Archive for the ‘Philippines’ Category

posted by Michel on Nov 11

Friends, with the recent super-typhoon raging over the Philippines, we are GRATEFUL that the AARRC staff and animals are unharmed and damage is limited. But we would like to HELP our immediate neighbours in Kalibo and villagers in my wife’s town SEBASTE, ANTIQUE to rebuild their homes.

I’m pledging EUR 100 … Please join me:

Beneficiary: M.J.L van der Kleij
ING Bank
Bijlmerplein 888
1102 MG Amsterdam

Please mark your donation “Philippines”. Thank you very much!

p.s. Those of you that know me personally will already know that ALL donations go DIRECT to the people, NONE of it will be used for ourselves. I will post the results right here. That’s a promise!

posted by Michel on Jul 13

Would you like to sponsor one of our animals? Or perhaps even adopt one (if you live in Aklan, Phiippines)? Visit our adoption and sponsor web site

Thank you for helping our animals!

Adoption and Sponsor web site

posted by Michel on Jul 13

As you may have noticed, keeping a web site up to date is distracting greatly from our animal recue activities. However, you can find us on Facebook, right here:

Please come over and LIKE our page.

posted by Michel on Oct 6

Shame, shame, shame on me.  I was away in Hong Kong for work and could find absolutely no time to update our web site. I did find time to visit our shelter in Kalibo 3 times though. And I volunteered for the EXCELLENT Hong Kong Dog Rescue (HKDR), most notably at their kennels in Tai Po, but also the centre for smaller dogs in Ap Lei Chau.

To make up for lost time, I prepared the first ever AARRC Newsletter, something we had wanted to do for a long time but never got around to.

AARRC Newsletter October 2012

posted by Michel on Mar 29

These are our new arrivals the first few months of 2012:

  • Happy, a very young puppy found by Matt and Angela from Canada in Boracay
  • Shakira, a 1 year old female suffering from canine distemper, found by Moien Legaspi
  • Blacky, a young dog and brother of Gracia who is already with us, surrendered by our neighbour
  • David, an older dog that is suffering from lymphoma and epilepsy and badly in need of a home for the few years he has left, surrendered by Joan and Beth
  • Jude, a puppy and only survivor of a litter of 3, surrendered by our painter
  • Pulis, Major, Queenie, Laurie and Tagpi were all found by our relatives and Moien

They may not look so good now, but some have shown really good improvement already and we will do everything to make them feel better and perhaps even find new homes for them! Thank you everybody and welcome to these precious and needy souls!!!


New arrivals early 2012

posted by Michel on Mar 21

Although one of these fabulous dogs, Jessica, was already adopted last year, three more were adopted just a few months ago. Ino, Urbanz and Oprah found a home close to one another and their guardians tell us they are all doing very well. I’m HAPPY!!!

posted by Michel on Feb 15

These lovely cats can be sponsored for as little as EUR 5 or US$ 5 per month. Just make an automated monthly payment stating the name of the cat of your choice. See the side bar on the right for instructions.

The AARRC cats awaiting your sponsorship

Mozart: I was one of the first cats here and I arrived from Manila where I was living on the streets in M.H. del Pilar in Malate for those of you that know the area. I’m the sweetest cat you’ll ever find but if you want to kiss me I will try to give you a love bite in your nose hahahaha

Pola: My friend Dayang-Dayang and I were rescued in Manila by the lovely people of CARA and we were brought here so that we could enjoy the provincial country life and give our CARA friends a bit more space. I’m SUPER friendly and I love climbing in our tree.

Frodo: Well you won’t find many local boys like me around here, especially a handsome one like me! I grew up in these parts and was picked up from the street. Now I really enjoy being with my friends because I’m very social.

Bora: Oh? Not so many locals? Well, I’m from the beautiful holiday island of Boracay and that happens to be in the same province as Kalibo, where we live now. I was living in a 3 star hotel when I was very young but they didn’t let us stay in the rooms. Why not???

Mitch: Haaaa! Speaking of local boy. I was the first kitten to be raised here at AARRC. I’m CRAZY about that dog treat “Frolic” and when I smell someone giving it to the doggies, I climb in the fence and ask for it.

Frosty: I’m from Manila too where some idiot ran over my front leg so that I can’t use that any more. However, I’m a gentleman of age now and despite my front leg, I can still clim and jump. Oh, and I just LOVE those “Frolic” too!

Beethoven: I used to live at the airport but when the AARRC people did a spay/neuter project there, they discovered that I was way too sweet to just be wandering around again. So hopefully I will find a new home.

Dayang: Pola already told you where we were from. We are both really gentle cats and we like to climb our tree and rest. We are both very social and like the other cats here. Everybody is so nice!

Flower: I had kittens just after I was found in the streets. I’m from Kalibo so I’m definitely a local beauty. I was named after the head of a meerkat family on television programme called The Meerkat Manor. Probably because I’m a real survivor and still a very nice personality.
[Sponsor: Linda Saueressig]

Nanay: Did you know that my name means “mother” in Tagalog? In this picture I can be seen with my kittens that I got just after I arrived here at AARRC. They have a home now but I’m still with AARRC. Because I was a streetcat living at the airport, I’m still a little shy, but I wouldn’t hurt a fly.

posted by Michel on Feb 13

On February 8 and 9, a 3 person strong spay/neuter team from the Philippines Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) visited AARRC to perform a spay/neuter session. A few days prior to the event, AARRC volunteer Moien Legaspi and others announced door-to-door in Barangay Andagao, Kalibo that families could bring their dogs and cats for this free of charge event (it was paid for by our sponsors). Thanks to the PAWS team’s hard work, the results were: Male dogs 24, Female dogs 13, Male cats 6, Female cats 2. 45 animals spayed/neutered in total. Awesome!!!

The PAWS spay/neuter team



posted by Michel on Feb 5

These lovely dogs can be sponsored for as little as EUR 5 or US$ 5 per month. Just make an automated monthly payment stating the name of the dog of your choice. See the side bar on the right for instructions.


The AARRC dogs awaiting your sponsorship

Tina: Well, I’m Tina and I arrived here just a few weeks ago. I cannot walk at all because of my spinal injury, but the nice AARRC people have given me a wheelchair so now I RUN, RUN, RUN!!! I’m a really sweet-natured dog and I love the attention I get here. The only problem is now that I need to learn how to drive ;-)

Luningning: I came to AARRC last year and I’m a really playful character, very sweet-natured too and I just want to play with everyone. It wasn’t always like that because I lost my two sons last year and that made me very sad for a while. My friends here look after me though.
[Sponsor: Melanie van Leeuwen]

Urbanz: Well, when they asked me to tell a bit about myself I said I ehhh, well, ehhhh I’m bit shy you see. I’m a good guard dog but you do have to get to know me over a long time. When I’m on the beach with my friends, I forget my shyness and we all run like mad hahahaha!

Hatchi: I’m the sweetest little dog around here (sorry Snowy!) and I like walking and sleeping a lot. I like the beach and, wait for this, SWIMMING! Probably because the AARRC folks found me on the beach.
[Sponsor: Mrs. Neressa van der Kleij-Toabe]

Tita: I used to live just around the corner when I was little, but nobody was interested in me. I had eye infection and a little mange. Now that I’ve grown up into a real sweetheart that everybody loves, I feel very happy to be here with my friends. I just love the beach and play in the water.

Arwen: Hi there! I’m the queen around here! Yes, that’t right, I run things when the people aren’t looking hahaha. Seriously, I’m also a very sweet dog and there’s nothing I like better than to greet the humans when they arrive and show them I can dance and do “Gimme 5!”. Oh, and running is one of my specialities.
[Sponsor: Mr. Joep Thijssen]

Ino: If you would notice me (but not many dogs and people do) then you would find that I’m really sweet and adventurous in a way. But then, I got used to hiding in corners away from all those bullies. Fortunately, I have many friends here now and I feel a lot better.

Bella: I really miss my Mummy Stephanie, the nice girl that looked after me before. But because she had to move and because I am disabled just like Tina, she gave me to AARRC to be looked after. Guess what? Now I have a wheelchair too and I can play with my friend Bantay. Yihaaa!!!

Oprah: Hmmm I’m one of the shy ones too. I’m very sweet and good natured, but when I don’t know you I tend to hide away. Fortunately Nicky of AARRC has helped me a lot and now I’m already much and much happier. I love sunning myself in a quiet little corner.
[Sponsor: Ms. Nicky Jenken]

Falco: Hello folks! I’m Falco and I’m Chief of Security around here. That is because I can be really dominant. But hey, I’m the guard so what do you expect? Once I get to know you I’m sure we’ll get along fine. Just give me time. I enjoy walking on the beach and splashing around in the water.

Snowy: Ahh queen eh? (Sorry Arwen!) Well yes, but if I were bigger there would be no contest ;-) Seriously folks, I’m an expert rat hunter and an excellent guard dog. Nothing even comes close, literally! I love running on the beach and lazing around the humans. Given half a chance I’ll sleep in a bed, as queens do of course.
[Sponsor: Norah van Leeuwen]

Viper: Thanks for listening to me, I’m <<ahem>> a real gentleman of age. Together with my friend Oprah, we’ve been through some really tough times and to top it all off, I not only list an eye but also my fur. The nice people here at AARRC are doing what they can to restore me to my former glory, but it’s taking time. In the mean time, I just take it easy and enjoy my pension for a change!
[Sponsor: Mr. Joep Thijssen]

GM: When I was found I was scared and had no fur to shelter me from the rain or cold. I felt really miserable, but now after almost a year, my fur is slowly coming back and I feel a lot better. One day I will be beautiful again! I like to look after the puppies here and they are my real friends.

Soldier: After having lived with another family, I was assigned to be a guard dog with AARRC. I vow I will always do my duty by being a faithful dog and guard. Just don’t let me out of your sight though or I will hump your leg out of joy hahahaha.
[Sponsor: Fam. Saueressig]

Sophie: Not all that long ago I was a victim of the Dog Meat Trade … Together with hundreds of others I was transport in cages on a truck on our way to, well I don’t want to know, but I fear it would have been my final destination. Fortunately the kind people of Animal Kingdom Foundation rescued me and gave me to AARRC to have a happy life from now on. I love my new buddies!!!!

Jiji: Me, well, ehhhh, I’m a bit shy too. But when you see me on our beach, then you’ll know why they call me the “Pocket Rocket”. Because I’m the fastest runner here. I just love teasing my buddies Tita and Agua hahahaha.

Gracia: I’m still a bit shy but that is also because I don’t feel so beautiful at the moment. I have mange you see. Still, I’m being treated now and when I go to the beach or play with my friend Bantay, I totally forget my troubles and just play.

Bantay: Yeah, my friend Gracia needs cheering up, so that’s why I run around the yard like crazy trying to get some playtime. The young ones generally don’t mid, like auntie Luningning or my buddie Gracia. Other times I’m afraid I just have to adapt and sleep.

Biselda: When I was a little puppy, I had an accident on the road outside our house and I broke my hip. Therefore I can’t walk very well anymore, but I’m a very happy girl and I like being with my friends and go to the beach. Sometimes I even manage a bit of a run, just to show you guys I’m happy!!!

Prada: I’m the new kid here, so what can I say: getting to know the others but because of the quarantine, I’m not allowed to play with anyone yet. At first I was REALLY unhappy and kept everyone awake, but now that I’m getting to know the gang, they’re not so bad at all.
[Sponsor: Lauryn van Leeuwen]

Gaisano: Hi everyone. I’m a dog of very few words. I can’t see very well due to my age, but I’m a happy and quiet guy. I get along very well with all the others here.

Agua: Hey, don’t you think I’m a beauty? I won a beauty contest at the Kalibo town square last year for “Best Asong Pinoy (Philippine Dog) in Show” and I’m REALLY proud. I’m a sweet girl that loves to run on the beach and chase mice and rats too. My best buddy is Arwen.

posted by Michel on Jan 27

Last September, when I was on the way back from a VERY busy time with our shelter in Kalibo, I decided to call on my friends from the Animal Kingdom Foundation (AKF), that specialise in intercepting the cruel and highly illegal dog meat trade transports. As much as I love this country, I’m afraid to admit that dogs are still being eaten here and there. Needless to say this gruesome habit is accompanied by totally unnecessary cruelty and suffering. Hence the reason for AKF to step in. So far they have around 600 dogs that were spared this fate on their grounds in Tarlac province. While I was there, I spoke with the very dedicated staff, such as Greg, veterinarian Roland and others. I also met two dogs whose image just wouldn’t leave my mind. So at the end of the day I decided to give two of them a new future: Sophie, the friendliest of them all who made friends with me the moment I arrived and Tina, a disabled dog who out of necessity was confined to a kennel by herself. Around the same time, Elly Maynard of Sirius Global Animal Organisation had been with AKF on a raid on one of those transports and she even brought a New Zealand film crew to document it all. Elly heard of Tina and the fact that we had already given away a wheelchair to Vincent, a dog rescued by our collegues of IRO in Cebu, and offered to pay for a similar wheelchair for Tina.

However, the story didn’t end there. Just a few weeks ago we were approached by a very young lady, Stephanie of 14 years old, who was worried sick about having to leave the Philippines next March and leaving her disabled puppy Bella behind. Obviously, disabled dogs need special care, since they drag their hind quarters and legs over the floor and often have little or no bladder and bowel control. Not every one’s cup of tea clearly. After almost a full day of SMS messages, Facebook chatting and even a Skype call, we decided that it was best for her to take Bella to AKF, since they were located relatively close and were coming to Manila to deliver Sophie and Tina anyway, so that it would be easy for them to bring Bella as well. It broke Stephanie’s heart to give up her beloved puppy, but she realised it was for the better. What a hero that young lady! We decided that such a young animal deserved a good chance, so those fine people of Wheelchairs for Dogs set to work to provide a wheelchair-to-size for Bella. Now we were going to bring two of those wheelchairs!

Tina, Sophie and Bella arrive in Manila

Soon we found ourselves back in Manila and just in time to secure a few transport kennels for the three dogs. The next day Greg and the AKF driver arrived with their precious cargo, all set to transfer them to the live cargo section of one of the local airlines. We were scheduled to travel the next day.

In Kalibo, our relatives had already picked up the dogs and a nice new kennel for Tina had already been prepared. That afternoon and evening we needed a rest, but the next morning we set about in earnest: assembled the wheelchairs and prepared Tina and Bella for their first rides! Tina took to it like a real pro and was soon running around, occasionally getting stuck behind furniture. We took her outside however and she loved that, sniffing out her new neighbourhood. Bella, being a lot younger, needed more time to get used to this strange device attached to her behind. At first she just stood there, but encouragement in the shape of treats soon changed that and she began to walk, gently. Sophie in the mean time already made friends with a few puppies and a rescue from last September: the incredibly loving Luningning that had herself lost her partially paralysed son to some viral infection.

Just look at those happy faces!


Tina taking her first steps outside

Bella gently getting to grips with modern machinery

Sophie enjoying a cuddle (Spot in the foreground)