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Celebrate World Animal Day with PAWS this Weekend!

Posted by siyerwin on Wednesday, September 29, 2010 at 8:09 PM

The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), in cooperation with SM Mall of Asia, Alpo and Friskies, will be mounting the 2010 WORLD ANIMAL DAY Philippine celebration this weekend to celebrate animal life in all its forms and to acknowledge the diverse roles that animals play in our lives – from being our companions, supporting and enriching our existence, to bringing a sense of wonder into our lives.

October 2 - SM MALL OF ASIA

* A free screening of "THE COVE", the 2009 Academy Award-Winning Documentary about the violent dolphin trade in Japan, takes place at 11am at the Directors' Cinema of SM Mall of Asia. Very limited seating. First Come, First Serve.

* At 1pm, animal welfare groups open their booths to showcase their work and gather support from animal lovers. Participating organizations include CARA, Animal Kingdom Foundation, Earth Island Institute, WWF-Philippines, PeTA Asia Pacific, Feathered Friends Foundation, SAWS, Palawan Animal Welfare Association and PSPCA.

* A special photo exhibit on animals will also be on display as well as FREE Grooming, Pet Massage and Vet Consultation for all pets and FREE Face Painting, Caricature and Instant Photos for all kids until 4pm

* Watch the PAWS Junior Cadets get inducted during a program which starts at 3pm.

* PAWS Aspin Club members also get to mingle for their 3rd get-together with the rest of the pet-loving public the entire afternoon

* "Voices for the Voiceless" - a free concert featuring South Border, True Faith, Karylle, Rachel Alejandro, NATF, Jan Nieto, Apple Chiu, Regine Tolentino, Drizzle with DNA, Dana, Reasons, Speed Dancers, Kristen Dizon, Reema Changco, Patricia Bermudez, Marco Manalac and other surprise guests kicks off from 5pm to 8pm.

Special thanks to Pet Express, Frontline Plus, McDonald's, By Nature Handmade Soaps, The Picture Company, Human Nature, Subway, Magic 89.9, and The Philippine Star Pet Life Section.


The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), in cooperation with Eastwood Mall and Pet One, will mount a grand PET BLESSING in celebration of the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals.

Two-legged and four-legged devotees will lead the procession of the statue of St. Francis around Eastwood City starting 4pm while a special Mass for the Animals officiated by Father Joey Paras, SDB will start at 5PM at the Eastwood Open Park to be followed by the Blessing of the Animals with special guests Bituin Escalante, Regine Tolentino and Leah Patricio.

Special thanks to Frontline Plus, Merial Philippines and the Philippine Star Pet Life Section.

PAWS Doggie Day Out for Aspin Club Members!!!

Posted by siyerwin on Friday, August 06, 2010 at 9:39 PM

Here's a little invite for Aspin lovers out there especially to the members of the PAWS Aspin Club:

Dear PAWS Aspin Club members,

The Club's second meet-up this year provides your dogs the opportunity to be as pampered as the typical pedigreed pooch: aspins* get FREE grooming, massage, vet consultation, pet photo and doggie treats!

So mark the date - August 7 - 11:00 am to 3:30 pm - and we will see you all there.

Mabuhay ang Asong Pinoy!

-The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)

* refers to aspins (mongrels/native dogs/mixed breeds) who are registered members of the PAWS Aspin Club.

Note: New registrants will be accepted at the venue. Annual registration fee is P250 and updated vaccination records must be presented.

Love your Aspin. Join the PAWS Aspin Club!

Posted by siyerwin on Tuesday, April 13, 2010 at 7:12 PM


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We’ve seen it so often that most of us have begun to accept it as a way of life: purebred dogs are treated differently than native dogs even if they both live in the same house.

The native dogs stay outside & are tied up or caged for life, the perennial “bantay” in Filipino society. Bantay is usually brown or white and short-haired – the type of dog that you would usually see out in the streets. So it’s no surprise that he would always be referred to as “askal” or “asong kalye” even if he lives with a family and is never allowed to stray outside.

Bantay is not the type of dog to be cuddled as well. Barking all the time, he is expected to be scary and to drive away intruders from one’s yard.

We have seen a lot of hero dogs on TV and in the movies. But Rin-Tin-Tin, Lassie, Benjie, and Beethoven do not look like Bantay at all. So they must have been talking about a different dog when Western movies imparted those great home-grown values such as compassion and love for the dog who will give his life for its master.

The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), in cooperation with Alpo and Eastwood City, will aim to change this way of thinking through the launch of the PAWS Aspin Club on April 24 at the Eastwood Central Plaza.

The club is open to all native and mixed-breed dogs which must be friendly to both humans and other dogs. Dogs must be leashed at all times and owners must show their updated vaccination records upon registration.

The P250 annual membership fee will go to the PAWS Animal Shelter which takes care of aspins rescued from cruelty and neglect. Registration starts 3pm and the main program will begin at 4pm.

Special guest is PAWS celebrity volunteer and proud aspin owner Heart Evangelista. “We hope to change the way Filipinos look at their native & mixed breed dogs and how they treat them.”, says Heart.

PAWS has lined up a lot of fun activities such as a pet portrait area, a doggie treat cooking lesson and an agility course demonstration as well as lots of freebies for those owners who will register their dogs on April 24.

For inquiries, please email

The PAWS Aspin Club launch is made possible through the generous support of Eastwood City, Alpo, Pet Express, McDonald’s, Frontline Plus, Pooch Park, Magic 89.9, and the Philippine Star Pet Life Section.

PAWS celebrates International Spay Day

Posted by siyerwin on Thursday, February 11, 2010 at 9:02 PM

Just a really quick post to let everyone know about the free spaying/neutering which PAWS will be having at the shelter tomorrow in celebration of International Spay Day!

Below is the PAWS announcement:

We invite everyone to have their pets (dogs and cats) spayed or neutered for free at the PAWS Animal Rehabilitation Center in Aurora Boulevard, Katipunan Valley, Loyola Heights, QC tomorrow, Feb 12 - SPAY DAY at PARC - 9am to 4pm.

Please also extend this invitation to the poorer members of your household (household helpers, drivers with pets, their relatives, etc) and the community (i.e. that neighbor of yours who seem to be having a tough time taking care of their pets because of their financial situation. Fixing their pets means they won't be burdened with unexpected puppies or kittens)

Spay-neuter will be on a "first come, first served" basis, so please come early tomorrow. Gates open at 9am.

Benefits of spayed/neutered pets:
-they won't contribute to the pet overpopulation problem
-they are healthier (less likely to develop reproductive cancers)
-they are less likely to be aggressive
-they are less likely to stray outside the house and get lost (Intact pets often 'escape' from yards in search of a mate)

See you tomorrow! =)

-The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)

Important Reminder: Please make sure that your pets are fasted (no food and water) before undergoing the procedure. PAWS recommends that you do not give food and water to your pet from 10pm of the day prior to the morning of operation. Please CLICK HERE to learn more

PAWS Volunteer Applicant Orientation and A Few Updates About This Blog

Posted by siyerwin on Monday, February 01, 2010 at 1:31 PM

There will be an orientation for new PAWS volunteer applicants on February 6, 10:00 AM, at the PAWS Animal Rehabilitation Center (PARC). See map at the PAWS Website, or, if you need a somewhat more detailed instructions on how to get to the shelter, go to one of my previous posts on how to find the animal shelter.

After the orientation, there will be a seminar on humane dog catching that will be held on the same venue (3:00 PM). Local barangay officials are especially invited for this so kindly extend this invitation to your barangay officers. This humane education seminar is free and is an integral part of animal welfare groups' advocacy for the humane treatment of all animals.

A Few Updates about

This blog is still alive and kicking and although I've been out of the loop as of late, my heart is still with the animals and, pending resolution of my time management issues (hard to explain but let's just say that I now almost have two full-time jobs, among other things), I wish to resume active volunteering/blogging duties some time in the future.

I apologize to the comments here that are left unanswered. I also made a huge blunder of accidentally deleting about 5 legitimate comments so I also apologize to those who left those comments. It will be great if you guys re-post those comments as there was one there from a fellow animal lover who made a short note about his/her own animal rescue efforts. I have been doing this for years and have never made that mistake before. Other comments tend to be repeats of previous questions that I have already answered so I am working on some sort of FAQ section so please stay tuned. Those posting something about selling pets will not see the light of day on these pages (I've been working on a post about this for ages, hehe). If you wish to give away or abandon your pets, please send an email to me directly because I would like to try and change your mind. There are kinder options that you can take.

As usual, if you wish to receive quicker replies, I suggest emailing me through sherwin @ mefindhome . org

Also, you might see some weird changes in the appearance of this blog because of some changes in Google's (this blog is hosted by Google's services. I am thinking of moving the hosting somewhere but that will also entail a significant amount of time but that may be the direction this blog is going to.

Finally, thank you to those who send in their donations through this blog. Not being able to thank you personally is something I regret all the time but please know that whatever you give do help the cause and the animals that continue to bear the brunt of human cruelty and neglect. PAWS or any other animal welfare organization can't do it alone after all.

Thank you very much and see you all at the shelter! :)

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