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Street dogs of Philippines – Help needed!

The Dog is supposed to be Man’s Best Friend, if the dog gets a good person to look after him then life is good but unfortunately this is not the case for most of the dogs in the world.

I have seen all kinds of dogs living in many different kinds of conditions. Some are so well pampered that they do not really know that they are still dogs, others are looked after very well and are a very important part of the family. Some are only useful to the owner as long as he can make money from them and some are just living on their own as nobody really wants them. All around the world, many dogs get lucky and are really treated well, they get the best food, regular medical checks and inoculations, their own bed to sleep on and even clothing to match that of the owner.

With this article, I am not saying that the Philippines is worse than anywhere else for the poor treatment of dogs as there is terrible abuse of dogs happening in the developed countries, but a major difference is that in the developed world there are strict laws to protect the unfortunate animals – while here in the Philippines there are laws, but like many laws here, they are of a very low priority to the government agencies.

As you drive around the streets of Manila or anywhere in the Philippines, you would see many dogs roaming around looking for food. Most of these dogs belong to someone but unfortunately their owners doesn’t care about them, they had been abandoned because the owner got a new pure bred dog, sometimes a dog who belong to a poor family is luckier because they are given table scraps and their family are not abandoning them, everything is still on a case-by-case basis. I also know some rich families who adopt dogs from the street, so I guess social status is not the basis of being a responsible dog owner. If dogs are not fed at home, then it’s up to the poor dog to find food for himself; he can eat dead animals, and rotten food which has been thrown away by people.

Many of these dogs get very badly treated by people who throw sticks and stones to drive the dogs away. Many small or young dogs are forced by hunger to compete with the bigger street wise type of dog who gives no mercy regardless of size so many of this kind of small dog gets open wounds which can easily get infected because nobody will take care of the injuries or treat them. Its so sad to see a dog with a skin disease which has caused all the hair to fall out and in many cases the skin goes pink. These dogs are constantly scratching and open up wounds on their skin as the itching is totally uncomfortable. Because of infection these dogs usually do not survive and their dead bodies can become food for other starving animals so the infections can be passed on to others.

In some cities, there is animal control… who will take dogs if they are roaming in the streets, and if their owners will not get them, they will be destroyed in 48 hours. There are even speculations that, the said animal control or dog pound are selling the dogs to illegal dog meat traders, though it has not been confirmed yet. Some syndicates are getting stray dogs, so that they can sell their meat. It is illegal to eat dogs in the Philippines, but just like any other law, some people can get away with it. Luckily, we have Animal Kingdom Foundation, a UK funded animal shelter, who rescue dogs from illegal dog meat traders.

Before I end this article, I would also like my readers to know that even homeless people are capable of loving dogs, and it only proves that those who have less can give more.

Friends, I want you to meet Mang Rudy. He lives in a push cart with 16 dogs and 2 cats. For me, he is luckier than those who have big mansions, massive money on their bank account because Mang Rudy has best friends who will never abandon him no matter what.

Blog post by Kristine – http://thealphadogattitude.blogspot.com

If you want to support Indonesia’s rescue groups here are some links:

1. Animal Kingdom Foundation– it is an organization rescuing dogs that are supposed to be butchered.

Website: http://www.animalkingdomfoundation.org

2. Island Rescue Organization– it is based in Cebu and they are rescuing street dogs.

Website: http://islandrescue.org/

3. CARA – it is a no shelter facility group, who help street dogs and cats.

4. AARRC– it is located in Kalibo Aklan, founded by a Dutch National.

Website: http://animals.tukcedo.nl/

5. Philippine Animal Lover’s Society. —- It is a group of people, who work through networking using facebook to save street dogs.

Website: donation details here.

Facebook link: Philippine Animal Lovers Society

Related posts: Oscar – A Street dog of Istanbul – Romania’s Street Dogs

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Saving hundreds of stray animals’ lives in Romania – Interview with The Nature Association [Video]

Today we’re going out of the country – we’re even leaving the continent – to talk to a great non-profit organization in Romania, The Nature Association. Founded in 2002 by Carmen Milobendzchi and Roxana Macoviciuc, this organization is dedicated to helping and saving stray animals by providing food, shelter and medical care for over 350 dogs and 60 cats in their shelter facility in Bucharest. Home to approximately between 100,000 to 1 million stray dogs. Every year, Bucharest sees thousands of these defenseless animals killed by cars, poisoned, dead of hunger, or frozen to death.

Funded solely by donations, this no-kill organization really needs our help and support. The shelter offers food, water, vaccines, and emergency medical treatment and is in need of monetary support and heightened awareness to provide the services mentioned, as well as to continue building the shelter facility.

Facing the power of nature, a very hard winter has hit Europe these days, and the tremendous amount of snow and cold weather makes the work of  The Nature Association’s volunteers and members extremely difficult.

We recently published an article about Oscar, a street dog of Istanbul and want to share with you this video interview with 2 very passionate young people who decided to volunteer and support The Nature Association after finishing their education in Canada. We had the great pleasure of video chatting with Milena and Mihai in Bucharest, and we talked about their daily challenges, how they help abandoned and stray dogs, and what they need the most for their mission.

Please visit The Nature Association’s Facebook Fan page and also take a look at the pictures in the Winter at the Shelter album: consider donating to their organization. Bucharest’s dogs and cats will thank you. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Milena and Mihai recommend to visit following websites:
Dogs Trust  – www.dogstrust.org.uk
Dogs Adoption Netherlands –  http://www.dogsadoptionsnederland.nl – Here you can see all adoptable dogs of the organization.

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Oscar, a street dog of Istanbul

I heard about Oscar, a stray dog living on the streets of Istanbul, from a friend of mine who lives there (Istanbul, not the streets). He didn’t have a name or an owner, so she called him Oscar.

One day when she was walking home from work, she was almost at her house when she saw Oscar on the other side of the street, looking for food in trash cans. Just then, a random person walked by and kicked him in the ribs. He was yelling at him to GO, to go some where else, and Oscar stepped back to bow down. He was scared and frozen. He didn’t run away, did nothing to defend himself. My friend ran over to the other side of the street and asked the guy what his problem was — and why he was kicking a poor, innocent dog. She was patting Oscar and talking to him to comfort him a little when the guy said: “Don’t touch him, he lives on the street. He might have fleas and other diseases. That’s disgusting.”

She told him that he was disgusting and it’s not the dog’s fault that he lives on the street. She asked him if he would kick humans who live on the street when they are looking for food. He said: Of course not.

Picture taken by: http://www.facebook.com/marissadeladoggies

Oscar had scars all over, she guessed his tail was broken and he was frightened to death when people raised their arms quickly or picked something up from the street to throw it after him. My friend, let’s call her Shirin, got Oscar a collar and a self-made tag. She tried to bring him home and make him sleep in their front yard, but Oscar would take off every night and come back the next day. She started to feed him and gave him a bath. She decided to make Oscar to her own dog. He was horrible on the leash but excellent without, so she gave up ttrying to walk him, and Oscar just followed her when he felt like it.

A friend of mine in Istanbul this year - with a black lab she discovered on the street

Oscar would show up every evening at the same time when the Muezzin was calling to the evening prayers from the top of the mosque. He would eat, sit around a little and walk away. I asked her if she knew where he slept and she said she never followed him. Oscar and Shirin became friends and Oscar was under her protection: no one was allowed to stone, kick or beat up the dog. Shirin’s parents own some of the houses in her area, so it was not that difficult to convince people to stop abusing Oscar. She threatened to tell her parents if they abused the dog, and warned them they would be kicked out if they did (even it wasn’t exactly like that:).

After 5 years Oscar stopped coming by in the evenings and Shirin looked for him over 3 months. She was worried about him but realized he wasn’t going to come back. People thought she was crazy to look after a stray dog; there so many, if she wanted one then why she didn’t just get another? They told her she’d be better off caring about starving people instead of a mere dog – people were laughing at her. Perhaps Oscar got hit by a car, died somewhere peacefully or ended up somewhere he was not supposed to be, maybe even against his will. She never found out what happend.

This was 2 years ago and my friend contacted me last week to tell me how happy she is that I got involved in animal welfare. She wants to make a change in Turkey and she is helping in local shelters and wants to start an organization to help stray dogs. She said that people are getting better with street dogs — at least they just let them exist. Her small group of 8 friends raises funds to support spay & neuter programs, feed cats and dogs and give medical care to the ones who needs it the most.

Picture taken by http://marissadela.com/doggies

Why am I telling you all this?

Stray dogs are a significant part of daily life in İstanbul, most other cities in Turkey and all over the world. Loved and protected by a few, tolerated by many and hated by even more, tens of thousands of them roam the streets in a culture that isn’t exactly crazy about non-human city dwellers. This story is just an example and it’s not just happening in Turkey. Many dogs and cats live on the streets of this world, some more peacefully, others less. Some have good Samaritans like Oscar had, and some never trust humans because they’ve never experienced anything good from them. Animal rights activists in Turkey, weary of not being taken seriously by authorities at home, have taken their fight to the international platform where support for them is growing. Thanks to an Internet-based campaign against dog killings in Turkey, hundreds of people in İstanbul and in cities of at least nine other nations — including the United Kingdom, France, Canada, the US, Germany, the Netherlands, Mexico, Kenya and Australia — came together on Oct. 4, World Animal Day, in front of the Turkish diplomatic missions in their countries to convey their message against animal cruelty.

Stray dog in South America - I love this pic - Thanks for sharing, Lydia

Stray dogs are starving, beaten up, chained up, used for inhumane games, abused and killed by humans, treated like trash. I don’t want to get to deep into the details; we all see the pictures every day. There is hope and a movement all over the world… and I want to urge and encourage everyone to be the voice of these dogs and cats. Many countries have just started to pay attention to the issue of having tons of street dogs, and goodhearted people and animal advocates team up to build communities to help these animals in need. Mostly it’s a cultural problem that many countries still do have; they lack the understanding of cats and dogs as companion animals who want to be with humans. It’s not their own fault that they ended up living and trying to survive on the street. In these countries, dogs only exist to do a job or to be used for something, and not to join the family and give joy.

Stray dogs are usually very open, like to be petted, and love to get affection. Who doesn’t? Who wants to be treated like trash, get rejected or abused? Nobody, right? So please stop abusing and treating your street dogs and cats inhumanely. They deserve better! Shirin was brave and stood up for a street dog, you can too.

This week we had the great pleasure of interviewing an organization located in Bucharest, we’ll post the interview within the next week. Tell us about street dogs you know, your experiences and how your country treats stray dogs and cats.