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.