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Have you heard the woofest mews?
Have you heard the woofest mews?
Good news! Ellen the puppy which was found sitting alone on top of a grave inside the Sarhento Mariano public cemetery in Pasay City last October has been adopted.
Ellen was rescued by Ashley Fruno, a senior campaign manager at PETA Asia who also runs Pasay Pups. News of Ellen's good luck was posted over at Pasay Pups Facebook account.
Ashley earlier sent out emails about Ellen who she found to have a bad case of sarcoptic mange (or galis). "Ellen was almost totally hairless, and she was also malnourished and riddled with parasites. I asked around, but everyone said that she had no owner. It's been more than three weeks since I found her and took her home, and now she's flourishing. Her hair has grown back, she's gained weight, and she's been vaccinated. She's ready for her forever home," said Ashley.
Ellen's new home has two animal-loving children, which is a perfect match for Ellen's never-ending energy, the post said.
By ALMA J. BUELVA
LOVE it or hate it, Cartimar is part of the pet scene in Metro Manila.
Nestled in a far from idyllic location in the gritty part of Pasay City, Cartimar is a well-known hub for popular breeds of dogs and cats and species of birds and aquarium fishes. The place screams of puppy mills and irreverent vendors. It's easy to ignore the stench in the air, but not the unhappy gaze of many pets for sale. Something is seriously wrong, but Cartimar doesn't even hide or lie about it. It's an ugly place feeding on what is beautiful. Cartimar: take it or leave it.
The Cartimar Shopping Centre is along Taft Avenue at the end of Buendia Avenue. The name has a 1970s vibe to it as it was in that era when it became the source of PX goods and imported items not easily accessible to the public. The place has definitely seen better days and now caters to a different market: pet lovers.
A quick visit at Cartimar reveals pet shops that don't even attempt to look nice, except maybe for two stores that installed air-conditioners in their kennel areas. The rest of the stores are just downright shabby to the detriment of the animals in equally filthy cages.
When at Cartimar, one must try hard to see both the good and the bad. The good part is, if you are looking for a Chow Chow, Siberian Husky or a Pomeranian, for example, Cartimar delivers them to you by the dozens. The popular breeds fill the cages, but there's no chance to find a Bernese Mountain Dog or St. Bernard everyday. If you are not interested in the shop owners' humane practices and ethical standards and would be simply happy to pay for the pet of your dreams, then Cartimar is an easy street to fulfill your need.
However, Cartimar would be bad for you if the sight of bored, listless animals confined in small spaces – some thin and sickly – would upset you to no end. The trip would feel like a rescue mission after you've paid a ransom.
In Cartimar, the price of two puppies that look the same could vary from one store to the next. The same with pet supplies and accessories. It's important to inquire about pets and accessories in different stores—and try to curb your enthusiasm. Your haggling rights are dead if you show undeniable fondness to a googly eyed puppy in front of the vendor. In fact, it would help to name a breed that you know the overzealous vendors don't have just to project that you are not really into their dogs.
If you must buy a dog at Cartimar, be very wise. Take everything that the seller is saying with a grain of salt. If you are not familiar with canines, take someone who knows them better than you. Do not fall for the vendors' exaltation of their pets' qualities, but do point out the “warts” you see. Tell them straight if you find a puppy thin, or that he has ticks or is sickly. Don't spare the vendors' feelings because Cartimar petshop owners are ready to wave off your statements on the fly. At the very least, they'd know you are not gullible.
Cartimar is a place that is easy to hate, but once you are there the urge is strong to walk up to the pet stores and have a look. One need not buy and could leave anytime. It's not the animals' fault how they were brought to this world and ended up in Cartimar. Out there are seriously fine dogs and cats. But with the stench, heat and some pets in undesirable state around you, searching for your next pet at Cartimar could be like finding diamonds in the rough.
STATE ISLAND Singapore has a new attraction: a "5-star" hotel for pets complete with air-conditioned suites, spa services and specialty meals. Wagington Hotel opened its doors to Singapore's pets early in November 2014 to cater to the growing market for pet boarding. It also welcomes cats.
The new luxury facility for pets has a total of 4,317 square-foot (401 square-metre) space. It is located in a renovated British colonial-era bungalow in the diplomatic quarter.
The pet hotel offers its privileged guests a bone-shaped swimming pool, artificial turf garden, indoor treadmills, and spa services that include grooming, trimming, mudpacks, bubble baths and other luxury treatments. Three dogs, for example, can share a suite for a night for US$271. The pet rooms are adorned with chandelier, television and faux leather orthopedic beds.
Wagington Hotel also operates its own limousine service so guests can be driven around in style.
"If we deserve the best in life, shouldn't your most loyal companion deserve it equally? Being animal lovers, we feel strongly that there should be a place where pets can be left that makes them feel at home," founder Estelle Taylor said in a press statement.
(Reuters) - Animal rights group PETA has slammed the Discovery Channel's 'Eaten Alive' show, which claims it will show a man being eaten alive by an anaconda, as a publicity stunt that will torment the snake.
Trailers of the show, which will be aired on Dec. 7 on the cable network, show naturalist and wildlife filmmaker and author Paul Rosolie donning a custom-built snake-proof outfit.
"I am about to be the first person that is going to be eaten alive by an anaconda," Rosalie says in the trailer as his team is shown catching a snake. "I don't expect anyone to believe us until we show it."
Although PETA said the premise of the show sounds far-fetched, if the description is accurate the snake will be tormented. It added that whether it is a hoax or note, it has asked the network to pull the show.
"Anacondas go days without eating and expend the energy needed to do so selectively. Making this snake use up energy by swallowing this fool and then possibly regurgitating him would have left the poor animal exhausted and deprived of the energy that he or she needs," PETA said in a statement.
Apart from the trailer, which also shows the search and capturing of an anaconda, the world's largest snake species in a South American rainforest, the network has not released any information about the show.
No one at the Discovery Channel was available to comment about the show, but a spokesman said the snake is alive and healthy.
Rosolie, whose suit was slathered in pig's blood to help entice the snake to eat him, and to also make the snake regurgitate afterward, sent a message on Twitter on Nov. 4 saying he would "never hurt a living thing."
Fully grown Anacondas can grow to more than 29 feet (8.8 meters) in length, weigh over 550 pounds (249 kilograms) and measure more than one foot (30 centimeters) in diameter.
The Discovery Channel is owned by Discovery Communications Inc., along with TLC and Animal Planet.
I found this adorable puppy, Ellen, who is now up for adoption, through a small volunteer project that I run called Pasay Pups. Pasay Pups helps provide essential veterinary care, spaying/neutering (kapon/ligation), and vaccinations in an impoverished area of Pasay. It is working to improve animal welfare within the community through leading by example, teaching local children about animal care, and providing the community with the resources that its people need to be good animal guardians. Although this work is sometimes exhausting (PETA interns and I often volunteer for more than 20 hours on a weekend) and I'm on call all the time for emergencies, it's worth it. I can see firsthand the changes that we're making in the lives of both companion animals and people.
I first spotted Ellen sitting alone on top of a grave in a Pasay cemetery, staring up at me with her huge puppy eyes. Because of a bad case of sarcoptic mange (or galis), Ellen was almost totally hairless, and she was also malnourished and riddled with parasites. I asked around, but everyone said that she had no owner. It's been more than three weeks since I found her and took her home, and now she's flourishing. Her hair has grown back, she's gained weight, and she's been vaccinated. She's ready for her forever home! Are you the guardian she's been waiting for?
You don't have to start a project like this one in order to improve animal welfare. You could educate your friends and neighbors about the importance of spaying and neutering animals, walk chained dogs in your neighborhood and offer them water, or adopt a cat or dog from the streets. Always speak up if you see an animal being abused.
To learn more about the work of the Pasay Pups, check out its Facebook page. I hope you'll join Pasay Pups in improving animals' lives by being a voice for animals in your own community. And if you'd like to welcome Ellen into your family, please e-mail Info@PETAAsiaPacific.com. Homes in which Ellen would be kept caged or chained will not be considered.
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