years ago this April, Jill Robinson first walked onto a bear bile farm. On that day in April 1993, Jill could have walked away, but she chose to act and do what she could. Today, you also have a choice. If everyone reading this donated just US$20, it would pay for the care of over 150 bears at our China sanctuary for a full year. Please help us celebrate 20 years of progress. Donate US$20 today (or whatever you can afford).
With almost 70% of the city flooded from recent storms and residents evacuated, Manila is now struggling to rescue its animals. Our Dr Dog partner in the city - Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) - is out in force on search and rescue, having opened its companion animal shelter to save those animals left behind. Animals Asia has worked closely with PAWS for many years on our Dr Dog programme in Manila and support them fully in their animal welfare work in the city. Please join us in helping them now.
PAWS volunteers Joe Claret, Vince Harn, Faith Calaguas and PALS Donna Lee evacuate dogs from flooded area in Cainta
PAWS is deploying volunteer teams to flooded areas and is receiving a constant flow of reports from people asking for help to extract their dogs from the second floors of their abandoned houses or from rooftops. Rescued dogs and cats are being housed as temporary evacuees at the PAWS shelter and will be claimed by their owners as soon as the waters have receded.
PAWS is also providing emergency supplies in less urgent situations and has so far distributed food and relief goods for 800 animals across the city, including the Pasig area. Pasig has the highest water levels in Manila and PAWS will continue to distribute relief for an approximate 300 more households with pets.
PAWS needs urgent help now in funding these rescues and providing emergency relief for animals in peril. Your donation will help them pay for the extra supplies they need, both for rescue and at the shelter to care for the extra animals now in their care.
Two PAWS Teams were deployed to Quezon City - Pasig and Marikina
Teams comprising of 5-7 PAWS volunteers with very maeger resources such as transportation and equipment were sent out. We had to borrow boats from private businesses to reach the chest-deep floods to rescue and evacuate animals. We also coordinated with Local Govt Units (LGU) to help us identify the areas.
We established a system in taking a log of the calls for rescue to easily identify the houses/animals/urgency.
PAWS volunteers spent two nights at the shelter repacking relief goods and pet food for distribution.
August 9 2012 – Day 2 of Disaster Response
Three PAWS teams were deployed to Marikina, Pasig, and Cainta, Rizal
Fortunately, because of the Facebook announcements we made, relief goods poured in, including vehicles to help transport the PAWS Disaster Team to the flood-stricken areas.
August 10 2012 – Day 3 of Disaster Response – Relief
One team was sent out to go back to Quezon City. Most rescues were accomplished and other situations did not require extraction because the water had receded. Relief was the secondary agenda.
August 11 2012 – Day 4 of Disaster Response – Relief
Two teams were sent out for relief to Quezon City and Marikina
August 12 2012 – Day 5 of Disaster Response – Relief
Two teams were sent out for relief to Pasig and Marikina
Note: We are again bracing for Tropical Storm Helen which is already pouring in rains tonight.
PAWS Volunteer, Disaster Relief Team