Archive for the ‘Rescues’ Category

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 Oct 5

Thanks to donations from Mrs. Gitta van der Kleij, Lorna Santos, Niels van Brecht and the kind people of Wheelchairs for Dogs, Vincent got his wheels recently. Today, on World Animal Day 2011, I had the chance to look him up in Cebu City.

He still needs to work on his strength and skills, so Jay and Karen Mottern let him practise 30mins a day in his wheelchair. Soon he’ll be able to go for longer walks and as you can see in the picture, as soon as he’s in his wheelchair he already knows he can move around so much more easily and without pain.

Well done everybody, I think this is one of the best World Animal Day presents I can imagine!

Vincent in his wheelchair

posted by Michel on Aug 14

Please meet Vincent. Vincent is a young disabled dog in the Philippines that cannot use his hind legs. He was found in this state on the streets of Cebu City by his rescuers with an air rifle pellet still lodged in his spine. AARRC (Aklan Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation Center) wants to adopt Vincent and provide him with a wheelchair because at our facilities he will be able to go anywhere due to the solid surface. A dog wheelchair will cost around EUR 300 (some US$350). Please help Vincent with a donation. See the Paypal link or bank transfer details to the right!

Vincent desperately needs a wheelchair

Vincent desperately needs a wheelchair

Vincent is currently in the care of the Mottern family who are members of  our IRO friends in Cebu. Thanks to Jay and Karen for fostering this brave little fellow. Excellent job!

posted by Michel on Mar 10

First of all, a few updates on our shelter animals. Of the 5 kittens that were born at AARRC in early February, only 1 has survived so far. He is called Tommy and now in the care of our volunteer Claudia who has good experience raising small kittens. One of the 2 Blue Starfish kittens also died. We think she fell down after climbing. She will be missed as she was such a delightful little thing … Her brother, Jerry, is also with Claudia. Our puppies Jiji, Tita and Pablo are doing well.

Let’s move on to that clip. Well, our volunteers Sanne, Bernard and myself have been taking videos while doing our projects last November and February and I will be making complete clips from all of these fragments. The first of that series was finished just last night and here’s the link on YouTube:

Rescuing GM

The description is: Kalibo, Aklan, Philippines – GM is a young female dog that popped up in our headlights one evening. She was obviously in distress: her body was covered in mange and she didn’t have any fur left. Instead her skin had already started to keratinise and she had lots of open wounds. Fortunately, our foundation, the Aklan Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre (AARRC) together with partners and volunteers, saved her!

GM, the subject of our first video clip

GM, the subject of our first video clip

posted by Michel on Feb 6

The new arrivals for early 2011 are pictured here. A kitten named Fifi and pregnant female Nanay (who gave birth to 5 beautiful kittens in the mean time) were found at Kalibo Airport while checking out our patients from last November. Both are still a little shy but are very friendly. Fifi is scheduled for sterilisation this week and Nanay and her kittens in around 3 months. Then Biselda was encountered while riding our scooter on the way home and the owner brought her to our house the next day for treatment. She suffers from mange and a hip injury due to a traffic incident. We can fix the mange but orthopedic surgery is not available here, so we’re hoping that making her stronger by improving her muscles with good food will help her move about a bit smoother. She walks and even runs, but it’s obviously not quite right. Jiji is originally from Sebaste, Antique (home town of Neressa), where she heard of a needy and sickly puppy, which we picked up after the annual town fiesta. She was found to suffer from starting mange and worms so we started treatment right away. She will also be sterilised in 3 months time.

Fifi, Biselda, Jiji and Nanay with her 5 kittens (born at AARRC)

LtoR,TtoB: Fifi, Biselda, Jiji and Nanay with her 5 kittens (born at AARRC)

UPDATE

But just as we thought we could concentrate on all of our patients pictures above, new ones came pouring in. Puppy Pablo was brought in by the owner of Biselda (see above) and from what I understand, he belongs to the people next door to him. Such a young thing and already suffering from severe mange that has all but complete obliterated his fur. One morning as we came back from walking our pack on the beach, we saw a tiny puppy crawling about, obviously way too young to be away from its mother. She had an eye infection apparently and clearly needed help. Since no one seemed to know where she belonged, we just took her with us and named her Tita. Our Dutch volunteer for this period, our dear friend Nicky Jenken (pictured on the right), was getting supplies at a local pet store and veterinarian, when she met Evan and Juanita from the Blue Starfish Resort in Jawili who told her that they had found two small kittens and didn’t know what to do with them. Of course we picked them up and this is the jolly couple (boy and girl) just after we arrived back home. The good news is that the word has been spreading about our activities. One early morning two people on a motorcycle brought their puppy Giorgio to us. He had stopped eating two days earlier after his mother had been found dead (we don’t know why) and they were quite rightly worried about him. He was dehydrated and suffering from anemia. The picture shows Nicky examining him. Fortunately, we managed to fix him up and soon he’ll be ready to home. Not without the firm promise that we’ll have him sterilised in a few months though!

New Arrivals Part II

New Arrivals Part II, Pablo, Tita, the two Blue Starfish kittens and Giorgio

posted by Michel on Nov 22

At long last, we got enough donations to get started in earnest with our Kalibo Airport Cat Project that had been on the cards for quite a while. Not only did we have funds, but two EXCELLENT and very dedicated Dutch volunteers, Sanne op den Kelder and Bernard Koenen, offered their invaluable services. Although the cats were our primary targets, we would address whenever necessary and possible, the plight of dogs also. As it turned out, most of the needy dogs were unrelated to the airport, but were simply found on the streets of either Kalibo or Banga, a nearby town where the Aklan State University that treats our animals, is located. Fortunately, our builders had done their utmost to complete the “clinic” before our arrival, so that we converted it into a temporary cat shelter, since our regular cattery normally reserved for rescued cats would not be able to hold the expected number of guests. With a little ingenuity they were housed in such a way that they could all be cared for. Great work by Sanne and Bernard!

Sanne with a captured cat

Sanne with a captured cat

The airport staff proved to be very supportive of our project and even as I was checking in for my flight back to Manila (Sanne and Bernard continuing the work for 2 more weeks), some stuck their head through the rubber flaps separating the terminal from the cargo bay and enthusiastically shouted “Sir! Pregnant cat here! Come quick!” …

Sanne and Bernard tending a cat in our clinic

Sanne and Bernard tending to a cat in our clinic

One of the folding wire cages (on the left) was later converted to a nursery, because it was found that the slightly bigger kittens were true escape artists and simply wiggled their tiny bodies through the bars.

GM), sarcoptic mange victim

Viper (and in the background: GM), sarcoptic mange victim left to fend for himself in Banga

Dogs like these abound in the Philippines (as elsewhere) unfortunately. Still, there is a lot that we can do to make them recover from this terrible state, as the previous rescue dog Smeagol proves (he’s been adopted). Viper is an older dog however so his progress is expected to be much slower. We’ll certainly keep a good eye on him and make sure he gets all the delicious food he needs!

Cats waiting for a lift home after their sterilisation

Cats waiting for a lift home after their sterilisation

GM, demodectic mange, found in barabgay Andagao not too far from our house

GM, demodectic mange, found in barangay Andagao not too far from our house

GM is the spitting image of Smeagol, but she’s a girl and somewhat older than Smeagol, estimated between 3 to 4 years old. With plenty of good food and medicine, she’s expected to grow back most of her fur and make a good recovery within the year. We’ll keep you posted.

All of the AARRC volunteers

Most of the AARRC volunteers

Our first volunteer Chan Bautista (left) has recruited a number of his fellow students at Aklan State University to be AARRC volunteers. Great work Chan!!!

posted by Michel on Jun 28

Remember this horrifying image of an unhappy, sick and lonely young dog? He was featured in this previous post.

Smeagol at ASU awaiting treatment

Smeagol at ASU awaiting treatment

It is a dog we called Smeagol and he was found by an acquaintance of ours. Fortunately, he started feeling much better already with the ivermectine treatment against demodectic mange and good food. After a few weeks, just before I left, he looked like this:

Smeagol at ASU feeling better already

Smeagol at ASU feeling better already

Well, the good news is that after his adoption by Doreen, an Aklan State University VetMed student, she’s nursed him back to health so that we are extremely happy to be able to report that he now looks much and much better. His fur has not come back fully yet, and chances are that it will never completely come back, but at least he’s a healthy and playful dog now, enjoying the company of his family. Excellent news!!!

Smeagol is now taken care of by Doreen

Smeagol is now taken care of by Doreen

Taking a rest

Taking a rest

posted by Michel on Mar 9

Recovering after sterilisation in our garden

Recovering after sterilisation in our garden

Nabas enjoying a decent meal

Nabas enjoying a decent meal

Sadly enough, not all the animals that we try to save make it. Another one of our beloved guests has slipped through our fingers and died last night. Ginny. Poor little Ginny.

She had a tough life by the looks of it, of only around 2 years. Completely emaciatiated and her little body covered in mange. She had probably been hit by a car judging by her rear hind leg’s limp and the fact that she lived near a very busy road where drivers are not known for their compassion towards other living creatures, human or animal. We tried to give her the best possible treatment. Tried to feed her so she would regain her strength. But all to no avail.  Perhaps the (heart)worms got to her, or some horrible virus, we really don’t know at this point. We’d like to think that we gave her a happier life than the one she had known before: we took her to the beach on many occasions and allowed her to make new friends. She had some good and tasty meals too at first. Alas, her appetite dwindled a few days ago and she died on the morning she would have been taken to the clinic.

Farewell my dear, dear Ginny. At least you knew some love and proper care before you died. We won’t forget you, ever!

An equally sad story is that of our sweet old timer Nabas. In fact, it was Nabas who alerted me to the deplorable state that some local dogs were in as I was driving through her town. So eventually we managed to take Ginny and Jackson as well. Nabas was neglected and left to fend for herself by her owner. When she arrived at our kennel, she really enjoyed the dog food that we gave her. We cleaned her up and although she was clearly not used to being handled, she was a friendly soul. It turned out she was almost completely blind, had numerous smaller tumors as well as arthritis. Still, she enjoyed the regular meals, more comfortable housing and attention she was getting.

So all in all, it didn’t come as a surprise when we heard that poor old Nabas had died. I felt sad, very sad, that we didn’t get to her a few years ago so that we might have given her a better life. In the end, she was only with us for a month and we can only hope that during that time, she felt much better.

Rest in peace dear Nabas!

Ginny shortly after she arrived in our kennel

Ginny shortly after she arrived in our kennel

Nabas having a deserved rest in her kennel

Nabas having a well deserved rest in her kennel

posted by Michel on Feb 27

I have always believed in the elegant correctness of the JIT principle: Just-In-Time. Well, it appears that the animal world is also aware of this concept, judging by the late, but timely, arrival of the next few guests to our facilities.

First of all, one of the 5 cats from the Bagobos Resto-Grill in Numancia that we caught there to be spayed and neutered, gave birth to 3 beautiful kittens. Since this young family will stay with us for the next 3 months or so, we named Mom “Flower”. She’s very shy when out of the cage that we set aside for her, but inside she’s as sweet as ever and a caring mom.

Flower and her 3 kids

Flower and her 3 kids

Then the night before we returned to Manila, little Frodo called out from one of the gardens of our neighbours opposite the street. After a few years of rescuing in the Philippines, let me assure you that you develop ears that are well tuned to the cries of kittens. So a quick search in the dark with a flashlight revealed this little fellow:

Frodo in action

Frodo in action

Oh and I shouldn’t forget to mention the Bagobos cats themselves of course. Having only a single trap at present, it took us a few days to catch a number of them, but eventually we got 5. Most of them are feral and can’t be handled easily. We’ll return them to the Bagobos restaurant after their sterilisation and medication, so they can continue their job of keeping the rats and mice under control.

4 of the 5 Bagobos cats awaiting sterilisation

4 of the 5 Bagobos cats awaiting sterilisation

posted by Michel on Feb 15

Maplo was found in Sebaste, Antique. She belonged to the sister of a good friend of mine. She was suffering from Canine Distemper. Unfortunately they failed to recognise the seriousness of her condition, attributed the abundant discharge through her nose and eyes to the dog-version of a cold and treated her with anti-biotics only. By the time we got to her, the virus had got to the brain causing her swaying gait. She could no longer be saved and it was decided to humanely euthanise her. However, we will remember her here for the love that she gave to her humans.

Maplo, our very first guest in the dog kennels, didnt survive

Maplo, our very first guest in the dog kennels, didn't survive

Apart from Maplo, all our present rescues are doing fine. A quick recap:

Ino is a female dog of around 8 months old that we found in Sebaste, Antique. She’s shy at first but getting to know us and now developing her playful side. She was diagnosed with demodectic mange, fortunately in the early stages.

Ino rolling in the grass

Ino rolling in the grass

Ginny is a very young dog that is extremely emaciated, suffering from advanced demodectic mange and probably had an accident of some sort in the past, since she has restricted use of her hind left leg. She’s a curious little character however and has no trouble walking on a leash.

Ginny still a little camera shy

Ginny still a little camera shy

Now that especially Ino and Ginny are getting used to us, we take them to the beach along with our own dogs (all rescues originally), Falco, Snowy and Arwen. Ino really opened up and wanted to play, but she will have to wait a week or so due to her recent sterilisation and arrival. Ginny is a little on edge but clearly enjoys the outings, taking a keen (but careful) interest in her totally new surroundings.

Walk along the beach

Walk along the beach

Horacio is a feral cat that we caught in a trap that we used to retrieve our escapee Dayang (see previous post). He was sterilised too and after he’s completed his medication of anti-biotics for the operation, we will set him free.

Horacio, our temporary guest

Horacio, our temporary guest

Our final guest is a dog named Jackson. When we picked up Nabas (also see the old abandoned dog in the previous post), bystanders pointed out both Ginny and Jackson to us. He’s a grumpy little fellow, a little underweight, and suffering from demodectic mange. His whole body is affected, but the skin is nor keratinised yet. He should be fine after ivermectine injections.

Jackson receiving treatment at ASU

Jackson receiving treatment at ASU

Not really a rescue story, but very interesting nonetheless, was the encounter I had with Eddy at Aklan State University when I was there for the sterilisation of our rescued animals. Eddy is a fabulous Korean chap: he was camping inside one of the treatment rooms for days so he could be with his sick dog Georgie (perforated intestines due to eating sharp bones) all the time, taking turns with his wife to keep the business going, a travel agency on Boracay island catering especially to Koreans. He’s linked to our site where he’s got some pictures of Ino, Jackson and Horacio. Here’s the URL of his Blog in Korean, so if you’re into the Korean language or want to check out the pics, go take a look: Mr. Subak

Eddy looking after his best friend Georgie

Eddy looking after his best friend Georgie

UPDATE: I heard from a friend of Eddy that Georgie died after all. So sad for Eddy to lose his friend …