Archive for November, 2009

posted by Michel on Nov 13

After Mimi, and very recently, Jose very unfortunately disappeared it became clear that we had to hurry to provide especially the cats with safe housing. As you can see in the previous post, the catteries and dog kennels are coming along very nicely. On the other hand, we managed to save and/or help a few more needy animals. Here are their portraits:

Bora (l) and Roady

Bora (l) and Roady

Smeagol II

Smeagol II (rescued by Wout and Bhel van Hulst, temporarily at ASU)

Lucky (rescued by Alicia Adams, adopted by Maarten and Claudia Baks)

Lucky (rescued by Alicia Adams, adopted by Maarten and Claudia Baks)

Chikka (Tumor removed from his cheek, returned to owner)

Chikka (Tumor removed from his cheek, returned to owner)

Update 18 Nov.: Chikka died while in the care of his owners. The tumor was not removed entirely and the remainder grew back. Most likely it was so agressive that it had already spread throughout his body. How sad …

Update 25 Dec.: Kitten Roady somehow drew the agression of Snowy (one of our dogs). Being too small to fight her off, he suffered a bite which started an infection of which he died. I was shattered to hear this news. Only a short time before our safe haven for cats is ready, he fell victim to one of the many dangers that cats here face. Thank God that we were able to rescue him from the street and give him a relatively trouble free childhood …

Update 25 Dec.:Fortunately there is good news as well. Smeagol II was adopted by one of the ASU students. I had to leave him in the care of ASU because our shelter wasn’t finished at the time and he carried the contagious mange mites. He soon turned into the ASU VetMed’s most favourite pet, which resulted in his adoption. Fabulous!!!

posted by Michel on Nov 1

So far, we tried to cater for our adoptees, well, in our house and compound really. With the limited number of animals that we can keep at present, this is no disaster, but there is only VERY limited room for expansion in case of e.g. emergencies and rescues. And then really only for cats. Clearly something needed to be done. Since we were going to extend our house towards the currently unused backyard, we decided to include dog kennels, catteries and even a small “clinic” in the plans. During my last visit, this is what I found at the back of the house:

Construction started 2 weeks earlier

Construction started 2 weeks earlier

While I was there, progress was slowed down because of the side-effects of severe typhoons that struck the northern island of Luzon, causing large parts of Manila and surroundings to be flooded. It’s difficult to mix concrete in the pooring rain, so we simply had to wait for better weather.

In the mean time, plans were being discussed and refined and we decided on a total of 6 dog kennels, two of which that could be used as quarantine, 2 adjoining catteries and the clinic. I know that doesn’t sound like much compared to the “proper” shelters we have here in Europe, but it is a good start which will allow us to house rescued strays until they are adopted or transferred to a real shelter (there are preliminary discussions with Aklan State University for this). At least we will be able to provide a safe haven for those animals that we put up. Hopefully, I will be able to prove to all our partners and visitors that this sort of facility is just what we need and that it provides great improvement in areas of animal care, management and hygiene.

Two (quarantine) dog kennels

Two (quarantine) dog kennels

By the time I left, a little over 3 weeks later, the outline of the resulting building work was already becoming more apparent. Let’s hope all goes according to plan!