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Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) appeals to Filipinos to consider adopting pets instead of buying or getting them from friends or neighbors.

/ 23 October 2020

Keeping dogs and cats as pets has its long history. The interspecies bonding have always had a big impact on the human race because of their companionship, gentle and loyal nature. Thus animals, like people, also have rights to a safe and normal life.

In an email interview with PAWS Executive Director Anna Cabrera, she discussed how there’s two main sources of where Filipinos ‘adopt’ their pets; either by purchasing them from breeders or getting them from friends and neighbors.

“Some people like to use the term ‘adoption’ but it is not a real adoption if you got a pet from someone who is selling a pet or someone repeatedly ‘rescuing’ but allowing his or her rescues to get pregnant”

With the prevalence of stray and homeless dogs and cats in the streets of the Philippines. Cabrera pointed out that to address the problem, animal welfare groups should advocate adoption of rescued animals from shelters and to spay-neuter pets.

“There won’t be enough good homes for all animals. We can adopt to do our part in lessening the number of homeless pets but the long-term solution is really, to make it a point that all pets who are adopted or taken in are all fixed pets – spayed or neutered,” she stressed. Adding that hoarding animals or breeding animals is not good for animal welfare. 

There’s a lot of homeless yet adorable and loving pets in animal shelters waiting for a home. You can also donate, join volunteer programs, and attend animal-related seminars for animal welfare advocacies. If you’re planning on getting a pet dog, you should consider checking out the following organizations where you can help find dogs their fur-ever home.


Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)

PAWS is a volunteer-based non-government organization whose goal is to prevent animal cruelty through education, animal sheltering and advocacy. They’re now accepting Online Adoption Applications, check out their website through this link.

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SUNDAY SUCCESS STORIES is where we check in with our former shelter animals and see how they're doing in their #fureverhome Today, we have little Cleo or Cleopatra, formerly Onion. This sweet little lady went from being a shy and withdrawn resident of the Feline Quarantine section at PARC to a slightly self-obsessed queen (of the Nile). Just look at her checking herself out in the mirror! While Onion was very affectionate, not many volunteers and visitors had the chance to play with her or even see her since she occupied a tiny cage in the corner of the room. All that changed when Sweet came along. Sweet wanted to see our younger residents who were often overlooked, and Onion fit that description. Since then, Onion has had the most extraordinary glow-up–and boy does she know it! When you choose to adopt from a shelter instead of buying from a breeder or shopping at a pet store, you give animals who had experienced cruelty or neglect a chance to live a more fulfilling life full of love and care. Let's give more cats like Cleopatra a chance. Let's choose compassion by choosing to #AdoptDontShop #SundaySuccessStories #rescuedcatsofinstagram #rescuedismyfavoritebreed #puspin #purroudpuspin #supportPAWS

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Compassion and Responsibility for Animals (CARA)

CARA was formed in the year 2000 by a dedicated group of animal lovers determined to help the plight of animals in the Philippines. It is a non-profit, non-government organization that receives no government funding and solely on private donations. You can choose an animal from the CARA Animals Database “Adopt Me” album or their Facebook page.

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NYX needs his next round of vaccinations next month. Please give him a little space in your heart. Give NYX his loving home ???? : ❤️ Sponsor his next round of vaccinations along with the other CARA cats. Give These Kitties a Home. ???? Vaccinated with 4-in-1 ???? Neutered ???? Friendly 1. Complete the adoption initial form. 2. Schedule the phone interview 3. Wait for the decision. Bakit Mahalaga Ang Adoption Na Ito? ❤️ Matutukan ang health ng pusa na ito kung nasa isa syang pamilya ❤️ Mas mabibigyan ng sapat na atensyon ang mga pusa na maliit na tsansa na mapa adopt – bulag, may special diet ❤️ Makakatulong upang mapalawig pa ang ibang programa ng CARA tulad ng Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Return, kung saan mas maraming pusa at komunidad ang makikinabang. ⠀Adopt A Cat from Kath! @bernardokath ???? [email protected] for more details ???? Album is here: ❤️ Sponsor their vaccinations ⠀ ???? BPI 3191046705⠀ ???? ⠀ Please ???? email [email protected] your proof of donation, so we can acknowledge. Please use subject "NYX" PAUNAWA: Kung marami na kayong mga pusa na inaalagaan, ang inyong responsibilidad ay sa inyong mga existing na pusa. I-share na lamang ang post or mag-donate.

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Animal Kingdom Foundation (AKF)

AKF is a non-profit, no-kill dog shelter dedicated to saving once slaughter-bound dogs located in Quezon City. They’re calling on the public to help them provide food and shelter for more than 100 dogs under their care.

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Sunshine went home with her furever family today. ❤️???? Three years ago, we rescued a pregnant momma dog from a dog meat trader. She later on gave birth to three puppies — one of them is Sunshine. Sunshine was still a pupper when the Cheng family visited the AKF shelter. The family fell in love with Sunshine instantly, but she’s not ready to be rehomed yet. So instead, they agreed to sponsor her. Now came the time when they’re ready to bring her home. It’s sad to let Sunshine go after three years of being with us. But we cannot pass on the opportunity for her to have a furever home. We will miss you, Sunshine. You truly lived by your name, you’ve been a sunshine to everyone whom you have met. If you are interested to ADOPT an AKF rescued dog, please sign up in our online adoption application : You can SPONSOR an AKF dog for as low as P700/ month. Pls click here to sign up and to know more about our sponsorship program : #RescueRehomeRehabilitate #rescuedogsofinstagram #rescuedismyfavoritebreed #dog #doggo #dogs #dogstagram #dogsofinsta #dogslife #dogstagram #adoptdontshop #rescueddog #animalrescue #akf #animalwelfare #stopanimalcruelty #EndTheDogMeatTrade

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Hound Haven Philippines

Hound Haven is an institutionalized organization and animal shelter in Bulacan. They are dedicated to improving and rehabilitating the lives of retired Military Working Dogs (MWDs) and Contract Working Dogs (CWDs) in the Philippines. During the dogs’ stay at the Hound Haven center, they undergo behavioral training (and physical training if it is recommended by their partner vets) to prepare them for possible adoption. Their ultimate goal is to help these dogs live the remaining years of their lives as normal family pets.

If you’re interested, check out the adoption process and adoptables who are in need of a loving home.




There are so many resources to help you get started. You can start out by doing your research on animal care to make sure you can handle it, and to figure out what kind of animal you’d like, whether it’s an older or younger animal, a big or small one, or if you have no preference at all. They’re all out there waiting for you.