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Please help Katrina find Cocoa

Feel free to cross post.

We’d like to seek your help please.

Our dog Cocoa, a 6-year-old black Pom, went missing last March 9, 2009 in Paranaque. We believe he was stolen as he had a collar and a dog tag with his address when he disappeared, but nobody’s come forward to bring him home. We’ve reported the incident to our barangay, and have been desperately trying to find him since. In the course of our search, an ice cream vendor informed us that a vehicle had been spotted stealing dogs from homeowners.

There’s been recent development about our dog’s disappearance. Last Sunday, we received word somebody saw our dog being sold in a rundown pet shop called Bravo Poultry and Supply along Lopez-Sucat, Paranaque (near Liana’s) 4 days prior. My friend visited the said store immediately to pretend to have seen the dog and to buy him. But he was told by the person manning the pet store that they already sold the dog 2 days prior for 10k. My friend managed to get info that the dog they sold did not have papers. We suspect this may really have been our dog because it seemed so unlikely that this pet shop would have a black pom while the other dogs there did not have any pedigree. Also, the location is quite dubious because we live in a neighboring village.

We suspect the buyer may try to use our dog for stud services or what have you. We are asking for your help in alerting your contacts, vets included, should they encounter our pet. We have begun e-mailing and distributing posters to vets in our area but we still have a long way to go. After all, the buyer may not be from Paranaque. We are not limiting our search to that area. Also, advertisements about a black male pom may surface in various pet websites so we’ve begun alerting the admins of these sites.

Moreover, the buyer may want to get in touch with us. Our dog has an enlarged heart. The buyer was misled into thinking he bought an otherwise healthy dog and may not know the dog he bought is in need of medical care.

We hope you can help us keep an eye out for him, maybe by blogging about it also? We really do care for our dog and treat him as a member of our family.

Thank you

Please contact trina992590 AT yahoo DOT com

Here are more photos of Cocoa.

Oh wow

I am not even a citizen, but I do pay taxes. So it was a nervous thing to not be able to vote and have a say. But when Barack Obama  won I felt like it was the Edsa revolution, when people were in the streets and there was all that pride and possibility.

(Well, you know what came after…but) this now is really breathtaking.

[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)

I never thought

that going to Goldilocks and having some fastfood sisig, a vegetable lumpia with over sweet sauce, and saba con yelo would make me feel so satisfied!

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

It’s great to be with friends on a nice day. With food.

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.