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A Tale of a Formerly Fostered Cat

Posted by siyerwin on Thursday, January 08, 2009 at 5:31 PM

This is very good post. But it isn't mine (at least not most of it). Below is an email that was sent to the PAWS Yahoogroup by Fabie, a fellow advocate who volunteered to foster a sick shelter cat until the cat's nursed back to health. The usual plan here is for the cat to stay with the foster home until an adoptive home is found or until the cat's healthy enough to go back to the shelter. However, at some point, a phenomenon which Ted of On Loving Animals refers to as a "foster failure" occurred---

Cat didn't make it back to the shelter because Fabie, the foster parent, adopted the cat!

Ey, Fabie, nobody's complaining! Happy for both of you!

Dear fellow animal-lovers,

I was literally moved to tears when I read the poem, "I Rescued a Human Today." It was so touching. I could really relate with almost everything written on it because I was recently rescued by an adorable shelter cat named Angelina.

Angelina happens to be my favorite shelter cat at PAWS-PARC. She was originally named Vicky (from the warning "Be Careful" because she used to show signs of aggressive behavior). Thanks to good souls at PAWS like Heidi who patiently took care and rehabilitated her and eventually brought out the best in her. She became very tame and very "malambing." I renamed her Angelina after the stunning & famous Hollywood actress, Angelina Jolie.

When I went to PAWS last November 8 for my weekly volunteer work, I could not find her. I thought she was already adopted or worse, something bad happened to her. I was crying. I finally found her at the quarantine area. She was sick. PAWS officers Liza, Heidi, Gwen and Dr. Almoro requested me to foster her for 2 weeks so she could easily regain her strength. Before I knew it, I was bringing home Angelina plus a cage, a carrier, litter box, a plastic bag full of sawdust, cat food and medicine and even toys which PAWS provided. (HIndi ako makapaniwala! Napakabilis ng mga pangyayari at napakalakas ng convincing power ng mga taga-PAWS and of course my love for Angelina is the strongest force.) After a week, Angelina has adjusted to my little home and has gotten well. As I have spent more time with her, I have discovered more of her endearing qualities which have made me love her even more. Now, I'm planning to adopt her for good.

Her name Angelina suits her well. She is so sweet. She even looks so innocent and naive (para syang cat version ni Maria Clara) She is like an angel who provides me company. She listens to my stories. She comforts me whenever I feel sad. She never fails to amuse me. Her hugs (especially when she rubs her face with my face) remove all my cares away. She even sometimes licks my face. She' s very "malambing." She likes to be rubbed on her neck. She won't eat unless I rub her neck first. She purrs a lot. Angelina is not perfect. She is quite timid and I can say lazy. She doesn't like to exercise. All she wants to do is to sleep on my sofa the whole day, hahaha, how cute! She's actually doing me a favor because she doesn't jump around the house and break my house displays. I was really surprised that once during lunchtime, she jumped on the dining table and got a small piece of chicken from my plate without me noticing it. I reprimanded her for that. But I love her just the same. I thank God for sending me an angel cat named Angelina. She's indeed a blessing.

I'm attaching some pictures of Geline, (my nickname for her) for you to see how adorable my angel is.

God bless you and your pets. MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Fabie Ortiz
Volunteer, PAWS

I Rescued A Human Today by Janine Allen

Posted by siyerwin on at 5:20 PM

Update 07Apr2009:
The author of this wonderful piece just left a message in he comments section. I apologize for not knowing who the author was. Lack of research on my part as I just picked it up from another web page.

"I rescued a human today.....

Her eyes met mine as she walked down the corridor peering apprehensively into the kennels. I felt her need instantly and knew I had to help her. I wagged my tail, not too exuberantly, so she wouldn't be afraid.

As she stopped at my kennel I blocked her view from a little accident I had in the back of my cage. I didn't want her to know that I hadn't been walked today. Sometimes the shelter keepers get too busy and I didn't want her to think poorly of them.

As she read my kennel card I hoped that she wouldn't feel sad about my past. I only have the future to look forward to and want to make a difference in someone's life. She got down on her knees and made little kissy sounds at me. I shoved my shoulder and side of my head up against the bars to comfort her.

Gentle fingertips caressed my neck; she was desperate for companionship. A tear fell down her cheek and I raised my paw to assure her that all would be well.

Soon my kennel door opened and her smile was so bright that I instantly jumped into her arms. I would promise to keep her safe. I would promise to always be by her side. I would promise to do everything I could to see that radiant smile and sparkle in her eyes.

I was so fortunate that she came down my corridor. So many more are out there who haven't walked the corridors. So many more to be saved. At least I could save one.

I rescued a human today."


Written by Janine Allen CPDT, Rescue Me Dog's professional dog trainer. Janine's passion is working with people and their dogs. She provides demonstrations for those who have adopted shelter dogs, lends email support to adopted dog owners that need information beyond our Training Support Pages, and aids shelter staff and volunteers in understanding dog behavior to increase their adoptability. Copyright 2009 Rescue Me Dog;

PAWS Volunteer Orientation on January 10, 2009, 10 AM

Posted by siyerwin on Monday, January 05, 2009 at 9:59 AM

Greetings, animal advocates! I'm finally back from another blogging break and I'd like to start off by wishing you guys a very Happy New Year! Hope you had a rockin' holiday season with all your fur babies and thanks to all those who remembered the shelter animals last Christmas. Your gifts of kindness are magical.

PAWS is starting 2009 in high spirits with a volunteer orientation on January 10, Saturday, 10 AM at the PAWS shelter (PARC) in Quezon City. If you're a fellow advocate who wants to help out, then all you need is to come on Saturday and tell us so in person and get more acquainted with the organization to learn more about what you can do as PAWS volunteer. PAWS is 100% made of volunteer stuff and it needs more!

Are you photography enthusiast who likes taking pictures of animals? Come join in as well!

Just print out the application form, fill it up and bring it with you to the orientation. Please do not send it by fax anymore (we're trying to save on office supplies). Also bring Php 200 for the ID and other orientation materials.

For further inquiries about the orientation, please email philpaws @ or post a comment here and I will try to reply asap.

Below is the official announcement from PAWS:

Dear friends,

Orientation for PAWS volunteer applicants will be on Saturday, January 10, 10 am 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)

Members of PAWS e-group or PAWS Multiply group are not considered PAWS volunteers unless they:
1. have signed and submitted the volunteer application form (including agreement to abide by PAWS policies and sign a waiver freeing PAWS from liabilities for any injury or illness sustained during the course of doing volunteer work)
2. have attended a Volunteer Orientation session
3. render a minimum of 8 hours a month doing volunteer work

Verification of names of people who claim to be "members of PAWS" can be done through email. Please email us at philpaws@yahoo. com or write to

Ms. Nita Hontiveros-Lichauco
President and CEO
The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)
87 Small Horseshoe Drive
New Manila, QC 1112

Please note that only active volunteers who render a minimum of eight (8) volunteer hours a month for six months will be issued PAWS official IDs (with one-year expiration dates, renewable every year).

Thank you.

-The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)

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