AT any given Sunday morning, the Ayala Triangle Gardens in Makati City becomes a silent witness to a unique gathering of cats and people that call themselves the Sunday Parkday Gang.
Cats walking around on leashes, climbing trees and frolicking on the grass is a wonderful sight to behold. It certainly is not common for household cats to spend happy time in a park like dogs do.
It takes dedication and unfettered love for their cats that get people out of their bed, begrudgingly or not, on an early Sunday morning to do it. They only have Jonna Baquillas to blame.
Jonna was the first to take her cat Shawn on this kind of adventure. She vividly remembers the day: September 27, 2014.
“On her first parkday, she readily walked around and climbed trees in Ayala Triangle Park. We posted her parkday photos on the PAWsome Cats and Cat Care Philippines' Facebook and Instagram accounts. It was still a novelty at that time to see cats being walked on a leash but other cat owners expressed their interest in bringing their cats to the park as well,” recalls Jonna.
Soon, Shawn, a rescued puspin, has to share the park with at least a dozen other cats and their owners. When the number of weekly “members” started growing, Jonna says that's when they adopted the name and the hashtag Sunday Parkday Gang.
***THE SUNDAY PARKDAY GANG'S FULL STORY IS AVAILABLE IN THE Q416 PRINT ISSUE OF METROPETS MAGAZINE.
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