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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

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 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

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  1. 11 comments: Responses to “ Help the Animals! Volunteer! ”

  2. By Anonymous on May 3, 2009, 7:25:00 AM

    It's great to know this kind of animal welfare cause! Did you by any chance see this article about Zootoo’s shelter makeover?

  3. By keli keni on May 10, 2009, 6:01:00 PM


  4. By Anonymous on May 13, 2009, 6:56:00 PM

    Tanong ko lang po, kasi di ko po sigurado if I missed anything during the orientation, pagkatapos po ba ng orientation I just wait to be contacted whether I've been accepted as a volunteer?

  5. By siyerwin on May 14, 2009, 12:10:00 AM

    You can start volunteering. If you have a lot of free time do drop by the shelter to help out. There will be upcoming fundraiser activities and PAWS will need all the help it can get. Email philpaws at yahoo dot com if you want to know specific jobs that you can do for those fundraisers. Thank you very much. :)

  6. By JP aka Elmo on May 18, 2009, 6:37:00 PM


    off topic lang po. ask ko lng po kng san sa manila nakakabili ng catnip? yung dried shredded leaves.


  7. By Anonymous on May 19, 2009, 11:56:00 AM

    hi, i would like to ask when your next orientation will be? i really am interested in your volunteer program. thanks a lot.

  8. By Phoebe on May 20, 2009, 1:03:00 AM

    sadly, i missed the orientation again. :( when will the next one be? :)

  9. By verlyn on May 21, 2009, 11:29:00 PM

    Hello! I just want to ask, when is the next orientation? I'm very interested to volunteer. Thank you!

  10. By Anonymous on May 22, 2009, 4:06:00 PM

    Kahit anong oras po ba open ang PARC? Can I help out in the shelter anytime?

  11. By siyerwin on May 22, 2009, 7:36:00 PM

    Hi. Next orientation might be months off but I will announce it here as soon as schedule is finalized. Please subscribe to email feed if you wish to get notified immediately. thanks!!!

  12. By Anonymous on Nov 4, 2009, 12:14:00 PM

    i really want to be as one of the volunteers..
    but then my location is in Davao City..:(

    jackie of davao city

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