On the other side of the coin, there are heart-wrenching stories of dogs missing and their human family desperately searching. Have you heard the story of the Search for Winter? It’s a common enough story: a much-loved dog slips past the house gates for some adventure, only she ends up lost and unable to go back home. The difference with this story is that Winter’s grieving human mom created a journal on Facebook to get the word out and document her thoughts on how love is beyond breed, beyond species. Winter loves her, and she loves Winter and she prays they will find each other again. Winter was lost in Las Pinas.
Many people will ask, why should we care? People suffer—why concern ourselves with animals? We can debate long and hard for the answer or we can take the word of one of the greatest men who ever lived: The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated – Mahatma Gandhi.
If we wish to prosper then we must learn to care for others beside ourselves.
PALS advocates adoption, as well as the spaying or neutering of pets to prevent over-population that leads to numerous strays on the streets.
For me, it boils down to empathy and compassion. I don’t understand how anyone who has ever stared into the eyes of a dog or a cat will think they have no emotions. Unlike humans who can work for a living, our dogs and cats rely on us for so many things. Like it or not, they are part of our lives. And whether we deserve it or not, they love us.
For those who would like to help animals in distress in the Philippines, here are five ways that you can start helping:
1. Know the law. It is illegal to butcher dogs for meat and to abuse them- Republic Act No. 8485, known as the Animal Welfare Act of 1998. In Metro Manila, Commission Ordinance 82-05 specifically prohibits the killing and selling of dogs for food.
2. Report animal abuse. If you find out about animal cruelty, or that your neighbours are planning to have asocena for their pulutan, report the incident immediately to your barangay officials and/or to 117. You may also seek the assistance of animal rights groups—their Facebook Pages and contact information are listed below.
3. Adopt or foster. Shelters and dog pounds are overcrowded with animals waiting for a forever home. Do you know that most dog pounds in the country euthanize animals after five days? It’s also important to note that animal welfare groups discourage people from buying from pet shops due to the questionable practices of many puppy mills where shops get most of their stock