A Kitten behind the Wall

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I was very anxious when I heard the cries of a kitten inside our house. The cries seems to come from the roof but not quite. Its cries made me so worried for if we will not be able to find it, it may die of starvation. I went to my cousins’ apartment which is on a second floor. They have a window facing our roof. From there, I would be able to see if the said kitten is trapped somewhere. To may dismay, it isn’t there. :(

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I went back home and I told my aunt about it. We can still hear the loud cries from the kitten which slowly fading. I couldn’t do any chores because I worry about it. I know, one way or another it needs to be rescued. But how? Where could it be? In one corner of our house, we store Nonet’s stroller, our stuff toys, my collections of angels and other stuff. The cries came from there. I listened to the wall near it and I know that the kitten is behind it.

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So I prayed to God and asked St. Anthony de Padua and St. Francis of Assisi’s help; for us to find a way or ways on how to rescue the kitten. But, I knew then that we might need to bore a whole or cut a piece of wood from the wall to rescue it. But, God has helped me to find a way to rescue the poor kitten. I was checking the said wall and trying to trace which part we are going to cut. We need to be careful because the saw might harm the kitten. To my surprise, I found a piece of wood that has not been nailed properly. I know that I can pull it out and would be able to get the kitten. :) And so I did. :) Thank God! Thank you St. Anthony and St. Francis. :)

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The kitten was finally rescued. :) Her mother was patiently waiting on the roof above that wall. When I placed the kitten on her side, she recognized her kitten and brought it to their place. :)

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I was very happy and grateful.

Ciao! :)

Ylea’s House of Dogs and Cats

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Hopefully someday (very soon) we will have one.. :) I usually checked PAWS website for new updates regarding rescued animals and fur friends which finally found their family and forever home. I checked on paws’ web gallery through Picasso and was really inspired with Lola Mely.

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PAWS staff and vets went to Balaoan, La Union where the Lola Mely’s House of Dogs is located for spaying and neutering. I was really amazed with the love, patience and care Lola Mely give her dogs. You bet, her dogs are aspins. :) I did a little research about Lola Mely and found out that she was a retired nurse. I was getting goosebumps while I was reading an article about her from http://www.mb.com.ph/node/338565/lola-mely-canine-caregiver. In spite of the many animal abuses we learn on the news,  I am happy to know people like her whose love for animals cannot be weathered. :)

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I pray to God that Lola Mely will have good health and will have long life. There are still a lot of people who should meet her and be inspired by her. (Pictures from PAWS)

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God bless you Lola Mely. God bless your dogs. God bless PAWS.

Ciao! :)

God holds us Responsible for His creations

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This week is Nonet’s first periodical test. I made mock exams on bond papers for Reading and Mathematics. She was able to perfect the mock test and hopefully she did good in her real exams, too. Her other subjects include Science, Language and Christian Living. I decided to review her following the lessons in the books. My daughter loves and very interested in Christian Living. She appreciates God’s wonderful creation so much. Well, she herself is God’s wonderful creation. :)

Each lesson in her book has a passage taken from the Bible. One of the passages in the book says, “I put you in charge of all that I make (Genesis 1:28)”. This passage reminds us about our responsibility in all of God’s creations. When God created animals, plants, fish, mountains, seas, oceans, etc., He holds us responsible for taking good care of His creations. He made those wonderful things out of His love for us. In return, I believe, that it is our duty to value and take good care of those creations.

I live in an old apartment with my family in a compound. Most of my neighbors are the sons and daughters of our land lord. In a typical urban setting, even if the compound is owned privately, there are still tenants like my family, who are fond of having cats and dogs as pets. There are also stray cats that hang out in the “looban”. One of my neighbors who happened to be an active church servant gets very mad at those animals, especially the stray cats. She said that the cats just poop everywhere, and that they make the looban dirty. I heard her say one day that they have called Sanitation department of Pasig City to get rid of those poor animals. I learned from a friend that Pasig City doesn’t have any animal pound. If the Sanitation team will get the cats and dogs, what would they do to them then?

Honestly, I don’t even want to entertain the thought that comes to my mind. :(

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Out of respect, I did not bother to confront her. I believe that as an active church servant, she may have the responsibility in honing the spiritual wellness of young people. Yet, she should know most of all, that we people are responsible for taking care of God’s creations.

I was talking to Ate Ness about this and she told me that there is nothing I can do to people like that. But, there is something I can do for those animals that I really care for.

We have five cats at home and as much as I want them free, I need to put them in a cage. Well, as long as my “goody good” neighbors will learn that these animals are God’s creation, too and we have the responsibility of taking care of them, our cats would remain in the cage as long as we’re in the said looban. :(

I know that the poor cats and dogs in our looban are just few of the many creations God has made, that we people should be responsible of.  My article wouldn’t be enough to cover all those wonderful things that God made for us. Beautiful creations that we tend to abuse and take for granted.

God loves us so much, and hopefully sooner or later, we should learn to value these creations before it’s too late.

On the lighter side, I am just glad, that at five years old, my daughter has a heart already for God’s little creatures such as abandoned kittens. My mother told me that the other day, that on their way to school, they saw a kitten which looked very weak. My daughter told my mother that she pity the poor kitten and she wanted to adopt it.

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I talked to my daughter and told her that at this time, we can only pray for the safety of those animals. But in God’s grace, someday, we’ll have our own house with enough space for those poor animals.

St. Francis of Assisi and St. Anthony de Padua pray for us and for God’s beloved animals.

Ciao! :)

A Run for Dolphins

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I wasn’t able to go to work today because of muscle strain on the nape area. I have been enduring the pain since Saturday. When I felt the pain on my right shoulder area, I decided to see a doctor already. The doctor advised me to take a day rest without any muscle restraining activities. I was prescribed with a pain reliever and a muscle relaxant tablet. Somehow, I felt better now. I had a good rest. And, tomorrow I will be reporting to work again. :)

While checking on my facebook friends, I found a picture of an old friend with Dolphin hat. I checked her other pictures and she participated in a run called Run for Dolphins. I have read a lot of articles about the stress a dolphin experiences in a dolphin show. In a recent news, a dolphin died before it reaches its destination for a show. PAWS and other animal welfare organization have been fighting for these dolphin show organizers. Well, not only dolphins but also seals and sea lions, too. These sea creatures experienced a lot of stress when they undergo practice for their show.

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It is sad to know that these gentle animals are used to earn money. :( In one of the PAWS seminar I attended, I learned that children get to know animals better while watching Animal Planet and reading books. I can say that it is true. When I bought my daughter a Grolier book called I Wonder Why, she learned about different animals. She can identify a leopard from cheetah. She was only three, then. :)

Well, if ever another Run for Dolphins will be held, I would participate. I hope that a simple run will go a long a way. Not only for dolphins and also for all zoo animals. I remember the poor elephant in Manila zoo. I really feel bad about its condition. :(

I hope that my daughter will have a better health condition for I wanted to bring her with me with nice Treksta evolution running shoe on. :) I wanted her to be aware and be concerned about animal welfare even when she is still young. :)

Ciao! :)

A Memoire

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The angel of death visited our home two Saturdays ago. My faithful and dear cat, Chaka took the place of whoever is to be taken. :(

I noticed that night that he stopped eating and drinking water. I looked at him in his eyes and I knew that something’s going to happen. I didn’t mind if it was late at night already. I got an old cloth and cleaned my the old cat. I tried to feed him but he refused. The following day, I had him drunk some water through a syringe. I knew in my heart that Chaka is going to leave. He may not speak my language but as we stare at each other’s eyes, I knew that he was saying goodbye to mommy. :(

Chaka died on Sunday evening; it was the same evening evening that my daughter was admitted to the hospital due to pneumonia with bronchial asthma. :(

It was March 2003 when I found a kitten who had been beaten up and played around with children in our looban. I got so pity on him that I decided to adopt him inspite of its physical look. Since, it still needed to be fed with milk, I had him drink milk using the tip of a cotton bud. I didn’t know then that there is a special bottle with small nipple designed for kittens available in the market.

Chaka had experienced other illness that we thought would destroy him. But he was one tough cat. He may be tough but he was the sweetest cat we ever had. :)

Chaka will always be remembered and loved. I didn’t cry an ocean then, because I had a chance to make him feel that he is loved even the last moments of his life. In return, he really waited for me, before he breathe his last.

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I know that Chaka is in a better place now. For he may not be with me today, but I believe that he is on God’s lap now. I still cannot help but cry when I remember him. And, I love that feeling. I may be hurt but crying when I remember him, means that I am missing him. And I guess, I will always be.

Thank you Chaka for the many years you have given me love. People may say that you were lucky to be adopted in our family. But, little did they know that we are luckier to have you. I also knew that you have attempted to take papa’s place when the angel of death took him.

Mommy will always love and will always miss you..

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Newly Spayed

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I went to PAWS this afternoon to pick up our two girls who have been spayed last Friday. I have not take pictures of them yet because I want them to have a good rest to recover fully from recent operation. Spaying means to remove the ovaries and uterus of a female animal. We decided to have our girls, Miyette (far left) and Tiki (far right) go through the operation because of their growing family. Our family lives in an apartment and it doesn’t provide enough space for the cats. Aside from that, our neighbors are not that animal friendly. :( We do not want to cause any troubles because of our cats in our neighborhood.

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Although, mating and giving birth are common to animals, we decided not to let our girls go through that nature because of the reasons mentioned above. Our newly spayed cats are seven months old already. Every year, I believe every February, PAWS or Philippine Animal Welfare Society holds a free neuter and spay day. Thanks to Ate Ness and Ate Heidi for bringing the cats to the shelter for me. :)

One of the many things I learned from PAWS’s seminar for volunteers, that I wanted to share with you is that PAWS do not adopt animals but they rescue animals who have experienced cruelly. The shelter rehabilitates the animals until they will be ready to be part of a loving family.  They are like orphanage for animals, where deserving pet owners can adopt and give those animals, a loving and caring family that they have been longing for.

Most of the cats and dogs in PAWS are of ”common” breed. Nevertheless, animals at the shelter may not be one of those commercially breed animals, yet they may be able to return the love you will give them, well, even more. :)

There are many cats and dogs in the shelter who are waiting for a new mom and dad. You can call the shelter at (02) 475-1688, or visit their website http://www.paws.org.ph/ to know more about the details.

Ciao! :)

Cuddling a Cub

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Our next stop was at the Malabon Zoo. The lot area of Malabon Zoo is not as big as of Manila Zoo. There are only few animals to see as well. We started our tour looking at the birds and fishes they have. Then we turned to a small passage to see the reindeers. There are a bunch of reindeer in the cage. I felt bad about their status. Their cage is too small for them. Since the cage is too small, their poops spread everywhere. :(   Opposite the deer’s cage are the crocodiles haven. The zoo does have big crocodiles! I forgot to ask our guide about the crocodiles age though. If I can remember it right, there are around 4 big crocodiles I have seen in there!  Adjacent to deer’s cage is the Wild boar cage.

Our next turn was to the tiger’s den. I believe that this is one of the zoo’s main attraction. The zoo has a urangutans and greezly bears as well. The bears were sleeping when we arrived. Even if the children made a very loud noise, the bears were not awaken. I lost track of how many tigers they have in the zoo. The tigers ang bengal tigers. I guess the zoo owner breeds the those tigers in the zoo. 

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We had an oppurtunity to take pictures with a tiger cub. My daughter is an animal lover like us, and she wasn’t afraid of the cub. I had fun taking pictures with the cub, but the happiness wasn’t complete. :( The tiger cub may not say it but it get so stressed with the number of people who wanted to take pictures with it. Even the baby urangutan and the phytons were stressed as well.

When I attended the PAWS seminar way back then, I remember that different animal welfare societies are against zoo. I remember Ms. Anna Cabrera said that a study was conducted and children get familiarized with different animals and their habitats by means of media such as watching TVs (such as Animal Channel and National Geographic Specials) and DVDs. I find the cub the cutest, but I really felt that these wild animals would be more happy and contented in their natural habitats.

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On the second thought though, since these animals are not that safe in the wild as they were before, I guess it would be for their own good, that they are kept in different zoo. I can only hope that those animals are being taken cared of and loved very well. :)

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Ciao! :)

The Unsung Heroes

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During the rage of Ondoy, Filipinos have shown bayanihan one more time. Everyone found a way to help one another. I salute those who risk their lives in rescuing the lives of those people who were in great danger. They were aware the danger in their lives as well, but not because it was a call of duty but above it was the love for their neighbor that made them do what they did. I also want to give honor to the doctors and volunteers of PAWS headed by Dr. Will. More often that not, disasters like Ondoy, make people secure themselves first and forget about their animal friends and pets. It is a good thing to know that there are different animal organizations like the Philippine Animal Welfare Society; that look after the welfare of animals especially during emergency like Ondoy.

They are the unsung heroes of our society today. I believe that each one of us is an unsung hero to someone. Let us continue to be one, not only during the time of need but as much as we can.

Ciao!:)

My Dear Chaka :)

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I adopted Chaka in April 2003. I rescued him from the bad children who tried to beat him up. He was just a kitten then. Though I was able to rescue him, he already suffered physical damages that made his back feet crippled. I thouht he will not be able to walk anymore but God seen the love I gave him and he was able to walk straight again. :)

I remember before Nonet came in the picture, Chaka used to sleep beside me. :) He was my baby until I got pregnant in 2005. Chaka is around 49 Cat years old already. One of veterinarian at PAWS that Chaka’s age is already old.

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Chaka

I believe that this is the first time I post something about him. When I was pregnant with Antoinette, Chaka was lost. I was told that it was cat’s mating season then. I waited for days that turned into weeks but he didn’t come home. I decided to find him myself. My mother accompanied me when we go from street to another. We used to go in at night because cats are usually asleep during the day. I was about to lose hope already.

One day, while I was browing the net, I came across with a website called, Overcomeproblems. I browsed the website, and found St. Anthony of Padua’s prayer. It has been said that St. Anthony is a patron of missing articles. I uttered the prayer hoping that St. Anthony will guide Chaka home.

After 3 days, while I was at the mall buying baby stuff, I received a text message from my sister that Chaka is finally home.

I was overwhelmed with what happened and offered thanksgiving and praised to God. I got my daughter’s first name from St. Anthony. :)

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My daughter Antoinette and my elder baby Chaka

I love Chaka very much and as long as he is still with me, I would see to it that he would feel loved and important.

I hope you guys will learn to love animals, too. It doesn’t matter whether the animal baby you have is a pure breed or not. Because both animals would still give you the same level of love and affection. :)

Ciao! :)

Goodbye Batik

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I have asked to look after a sick cat at Adscapes. My ate’s are out of town and they asked me a little favor. I saw Batik yesterday and he was so weak. I helped ate Heidi to feed Batik because he is not eating. She told me to bring Batik to PARC today but it was too late. :( On my way to De Castro, I received a text message from ate Ness that Batik is gone. It was so sad. Nevertheless, I still went to their office and made sure that Kuya Ariel, their errand man, will bury Batik properly in their yard. We are still thankful to God still because Batik had a happy death. Manang told me that after he ate a little food and drink a little water, he just find a comfortable place to sleep and then, they just found him dead. :(

Though I only had a few hours with Batik, I got attached to him. Well, like what ate Gwen told me, at least Batik didn’t die on the road but instead he was loved and had been taken cared off.

Batik has crossed the rainbow bridge as well. For sure he was met by his siblings, which I forgot the names. I will ask ate Ness if they have Batik’s picture that I can post here.

Thank you Batik for the joy you brought to me and to your mommies. :)

Ciao! :)

A Day with the Cats

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I mentioned in my previous post that I signed up as PAWS volunteer. I filed a vacation leave last Monday and spent the rest of my afternoon in PAWS. I decided to go there after lunch because there is no nearby cafeteria where I can eat lunch. I arrived in PAWS at around 2PM. It was not as busy as Saturday, but there were visitors and other volunteers, too.

First, I joined Cha in touring the guests around the PARC. She asked me to join her so next time I will be able to accompany visitors around the shelter. After the tour, I left my bag in the office and arrange some office furniture then I started working.  Most of the volunteers that are present last Monday attended the Dog Runs and gave some of the dogs a bath. Since they were attending the canine, I decided to spend the day with the cats. I was able to meet some of the adorable cats for adoptions. Some of them have name tags but others just lost theirs.

The shelter currently houses aroun 256 cats and kittens, and around 55 dogs. I spent an hour in the Kittenery first. Actually that room is for kittens, but since cats number have grown, the kittens there have grown into cats and were not transferred to Catery anymore. I checked the cats eyes and hold each one of them. Each cats has their own unique personalities. There are very sweet. There are some who will just ignore you. Some will also leave scents on you. I swept the floor in the kittenery then went to catery which is just in beside it. I checked on each of the cats. Swept the floor and map the room. I was finished already at around 4PM. Then while taking a break in the office, Cha asked if I can attend the Sick Bay.

There were like 20 cats and kittens in the Sick Bay. I gave each of them the necessary medicine and made sure that they’re okay.

I left PAWS at around 8PM. It was very tiring though but I was very happy. It was fulfilling. I’ll be coming back there, soon.. :)

Ciao! :)

Volunteering @ PAWS

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Chichi’s death made me appreciates more my own cat Chaka. When I got home about 2 Friday’s ago, I carried Chaka in my arms and I whispered to him that his kuya will not come home anymore. Chaka has been with me for almost 7 years now. In cat years, he is about 49 years old already. Doc Marifi of PAWS to be watchful of Chaka. She said that Chaka is old and I should be more sensitive of his health. Well, chaka has been through a lot of physical pain, and I am making up to him now, so he won’t forget that he is loved by me. :)

Losing Chichi made me and my sister Patty decide to share our time for those abandoned pets. Those cats and dogs which are housed in PAWS, maybe abandoned by heartless people; but they are loved.

In spite of being tired and sleepy, I went directly to PAWS last February 6 to attend the seminar-training to become PAWS volunteer. Patty and Ate Ness were already there when I arrived. Actually, I was late. :( The seminar lasted for like 2 hours. Then, we were grouped according to the task we would want to be part with. Patty chose counseling and clinic assistance; while I chose direct animal care. I love both cats and dogs. I can be with and take care both of them.

I spent some time in the cattery where the cats for adoption stay. I cuddled them and removed of those eyes’ dirt. Then, I went inside the dogs area with Ate Gwen. The dogs there have gone through rehabilitations already. They also have complete vaccinations. As we got inside, the dogs started waggling their tales. They are all so sweet and you will really love them easily. Those cats and dogs are waiting for a family who will take care and will love them. Those pets in PAWS are not those “pure-breed” cats and dogs that you will find in different pet shops. But, they will be able to give you the same kind of happiness and love that a pure breed animal can give.

I once told my ate’s at PAWS that if only we have space for those pets, maybe I have rescued many abandoned cats and dogs as well. Ate Heidi told me that it should me goal; to have a house with a large yard for my pets.

I know that being a volunteer is a responsibility that I need to fulfill. It’s not just a by the word nor through registration. What is important is that I need to do my duty as a volunteer. Tomorrow I will be there to spend sometime with the rescued animals. I also encourage those people who have compassion with animals to be volunteers and to adopt a homeless cat and dog.

Ciao! :)

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