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Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)

The PAWS or The Philippine Animal Welfare Society is a Philippine organization whose mission is to protect and prevent cruelty against animals. Part of the goals of the organization are support shelter, veterinary services, education and public awareness, counseling and investigation and legal supports. A lot of Filipinos didn't know that PAWS was founded since 1954 by a British educator residing in the Philippines. His name is Muriel Jay. They pick up stray from the streets and give medical services to injured animals. That is the start of the mission of PAWS. While PAWS are actively saving lives in the country, the government remains not ready for it. PAWS is fighting hard even though Dog-eating and other atrocities involving animals are becoming rampant. But they did not stop until on February 11, 1998 Phil. Pres. Fidel V. Ramos signed the Animal Welfare Act of 1998 also known as Republic Act 8485).

Now PAWS has a animals rehabilitation center called PARC (PAWS Animal Rehabilitation Center) and is ready for operation. The new animal refuge is located at the back of the Ateneo de Manila University, on the highest portion of a hilly 5,000 sqm. Meralco property in Katipunan Valley, Loyola Heights, Quezon City. This shelter gives home to unwanted dogs and cats which is lost and abandoned by their owners. Adoption program is also done in here to help the animals have a new home. A largest butterfly garden can also be seen in here. PARC is not one of the field trips destination here in the country where students are taught to love and care for animals, as well as nature.

Through PARC, PAWS can help enhance the awareness of Filipinos in animal welfare. Indeed we should all know that not only humans need care and love, but as well as all the creatures here in this world.


Micgui ~ The Poetic Side

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