Love is a four legged word.
Love is a four legged word.
WHEN a young dog was saved from a street in Pandacan, Manila with embedded wire around her neck, she repaid her rescuers' efforts by recovering fast after surgery. Freed from the rotting wire that brought her unimaginable pain and suffering, the brave dog now has a new leash on life and a cool name to boot: C2.
That's the good news. The bad news: C2 now has big medical bills to pay.
It was months ago when C2 was first spotted by Michelle Baena Ciriacruz who took on the challenge of rescuing her. To do that, Michelle knew she must first win the dog's trust so it would agree to being leashed, which was tricky given the condition of its neck.
“Whenever I saw her, I gave her food so she would approach me. For weeks, I cultivated her trust until I was able to get close enough, but she would jump and run away before I could put a leash on her. I sought advice and assistance from fellow animal welfare volunteers and tried to put a rescue together but it never materialized. The poor dog had a habit of disappearing for weeks on end,” said Michelle.
On the night of December 29, Michelle again saw C2 while it was scavenging for food. Immediately, Michelle posted a call for assistance on Facebook which got a lot of positive response.
“The owner of a nearby pet grooming center sent me a direct message, offering the assistance of one of her staff in the rescue. A veteran animal rescuer and a barangay officer both offered to help. It's like the universe was conspiring to bring all the right people at that time for a rescue to happen,” recalled Michelle.
But C2 had a different idea and disappeared once again.
It took another day before Michelle could locate C2 anew and prevent her from running away until other rescuers arrive. Soon, they were able to secure and bring C2 to a veterinarian who immediately operated on her to remove the wire embedded around her neck.
DONATE & ADOPT
C2 is steadily recovering and the veterinarian estimates that she is less than two years old. As her neck wound closes, a sweet and adorable dog opens up to the world and hopes that this time it will be more hospitable. Meanwhile, C2 needs help to pay for her surgery, medications, vaccination and boarding. She also needs a permanent family that will bless her with a completely new and better life.
If you would like to donate any amount for C2, kindly make the deposit to:
Primitiva Veterinary Clinic and Grooming Center
Account Name: PRIMITIVA, JOAN NOVELENE TOLEDO
Account #: 0000007881556
(Please send image of deposit slip for acknowledgement and tracking to C2's rescuer [details below])
If you have a space in your heart and home for this fluffy brave dog, please contact C2's rescuer:
CP #: 09151930776
This article is based on a story submitted by Michelle Baena Ciriacruz, a senior volunteer at CARA Welfare Philippines. Photos are also by Ms. Ciriacruz.
By ALMA J. BUELVA
“It takes nothing away from humans to be kind to animals.”
With these words, the Island Rescue Organization (IRO) gathered themselves to rescue homeless, abandoned and abused cats and dogs in Cebu for six years now.
The core group that formed IRO was originally looking for an animal shelter where they could volunteer. But none existed at that time so they decided to make their own.
Like any animal welfare group, IRO's struggle is real to extend help to needy animals. Their rescue center in Talamban, Cebu City can take in more or less 100 dogs and 30 cats. In there, they house 20 pitbulls that were rescued from a dog fighting syndicate in Cavite in 2012. At any given day, overcrowding at the shelter is a concern because there are simply many animals that need their help.
IRO strives hard to protect above all Philippines' native dogs, better known now as “Aspin”. It used to have a derogatory name “askal” short for asong kalye (street dog). A victim of many people's strong bias for purebreds, the Aspin more often than not always get the short end of the stick.
“An aspin would be the face of IRO. It’s a local breed that we have been strongly promoting because people usually neglect it. Sometimes people abuse or torture them because these dogs are of no value to them. It’s a sad reality that we see a lot of these dogs abandoned on the streets and very malnourished,” Mendez said.
While IRO doesn't see a decline in the overpopulation of stray cats and dogs and, Mendez said it's noticeable that more people today are vigilant when it comes to animal welfare.
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