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[whatsuppaws] Reno-Miracle Dog

Dear friends,
Bear with us as we share this photo of Reno with you. This was taken last October 3. He was rescued in Cubao by PAWS volunteers Daisy Medel and Joe Claret. Reno was found huddled by the side of the street with a bloodied face. He had tumors on his face and his body also bore marks of neglect and abuse.
Under the caring hands of Dr David Arceo, the dog whom we did not think would survive, had shown dramatic improvement. (see photos dated October 20 below)

We call Reno our “Miracle Dog” because, unlike Romeo/Juliet, we did not send out an alert since the prognosis was not very good. Rescuers were advised to pray and hope for the best.

Last week, Dr Arceo texted us with this message: “This dog continues to surprise. The other eye which I thought was completely blind and hopeless, is now a feasible, seeing eye! He is now on his second round of chemotherapy..”

Dogs with special medical needs like Reno are not included in the PAWS Shelter’s monthly budget /overhead cost of P80,000 (about $1,800).
Please help us continue Reno’s treatment by sending financial support to:
Account Name: The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)
Bank: PNB
Account Number: 072-830174-0
Donors may fax a copy of their validated deposit slips to 724-1986 and indicate their mailing address on the slips so that we can send official receipts.
Donors may also call Dr. David Arceo at Companion Animal Clinic, Antipolo, Rizal tel 6682050 to ask about what other medicines they can sponsor.
Thank you.
-The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)

[whatsuppaws] Top Six Needs of the Shelter

Dear animal advocate,
Submitted a volunteer application form to PAWS but have not yet been Oriented?  Anyone can drop by the shelter and help!
The only difference between “oriented” and “non-oriented” volunteers is that the latter may not be allowed to do direct animal care and must be supervised at all times by a senior volunteer. New volunteer hours are from 4pm to 6pm.
Our policy is not “A job for every volunteer but a volunteer for every job.” so we require that volunteers take a look at the list of tasks posted outside our office starting tomorrow and take on a task that they feel they are good or most effective at.
Anyone (not just volunteers) can also launch a  “cat food drive”, “towel drive” or any collection drive for any of the following  urgent needs of the PAWS animal shelter:
Here are the top six needs of the shelter at the moment —
1. Dry cat food
Consumption: One 30kg bag lasts the shelter kitties – 5 days
2. Vibravet
Consumption: Currently, five (5) pieces a month. For kittens under treatment
3. Bleach
Consumption: Biggest bottle of ZONROX lasts 1 week.
4. Canex or any all-wormer
Consumption: Good for forty (40)  average (native) sized  dogs once every three months.
5. Detergent Powder – I kilo
Consumption: Ten (10) kilos a month
6. Old towels and newspapers
For inquiries, you may email us at philpawsATyahooDOTcom. Other pieces of information on HOW TO DONATE are available at or at the HOME PAGE of
Thank you and God bless!
-The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)

Stop dog gassing and drowning in the future for Cagayan de Oro City

Dear advocates,
Cross-posting from the pinoyanimallovers e-group – below.
Please write letters to the Mayor and to the City Veterinarian. Please use the letter below as a guide and try to compose your own letter.
Thank you.
-The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)

Stop dog gassing and drowning in the future for Cagayan de Oro City

News reports confirm the cruel dog gassing and drowning conducted by
the Cagayan de Oro City Veterinary Office to get rid of dogs in

The dogs impounded in the streets and remained unclaimed in pounds
are subjected to a slow and painful death. The drowning was done in a
landfill in full view of the public; it took about five long minutes
before one dog dies. The remains of the dogs are dumped in the same

This is an outright violation of Republic 8485 or Philippine Animal
Welfare Act of 1998 which clearly states that killing of dogs must be
done humanely at all times.

The veterinary office of Cagayan de Oro City has been experimenting
on carbon monoxide poisoning using vehicle exhaust and improvised gas
chambers, drowning, and intracranial injection to rid of strays since
1996. The law was passed and took effect in 1998.

We have to let the officials know that we will not let this pass and
this barbaric act should never happen again. I have written a letter
to guide you write your own letter or you can use the one I wrote.
Unfortunately, CDO officials don’t have email addresses so we have to
make extra effort to send a snail mail. I hope that you will find
time to do this so there will be no more dogs who will suffer such
cruelty in the future.

Dr. Perla D. Asis, City Veterinary Office
BSP Building, Archbishop Hayes St., Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines
Tel. No. (632) 088-857-2185

Mayor Constantino Jaraula
3rd Floor, Cagayan City Hall, Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines
Tel. No. (632) 088-8572257 / 857-5040

Dear Dr. Asis/Mayor Constantino,

I am writing to express my concern about the method used in
controlling the population of strays and preventing the spread of
rabies in your city.

The dogs didn’t have to experience a slow, painful, and disturbing
death through gassing, drowning or intracranial injection. They were
separated from their guardians, impounded, and kept in dog pounds.
And they don’t deserve to be dumped in a landfill after they die.

These animals have feelings like all of us. They feel fear and
anxiety. They don’t deserve to be subjected to seeing their fellow
dogs die in front of their eyes. This is not only inhumane but

I understand that there are other more humane ways in controlling the
population of strays as mandated by the Philippine law. Death by
lethal injection is the most humane way of animal population control
as proved by other cities in the Philippines like Marikina in Metro

I hope that you will follow the examples of other cities in your
country and work with animal welfare groups to help you and save the
image of your city which has been tainted by this piece of horrifying

Sincerely yours,_,_.___

Give Romeo a hand

Over the past few weeks, several dogs taken in or rescued by PAWS were found to be in need of special medical care: there’s Iris and Lady who are both being treated for heartworm, John Lloyd for liver problems, Malcolm for severe demodectic mange.

Fortunately, all these dogs have gotten sponsors somehow for their treatment.

Yesterday morning, after a week of waiting to be rescued, “Romeo”- a thin dog with an injured leg roaming in the Greenhills area – was finally taken into the PAWS shelter.

Rescuers had to shuttle him from the PAWS clinic to a clinic with an x-ray. Romeo – sweet dog though he was- was in such pain, his snout had to be tied to keep him from biting the gentle hands which held his injured leg against the x-ray machine.

When the x-ray came out, it was obvious now why Romeo was in great pain: his hind leg was broken clear into two (see attached x-ray). Romeo needs to have a bone-pin operation that PAWS would be unable to afford.

Our choices:
1. leave him to heal on his own while giving him pain-killers. His bones will eventually fuse but he will be walking with one short hind leg for the rest of his life.
2. get him that bone-pin surgery he needs by asking help from supporters

We decided, of course, to try course of action #2 first by posting this message. Approximate cost of the operation is P15,000 (or perhaps less if we get some kindhearted veterinary surgeon to just charge us the cost of the meds and surgical materials)

Please, if any of you who are subscribed here would want to pitch in to help with Romeo’s surgery, send us a email indicating the amount that you pledge to deposit to our PNB account on or before September 30, 2008.

Account details:
Account Name: The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)
PNB Current Account No. 072-830174-0
PNB Branch: PNB Financial Center (Main Branch)
*important: please send email first indicating the amount and when the deposit will be made or send us validated deposit slip via fax 475-1688 with the note- “For Romeo” plus your name and mailing address- where we can send the official receipt.

Thank you.

-The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)

You may also email us at philpawsATyahooDOTcom
or call up PARC (the PAWS Shelter) at 475-1688.


Our heartfelt thanks to those who responded immediately to Romeo’s case.

We were able to gather the quoted amount of P15,000 within only three (3) days from posting the alert. We had to inform the others who wanted to donate that the full amount has already been gathered by yesterday,Sept 29,2008:

Thank you to these angels who were the first to give their pledges:
1. Peachy S – P2,000
2. Popi L – P2,000
3. Adele F – P4,000
4. Elizabeth F – P8,000

Thank you to those who got in touch with us later wanting to send more but we would like to advise them to please hold on to their donations first until we get further updates from Dr. Nielsen Donato of Vets in Practice next week.

Dr. Donato says Romeo is not yet fit for surgery and they would have to see if he will improve in 5 days. What they did for the meantime is realign the broken bone (while dog was sedated) and bandaged it. They will see if the bone will fuse or heal correctly on its own.

We will update all donors and provide an accounting of the vet bills and payments.

PAWS would also like to thank Ms. Sue H who pledged to shoulder the hospitalization bill for Romeo’s first few days at Vets in Practice ( from Sept 26 up to Sept 29).

Thank you very much, in behalf of Romeo.

God bless all of you!

-The Philippine Animal Welfare Society

Dogfight Raid – Dan Tan arraigned

Dan Tan – arrested last March 31, 2007 for charges of participating in and for being the proponent of dog fights in Antipolo City – was finally arraigned last June 5, 2008.

Months of delaying tactics had stretched into a full year and finally, for the accused, there were no more medical certificates on “illness” to present as excuse for non-appearance in court and the 60-day waiting period for their pending Motion for Reconsideration at the Department of Justice had lapsed.

Tan pleaded “NOT GUILTY” to the charge of violation of Republic Act 8485 which prohibits dogfights.

Dan Tan in dogfight arena

Tan is shown in the video-grabbed photo above participating in the said illegal act. The video clips and photos are only some of the evidence which will be presented by PAWS.

Eyewitness accounts of arresting police officers, accounts of PAWS volunteers who were on the scene at the time of the raid, veterinarian’s certificates and the confiscated pitbulls themselves are hoped to seal the country’s first dogfight conviction.

Marking of evidence is set on July 7 while the pre-trial is slated on August 28 at the Antipolo Hall of Justice.

Meanwhile, the Court has directed that representations be made with the Thailand Embassy to try to locate – Phanuwat Nunthawat, Kittiya Boonyang and Timothy Dharmajiva -Thai citizens who were arrested in the raid (who skipped the country on Holy Thursday 2007.)

Phanuwat Nunthawat and Kittiya Boonyang Wanted for Dogfighting

Phanuwat Nunthawat, Kittiya Boonyang

Timothy Dharmajiva Wanted for Dogfighting

Timothy Dharmajiva

Please forward their photos to your friends in Thailand as these are people who are currently “at large”. We need help in locating them and bringing them back to face charges in Philippine Court.

Dogfighting is illegal and cruel. Here are some file photos of the victims from last year:

Photo 1: “Midnight”, renamed Black-Black by his current foster parent, when he was rescued last March 31, 2007. His left paw was almost severed and he was on the verge of getting killed when the raid was announced.

Photo 2: Black-Black in September 2007. Just a few months after the raid, his paw is healed and he has put on some weight. Now, Black-Black is a beloved pet – happy and a bit, er, chubby.

Photo 3: The other dog rescued from the raid, “Buddy” – was a “leg dog”. He was trained to attack the legs of his dog opponents in the ring – the reason why Black-Black’s leg bore the most damage. From our video file evidence, it appears that Buddy was Tim Dharmajiva’s dog – flown in from Thailand to participate in the international dogfight rudely interrupted by the CIDG-PAWS raid last March 2007.

The “AFTER” photo was taken in September 2007. Buddy is much fatter now and the wounds are hardly visible on his face.

Read more about the dogfight raid on Lizzie’s site.

Help save dogs like Buddy and Black-Black and put a stop to dogfights.

Report dogfighting in your area to the police by calling 117. For assistance, email philpawsATyahooDOTcom.

Chubby and Emil, adopted!


L to R: Jho (PARC secretary), Chubby with Rio, Anna (PAWS Program Director) and mom.
Rio is vegan while his mom is vegetarian. Date of adoption: April 11, 2008


Emil and Michael Barbosa (with happy Mom smiling behind them) – Date of adoption: April 12, 2008.

Read about the others who are waiting for a home.

You may also email us at philpawsATyahooDOTcom
or call up PARC (the PAWS Shelter) at 475-1688.

Van Damme

Read about Van Damme on Lizzie’s blog. (Which is a must-read for animal lovers)


*Help Van Damme find his forever-home by re-posting this in your blogs, websites, yahoogroups, forums, etc., and forwarding to relatives and friends who you might think would be interested in giving a good dog a good home. (Some even go as far as printing these out and posting in their school / office / neighborhood bulletin boards! :D) Thanks! :)


Written by Sharon Say
Edited by Alya Honasan
Photo by Sharon Say


Just when Christmas was about to come, Chubby found himself abandoned by his human, all alone on the doorstep of PARC. Beside him, though, was a colored ball, almost like a bittersweet message from his owner, telling us that he was loved but could no longer be kept. Today, Chubby still keeps that ball near him, waiting for the day when he can happily run around with a human again, ball in mouth.

Chubby is about 4 years old, an energetic male. He seems to have some Labrador in his blood, what with his deep brown eyes and pristine white coat. He must have been chubby when he first arrived, which was why he was given that name. Over the months, however, missing a home and initially being set apart from the other dogs in PARC has saddened him and affected his appetite, making him a lot less than chubby nowadays.

He has no diagnosed ailments, is fully vaccinated, and is well taken care of by the staff. He’s a bit of a leash-puller, and wants to inspect every nook and cranny. He’s also very crafty; he surprised the staff one day when he unhooked the latch of his cage on his own! Chubby has so much spirit, yet you know he could be so much happier. He needs a bit of supervision with other dogs, but with humans, he is a sweet bundle of joy.

Will you be the one to give Chubby a new home, and to throw that beloved ball for him to chase once again?


You may also email us at philpawsATyahooDOTcom
or call up PARC (the PAWS Shelter) at 475-1688.

*Help Chubby find his forever-home by re-posting this in your blogs, websites, yahoogroups, forums, etc., and forwarding to relatives and friends who you might think would be interested in giving a good dog a good home. (Some even go as far as printing these out and posting in their school / office / neighborhood bulletin boards! :D) Thanks! :)


Written by Jammin’,
via her ghost writer Dr. Kristin Ty
Edited by Alya Honasan
Photos by Dr. Kristin Ty


My name is JAMMIN,’ and I am so ready for a new home with a very lucky family!

I am a female mixed breed dog, around 8 years old. I’m medium-sized, with soft, cottony white fur speckled with red markings.

I was abandoned at the shelter on November 9, 2007. It wasn’t a very happy day for me—but the shelter staff has taken very good care of me
since then. I’ve been well-fed, spayed, dewormed, and have received all my required shots. I don’t have any medical problems, but I will need some dental work to make my smile
perfect again. And as you can see, I do have a great smile!

I am a favorite among many of the volunteers at the shelter because I’m an extraordinarily gentle and affectionate dog, well-behaved, even-tempered, and, I daresay, extremely
cute, too. I have no food aggression issues, I get along very well with other dogs, and I absolutely enjoy my weekly baths.

I may be an older dog, but I still love taking walks; I may pull a bit, but only because I’m excited. I eat and sleep well, and am generally a big girl with a big heart. Oh, and did I mention that I absolutely love to be with people? Come visit the shelter, and I’ll walk right up to you and ask to be petted—and I won’t leave your side until you do!

I am looking for a quiet, warm, and loving home with a human who is willing to share his or her life with a mature dog. I would like a nice big bed to snuggle on, and to dream sweet dreams of ahappy-ever-after life. I would like to run and play, just casually stroll around and investigate things, take walks with you, or just curl up at your feet. I would love for someone to spend time brushing my coat and giving me lots of hugs and kisses.


I do not know how long I have left on this earth to be with you, but I promise I will appreciate and treasure every single day with you, and I will always be grateful for my new lease on life. What’s left of my life may be short—but you can help make the days sweet.

You may also email us at philpawsATyahooDOTcom
or call up PARC (the PAWS Shelter) at 475-1688.


Written by Celine Quijano
Edited by Alya Honasan
Photos by Elsie Araneta and Sherwin Castillo

THE DOGS knew someone was approaching, and a barking frenzy commenced. One dog managed to keep his calm amid the excitement, however, lazily turning his head. It was the quiet and dignified Emil, estimated to be about five years old, and a long-time resident of the shelter.


Emil moved closer and looked at me curiously. His white coat was mottled with soft brown patches in the sunlight. His beautiful green eyes stood out; when I first met him, I thought he had one of the most unforgettable stares I had ever seen.


Emil is a deep thinker, a doggy philosopher. He seems to listen to your every word, and it’s almost as if he wants to say something important in return. Emil is easy to handle on a leash, and a good walk cheers him up. Small things, like a gentle stroke or a caring human voice, can make him happy. He likes to cross his front paws while lying on the ground before closing his eyes to get some sleep. But his senses are incredibly sharp; move close to his spot, and his eyes quickly open.


Sometimes I wonder if Emil is still haunted by whatever ghosts inhabit his past. Like other dogs in the shelter, Emil went through many hardships before he was rescued from the streets. He was frail, and had to fight for his life. It took a lot of strength to survive—that, and a will to live.

Suddenly, I saw scaffolds forming at the corners of Emil’s mouth. Emil smiled lazily—and such a handsome smile, too. Was he remembering a good memory? Or imagining a future to look forward to?


Emil is a wonderful dog. He also happens to be one of my own adopted dog Mario’s best buddies, back when he was still a resident of the shelter. They were always together—and it pains me to see Emil still searching for his forever home.


In the months that I have known Emil, he has grown lonelier and more indifferent with each visit. Won’t you please keep the light burning in this gentle philosopher’s eyes—and welcome him into your heart and home?

You may also email us at philpaws@yahoo. com
or call up PARC (the PAWS Shelter) at 475-1688.