science Discovery Center and right across the Nike, Speedo and Fila stores. A location map is provided on the poster image above.

Press Release:

THE WHITE HAT and REEMA CHANCO work together for the animals

On September 27, 2008 (Saturday), customers who visit THE WHITE HAT at the MALL OF ASIA will get a Triple Treat. First, they get to enjoy a cup of super delicious and healthy Italian frozen yogurt. Second, they will be personally served by celebrity-host and animal advocate REEMA CHANCO. And Third, their purchase will help support the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS).

This is the second charity event hosted by THE WHITE HAT as part of its social responsibility program called CELEBRITY-FOR- CHARITY.

“Our company cares very much about our customers. We make sure that we serve the best –tasting yogurt from Italy with a choice of more than 21 healthy premium toppings. We also try to give back to the community by inviting celebrities who volunteer to serve customers, for which we donate 50% of the day’s proceeds to their favorite charity.“ said Eric Chao, THE WHITE HAT marketing manager.

Reema Chanco is a familiar face on TV. Not only is she a Nike Athlete, she recently covered the Beijing Olympics for Solar Sports and is one of the hosts of 3R, a popular women empowerment program on TV5. Passionate about animals, REEMA and her two dogs, Sasha & Sophie, have been supporting PAWS for several years already.

The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention of animal suffering. Founded in 1954, the organization is responsible for many "firsts" in the field of promoting animal welfare. It spearheaded the lobbying of the first Philippine anti-cruelty law and has pioneered humane education efforts around schools. In 2001, PAWS put up the country's first animal shelter with an active adoption and spay-neuter program.

The shelter, which is called PAWS Animal Rehabilitation Center or PARC has successfully placed more than 500 rescued animals into loving homes The facility is solely dependent on donations and fund raising activities to keep it running.

So if you love to eat healthy, drop by THE WHITE HAT at the Mall of Asia on September 27 and help make a difference in the lives of the animals in the PAWS Shelter.

Shelter Wishlist - September 2008 - Cat & Dog Food S.O.S.

Posted by siyerwin on Sunday, September 14, 2008 at 2:34 AM

The shelter is running out of cat and dog food.

PAWS Shelter Cattery
Help us avert a crisis by donating cat and dog food to fill the tummies of homeless cats and dogs. Donations help free up shelter resources and help stretch its ever-thinning supplies.

The PAWS shelter always needs the following:
1. Dog and Cat food (dry and wet)
2. All-wormer for dogs and cats
3. Medicine, vitamins: Amoxicillin capsules (250mg), LIV52 , IMMUNOL tablets
4. Powdered detergent soaps
5. Zonrox Bleach
6. Old Newspapers
7. Lactose-free milk for unweaned kittens (COSI or AL 110)
8. Dishwashing liquid or paste (for food bowls)
9. "Kusot" or woodshavings for kitty litter
10. Clean towels or rags
11. Collars (native dog size)
12. Garbage bags (size: XXL)

Drop off your donations to the PAWS Animal Rehabilitation Center (Map HERE) or at the PAWS Headquarters at 87 Small Horseshoe Drive, New Manila, Quezon City.

Thank you very much for your time and generosity.

Adoption Update: Jasmine at the Farm!

Posted by siyerwin on Thursday, September 04, 2008 at 11:10 AM

Jasmine, the longest-staying shelter dog turned farm dog, looks like she's immensely enjoying how things turned out for her. Recent pictures sent by her adopter Marla Nicandro, now all part of my collection, shows how well she's coping up in her forever home.

Jasmine and adopter Marla Nicandro

Marla and Jasmine are all smiles!

Former Shelter Dog Jasmine and friend Ruffa
Jasmine and friend Ruffa waiting for treats! Marla says Jasmine initially didn't like getting treats. Now she loves them and "wags her tail in anticipation"!

Former shelter dog Jasmine at her new home
Just chillin' beside mommy Marla

Jasmine on a leash
That's one pretty farm dog right there!

"Thank you for adopting me, Marla."

Thanks for these wonderful pictures, Marla. Please send more! :)

Are you an adopter of a PAWS shelter cat or dog? Send me pictures of you and your baby! I like collecting them! Drop me a line at sherwin [at] ;)

Join the Protest Against the Slaughter of Dolphins! Sept. 3

Posted by siyerwin on Tuesday, September 02, 2008 at 9:08 AM

September 3, 2008 will be the fourth annual Japan Dolphin Day and we are inviting you to join people all over the world to speak out against the brutal killing of dolphins in Japan.

Below is an invitation from PAWS and Earth Island Institute-Philippines for a peaceful protest at the Japanese Embassy in Roxas Blvd.:

Dear Animal Advocate,

PAWS and Earth Island Institute-Philippines are among the 45 organizations in the world who are participating in JAPAN DOLPHIN DAY activities on September 3 - a protest against Japan's mass slaughter of dolphins.

(Directions and map after the jump)
For those who would like to join us in our peaceful picket outside the Japanese Embassy located along Roxas Boulevard tomorrow, September 3, please proceed to the San Juan De Dios parking lot at 9:30am.

Protest march to the Japanese Embassy (only a short distance away from SJDD Hospital) and a short program will be finished by 11am.

To know more about JAPAN DOLPHIN DAY, please click on the following links to go to go to the related Humane Society International (HSI) web pages:
Help us speak out against the cruelty by joining this peaceful picket.

Thank you.

-The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)

We encourage you to literally speak out against this brutal trade. Talk about it with your friends and put it on your blogs, Multiply, Friendster, Myspace, etc.

Thank you very much.

An Afternoon at the Shelter

Posted by siyerwin on Monday, September 01, 2008 at 8:37 PM

PAWS Shelter Cat for AdoptionIt's been a while since I last had the opportunity to take pictures of the shelter animals but last Saturday afternoon I found myself having a lot of time on my hands so I packed my trusty cameras and off to PARC I went.

My favorite images usually happen on such afternoons. The light at the shelter can be very amazing if you know where to look and if you have the time for waiting. The cattery benefits from amazing warm sunsets during summer but an overcast day in the monsoon can still give you that soft, fuzzy light that photographers love.

The newly renovated outdoor cattery was my photo location of choice for this particular afternoon and the images shown in this post are my favorites.

I have been a volunteer for PAWS since 2006 and I must say that the new outdoor cattery is perhaps the best proof that the organization is moving forward. I've never seen the PARC cats fatter thanks to a re-focused effort to improve conditions at the shelter by improving the facilities.

PAWS Cattery

The shelter was renovated under the able direction of volunteers Heidi Guzon and Gwen Protasio. Heidi runs her own cat shelter and brings her experience in designing the PAWS cattery.

Of course the renovation wouldn't have happened at all if not for the donations that PAWS receives and the money raised from PAWS events. Yes, animal welfare advocate/animal-lover, you had a hand in this with your generous donation and your participation in past PAWS fund-raising events.

PAWS Cattery
The next project (now ongoing) is the construction of 10 dog quarantine kennels which looks to me are going to get finished as scheduled considering the success of the Great Dog Dash last August 31. Read more about it in my previous post.

PAWS Shelter Cat for Adoption
A kitten sleeps soundly in their shiny new shelter.

PAWS Shelter Cat for Adoption
The afternoon was made better by two human visitors that adopted a couple of shelter cats. Above is one of the two lucky cats.

PAWS Shelter Cat for Adoption
The cats seem to be getting along much better considering there are over 100 of them right now! Occasional brief boxing bouts still occur between some but in general they appear to be more tolerant of each other.

Feral Cat at the PAWS Shelter
Above is a shelter cat of a different sort. This one's part of the feral community that has made the shelter their shelter; a recipient of PAWS' trap-neuter-release endeavor right within its backyard. It rained that afternoon and this cat found cover under the PAWS Memorial Wall which is another fund-raising project of PAWS (will tell more about it in future posts).

PAWS is an organization that depends heavily on the support of volunteers and advocates. Help PAWS save more cats from cruelty and neglect by adopting, volunteering or donating.

Hope to see you at the shelter!

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