By ALMA J. BUELVA
PASAY PUPS, a group of animal welfare volunteers operating in an impoverished area in Pasay City, has given over 500 poor kids Christmas presents from donations they collected from donors since October.
Ashley Fruno, the tireless woman that leads Pasay Pups, said they were able to distribute educational toys, school supplies, and calendar that shows kids how to properly care for cats and dogs. This is the second year that Pasay Pups staged a Christmas Kids' Program.
Fruno said easily half of the recipients of gifts are living in the Sarhento Mariano cemetery which has no running water or proper sanitation. The poor children also received hygiene items, umbrellas, water bottles and shoes.
“We are so grateful to you - our donors, volunteers, and supporters - for helping us help kids,” she said in a post in Pasay Pups' Facebook page.
Aside from helping kids in need, Fruno also wishes all animals a better future.
“I wish that all dogs would never be chained, caged or left outside. Dogs are pack animals, for whom separation from their pack (their human pack is you!) is the cruelest punishment. Dogs belong inside, with you.
Her other wish is that more people will adopt pets from the shelter and not buy one from a breeder or pet store.
“There are so many homeless pets waiting in shelters around the country – they deserve to be home for the holidays, too,” she added.
She reminds everyone that spaying or neutering animals is really important to control the population of abandoned and unwanted animals.
Fruno who is also with PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) also wishes that “people would recognize that farmed animals – like chickens, pigs, and cows – are no different from our cats and dogs at home. For example, pigs can dream, respond to their names, and be taught tricks like to “sit” for a treat or to rollover. They like listening to music and playing with soccer balls, too. I hope people will enjoy more meatless meals in 2016,” she said.
THE adopted cats from Cat Cafe Manila met once again over the weekend for their first “catlumni” homecoming for Christmas.
To date, the all-rescue, all-Puspin cat cafe has rehomed four of its cats, namely: Shelly, Bicco, Oreo and Ling-ling. Only Shelly was absent for the small gathering at the cafe, which was also attended by the cats' adoptive parents and representatives from CARA Welfare Philippines.
Denis Ty of Cat Cafe Manila thanked everyone who attended and happily hosted the unique reunion, which allowed everyone to share stories about the new furry members of their families.
The adopted cats were a little aloof again at first, but started to come around before the party was over.
Currently, Cat Cafe Manila features 14 Puspin cats from CARA. It is part of their “catvocacy” to find a forever loving home for some of their cats to make room for other cats at the cafe.
AT Cartimar, a known enclave of pet shops located in Pasay City, one must prepare to part with his hard earned money in exchange for a puppy or a kitten priced willy-nilly by jaded vendors out to make a quick buck.
We set foot once again in this puppy mills territory to document the pet shops' seemingly random pricing that can baffle and shock the naive.
The prices of dogs at Cartimar vary from store to store and they are usually negotiable. Other details such as the dog's color, size and age can also affect the final price.
There are also cats (mostly Persian) and other animals being sold at Cartimar.
Hamsters are being sold P100 a pair for the small breed and P100 each for the big variety.
Ordinary rabbits are priced P450 a pair, while dwarf and lion head rabbits cost P900 a pair.
Also for sale that day was a young pot-bellied pig. The black beauty has a P6,000 tag price, but the vendor was willing to chop off P500 to get rid of him. --- AJB
The following prices were obtained from interviews with shop owners on June 26, 2015: