Did you know that March 23, is National Puppy Day? It was launched by Pet and Family Lifestyle Expert Collen Paige in 2006 as an America-wide awareness day, but the world couldn’t ignore the cuteness overload that it is now celebrated in different countries since 2012.
We thought we’d use today as a chance to promote puppy adoption. We spoke with Ana Cabrera, Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) executive director about why adopting is better than buying a puppy, and how to go about it.
How many animals are available for adoption in PAWS?
Currently, there are 72 dogs and 195 cats.
Where do you get these animals in your care?
The animals in PAWS are victims of cruelty and neglect. They are not stray dogs and cats that we often see.
“Misconception ng mga tao sa organization namin is that akala nila stray animals yung kinukuha namin, pero hindi talaga. It’s actually the city pound—sila yung kumukuha ng mga animals na nasa kalye. The shelter was meant to be the center of education, information on animal welfare, and on how to be responsible pet owners. It’s not meant to be a dumping ground for people who want to get rid of pets or stray collecting area,” Ana said.
The main goal of PAWS is to prevent animal cruelty and they want to help spread awareness through different programs under their organization.
“Kapag may nagreport sa’min ng animal cruelty, automatic na pinupuntahan na namin yun. Basta willing mag-submit ng signed affidavit yung witness, okay na. Sumasama kami sa pagsasampa ng kaso and sa mga process na kailangan gawin,” she added.
If people want to report such cases of animal abandonment or sickness, PAWS is very much willing to help them.
“We are always here naman to help people with their pets. Ang kaso lang, minsan kasi kapag may sakit na yung animals nila, biglang gusto na lang nilang ibigay sa’min. Which is hindi pwede. Pwede lang namin silang tulungan with free consultation sa vet or kung may biting problems, pwede rin naming i-train yung dogs.”
Are they already neutered or spayed?
All animals for adoption are already spayed, neutered, and complete with vaccination.
“It’s our primary advocacy so spayed and neutered na talaga sila. Dati, hinahayaan namin na kahit ‘di pa kapon, ready na for adoption tapos babalik na lang after six months. Kaso, minsan nakakalimutan na ibalik after six months and nagkaanak na agad. So nagkaroon kami ng bagong policy na kapag gusto mong mag-adopt ng puppy, hindi namin ire-release hangga’t ‘di pa kapon.”
What’s the adoption process like?
Adopting a dog at PAWS will require you to go through six concrete steps.
- Step 1: Do the paper work. Download the PAWS Adoption Form, fill it up, and print it. You have to personally bring the form to the PAWS Animal Rehabilitation Center (PARC) in Marikina because you have to…
- Step 2: Meet the pets. Upon submission of your application form at the shelter, you’ll be able to meet all the shelter animals available for adoption. This is your chance to find the animal with which you’ll feel the ~connection.~
- Step 3: Get through nterviews. It’s almost like applying for the job. PAWS wants to know just how capable you are of caring and protecting pets that’s why you’ll need to go through two to three sets of interviews.
- Step 4: Home visit. An ocular visit to your home will also be set so they can have an idea about where your newly adopted pet will stay.
- Step 5: Get close with your chosen adoptee. Once steps 1-4 are completed, PAWS will have you visit your adoptee for at least three times before you take the dog home. This is to ensure your compatibility with your adoptee.
- Step 6: Pay up! Before you can take home your new companion, you’ll have to take care of adoption fees. No worries as this is peanuts compared to the amount of cash you’ll have to shell out when buying animals. Adopting cats is just P500 while dogs command P1,000.
How long is the process of adoption?
It really depends on Step 5—whether you’re able to visit your pet diligently.
“We can process adoption as fast as a week’s time. Three weeks to a month na yung pinakamatagal. Everything depends on how often you can visit. If nakapasa ka na sa interview and for visiting na lang, kung kaya mo mag-visit three times consecutively, you can get your adopted dog/cat in one week. Pero if every weekends lang, 3 weeks or a month na yung pinakamatagal,” Ana said.
Header image (not from PAWS; for illustration purposes only): Jay Bustamante
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