My love for our four-legged furry friends is never confined within our home where we have four adorable dogs and a lovely Siamese cat. That’s why I have always wanted to visit the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) and volunteer there by feeding the dogs. I got my chance to fulfill that when my fellow dog lover and friend Cindy arranged a visit for us at the PAWS Animal Rehabilitation Center (PARC) in Aurora Blvd., Loyola Heights, Quezon City one Saturday, as an extended celebration of her birthday in February.
We went grocery shopping for: 15 kgs. ground pork/sawdust, 3 1/2 kgs. of rice, 2 big basins, 2 long handled ladles, and garbage bags. We headed over to the apartment of Cindy’s officemate and started preparing the dogs’ food by boiling the ground pork, cooking rice, and mixing them in the basins. We were running late already, and with the longganisa smell from the sawdust seeping through our clothes and clinging on to our hair after 30 minutes of stirring and mixing in the kitchen, we hailed a cab going to PARC. Never mind the irritating cab driver who kept complaining about the traffic – we were doing this for the dogs who were abused, distressed, or abandoned but still deserve to be taken care of.
One of the volunteers welcomed us, and we were eventually escorted to the area where the dogs are. There is a quarantine where dogs that just got in the shelter are kept for about two weeks or more for observation and for any existing conditions or sicknesses to be treated.
We also got a tour/briefing with another volunteer, and he explained to us the requirements that should be met before a dog or cat could be adopted. We also got to meet their Humane Education Program Director Anna Cabrera who thanked us for feeding the dogs and who asked us to invite our friends to come over. She also reminded us that if we ever come back, the shelter needs old newspapers badly because they don’t let the cats sleep on the cold floor.
It was one of the most heartwarming and fulfilling experiences I’ve had this year, and I will definitely come back to visit and feed the dogs (and this time the cats) again.
If you want to reach out and be an angel to our canine and feline buddies, visit the PAWS website or contact them at 475-1688. Your help will be greatly appreciated by the organization and will surely make the tails of our furry friends wag with gratitude.