This was long overdue! Whew! It’s hard to edit pictures!!! 😛
Ever since we were younger, my sister has long been a lover of animals. There was never a time that she showed hate upon these little creatures (except if that little creature you are talking about is a cockroach. Hehe.) – may it be an animal from her friend’s house, a picture of an animal seen on TV or the internet, and even stray animals she sees in the street.
As today (That was three days ago. Haha! Sorry, late.) is her birthday (Happy Birthday, Mic!), she decided not to hold an eating celebration for her friends. Instead, she insisted our mother to use the money meant for the celebration to donate stuff to the Philippine Animal Welfare Society or PAWS.
For the benefit of everyone, PAWS is a non-profit organization based in the Philippines which aims to promote and serve animal rights. The shelter houses domestic animals, particularly cats and dogs, most of which were rescued from abusive hands.
Contrary to popular belief, PAWS does not adopt animals (although they accept animals which were surrendered to the shelter if and only if they still have space to house them). They just take care as much animals as they rescue or surrendered to them as they can and prepare them for adoption – making sure that these little fellas will be properly taken care of by a family who is willing to provide them with love and affection that they deserve, along of course, with their basic needs.
Now ask, “Why look after animal rights when there are lots of issues our country is facing right now?” Exactly! There are lots of issues our country is facing right now and having a hard time addressing that animal rights is something which has always been taken for granted.
Anyway, my sister donated stuff such as dog food, cat food (The shelter needs more cat food since the cats’ population is three times the population of dogs, and there are more sponsors for dog food than cat food), plastic gloves and medicines (for medication and surgeries), among others (Funny side story: One of the bags where the donations were placed included my Nanay’s organic red rice. Hahaha! My Mom was like so bitter. LOL)
We were then taken by Ate Hannah for a tour on the shelter. She showed us the different areas in the place. There was a place for sick pets (Cats and dogs separated), cool pets (The healthy ones), pets under recovery, a clinic, a memorial wall, and a doggie park (Where dogs undergoing therapy are being walked by the volunteers).
There were several character pets. But it was really bittersweet to hear the stories of some of the pets which were rescued from different sorts of cruelty or hopeless situations; there was one dog found on the streets, which just came from giving birth (making their condition more sensitive) during a heavy typhoon; there was one dog which is not anymore reacting to medications given to them; there were dogs which used to have terrible sores on their bodies; and some animals which were afraid of people or are terrifying people as s defense mechanism for the trauma that they have which was caused by several cases of abuse from cruel people who used to surround them before.
Most likely, visiting the shelter might become a regular activity for our family (We went there with my Mom and her Bestfriend and her Bestfriend’s Husband. Hehehe. There were few of us, really. :P) It is only now that I realize much that animals do have feelings like us. They need all the affection they could get so why give less when you yourself would want to gain more?
For more information on The Philippine Animal Welfare Society, you can visit their website at http://www.paws.org.ph.
You can also drop by their office to visit the animals or give your donations (in cash or in kind) at:
PAWS Animal Rehabilitation Center (PARC)
Aurora Boulevard (near the corner of Katipunan Ave. and Aurora Blvd.)
Katipunan Valley, Loyola Heights, Quezon City
Spread some love and make these little ones know they are being valued for, too! 🙂