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PAWS Volunteer Applicant Orientation This Saturday! 28-Nov-2009

Posted by siyerwin on Wednesday, November 25, 2009 at 9:49 PM

This is a little short notice (I apologize) but I hope you guys can attend. This is the last one for this year! Below is the official invite from PAWS:

For PAWS volunteer applicants:

Re: Orientation for Volunteer Applicants and Humane Education Seminar-Nov 28, 2009

Our last volunteer orientation for the year 2009 is this Saturday, November 28. 10:00 AM up to 1:00 PM at the PAWS Shelter. Please bring your own snack or drinking water, and about P50 for the photocopied materials. Reminder: Volunteers must be prepared to render at least eight (8) hours a month doing work at the shelter or outside the shelter for animal welfare.

For oriented volunteers who are teachers or who would want to be part of our Humane Education team (volunteers who go with us to schools and barangays to teach kindness and responsible pet ownership), please be at the PAWS shelter in Aurora Blvd., Katipunan Valley, Loyola Heights, QC (www.paws.org.ph) on the same day - Nov 28, 2009, but at 3:00 PM for a two-hour H.E. seminar.

See you Saturday!


-The Philippine Animal Welfare Society

PAWS Fundraising: EARTHLINGS Showing at Trinoma, November 14

Posted by siyerwin on Monday, November 09, 2009 at 9:08 PM

Are you free this Saturday morning?

PAWS is having a film showing of Earthlings at the Trinoma Cinema 4, November 14, 2009 at 10:30 AM.

Earthlings is one of my all-time favorite documentaries and watching it actually changed my life and opened my eyes to the way we coexist with nature and how severely lopsided the relationship is. I urge you to go and watch it along with friends (Note: PG-13).

Ticket cost is just P100 (cheapest in town) which you can reserve by making a deposit to the PAWS BPI Account # 3943-0086-11 (Acct. name: The Philippine Animal Welfare Society). Inform PAWS of your deposit by emailing pawsevents@yahoo.com the following information: Date, BPI Branch, Time of deposit (which you can get from the validated deposit slip). PAWS will reserve you the seats and all you need to do is bring the validated deposit slip to the venue.

This is a fundraising event so your support will be much appreciated and will benefit the shelter animals.

Please watch the film and help us teach others that there is indeed a connection.

Below is the official invite from PAWS:

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“EARTHLINGS” Philippine Premiere

The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) in cooperation with Trinoma invites you to the Philippine screening of “EARTHLINGS” at the Trinoma Cinema on November 14 (SAT), 10:30am.

“EARTHLINGS” is the award-winning documentary about the suffering of animals for food, fashion, entertainment and medical research. It is narrated by Academy Award nominee Joaquin Phoenix and features music by platinum-selling recording artist, Moby.

Initially ignored by distributors, today, “Earthlings” is considered the definitive animal rights film by organizations around the world.

The movie has been rated PG-13 by the MTRCB due to graphic scenes of animal cruelty.

Tickets are priced at P100 only. Seats are limited so please email your ticket reservations and contact information to pawsevents@yahoo. com or call Tel. No. 9242902 and look for Paolo.

Tickets from the original Sept. 27 screening will be honored at the gate.

PAWS World Animal Day 2009 Event - Oct. 10, 11 AM Saturday, SM Mall of Asia Music Hall

Posted by siyerwin on Wednesday, October 07, 2009 at 9:55 AM

The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), in cooperation with SM Mall of Asia and Alpo Chop House, celebrates World Animal Day with an exciting event for all animal lovers today at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall.

Start the morning with a special mass and pet blessing at 11am featuring the 92AD choir.

Browse through the booths of different organizations championing animal rights in the Philippines.

Aside from PAWS, participating groups include Animal Kingdom Foundation (AKF), Compassion and Responsibility for Animals (CARA), Earth Island Institute Philippines (EII-Phils), Feathered Friends Foundation (FFF), Network for Animals (NFA), Palawan Animal Welfare Association (PAWA), People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PeTA) and World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF-Philippines).

There will also be a display of YOCard’s “Visuals with Vision” entries with amateur graphic designers doing their own interpretation of the themes “Saving the Seas” for the Haribon Foundation and “Adoption of Stray Animals” for PAWS.

Then, starting at 2pm, you and your fur babies can strike a pose in the pet photo area, have our face painter turn you into a dalmatian or a pug, explore the newest pet portal on the net, Mypetchannel.tv and work on animal-themed projects in the arts & crafts booth.

And at 3pm, animal-loving celebrities and bands come together to raise funds for the PAWS Shelter which has been turned into an evacuation center for the animals displaced by typhoon “Ondoy.”

Jam with international star Sam Bradley together with True Faith, Rachel Alejandro, Gian Magdangal, Joey Ayala, Jan Nieto, Aliya Parcs, Harry Santos, Camerawalls, Reklamo and more as they sing for the animals.

Donations in cash or in kind (canned pet food, roofed cages, dog shampoo, old blankets and medicine) will be accepted at the PAWS Booth from 11am – 8pm.

So come and spend a meaningful weekend with your four-legged love ones only at the WORLD ANIMAL DAY Celebration at SM Mall of Asia.

This event is made possible through the generous help of Alpo Chop House, McDonald’s, Frontline Plus, Magnolia Healthtea, Magnolia Fruitdrink, Magnolia Purewater, By Nature Handmade Soaps, Human Nature, Yes Movement, The Picture Company, Krispy Kreme, Mypetchannel.tv and the Philippine Star Pet Life Section.

PAWS Orientation for Volunteer Applicants - Aug. 22, 2009

Posted by siyerwin on Wednesday, August 19, 2009 at 4:29 PM

For advocates who have been waiting, here's your chance to learn more what you can do to help out in the Philippine animal welfare cause. Attend the volunteer applicant orientation on Saturday, August 22, 2009 from 10 AM to 1 PM. Venue will be at the PAWS Animal Rehabilitation Center in Quezon City (Map Here)

For those who have not mailed in their PAWS volunteer application form, kindly download it, fill it up and hand-carry it to the venue.

This will be a good chance for you to meet the cats and dogs up for adoption at the PAWS shelter. We have over 200 rescue cats and dogs currently at the shelter and it is not easy to find homes for them. We need more people to help spread the word and educate people that pets are a lifetime commitment, not a passing fancy or something that you discard when things go a little rough.

Unfortunately, I've been receiving a number of correspondences from people that view animal shelters as places where they can abandon their pets. You may see such requests in the comments section of this blog. If you see some of them and can count them, you multiply that number by 5 and you can see how much email and comments I get (I don't publish all of them) from people trying to get rid of their pets. Multiply that by another 5 and you could probably have a rough estimate of how much PAWS is getting.

I will be making a rant/post about this in upcoming days/week.

CARA Cat Adoption Event - Aug. 22, 2009

Compassion and Responsibility for Animals (CARA) will be putting up a cat adoption booth at the Bonifacio High Street, The Fort, in front Coffee Bean Cafe from 4 to 9 PM. For those who are interested in adopting homeless animals and are near (or even far) the area, you may want to check out that event. Hope you bring home a kitty or two.

No To Greyhound Racing in the Philippines!

Posted by siyerwin on Friday, July 17, 2009 at 10:33 PM

Some weeks ago I received some really disturbing news that a bunch Philippine congressmen and a senator are working to pass a law that will allow Greyhound racing operation here in the Philippines. PAWS and PETA immediately released statements opposing this very alarming move by some of our lawmakers. This blog post of mine is actually very late as the campaign against this has been actively going for weeks at the PAWS yahoogroup and elsewhere (PeTA, Animals Asia, etc).

Call to Action!!!---> Email our Lawmakers | Sign Online Petition


I'm not really sure if other bloggers have followed cue and joined this campaign but I do hope many of us who truly care for animals speak about this and the cruelty it will bring with it if bills get passed.

Why should you be against Greyhound racing?

Because it encourages inhumane and cruel treatment of dogs. Legalizing Greyhound racing will put puppy mills on overdrive and will result in over-breeding in their quest to "produce" the best Greyhounds. Those judged to be unworthy of racing will be discarded and will probably end up in the streets to add to the problem of homeless and stray dogs out there.

Below are the contents of PAWS' position paper which it sent to the Philippine Senate and Congress. I will tell you what you can do to help out so please don't stop reading until the end of this post. This is truly an urgent matter and we need your help:

------------PAWS Position Paper Start------------

Republic of the Philippines
Congress of the Philippines
SENATE
Pasay, Manila
In Re: House Bill No. 5291
Entitled “An Act Granting The Fox New Millennium Amusement Club Inc. (FNMACI)
A Franchise to Construct, Operate and maintain Greyhound Racetrack in Any Place
Within the City of Mandaue, Province of Cebu”
x---------------------------------------------------x

THE PHILIPPINE ANIMAL WELFARE SOCIETY (PAWS)’S POSITION PAPER/OPPOSITION TO GREYHOUND RACING

The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (hereinafter, “PAWS”), through undersigned PAWS Program Director, Anna Hashim-Cabrera, respectfully submits this Position Paper/Opposition to House Bill No. 5291 proposed by House Representatives Salimbangon, Soon-Ruiz and Biron per Committee Report No. 1393, based on the following grounds:

GREYHOUND RACING IS CRUEL: IT WILL LEAD TO MASSIVE GREYHOUND BREEDING AND KILLINGS


The new industry of greyhound racing will trigger the breeding of hundreds of greyhounds, more than it can place at race tracks. Racing afficionados will be motivated to produce “winning” dogs and will end up overbreeding them. This is an inevitable scenario as can be shown in euthanasia statistics in countries which already have greyhound racing.

In the United States, approximately 20,000 surplus greyhounds are destroyed each year because they have been deemed unfit to race and because there are not enough homes for the retired dogs.

To illustrate just how many retired dogs that the Philippines would be dealing with, consider this: A greyhound’s racing career is usually over at 3.5 to 4 years of age, and yet, its life expectancy is about 13 years old.

Add this to the Philippine scenario where there is already an alarming rate of homeless dogs due to unregulated breeding of purebred dogs, and the lack of government-funded spay-neuter programs to prevent overpopulation of the “native” dogs or regular “aspins” (“Asong Pinoys”, formerly called “askals” ), House Bill 5291 will exponentially increase the current dog population of an estimated 9.6MM.
At present, one-third of this estimated dog population (3.2MM) are strays or homeless. Each barangay or city is already grappling with problems of how to “get rid” of unclaimed impounded dogs.

PAWS has been receiving dozens of reports from concerned citizens in cities and municipalities who have resorted to poisoning, drowning gassing or simply selling off the dogs to the illegal dog meat trade because do not how to humanely dispose of them. Many have no budgets for the purchase of barbiturates for the proper euthanasia of these unwanted animals.

With less than five (5) BAI-accredited non-government-funded animal shelters all over the Philippines, the PAWS Animal Shelter among them, the country needs to put some serious thought into the effective prevention of pet overpopulation or surplus animals. Currently, without the Greyhound Racing Industry, we already have a problem that is not being addressed – unregulated breeding of purebred dogs and non-availability and non-affordability of spay-neuter surgeries which will prevent every pet dog of each Filipino family from producing at least three (3) puppies per year.

With the greyhound racing factored in, greyhounds will be bred excessively leading to more unwanted or un-“rehomeable” dogs who will be victims of cruelty, neglect and not even afforded the proper euthanasia by cities or by the government agencies which will later on be collecting them for ‘disposal’.

GREYHOUND RACING CANNOT BE OPERATED IN A HUMANE MANNER

The reason why the greyhound racing industry is inherently cruel is because it treats dogs as commodities. It is a form of gaming in which the amount of money a dog generates determines his or her expendability.

As a result, the following cruelties have been commonly observed in racing greyhounds’ kennels or facilities in developed countries – those with strict animal
welfare laws like the United States:

• Greyhounds are kept at track kennels in stacked cages, often muzzled, for a total of 18 to 22 hours per day.

• Many tracks use wooden crates which get soaked in urine, making sanitary conditions difficult

• Greyhound adoption groups regularly report that incoming greyhounds suffer from an incredible variety of afflictions. Untreated conditions and injuries such as missing or broken toes, broken hocks and incredible internal (whipworms, hookworms, tapeworms, coccidia and giardia) and external (fleas, ticks, mites) parasites are common. Teeth and gums frequently show advanced signs of neglect-related disease and wea, attributable to diet, as well as stress related trauma from chewing on available materials in the environment (stress/boredom precipitated).

• Dogs are routinely fed “4-D Meat” the meat of dead, diseased, dying or downed (unable to walk) animals deemed unfit for human consumption by the USDA. The micro-pathogen, drug and diseased laden meat can cause the dogs to become ill. The meat is used because it is cheap.

Source: Greyhound Protection League - www.greyhounds.org
http://www.greyhounds.org/gpl/contents/common.html

GREYHOUND RACING IS IMMORAL AND UNETHICAL BY ITS VERY NATURE – THE REASON WHY IT IS BEING BOYCOTTED AND STRONGLY OPPOSED BY MANY INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS.

House Bill No. 5291 is proposing that we create a whole new profit-driven industry based on assumption of ‘expendable’ lives.

To allow a cycle of breeding and then mercilessly killing thousands of dogs “not being good enough to race” in the name of gambling and entertainment is morally inexcusable.

There is no need for the Philippines to adopt immoral and unethical practices being criticized by a growing number of informed citizens all over the world.

It will be a blight on our national image to introduce this form of animal cruelty as
an acceptable and legal practice in our country.

Further, greyhound racing is not in line with the spirit or rationale within which the Philippine Animal Welfare Act (Republic Act 8485) - a law which PAWS has
strongly lobbied for – was passed by our lawmakers in 1998.

The law was passed not solely for the well-being of animals alone but because of the conviction that a nation’s concern for its animals reflect the psyche of its people. Where people are conscious of preventing all forms of cruelty, its society is more harmonious, peaceful and more progressive.

Mahatma Gandhi, one of the greatest Philosophers of our time, put it succinctly when he said that “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”

Promoting a humane society by rule of law or reflecting the state of our society by putting this principle into a law was deemed important enough to merit the passage of Southeast Asia’s very first national Animal Welfare Act.

PRAYER

WHEREFORE, it is respectfully prayed that House Bill No. 5291 be outright rejected and not passed into law for it introduces the cruel, inhumane, immoral and unethical “sport” that is Greyhound Racing.

Quezon City for Pasay City, 26 June 2009.
THE PHILIPPINE ANIMAL WELFARE SOCIETY
87 Small Horseshoe Drive, New Manila, Quezon City 1112
By:
ANNA HASHIM-CABRERA
Program Director

------------PAWS Position Paper End------------


House Bills 5291 and 5648

Take note that there are two (2) bills being passed (House Bills 5291 and 5648)--- one of which has already been transmitted to the Senate and is being sponsored by Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. Below are the details of the 2 house bills which I got from the Philippine Congress Website:

HB 5921
Session No.: 14-2RS-025
Significance: L
Date Filed: 2008-10-07
Full Title: AN ACT GRANTING THE FOX NEW MILLENIUM AMUSEMENT CLUB, INC. (FNMACI), A FRANCHISE TO CONSTRUCT, OPERATE AND MAINTAIN A GREYHOUND RACETRACK IN ANY PLACE WITHIN THE CITY OF MANDAUE, PROVINCE OF CEBU
Short Title: Granting The Fox New Millenium Amusement Club, Inc., A Franchise To Construct, Operate And Maintain A Greyhound Racetrack In Any Place Within The City Of Mandaue
Principal Author: SALIMBANGON, BENHUR L.
Date Read: 2008-10-07
Primary Referral: RULES
House Committee Report No.: 01393
Date Approved on Second Reading: 2008-10-09
Date Approved on Third Reading: 2008-12-03
Bill Status: Approved by the House on 2008-12-03, transmitted to on 2008-12-08 and received by the Senate on 2008-12-08

HB 5648
Session No.: 14-2RS-041
Significance: N
Date Filed: 2008-12-17
Full Title: AN ACT GRANTING THE SOUTHEAST ASIA GREYHOUND RACING CLUB, INC. A FRANCHISE TO CONSTRUCT, OPERATE AND MAINTAIN A GREYHOUND RACETRACK IN RIZAL OR PAMPANGA OR LAGUNA
Short Title: Granting The Southeast Asia Greyhound Racing Club, Inc. A Franchise To Construct, Operate And Maintain A Greyhound Racetrack In Rizal Or Pampanga Or Laguna
Principal Author: MADRONA, ELEANDRO JESUS F.
Date Read: 2008-12-17
Primary Referral: RULES
House Committee Report No.: 01592
Date Approved on Second Reading: 2009-03-04
Bill Status: Printed copies distributed to members on 2009-04-13

What you can do to help

We need your help to let our senators know that we reject the idea of having Greyhound racing here in the Philippines. Please send them an email saying so. Below are the email addresses of our senators. It is important that you construct the email in a polite but strong manner to emphasize the issue of animal cruelty.

(Copy and paste email addresses)




Furthermore, we also ask you to email your respective district representatives and let them know that there are many informed Filipinos about the cruelty of dog racing. Get your representative's email address from their online directory at:

http://www.congress.gov.ph/members/index.php?v=province&congress=14

Below is a sample of an email that you can pattern your email to. I urge you to create a personal message of your own to maximize its impact:

Email Sample for Senators:
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Subject: No to Greyhound Racing in the Philippines (HB 5921)

Dear Senators,

I respectfully write to let you know that I am against the approval and implementation of House Bill 5921 because it will only lead to cruelty and pain for many many animals. I support PAWS' and PETA'S petitions against House Bill No. 5291, also known as "An Act Granting The Fox New Millennium Amusement Club Inc. (FNMACI) A franchise to Construct, Operate and Maintain a Greyhound Racetrack in Any Place Within the City of Mandaue, Province of Cebu."

Please don't add to the already mounting problem of stray overpopulation, animal cruelty and neglect in our country. Greyhound racing is form of gambling which is already being banned in places where informed people and their governments are seeing the cruelty it entails. Greyhound racing will mean death for thousands of dogs. Please don't allow that to happen here and please dont get swayed by anyone who promises to do everything according to humane principles. As the position paper of PAWS said, there's just no way Greyhound racing can be done humanely as it fosters overbreeding and neglect. I'm sure you already know that.

I ask you to do the right thing for the welfare of the animals and this country.

Vote NO on HB 5921!

Sincerely,
Your Name
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Email Sample for your district Representatives (HB 5921 is already in the senate while 5648 is still in the House of Representatives):
Find your representative's e-mail address HERE
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Subject: No to Greyhound Racing in the Philippines (HB 5648)

Dear Representative Name>

I respectfully write to let you know that I am against the approval and implementation of House Bill 5648 because it will only lead to cruelty and pain for many many animals. I support PAWS' and PETA'S position against Greyhound racing embodied in House Bill 5648, also known as "AN ACT GRANTING THE SOUTHEAST ASIA GREYHOUND RACING CLUB, INC. A FRANCHISE TO CONSTRUCT, OPERATE AND MAINTAIN A GREYHOUND RACETRACK IN RIZAL OR PAMPANGA OR LAGUNA."

Please don't add to the already mounting problem of stray overpopulation, animal cruelty and neglect in our country. Greyhound racing is form of gambling which is already being banned in places where informed people and their governments are seeing the cruelty it entails. Greyhound racing will mean death for thousands of dogs. Please don't allow that to happen here and please dont get swayed by anyone who promises to do everything according to humane principles. As the position paper of PAWS said, there's just no way Greyhound racing can be done humanely as it fosters overbreeding and neglect. I'm sure you already know that.

I ask you to do the right thing for the welfare of the animals and this country.

Vote NO on HB 5648!


Sincerely,
Your Name
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As of today, there are already 7 senators who promised to vote against this bill. They are:
1. Sen. Chiz Escudero
2. Sen. Gringo Honasan
3. Sen. Pia Cayetano
4. Sen. Miguel Zubiri
5. Sen. Jamby Madrigal
6. Sen. Rodolfo Biazon
7. Sen. Manny Villar

Thank you very much senators! Keep those emails coming folks!

Online petition against HB 5921 and HB 5648

Ted Teodoro of On Loving Animals initiated an online petition against Greyhound Racing and it's another way that you can help out. While I've not really heard of any government policy being influenced by online petitions, I strongly encourage you to support this one and show how strong your sentiments are by writing a personal message through the form provided by the petition site. Ted enumerates 12 practical reasons (in the petition overview) why we should not allow this law to be implemented. Informative stuff that you can use in writing your emails.

More Info

Don't Be Cruel by Kathy Moran (Philippine Star)
Greyhound Protection League
GreyHound Action

Images used in this post courtesy of Animals Asia who has also sent their petition against this to the Philippine government

Animal Shelter Wishlist - July 2009

Posted by siyerwin on Monday, July 13, 2009 at 3:40 PM

Donations of supplies for the shelter are always needed.

If you wish to donate supplies, please visit our animal shelter (directions and map at http://parc.mefindhome.org, or call 475-1688).

The following are the Most Needed / Urgent Items:

  • Cat food (dry cat kibble, any brand)
  • Canned cat food (any brand) - for baby kittens.
  • Newspapers - to line our Feline Quarantine cages and Feline Sick Bay cages, changed twice a day, so we need a lot! (A good idea for school projects: a newspaper drive for the animal shelter.)
  • Detergent Powder - for daily cleaning of dog runs, kennels, cattery, quarantine cages, etc.
  • Zonrox - to keep the animal areas disinfected and disease-free!
  • Dishwashing Liquid - for twice-daily washing of more or less 200 pet food bowls.
You may drop off your donations at the shelter during open hours, Mon-Sat 10am-6pm.

Our deepest thanks to everyone who has donated time, money, and / or resources to help out our shelter animals! You really do make a difference!


-From the people and animals of PAWS


Related post: Different ways to donate to PAWS.

Announcement for PAWS Volunteers

Posted by siyerwin on Wednesday, May 27, 2009 at 2:04 PM

It's a busy weekend for animal welfare advocates. Below is an announcement from PAWS regarding the activities that volunteers may participate in in the next few days. If you are a volunteer then please coordinate with PAWS on what you can do to help out.

Please take note that the PAWS shelter will be closed on Saturday, May 30, 2009 in preparation for the Dine With PAWS fundraising event in the evening.

To those who have submitted comments and questions through this blog, I apologize for not being prompt in my response. If you wish to get quicker replies for your questions, I suggest you direct them to my email at sherwin [at] mefindhome [dot] org. I am able to log into my email more often than my blogging platform as of the moment. Thank you for your patience.

For information of volunteers, here is the calendar of activities for the last week of May 2009:

May 28 (Thursday) - 1:30pm Cross examination of first witness in the dogfighting case at Antipolo City Hall of Justice. Volunteers welcome to attend and proceed directly to venue wearing PAWS pin or shirt.

May 28 (Thursday)- 2pm Pasay City Hall of Justice - Third Investigative hearing re: dog murdered in front of owner in Pasay City. Volunteers welcome to attend and proceed directly to venue wearing PAWS pin or shirt. Look for Ms. Gwen Protasio at the waiting lounge.

May 28 (Thursday) - 8 -11 pm San Andres Sports complex, Manila - PAWS is named one of the 2009 Awardees or Earth Day Achieveers for Environmental Heroism. Volunteers welcome to attend but please coordinate with PARC by calling 475-1688 or emailing philpaws@yahoo. com

May 30 (Saturday) - "Dine with PAWS" at SM Mall of Asia, Music Hall - No additional volunteers needed aside from those already given assignments and briefed. Important note: All attendees must be ticket-holders. Last few days to sell tickets to help PAWS or purchase your own tickets to attend this event! Email philpaws@yahoo. com for orders now.

May 31 (Sunday) - 2.30pm Chihuahua Movie - DVD Launch at The Block. PAWS gives kiddie talk on "How to Meet a Dog", Responsible Pet Ownership and Pet Adoptions. Volunteers who will meet at PARC at 12.30pm to help the team that goes to this event must email elaraneta@yahoo. com


Ongoing shelter work - office work, animal care, rehab and training - at PARC daily except Sundays and this Saturday, May 30, when the shelter is closed in preparation for the PAWS fundraiser that evening.

Thank you.

-The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)

Dine With PAWS: A Special Dinner for You and Your Pets

Posted by siyerwin on Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 8:45 PM

In celebration of its 55th Year Anniversary, the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) is pleased to invite all dog lovers to the 2nd DINE WITH PAWS Charity Dinner to be held at the Mall of Asia Music Hall on May 30 (Sat). Doors open at 6:30pm.

animal shelter fundraising: Dine With PAWS 2009Dress up in your best outfits and get your photos taken on the red carpet. All guardians will enjoy a yummy dinner buffet while dogs get a chance to sample a unique Pet Buffet featuring mouth watering doggie appetizers, premium entrees from ALPO Chop House as well as a delectable selection of canine desserts.

The main program will feature this year's Order of the Platinum Paw Awardees plus special numbers to be performed by PAWS celebrity supporters.

So reserve your tickets now for this one-of-a-kind event. Tickets are priced at P1,500 (1 pax) and P2,000 (1pax + 1 dog). Call or text 0917-8352405 for inquiries.

DINE WITH PAWS is made possible through the generous support of Alpo Chop House and SM Mall of Asia. Special thanks to McDonald's, Magnolia Healthy Beverages, Carlito's Catering, Frontline, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Krispy Kreme, The White Hat, OdorLess & MaxiCoat, Jelly Bellies and the Philippine Star Pet Life Section.

Help the Animals! Volunteer!

Posted by siyerwin on Thursday, April 23, 2009 at 8:14 PM

Attend the PAWS Volunteer Orientation!

Day: Saturday
Date: May 2, 2009
Time: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Place: PAWS Animal Rehabilitation Center (PARC)

For all of you who are thinking about volunteering, now is the time to act. Help PAWS help the animals by stepping forward and getting involved in the animal welfare cause here in the Philippines.

PAWS will be having an applicant volunteers orientation on May 2, 2009, Saturday at the PAWS Animal Rehabilitation Center, from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Print out the PAWS volunteers application form and submit it personally to the shelter on or before the orientation date.

What can you do as a PAWS volunteer?

There are a ton of work to be done and you will need to be prepared to sweat it out. Working for the animals is no glamorous job but if you are cut out for it, these will be some of your reward:

rescue cat shaun and Mary Ann Rescue cat Shaun and adopted human Mary Ann are all smiles (I know cats. That's a smile) because they found each other. Shaun was rescued by PAWS in the middle of EDSA, the busiest street in the Philippines, on the brink of dehydration and death. Now he's safely home with loving humans to boot! No more highways for this cat. (Read Shaun's cat rescue story)

adopted dog Jasmine home at the farmJasmine, a former shelter dog, likewise, is all smiles in his new home with Marla Nicandro, who's also an active PAWS volunteer. Yes, as a PAWS volunteer you have the option of rewarding yourself by taking home a rescue dog or cat (or both)! Isn't that neat? (Read Jasmine-related posts: Her cat adoption story and adoption update.

PAWS Dr. Dog, UP PGHHumans helping animals, animals helping humans... Yes, animals volunteer to help us, too. Love, after all, is still a two-way street. Volunteer for PAWS' animal-assisted therapy or Dr. Dog program and see the sweetest smiles from both the children (program recipients) and animals.

Interested yet? (I have more photos to share! I will just continue add them in the coming days)

To get more ideas about the specific things that you can do for the animals, please check out my post about what you can do as a PAWS volunteer.

To be honest, the shelter's most urgent need right now are volunteers willing to handle administrative/clerical/housekeeping work at the PAWS shelter office. The shelter is currently running on a skeletal (that means 2 to 3) all-volunteer daily work force and most of the time is spent taking care of the approximately 200 shelter animals and so the paper work tends to pile up. Sign up for this job and you get extra hugs from the shelter cats and dogs (and even fellow volunteers)!!! :)

Below is the official invitation from PAWS. Thanks for your time and hope to see you at the shelter!!! :)

Dear all,

Please be informed that the Orientation for PAWS Volunteer Applicants will be on Saturday, May 2, 2009, 10 am to 1pm at the PAWS Shelter in Aurora Boulevard, Katipunan Valley, Loyola Heights, QC (see map at http://parc.mefindhome.org)

Applicants for volunteers must be willing to share at least 8 hours per month of their time doing work for the animals ( i.e. shelter work, manning PAWS booths, dog training/socializat ion, visiting schools or hospitals; or work from home creating PAWS flyers, posters, adoption write-ups, writing campaign letters or doing clerical work for the PAWS office, etc)

Please note that those who have been unable to attend Volunteer Orientation for the second or third time, despite having been informed ahead of the orientation dates, will already have to re-submit their application forms.

Accomplished volunteer application forms (forms available at www.paws.org.ph) have to be handcarried to PARC during office hours or sent by snail mail to: 87 Small Horseshoe Drive, New Manila, QC 1112 ahead of the Orientation Date. No faxed or emailed forms please.


Thank you for wanting to share your time and effort for the animals! See you on May 2!

-The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)


Images on this post courtesy of Mary Ann Ligaya, Marla Nicandro and PAWS.

If you're looking for pictures of shelter animals up for adoption, please go to following shelter dog galleries maintained by PAWS volunteers May Angela Felix and Marla Nicandro:

May Angela Felix's Galleries
Filipino Dog Marcus Waiting for a Loving Home and Family
New Dogs on the Block
Cho and her 5 Puppies!
Rowena and Flipper Having a Jolly Good Time!

Marla Nicandro's Gallery
PAWS Dogs for Adoption

Please read the Cat and Dog Adoption Procedure if you're interested in adopting

Pet Adoption Stories

Posted by siyerwin on Sunday, April 19, 2009 at 8:18 PM

Below are two dog adoption stories which I got from the PAWS mailing list. I asked permission from the authors so I can post them here.

The first one came from Drae Ybanez on his adoption of Luther, a yellow Labrador he got from a vet who was selling him.

As you probably have noticed, I am not a fan of buying dogs from dog breeders (most especially from pet stores that sell live animals) but that will not stop me from recognizing the fact that there are people who are true animal lovers who treat their companion animals as equals and as family regardless of whether they were bought or rescued. Drae has a proven track record as he is also a PAWS volunteer who has helped shelter animals and has adopted a rescue dog (Related post: Drae and Trixie's dog adoption story).

>>>Go read Luther's dog adoption story

The second story came from Joyce Lagdameo and she wrote it in response to fellow cat-lover Jessica Zafra's Pets Make Us Human writing challenge where she asked her readers to write about how they met their pets and submit to her blog. This is in support of the Purina-PAWS campaign.

>>>Go read Lucky's dog adoption story

If you're looking for pictures of shelter animals up for adoption, please go to following shelter dog galleries maintained by PAWS volunteers May Angela Felix and Marla Nicandro:

May Angela Felix's Galleries
Filipino Dog Marcus Waiting for a Loving Home and Family
New Dogs on the Block
Cho and her 5 Puppies!
Rowena and Flipper Having a Jolly Good Time!

Marla Nicandro's Gallery
PAWS Dogs for Adoption

Please read the Cat and Dog Adoption Procedure if you're interested in adopting



A Tribute To My Dog, Luther by Drae W. Ybanez


I’ve just seen the movie Marley and Me. I thought it was another “chick-flick.” I thought it was another lame, quite funny movie of Owen Wilson. All of my “I thoughts” were wrong because turned out to be an extraordinary movie about a dog named Marley. I hate dog movies. But this dog movie wasn’t like the rest (you know, the talking parts). I won’t tell the story here but with this blog is to honor my Marley named Luther. Officially, he’s my first dog. Funny because Marley and Luther look so much alike except that my dog Lab is much bigger.

STORY BEGINS HERE

I bought Luther from a vet who was selling it for a good price. He is a yellow lab with oversized paws, which predicts how big it’s going to be. Choosing from the litter, his two white spots on his shoulder and powder face made him a standout. I brought him home to the old condominium in Valley Golf where I used to live. It was the greatest time of my life. His fluffy hair and puppy-piss smell brought me excitement. I tried to toilet-train him that night but it seems he was wanted to pee and soil every corner of my room. He was constantly whining that night finding his “spot” until he finally nestled on my pillow on top of my head. I felt peaceful, finally.

When I woke up the next day I had a wet feeling on my head and the foul smell of pee and dung overwhelmed the atmosphere. He peed on my pillow. And where in the world did his feces come from? He had three mountain-sized dirt waiting for me to demolish. Oh boy, this is not funny. My eyes were still half shut when he peeked from below like that surprise box with a stupid clown on a spring. “Good morning Daddy! I redecorated your boring flat.” He had a huge grin on his face with his elastic tongue hanging out. It’s hard to explain how I felt. Part of me wanted to pinch him and say “cute” while the other part of me wanted to skin him alive.

That day I had to leave him for the first time because of work. We had to practice. I sent him out of the terrace and closed the sliding door. I pretended I walked out and spied if he would howl and cry. I waited for a minute. And then another. And another. He was behaved like an obedient schoolboy in other words, Patay na bata ;) Hurray! This is going to work! It didn’t. That night I had a call from a neighbor asking me to hurry home because this irate American missionary from Faith Academy named Clinton (I won’t be surprised if he’s related to the ex-president) posted a threat on my door. I arrived and saw the hate mail. It was scribbled in black marker that said something like “I will kill your dog.” I went inside my flat and noticed the dead silence. But as soon as I opened the lights, MY GOD everything was a mess. Tsunami was in my room. He broke all my pots. He pooped maybe ten times. He peed everywhere. He chewed on all the plants and rags and the… I can’t even figure out what it used to be… Poor Luther was sitting quietly in front of me with the multi-awarded puppy eyed look. That night I abandoned my flat and moved back to my parents’ house. (I’m still struggling to forgive that Clinton by the way.) Either Clinton will kill Luther or I will kill him first for being such a jerk. Of course I wasn’t kidding. But every new day, the intensity of anger goes down.

As a little puppy Luther found comfort in my presence. Although I think it was extreme because he would never leave my side whenever I walk. He had to be beside me needed to touch my leg whenever I walk. I thought it was sweet but eventually it got irritating. I would trip at times because he would run after me. Good thing he got over it.

Luther grew up at my parents’ house with his black Lab sister, *Lucy Pevensie, that I also bought (for my brother). It wasn’t safe for me to let them lose because of the house renovation so most of the time they were on leash. I wasn’t proud of that. Eventually Lucy had to be with my brother’s house so Luther was pretty lonely. He stayed in the cage most of the time. It breaks my heart not to be able to take him out for a walk. And when I would, he just breaks lose like a crazy maniac. He was too ecstatic to be out of his dungeon. I too am happy when I see that. So to make up for my shortcomings I would put him to sleep whenever he barks at night. I would sing him a lullaby until he falls asleep. It works every time.

Finally our house renovation ended. As a treat I took Luther to our rooftop where we laid on the floor and just stargazed. It was an extraordinary night. I got all dirtied by lying on the floor but the experience was just intense. Luther too loved that treat. He told me “finally you’re learning how to be a good pet-owner.” We both laughed.

At present, Luther is joined by Trixie, the miracle dog. I adopted her from PAWS last year and she turned out to be a great companion for Luther. Like a baby sister Trixie annoys Luther all the time. She bites his ear, competes with him on Frisbee and just lavishes on him. Luther is so much happier now.

A recent addition to the family was Douglas (formerly Kulas). He’s a puppy German shepherd that was given to us. He now annoys Trixie. So the cycle is now complete.


I would like to end by saying that I equally love my dogs so much. However, I can’t claim to be the most responsible owner as well. In all my shortcomings I apologize to my dogs. But I also would like to thank my mom who fills that void I create. Sniff sniff this is too mushy. Anyway, I leave you with this from Marley and Me:

A dog has no use for fancy cars
Or big homes or designer clothes
A waterlog stick will do just fine
A dog doesn’t care if you’re rich or poor
Clever or dull, smart or dumb
Give ‘em your heart and he’ll give you his
How many people can you say that about?
How many people can make you feel rare and pure and special?
How many people can make you feel extraordinary?


*Lucy passed away two years ago due to a poisoning of some sort. Probably a frog… I miss Lucy. She’s extra hyper as compared to Luther. She was fatter but smaller. Her black hair was like that of a horse. I rushed her to the hospital and she was in IV. As I was leaving she forced herself to look at me. She was already in a vegetable state. I didn’t know it was her last day. I should have just stayed there longer…



Lucky's Adoption Story by Joyce Lagdameo


One hot summer day, I was walking along my street and noticed a white dog I had not seen before. It caught my attention because I knew the name and face of every dog that lived on my street (there were many), and this certainly was not one of them. I observed the dog lying down in the shade, but then getting up each time it noticed someone coming its way. It would approach the person, scrutinize the person’s face and seemed to be begging for food or to be taken home. I put it out of my mind, thinking that this was probably just a dog that had lost its way but would eventually get itself home. It looked healthy and had no visible injuries, so I was not too worried about it.

A couple of days later, I noticed the same dog, still on our street -- and started to become worried about it. It had taken to eating the leftovers of my neighbor’s dogs every night (my neighbor was compassionate enough to leave the remaining food out for it), and slept under various cars parked on the street during the day. Another dog-loving neighbor, with three dogs of his own, baptized the dog Lucky, for it had an incredibly large head (“laki-ulo eh!”).

Both had tried to capture the dog on several occasions, but it always seemed to give them the slip. Still, it lingered nearby, taking whatever food was offered to it and not aggressing towards any human or dog.

Although Lucky was apparently being fed by various neighbors, I was concerned that living on the street posed too many dangers. I decided that I would try my hand at rescuing this dog, and I started by offering it morsels of food during the day, to get it accustomed to me. After a few days of doing this, Lucky, who turned out to be a girl, would voluntarily approach me every time she would see me coming. One day, instead of offering her the food, I made a trail of it -- Hansel and Gretel style -- leading into my garage. She took the bait and walked into my garage where I then snapped a leash and collar on her, with the assistance yet another neighbor whom I involved in my mission.

It has been 7 years since I plucked Lucky off the street and washed what seemed like layers upon layers of car grease off her. She is alive and well today, living at a large house with a sprawling garden and her very own mini-lake in the middle of it. She is extremely loving, alert, intelligent and responsive to human instruction. With a Labrador named Elcid and a cat named Muning to play with, she is currently living her happily-ever- after in her forever home.

P.S. Lucky looked EXACTLY like the dog in the Purina Homeless, Not Worthless commercial when I first saw her, and was living in EXACTLY the same conditions. Today, she is clean, fat, sheltered and happy. What a difference a home makes.

Joyce R. Lagdameo
March 30, 2009

Pets as Giveaways: A Cruel Practice During Easter

Posted by siyerwin on Sunday, April 05, 2009 at 4:19 PM

A little reminder for everyone looking forward to the Holy Week observance. While this time of the year probably gives a little breathing room for many food animals out there (since Philippines is a predominantly Catholic, whose members are obliged to abstain from meat), there is still that thing that we do during the celebration of Easter that we need to watch out for.

Every Easter, many commercial establishments go on hyper-drive promotional activities that should be all good except that they are sometimes cruel to pet animals.

Imagine this:

You and your family go out to celebrate Easter by going to the mall to join the festivities. You arrive there, go have some fun, perhaps hunt for a few Easter eggs and win prizes. Great! But wait... Did I hear them say I won an Easter bunny or chick? A real live bunny? A rabbit? A chick?

Oh, neat. But does it come with a cage? How do we carry it around being that we are planning to head on to the park after this to spend some more quality time? Can we leave it inside the car? It won't poop inside my car, will it? What if it gets sick? Will it bite?

Are you seeing the picture here? Can you guess how these things usually end up?

The fact is having live animals as pets is not as simple as winning a toy prize. Pets are not toys because they entail a lot of responsibility. Giving live animals as prizes or giveaways is cruel because the animals get the raw end of the deal when the are given to people who most likely are unprepared for the things that come with having pet animals in their lives.

I have been told of stories of bunnies suffocating to death after being left inside parked cars in the basements of malls that gave them away to the unwitting mall goers. I'm pretty sure there are more such occurrences out there.

Do not support business establishments that resort to this cruel promotional gimmicks. If you see them doing this, let them know your protest.

One more thing: Don't buy pets from these Philippine malls!!!!

I found some great stuff about this topic from this Rabbit Rescue website. Let me just quote a part of one of their articles:

The end result of almost all Easter rabbits is usually one of:

  • The rabbit dies within weeks, from unintentional neglect or cruelty, due to mishandling, improper diet, unrecognized illness, etc

  • The rabbit is kept in an outdoor hutch and forgotten about, and lives a substantially shortened life from lack of care and love (see housing)

  • The rabbit is kept caged indoors with no opportunity for exercise, and lives a shortened life from atrophy and general distress (see health and playtime)

  • The rabbit is set loose outside (this is a death sentence - the average life expectancy for a domestic rabbit released in the wild is three days, and it dies a horrible death from predators or thoughtless humans)

  • The rabbit is brought to a shelter, where chances are good it will be euthanized if no one adopts it quickly

  • The rabbit is killed by its owner because it is an inconvenience (see the alerts page for some examples of this)

  • The rabbit dies before its first birthday, usually due to ignorance or improper care


Some More Rabbit Facts:

- Rabbits, like cats and dogs and any other pet animals, are big responsibilities. They live almost as long as cats and dofs and are not "low-maintenance" pets

- They are a poor choice as a pet for children (they have germs, they bite and scratch!)

- Your home must be bunny-proofed or they will wreak havoc and chew your furniture and your electrical cords

- They must be neutered and spayed or else they will do what they do in the wild: mark territories (urinate on stuff) and multiply (make little baby bunnies)

- Pet rabbits are indoor animals and you should keep them there. They will die within days outside!

Recommended:
Bunnies at Easter: A Sad Story
3 Bunnies Rabbit Rescue
Easter Bunny' Fever: Don't Catch It! - Bunny picture above courtesy of this site

Related Post: Looking for a pet?

Free Spay/Neuter for Cats and Dogs in Cebu

Posted by siyerwin on Monday, March 23, 2009 at 2:07 PM

Cebu City Department of Veterinary Medicine and Fisheries (DVMF) Steps up its Efforts to Control Homeless Pet Population


Here's good start to our week, animal welfare advocates. We've received news that the city veterinarian of Cebu, Dr. Alice Utlang, has launched a free spay/neuter drive tp help control the stray and homeless cats and dogs in the city. This is amazing considering not many other cities have done this before. This goes to show that it can be done and if they can do it in Cebu, there shouldn't be any reason other city governments not to do it.

I'm honestly thrilled for the residents of Cebu City. And with the PAWS and Purina "Homeless, Not Worthless" TV campaign still running and, hopefully, inspiring people into action, I hope pet owners come in droves to check out their city veterinarian's Animal Birth Control Center project.

Kudos to Dr. Utlang and the Cebu City government!

What are the benefits of spaying or neutering your pet?


1. You help yourself and your pet - getting your pets fixed (spayed or neutered) will likely give it a happier and well-adjusted temperament because they will not need to go through heat cycles that change their behavior. They will not get the urge to go out of the house to mate which significantly reduces their chances of being exposed to harm. Their chances of getting breast cancer is also reduced. Chances of Uterine infections and testicular cancer is eliminated 100%. Spaying and neutering will likely increase your pets life!

2. You help your community - the consequences of stray and homeless animals overpopulation is well-known. We all know what happens when homeless animals visit our trash cans, defecate on our properties and bite humans. Spaying and neutering will help reduce the number of unwanted pets in your community which would help reduce the occurrences of such.

3. You help the animals - Spaying and neutering help animal welfare organizations and animal shelters because animal shelters are full and there are more homeless animals than there are adoptive homes to save them (this is also the reason we encourage people to adopt rather than buy puppies and kittens for sale in the Philippines). Millions of animals are euthanized in pounds and shelters everywhere because they are unable to find enough homes to take them.


Prevent all the death and suffering by doing your part. Spay and neuter your pets. If you're afraid it would cost you money, think about how much more it will cost you if you get a litter of six to feed and take care of. Giving away puppies and kittens to your family and friends does not solve anything because your pet will be capable of creating more soon after doing so.

Go and inquire about the spay/neuter programs of your city government. As an alternative, contact animal welfare NGOs like PAWS and CARA as they usually have low-cost or free spay/neuter programs, too!


Inquirer report: Animal birth control center launched

Recommended reading:
Why you should spay or neuter your pet
Why spay or neuter your pet?

Related post: Spay & Neuter Myths and Facts

Thank you for reading this post on spaying and neutering your cats and dogs

PAWS and Purina TV Campaign: Homeless, Not Worthless

Posted by siyerwin on Tuesday, March 10, 2009 at 7:08 PM

The following are two TV pet commercials that are quite different from what we are used to seeing. You will see no fluffy and well-groomed cat or dog in these clips. What you'll see are a couple scenes that play out countless of times per day out there in the streets. They're a very familiar sight but not many see them. I'm hoping that after watching the clips on TV, viewers will start seeing and feeling more for our homeless animals. There is heartache in the streets as you read this.


URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VexUzglGJ-U


URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWCSlAfqEJc


Please help us spread the word about this campaign and blog about these videos!

Embed code for dog version of PAWS-Purina Homeless, Not Worthless TV Campaign:
Click on the text box, Ctrl+A, Copy & Paste onto your blog editors



Embed code for cat version of PAWS-Purina Homeless, Not Worthless TV Campaign:
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What you can do to help the homeless cats and dogs in the streets:

1. Adopt a rescue dog or cat. Experienced animal guardians could also choose to just pick a cat or dog from the street or the pound to rehabilitate. Give the shelter animals a visit!

2. Spay and neuter your pets. Adopting is actually not THE solution. The long term solution to the stray and homeless animals' increasing population is by stopping the ability of the cats and dogs in your community to multiply. Start with your house pets then urge community leaders to do the same for the stray cats and dogs. Contact animal welfare NGOs like PAWS if you want to learn more about this. These organizations usually offer low-cost spay-neuter services to help out with such efforts.

3. Stop buying from pet shops that sell cats and dogs. Adopt a rehabilitated rescue cat or dog instead. Read: 10 good reasons for adopting adult rescue dogs.

4. Teach your family and friends the value of respecting and caring for the animals. Treat your pets like they're family. Stop the vicious cycle by being responsible pet owners or guardians.

5. Volunteer! Join animal welfare organizations that give voice to the animals. Animal welfare organizations are powered by volunteers. And they need more! Read: Things to do as a PAWS volunteer

6. Donate. Animal welfare groups are not funded by the government and they raise the money they need to do their function through donations and through fund-raising activities. You can help animals by helping animal welfare organizations!

Many many thanks to:
Purina
Publicis
Director: Henry Frejas
Producers: Steve Vesagas, Lei Hosseinzade
Production House: FILMEX (Film Experts)
Media Agency: Zenith Optimedia

Here's a nice Business Mirror article about this campaign: Ads of Endearment

"Don't breed or buy while homeless pets die"

Pigs are not just food

Posted by siyerwin on Wednesday, March 04, 2009 at 1:24 PM

Pigs are some of the most intelligent animals of this planet, maybe even more intelligent than dogs and even chimpanzees. In the wild, pigs have to forage to survive and so they have to be very creative at getting to their food sources. Experiments on hogs or pigs that were featured on National Geographic's Hog Genius showed that pigs are capable of lateral thinking. They can think on their own feet and come up with different solutions to achieve an objective.

One experiment involved a video game where the pig had to move a ball into a specified area on the screen using its snout to control the joystick. The pig did it very well even in different scenarios where the target areas became smaller and smaller. If I remember it right I think they compared the pig with a dog or a chimpanzee and the former showed better performance in achieving the objectives.

Another experiment was one where a pig was told to bring a small ball (a real one) into a target by pushing the ball on the floor with its snout. The pig had a lot of trouble directing the ball to the target's direction because it kept rolling to other directions. The surprise came when the pig actually decided to change strategy and instead of bringing the ball to the target, it brought the target to the ball using the same snout pushing strategy! The pig cheated! It chose an easier solution to a problem and executed it on its own volition. My jaw dropped to the ground!

There is a growing interest in measuring the intelligence and emotions of animals that we have never thought about before. This report about animal intelligence being explored is an example of such studies and mentions pigs as one of the main interests. Apparently, pigs, aside from the outstanding intelligence, also exhibits emotional responses that are quite similar to those of human beings.

The producer of NGC's Hog Genius, David Hamlin, shared on the NGC Blog:

The bottom line: As I hope Hog Genius shows, pigs are highly intelligent, have rich emotional lives, and are deeply affected by the same trauma that can cripple human beings. Witnessing pigs struggling to find a hidden platform in a pool, or searching for refuge in an elevated maze, confirmed my sense of how similar we humans and pigs are. We look nothing alike, but we are clearly kindred spirits: and that’s the lasting Genius of Hogs to me...

From then on I started seeing pigs in a different light. Pork chops started tasting a little different (As of today my menu is 6 months pig-free and 8 months cow-free!). I began to realize that we are actually eating intelligent beings that are capable of emotion and I couldn't imagine how much suffering these animals go through to provide us sustenance.

And they do suffer. Images like those in the Earthlings documentary are forever etched into my mind.

Do pigs suffer here in the Philippines? Definitely. They are condemned to death because of a disease outbreak that was not even their fault in the first place and they are starved while they await their execution.

I recently received an email from PAWS containing its account on the pig culling currently being carried out on the ebola reston infected farm pigs in Bulacan. Even as I write this post, there are thousands of pigs there waiting for their death.

Below is a one of the official photos released by authorities. The PAWS representative who was there to observe had this to say: "Notice the bloodstained truck. Some pigs were killed using captive bolts on the truck. The rest who are being led down are to be shot by PNP sharpshooters with 22 caliber guns. Not all could be killed at the same time and the sheer number made it impossible for the pigs to be killed away from the view of the other pigs who were still alive. It was heartwrenching to watch some pigs nuzzling their other companions who lay dead on the ground."


Notice one who was leading the rest... I think he already knew what he needed to do...


Is there anything that can be done to prevent more of these things from happening? I can think of one: stop eating too much meat. Note that I didn't say stop eating meat altogether. I know that for many, this can be an impossible feat. But if we just reduce our consumption, maybe, just maybe, animal farms will not be too populated such that an outbreak of diseases like this will not instantly mean death for thousands. Maybe there won't even be such diseases at all or such stuff that scare the heebie jeebies out of us that we are forced to resort to inhumane methods of defending our own lives.


Read Inquirer.net report: 795 hogs culled in Bulacan farm

Below is the PAWS statement on the pig culling:

Dear advocates,

PAWS was there to check on the culling of the first batch of pigs in Pandi, Bulacan last Sunday.

It was difficult and traumatic for our lone observer but the alternative scenario (not having an animal welfare advocate in the "Hot Zone") could have been worse for the condemned pigs.

We gave our recommendations to the BAI and DOH on how to refine handling of the pigs. The distributor of some of the captive bolts have been in touch with us and we have referred them to BAI so that they can check on the 'jammed' equipment.

Last Sunday, PAWS found out that the pigs had not been fed since Tuesday - the reason why there was a 'humming' sound punctuated by frequent squealings coming from the pigs.
"Yang ugong na yan (That sound)", the Farm Manager said. "Gutom yan (That is the sound of hunger)".

Immediately we contacted Director Davinio Catbagan (BAI) who, in turn, assured the Farm Manager that funds will be released for the continuing upkeep of the pigs. As a result, the pigs were fed that Sunday- before the first batch of killings started.

It is important to note that many of the then-hungry pigs will still be alive, awaiting execution until the projected last day - Friday.

We are in touch with Director Catbagan every day to check on the feeding of the pigs.

Yesterday, he sent PAWS Program Director, Anna Cabrera, this text message:

"Yes, Anna, your concern is not only BAI's official concern but my personal concern as well. I have been in touch with the ground, monitoring the whole day up to late last night to ensure, among others, proper handling and continuous feeding."

The last batch of pigs to be killed would be the biggest ones (sows weighing 110kilos or more), and this is where humane handling becomes more difficult.

PAWS will be there to check if its recommendations have been implemented.

We would like to thank Dr. Catbagan, Dr.Minda Manantan of the NMIS, Dr. Eric Tayag and all the members of his staff from the Department of Health (DOH) and our friends from The Animal Kingdom Foundation (AKF), PETA Asia- Pacific and Earth Island Institute Philippines (EII-Phils) for their continuing support.

Please help us be vigilant and pray that the end would be quick and humane for these poor condemned animals.

Thank you.

-The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)

Cat Adoption Stories: Maxee, Champ and Curious George

Posted by siyerwin on Monday, March 02, 2009 at 10:44 PM

Luck, by definition, is that "force that seems to operate for good or ill in a person's life, as in shaping circumstances, events, or opportunities". It's a synchronicity of events that sometimes can lead to very curious and, hopefully, good results. Below are two stories of such circumstances in two people's lives. No they did not win the lottery. They got adopted by cats!


Maxee and Champ


Hi Sherwin,

I finally found the time to compose this mail about my cats and send you their pictures to add to your favorite gallery - adoption stories. My cats are Maxee and Champ.

Maxee was rescued by my housemate Andrea from a street near her family's place. She was very thin and weak then. She looks very pretty even if she is thin so her cousin wanted to keep her only because of the possibility she has breed. After two days, her cousin and husband can no longer keep Maxee so because of pity Drei just decided to bring her to me as a gift. Months before this i already told her my plan to buy a cat - [i didn't know about PAWS yet]. Like other adoption stories - it was love at first sight. I immediately felt her need of someone to take care of her and probably Maxee felt that i need her too. I am hesitant to have a pet then out of fear that i will not be the so-called 'Responsible Pet Owner'. But i guess, i should try to know. I just thought of using the net if i need guidance.

It was my desire to give Maxee a healthy life that i began to open 'animal welfare' links online until it brought me to PAWS. Maxee brought me to PAWS. I decided to become a volunteer and during the orientation, my housemate fell in love with a kitten abandoned by someone. At first we were hesitant again afraid that the landlady will oppose to two cats. But when we went inside the area for new cats - this same kitten whom we held for a few minutes was climbing the cage crying at the top of his little lungs - as if asking us to get him. Needless to say, we took him for foster care. We named him Champ because he had diarrhea when we took him and he is having a hard time pooping - he cries. We call him 'champion' every time he goes thru it.
A few months after, we've decided to adopt Champ as we already love him as much we love Maxee. Unfortunately, Drei has to leave and move out. But I'd like to give her the credit she deserves for her spending more time taking care of Champ during these days as i have work. She stays at home with them most of the time. She wanted to adopt Champ under her name but she is not ready yet as she does not have a stable job as of the moment. If in case she gets one and she gets Champ from me, even if it is painful for me, i'd give Champ to her because i have seen how much she loves him. Maybe, when it happens I'll be ready to foster another one. They are now both under my care for my months now.i thought i can't make it alone but i did and i can. They are now very happy and healthy cats with the help of a lot of readings, their vet - Dr. Javier of Lions Animal Clinic, and a little help from some friends and family.

Maxee and Champ have been two of the greatest gifts i got in my entire life. They make my day happy and light. Maxee wakes me up by kissing my nose or playing with my hair 10 minutes before my alarm rings everyday - i don't know how she knows the time set on alarm - maybe they are really smarter than us in ways we don't know. She is not very friendly to strangers because she is afraid of them but when she expresses her love and affection it'll melt your heart and it is always a story to tell. Champ loves to sleep beside me. He practically grew up with Maxee so he imitates everything she does. Champ is not good in heights, Maxee is, he learned to jump on the window sill probably after 100 failures[no kidding]. Maxee learned it after one failure. But Champ is very fast, he could escape when you open the door in a blink of an eye that's why i have a lock outside everytime i need to go out.

They are both very active and they play a lot. Sometimes i could see my things around the house but i still love them just the same. When i go home after work, i feel less tired. They have inspired me to do things for the animal welfare - things i never thought i can do. I am really into charity work ever since but i have always felt a bit empty as if i have not found the charity where i could permanently place my heart in to. Now - i have. I still participate in other charity events but at least at the end of the day - i could have something i could call my own. Something that is very close to my heart. Something that i could passionately talk about.

The vets confirmed that Maxee is a Siamese cat but it didn't really matter much coz whether she is a Siamese or a Puspin like Champ my love for them is just the same. They are 'my own'.

-Fox






Curious George


This little guy showed up in my life at approximately 3-4 weeks old, scrawny, flea-ridden, and very sick. I did not have a camera at that time, and actually I am glad that I am unable to show how awful and sickly my little guy looked. To put it bluntly, when I rescued him I really did not expect him to last 3 days. I had rescued kittens in the past, that were more well off, that had died within a few days. I didn't know what to expect because I rescued him from a farm. The owner of the farm said that they had found a mother with 3 kittens a few days prior, so when I found him, I knew he had not eaten in awhile.

Actually, I am saying this all wrong. I did not find him, he found me. A co-worker and I were out in Davis walking in an old farmhouse, when both of us saw what we thought was a large rat run across the floor next to the wall behind some cabinets and a big blue barrel. I am not the squeemish type, and actually like rats, so I was intrigued and wanted to see this huge rat again. So as I was standing beside the barrell trying to peer behind it, my co-worker proceeded to walk around the corner away from the barrell. When, out of nowhere, what I thought was a big rat, was actually a tiny cat. He came running out and because his eyes were so clogged with crud and goop, he didn't even see that I was a human. He ran up right next to my foot and proceeded to try to hiss at my co-worker's tall shadow (as I am sure that that's what it looked like to him) as he was walking away. The soft spot in my heart instantly melted and reached down to grab him. When my long skinny fingers gripped around his tiny anemic body and he realized that the percieved shadow, he was standing next to, was alive he freaked. However, he was so sick that he had very little squirm or fight left in him and the gurgling in his chest cavity was so deep when he breathed that it was louder than the open mouth "wanna be a" hiss was. I knew in that moment, that his chances of making a recovery were slim, especially with the fact that I had no money to take him to the vet. But, I said to heck with it and I took him anyways.
He was so funny in the car while he was riding in his new cardboard oil stained box. He kept trying to escape and every time my huge shadow of a hand would reach to put him back in the box, he would try to hiss and retreat back to his box. When I got back to the office at 5p, I quickly got into my personal car and drove home. All the pet stores had closed by the time I got home, and all I could find at Raley's was infant formula for humans. My theory was that it would hold him over until I could get him some kitten formula. I grabbed the only premature baby bottle I could find and... well as you can see, he's still alive. The two pictures are of him a week and a half after I rescued him. I was bringing him to my office every day, along with every other place I went, until he was able to eat solid food. Another co-worker and I were trying to think of names for him as he was wildly crawling into every peice of mischeif he could get into on my desk, curiously looking through evrey object, when she came up with Curious George. The name stuck and he's a very curious boy. This time, curiosity SAVED the cat.
The most amazing thing is that the night prior to me finding him, my big black love-bug cat Skitzo had ran away from my new studio and I knew in my heart that I would never see him again as he too was ferile and knew how to hunt and survive in wild. I was so upset and stayed up half the night crying. I know that George was put in my life by God. He probably just didn't want me to be alone in my new studio. It is the first time I have ever lived alone, and I was already scared. He has used the litter box since the day I brought him home, and I have never had a problem with 'accidents' on the floor. He brings me constant joy. He is always there by the door to greet me when he hears me coming toward the house. He plays fetch, chirps at birds, does simple commands, and loves me even on my worst days. He is so much different than any other ferile cat I have owned. He is so social that it's scary. He walks up to anyone or anything that is new (including 75 pound pittbulls, but that's another story.) At this moment, he is curled up in a cute fuzzy ball on his makeshift bed. I don't know what I would do without his little attitude in my life. He teaches me so much about letting go of material objects as he was constantly breaking everything until a couple weeks ago. I have learned that his value in my life is worth an infinate amount more than any breakable (or even unbreakable) material item I have. Thank God for the kitten who saved my life that cold day in October.

LeeAnna



Thanks, Fox and LeeAnna for sharing your wonderful fortune. The pictures are amazing!

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Free Neutering for Male Cats and Dogs

Posted by siyerwin on Tuesday, February 24, 2009 at 9:19 PM

PAWS Celebrates International Spay Day with Free Neutering Services

Announcement:

Dear friends,

As part of our celebration of International Spay Day, PAWS is offering free neutering of pets at the PAWS Shelter http://parc.mefindhome.org for February 26 and 27, 2009.

Male dogs can only be accommodated on the morning of February 26.
Male cats will be scheduled on February 27.

Call us at 475-1688 for scheduling and please make sure to leave your name, phone number and a brief message on our answering machine (comes on after 5 rings).
A maximum of 2 pets per person, please.

Kindly be reminded of the following:
- Male pets must be completely healthy.
- Male pets must not be fed or given water 12 hours prior to operation
- Male pets must be in secure cages or carriers (properly labeled with the owner's name and contact numbers) when brought to the shelter at the designated time.
- Scheduling is IMPORTANT: Unscheduled pets (whose owners did not call to leave messages on our answering machine by February 25, 5pm) may not be accommodated for Spay Day/s and may be advised to avail of our regular low-cost neuter rates the following week.

Yesterday, we were at the Batasan National High School in QC for our short talk on Rabies Prevention, Spay-Neuter and Responsible Pet Ownership. Not a lot of students are aware that neutering is possible for pets, and that "kapon" is a humane procedure done by a licensed veterinarian. (Most students are aware of "kapon" only as a cruel method done with rubberbands in the provinces.)

We have our work cut out for us and we need everyone's help in promoting spay-neuter of all companion animals. Please do your share in forwarding or printing out and posting the attached poster.

Thank you!

-The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)

Attention, Animal Welfare Advocates: Email Scam Alert!

Posted by siyerwin on Wednesday, February 11, 2009 at 2:00 PM

I received some very disturbing news this morning. Apparently, someone out there is using the name of The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) to scam unwitting advocates. So we're sending out this warning to everyone not to send money to anyone claiming to be a representative of PAWS. Verify it first!

The modus operandi is simple: They will ask you for money for one purpose or another. The one that has been reported to us relates to the adoption of shelter animals. Some crooks are offering to ship out adoptable shelter animals overseas for a fee--- a la mail-order pets--- which of course is crazy! This does not and will never happen as potential adopters are required to personally go to the shelter. PAWS doesn't ship animals out to adoptive homes! They must come pick them up at the shelter!

While PAWS may ask people for cash donations, they will never ask you to send them to a bank account under the name of a person because PAWS has official bank accounts under its SEC-registered name: The Philippine Animal Welfare Organization (PAWS).

Simple clues to tell you of a possible email scam:

1. The recipient bank account name is under a person's name and not under the official PAWS account name.

The official PAWS banks are:

Philippine National Bank (PNB)
Account Number 072-830174-0
Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI)
Account Numbers:
US Dollar Account 3944-0021-61
Peso Savings 3943-0086-11

Official account name: The Philippine Animal Welfare Society

Send cash donations only to these accounts. Make checks payable only to "The Philippine Animal Welfare Society"


2. They are using dubious website addresses.

The official PAWS websites are:

http://www.paws.org.ph <--- Official PAWS domain

or

http://www.pitstopit.com/paws3 <--- The PAWS domain is frame-forwarded to this URL. PAWS website is hosted by www.pITstopit.com.

The official PAWS Yahoo!Group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/whatsuppaws

The official PAWS Multiply: http://animaladvocates.multiply.com

Affiliate Blogs:
http://www.mefindhome.org
http://onlovinganimals.blogspot.com

If they give you or send you to website addresses different from the ones above, please report it to PAWS first by forwarding to philpaws @ yahoo.com


3. Their Reply-to email address is different from their From email address.

Take note that the PAWS official email address is philpaws @ yahoo.com. If you receive an email from philpaws @ yahoo.com asking for money, try pressing the "reply" button and see if the recipient email address is also philpaws @ yahoo.com. If it's not, then that's a clear attempt to make you think they are PAWS when they most likely are not. Report to PAWS right away.


As a rule of thumb, if something doesn't feel right, email or call PAWS for verification. Please help us foil these criminals.

PAWS Tel.: +63-2-4751688
Email: philpaws @ yahoo.com

Thank you very much!

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