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Dog with tumor needs your help

Posted by siyerwin on Friday, October 31, 2008 at 12:04 PM

Reno needs your helping hand. Found bloodied on the road side, he was brought to PAWS volunteer veterinarian Dr. David Arceo by two compassionate animal advocates Joe Claret and Daisy Medel. He was diagnosed with a tumor and was given a slim chance of survival. But after responding well to a round of chemotheraphy, perhaps due to divine intervention and the natural resilience of the Filipino dog, Reno's chances have been upgraded and is now the focus of a fund drive.

(Pictures after the jump)

The following is the announcement made by PAWS in the What's up, PAWS? Yahoogroup:

We call Reno our "Miracle Dog" because, unlike Romeo/Juliet, we did not send out an alert since the prognosis was not very good. Rescuers were advised to pray and hope for the best.

Last week, Dr Arceo texted us with this message: "This dog continues to surprise. The other eye which I thought was completely blind and hopeless, is now a feasible, seeing eye! He is now on his second round of chemotherapy. ."

Dogs with special medical needs like Reno are not included in the PAWS Shelter's monthly budget /overhead cost of P80,000.
Please help us continue Reno's treatment by sending financial support to:
Account Name: The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)
Bank: PNB
Account Number: 072-830174-0

(Please click here for other ways to send in your donations)

Donors may fax a copy of their validated deposit slips to 724-1986 and indicate their mailing address on the slips so that we can send official receipts.

Donors may also call Dr. David Arceo at Companion Animal Clinic, Antipolo, Rizal tel 6682050 to ask about what other medicines they can sponsor.

Thank you.

-The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)

The Adoption Fairy Spotted at the PAWS Halloween Fundraising

Posted by siyerwin on Monday, October 27, 2008 at 5:14 PM

PAWS Scaredy Cats and Dogs Adoption FairyYesterday's PAWS Halloween event at the Eastwood City was a total blast with over 300 costumed humans and pets attending and scaring the heebie jeebies out of this blogger. But one particularly unexpected encounter made the event even more interesting and filled the shelter cats and dogs with more hope that they will soon be granted the gift of adoption.

Meet the Adoption Fairy--- a magical creature conjured by the cries of homeless cats and dogs and adoption program volunteers in animal shelters everywhere. Don't get me wrong. I liked all the other magical creatures that joined the PAWS Scaredy Cats and Dogs Halloween celebration/contest but it was the Adoption Fairy that made the whole thing more special. More so since her wings were adorned by the images of shelter animals that I have featured here. Good thing I wasn't a judge 'cause I would have given her all the awards. Hehe.

I didn't get the fairy's name though so if you guys are reading this, do please send me an email so I can give credit to your noteworthy [costume] creation (They won the Most Original Costume Award). Thank you for featuring the shelter animals in your costume!

Congratulations to all the other contestants, winners and otherwise! Thank you for supporting this fund-raising event for the shelter animals. I will try to post more pictures in my Flickr account. Have Flickr? Add me up!

For an official update about the event, please join the official PAWS mailing list at

BTW, a photo from the event is featured on the front page of the Philippine Star today (October 27, 2008)!

Make adoption your only option!

PAWS Pet Memorial Wall

Posted by siyerwin on Saturday, October 25, 2008 at 12:35 AM


Have you ever wondered if there's a place here in the Philippines where people can go to commemorate their pets who have passed away? Humans do it all the time in memorial parks and cemeteries where they occasionally visit the resting places of their relatives who have passed on. They light candles and offer flowers in honor and loving memory of their dead.

PAWS, in a project called the PAWS Pet Memorial Wall, has made such a thing possible by allocating a portion of its animal shelter, a.k.a. PAWS Animal Rehabilitation Center (PARC), for its Pet Memorial Wall where humans/pet guardians/owners can dedicate memorial wall tiles for their pets who have moved on to the rainbow bridge.

This project is also meant to raise funds for the shelter as each tile (dimensions: 8 x 10 in.) costs Php 2,000 (approx. $40) inclusive of a four-line dedication with layout provided by PAWS (for approval by tile owner).

This is a pretty good way to create a lasting memorial to the pets that have been a significant part of our lives while at the same time reaching out a helping hand to the animals who are in dire need of our help at the shelter.

The shelter currently houses more than 130 cats and dogs, most of whom are looking for adoptive homes.

The Memorial Wall will be maintained for as long as the shelter stands.

For more information, please contact PAWS at philpaws @ Thanks!

More pictures of the wall:

Compassion that builds shelters, mends broken bones

Posted by siyerwin on Wednesday, October 22, 2008 at 9:00 AM

The animal shelter is replete with stories that will swell the heart with cheer and some that will rend it to pieces. I've always supported the idea of PAWS putting up a blog similar to that of Animal's Asia's Jill's Blog to tell the world about the plight of animal welfare here in the Philippines. But in the absence of such, for now the next best thing is a subscription to the official PAWS mailing list at Yahoogroups: It's a nicely moderated mailing list where animal-lovers, advocates, volunteers and donors can get updated about what's up in the Philippine animal welfare scene.

In this post are a couple of updates straight from the shelter. These are testament to how the generosity of animal welfare advocates, the concerned citizens and donors, are changing the lives of shelter animals for the better.

Your Compassion Builds Shelters for Animals...

PAWS Dog QuarantineDonations and funds raised through fund-raising events have further improved conditions at the PAWS shelter through the construction of a dog quarantine area where newly rescued dogs are observed and treated for illnesses. This way, the other healthy dogs have more protection from diseases that dogs coming from the outside might be carrying. This is one less problem for the shelter to have to deal with.

PAWS Dog Quarantine
PAWS Dog QuarantinePlease keep on donating and supporting PAWS' events (upcoming: PAWS' Scaredy Cats and Dogs 2008). These events are the only way the organization proactively creates some funding to help continue on its mandate of working for a society that treats its animals kindly and humanely.

Cash and in-kind donations are accepted and will certainly help in the improvement of the animal shelter.

I strongly urge you to visit the shelter to see what your generosity is accomplishing for the animals.

Your Compassion Mends Broken Bones...

Rescued dog Romeo's xray of fractured hind legThe image above is the x-ray film scan of a hind leg of one rescued dog named Romeo. The poor dog had been walking the streets with leg bones literally shattered to 3 pieces. An email blast was sent on his behalf a number of weeks back in the PAWS Yahoogroup. Help came in the way of cash donations that were to pay for his bone-pin operation which cost about PHP 15,000 (approx. USD 320). The entire amount was raised in a matter of days and the operation was performed successfully. Romeo, which later turned out to be a Juliet (a case of mistaken determination of gender), as of last update, was on her way back to the shelter for recovery and re-homing.

Juliet isn't the first sick dog to be the recipient of the kindness of other people. Sponsors also recently stepped up for Iris and Lady, two shelter dogs that were successfully treated for heart worms. Donors also paid for the treatments of John Lloyd's liver problems and the continuing treatment of Malcolm's severe demodectic mange (Malcolm is a really huge bull mastiff that was abandoned at the shelter).

Bull mastiff Malcolm: a shelter dog with demodectic mange
Contact PAWS (philpaws @ to learn more about how you can help in treating sick shelter animals.

Let's all keep working together for the animals!

The shelter animals send their thanks and love to all.

PAWS' Scaredy Cats and Dogs - Oct. 26, Eastwood Central Plaza

Posted by siyerwin on Friday, October 17, 2008 at 7:59 PM

PAWS' Scaredy Cats and Dogs PosterThe Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), in cooperation with Eastwood City, invites everyone to SCAREDY CATS & DOGS, a grand Halloween fund-raising event to be held at the Eastwood Central Plaza on October 26 (SUN) at 3pm.

Now on its 5th year, kids & pet-lovers can once again dress up themselves and their pets and compete in the fun costume contest. Categories are as follows:

Crypt Keeper’s Choice – Most Original Costume
Casper’s Choice – Cutest Costume
Phantom’s Pick – Most Creative Costume
Scream of the Crop – Scariest Costume
Midnight Society – Best Group in Costume
Halim-Aw-Aw / Hali-Meow Award – Best Native Pet in Costume
Best Ghoulist Partners – Best Pet & Guardian Tandem
Mr. Boogeyman – Best Male in Costume
All Hallow’s Eve – Best Female in Costume
Transylvanian Star – Best Pet in Costume

Aside from exciting prizes for each winner, this year’s best dressed Pet & Human will win Eastwood Cinema Season Passes which will entitle the bearer and a friend to watch FREE movies for 6 months at Eastwood Cinemas.

Aside from the costume contest, there will be FREE face painting for kids, fun Halloween games and the much-awaited Trick-Or-Treat around Eastwood City.

Registration starts at 130PM and early Registrants will receive FREEBIES from sponsors.

The P250 registration fee will go to the PAWS Animal Rehabilitation Center, a temporary shelter for more than 100 dogs & cats who were either abandoned or rescued from cruelty or neglect. The shelter staff & volunteers work hard to rehabilitate these animals with the ultimate goal of finding new loving homes for them so that they can get a second chance in life. The facility is solely dependent on donations and fund raising activities such as this to keep it running.

So celebrate Halloween with your pets and help make a difference in the lives of the animals in the PAWS Shelter.

SCAREDY CATS & DOGS : YEAR 5 is made possible through the generous support of Alpo, McDonald’s, Chuckie, Eastwood Cinemas, Frontline Plus, Sergeant’s, Toytown, Nestea, KitKat, Nescafe, Shopaholic and the Philippine Star Pet Life Section.

Do shelter dogs smile?

Posted by siyerwin on Monday, October 13, 2008 at 7:10 PM

Former shelter dog Missy with JJ!I remember about 2 years ago when I started volunteering and shooting pictures of the residents of the PAWS Animal Rehabilitation Center (PARC), I often got requests from PAWS to take pictures of "smiling" shelter dogs. While I often said yes to the requests, I distinctly recall that I failed to deliver that particular assignment week after week. I did catch a few "smiles" along the way but most of the stuff I kept producing would have given me the boot if they were paid gigs. All I kept getting were images of sad, bored dogs longing for something better.

The images on this post were sent to me by a reader who, with his family, have brought a couple of shelter dogs into their wonderful home. Jeremy PedreƱa's photos of Missy and Tweety with his wife Julie and son JJ are photos that I would have loved to have taken.

There's a ton of material on the internet asserting that dogs smile as a very clever adaptive mechanism. Wolves pull back their lips into a smile as a submissive posture to dominant wolves. Pet dogs differ from wolves in that they use the smile to elicit favorable reactions from their human alphas. If smiling gets them a warm hug or a nice pat on the head, why would they not do it, right? Alex Lieber of believes that a dog genuinely smiles because he "associates the expression with something that makes him happy."

Do shelter dogs smile? Yes they do but since happiness is a commodity not very easy to come by in a shelter for homeless animals, dogs probably smile simply to satisfy a biological need (panting) or to maintain the peace in the shelter pack hierarchy.

There's something different about the smiles in Jeremy's photos compared to those that I get at the shelter. Jeremy's images put mine to school!

All smiles with July, Tweety and Missy -

Jeremy takes a picture of Julie with Missy and Tweety. Jeremy and Julie has a long history of loving animals. He tells me he chose Tweety because it was sort of love at first sight when they met at the shelter. He loved Tweety's playfulness and thought she was perfect for his active lifestyle.

Julie and former shelter dog Missy!
Missy on the other hand was chosen by Julie because she wanted to give her another chance at a good life. Missy was abandoned at the shelter apparently because she was causing fights between a husband and wife. The husband threatened to kill Missy so the wife decided to leave her at the shelter. Missy initially didn't cope very well with her new homeless life. She went into some separation-anxiety and fell ill. She was on her way to recovery when Julie decided to adopt her.

Tweety sleeping at her new home! -
To most homeless dogs, finding a forever home is but a distant dream. Dream no more, Tweety.

Missy and Tweety and their forever home! -
Home is where the smile is. Ted Teodoro of OnLovingAnimals , in a comment made in my fostering post, attests to the positive effects of a loving home environment to a rescued pet animal.

Tweety at the shelter -
The photo above is a photo I took weeks before Tweety was adopted. Do you see the difference? Tweety was one of three dogs rescued from UP village. They used to be some of the Pasilyo Dogs (Corridor dogs) of PARC back when the dog quarantine was still under construction.

Thinking of getting a pet? Going to pet shops means death to thousands of animals in animal shelters and dog pounds everywhere. Make a difference in the lives of homeless animals. Visit the closest animal shelter & dog pound and save a life.

Did you adopt a homeless animal? Send pics! I'd love to put them here to show the world--- to give hope and to inspire more people into adopting homeless animals. It doesn't have to be an adoption made through PAWS. It can be an adoption from other shelters, or one that you personally did; a kitty you picked up from the street, a puppy that ended up on your door steps, or an adult dog you rescued from a dog pound, etc.! Email me. I'd love to hear your story!

sherwin [at]

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An Email from Shaun

Posted by siyerwin on Tuesday, October 07, 2008 at 6:51 PM

Here's a little update on one of two highway cats that were previously rescued by PAWS (Read story HERE). The update came from none other than one of the rescued cats himself: Shaun!

I guess things are looking up for this cat at his foster home (Yes, you can foster shelter animals!). He even learned how to send email with attached pictures to boot!

If you wish to send back a reply to Shaun after reading his email, he told me I can give you all his email address. Say hi to Shaun at shaun @ Drop him a note if you want to become his "online friend" or better yet, tell him that you want to adopt him! Yes, Shawn, the former highway-tunnel homeless cat now an internet savvy homeless cat is still looking for that forever home. He says he prefers one with internet connection but he really doesn't care. As long as the humans he'll be living with aren't like his former humans who threw him away in the middle of the highway, he'll be fine with it!

Here's that note from Shaun:

Hello, my name is Shaun.

You may not recognize me now so I'm sending my old photos way down below just to help you recall who I am.

Shaun the highway cat at his foster home!I myself don't want to remember how I ended up on that tiny shoulder in the Shaw Tunnel two months ago.

My rescuer from PAWS says I was severely dehydrated when she got me.

I'm still a bit scrawny but, hey, my ears are a lot cleaner now, and I really am quite a handsome fellow if you look at me closely.

I am currently staying at my foster mum's place where I am immensely enjoying lazy afternoons by my window "station". My foster mum says I shouldn't make myself too comfortable because someone will eventually adopt me and give me what she calls a "forever-home"

"Forever home" sounds nice. Whatever or wherever that is.

If you give me this "forever home", I promise to love you and keep you company even during the darkest episodes of your life. Abandonment is something I would not wish on anyone.. My next owner and I will have a relationship that's definitely for keeps.

Take that as a promise from a kitty who's been in a dark, scary tunnel.


NOTE from PAWS: Those interested in adopting Shaun - please accomplish the PAWS Adoption Application Form found in ph and send to philpaws@yahoo. com or handcarry it to the PAWS Animal Rehabilitation Center (PARC), Aurora Blvd., Katipunan Valley, Loyola Heights, Quezon City. Map available at Thank you.

Cat Shawn Rescued from Edsa-Shaw TunnelShawn at Vets in PracticePAWS Cat Rescue

Wanted: Cat Food Donors

Posted by siyerwin on Sunday, October 05, 2008 at 11:45 AM

shelter cats need cat food donationsThe PAWS shelter is currently running into serious problems keeping up with expenses on cat food and are asking for help from fellow animal-lovers. The shelter cats consume about 4.5 to 6 kilograms of cat food (kibble) every day which cost about Php360 to Php450 ($7.66 to $9.57) on the average.

A 22.7 kilogram (or 50 lbs.) bag of Princess Cat (the cheapest one we are able to find right now, available at Whiskers n' Paw Prints in Katipunan Rd., Quezon City) costs about Php1,800 ($38.30) and would last about 4 to 5 days. That's around Php10,800 ($230) per month which is a really significant amount considering PAWS doesn't have a steady source of funding.

If you wish to chip in to help the 100++ cats currently living at the shelter, you can do so in 3 ways:

Buy cat food to donate

You may donate any brand but we currently recommend Princess Cat because you get more with less. You may drop off your donations at the PAWS shelter in Quezon City (Map HERE). We invite you to go visit the shelter to personally meet your beneficiaries--- the animals!

Donate cash for cat food

The best way would be to visit the shelter to personally give your cash donation. You may also do it via bank deposits, transfers or through online payment systems. Please go to for more info about donating cash. Please be sure to email Anna Cabrera of PAWS at philpaws @ (cc me at sherwin [at] after sending in your money and tell her the details and purpose of your donation (e.g., cat food).

Send a letter to your favorite pet food company

Urge businesses to get involved by sending them a letter about the plight of shelter animals. A small donation of 150 lbs. of cat and food per month from each of the top 3 pet food companies here in the Philippines would be more than enough for the needs of the shelter kitties. Which companies to write to? This report about the Philippine Pet Food Market might help answer that.

PAWS is not having any similar problems with the dog food supply because there are more dog food donations than cat food donations.

Thank you for reading!

Wanted: Foster Homes for Shelter Cats and Dogs

Posted by siyerwin on Wednesday, October 01, 2008 at 11:35 PM

Want to help a rescued cat or dog prepare for a new home?

One way you can do this is by sparing some room in your home and fostering a shelter cat or dog. The PAWS shelter, after all, does not have infinite space and it constantly needs to make some for new rescues and for the animals that need its help the most. This is also an opportunity for anyone who wants some animal companionship but may not be able to commit to a long-term ownership/guardianship of a cat or a dog.

Most shelter cats and dogs have been through some painful experiences being sick or being the object of unimaginable cruelty from humans. Hence, in a lot of instances, rehabilitation through continued human companionship (of the un-cruel kind) is required to bring back the animals' trust in humanity. This will increase the chances of making their transition from a traumatic home to a loving home as smooth as possible.

Foster homes are also sought for kittens, puppies or sick animals that need constant attention. There are over a hundred cats and dogs at the shelter at any given time; a certain percentage of which are sick or are too young to be able to survive on their own without constant loving supervision.

Rescue Dog William Needs a Foster HomeThe typical rescued or abandoned cat or dog will be underweight or sick. We need foster homes that are willing to bring them back to a good state of health to increase their chances of getting adopted. The above picture of William is perhaps one of the extreme rescue cases as far as state of health is concerned. Unfortunately, finding a dog in this heart-wrenching state, out there in the streets, is not as rare as one would wish.

PAWS needs your help in helping these animals by taking care of them until suitable permanent homes are found for them, or, in the case of kittens, puppies and sick animals, until they grow old enough or are nursed back to health enough to survive a shelter environment. No shelter will beat the care a real loving home environment can give a rescue cat or dog.

What do you need to consider before fostering?
  • Do you have spare room in your home?
  • Can you keep sick cats or dogs, kittens or puppies sheltered indoors?
  • Will you have time to spend interacting with your wards?
  • Will you be willing to administer medicines when necesary?
  • Will you be able to bring it to the vet when the need arises?

What would it cost to foster a shelter animal?

I honestly do not have a figure to give but I would say that you may need to shoulder some costs entailed in caring for pets. PAWS will certainly provide veterinary services [If available... Note: There is currently no regular shelter veterinarian] and will provide medicines, cat food and dog food, if it has some to spare. Please remember that the organization is solely dependent on donations and money it raises at fund-raising events and that there may be occasions of cat and dog food and medicine shortages.

What do you need to do to be able to start fostering?

By all means get in touch with us right away! Attend a volunteer orientation or schedule a visit to the shelter to meet some of PAWS' adoption counselors. We do still need to assess your capacity as a foster parent. If you've had experience taking care of pets in the past and have a passion for it, then I doubt if we're going to have problems. And even if you're new to pet care, as long as you are eager to learn, I believe there may be a way to work things out. Many volunteers will be willing to guide you through it all.

What are you required to do?

All we ask is that you treat your foster cats or dogs as if they were your own. I would also urge (not require) you to become proactive in finding forever homes for them. That, after all, is our ultimate goal, isn't it?--- To get all the homeless animals home! Note: After your foster baby gets adopted, there will always be more waiting for foster care!

Read the story of Lance at News Hound and see how fostering can work wonders to any animal in need: A need for foster parents

Another related story is that of Rex which I posted here a couple of times. Fellow animal welfare advocate Alya Honasan fostered Rex from a bag of bones to a bag of happiness and then found a wonderful forever home for him!

Rex (Labrador) before fostering of Alya Honasan
Rex before fostering.

Rex adopted and currently living in Cavite
Rex after fostering.
(Photos courtesy of PAWS and Popi Laudico)

There are other ways that you can help out. Adoption is but one aspect of the advocacy. Fostering is another. Become a volunteer and find out more about how you can help. Let's all work together for the animals!

Disclaimer: This post is not an official announcement from PAWS but merely a personal plea from this blog. To my knowledge, PAWS has not issued any official guidelines regarding their fostering program but it does exist. I know of several PAWS volunteers and supporters that have done it, are doing it. The conditions and guidelines set forth in this post may change without prior notice so if you're really interested to join this program, please contact PAWS directly and thresh out with them any details that aren't clear. Thanks for reading!

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