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The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) is helping homeless people with their pets by offering free vet checkups and spay and neuter services for their furry companions.
The group shared the story of Manong Oni who lives on the streets, where he searches for items that can be recycled and sold. Despite living a difficult life, he manages to care for six dogs: Brownie, Brownie Jr, Inday, Rosario, Maro, and Tagpi. According to PAWS, all of them are healthy and well fed.
“He told us that having them checked up and kapon (neutered) are on his wish list,” they said. Manong Oni’s dogs will be picked up on Tuesday, August 24.
The group then called on netizens to alert them to people like Manong Oni who may need help with taking care of their pets.
To alert PAWS to possible beneficiaries, people can take a photo of the person, indicate their exact location, tag @pawsphilippines on Instagram, and include the hashtag #homelessnotworthless.
Meanwhile, those who want to extend help to Manong Oni can do so via PAWS.
PAWS’ latest initiative is part of their International Homeless Animals Day campaign. Due to the pandemic, the group decided to locate pet owners in need and pick up and return the animals themselves to keep people from converging in one place.
PAWS is a volunteer-based nonprofit organization whose programs include humane education, care for homeless animals, low-cost spay and neuter campaigns, and rescue, rehabilitation, and adoption of neglected and abused animals. – Rappler.com