Archive for February, 2010

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 …

posted by Michel on Feb 6

As we arrive here, we’re always a bit anxious about what animals will cross our path that need rescue. Usually, we don’t have to wait long until they do … This time, we decided to adopt two cats from the CARA Animal Clinic in Manila, Pola and Dayang-Dayang. They had been there the longest (over a year) and deserved a break. Not all rescues go well and the challenges of running an operation that is still in the early phases of construction, well, proved too much of a challenge really and Dayang showed us that there was still a way out that we hadn’t thought of. A few weeks later, an emaciated female doggie named Ginny performed the same trick and proved that, contrary to popular belief, it WAS possible to escape through the rotating food bowl system. However, the next day she returned by herself, while the shy and ever watchful Dayang remains at large, although we do occasionally catch a glimpse of her. So we’ve put out traps and leave food at a few spot in the hope that we can still catch her.

Pola and Dayang-Dayang check out the hotel room

Pola and Dayang-Dayang check out the hotel room

And the good news is … we DID!!! After managing to elude our traps for 2 weeks, finally Dayang was caught using one of our “raccoon traps” that was sent to us by dear friends and supporters in the U.S.

One day I was coming back from the Sebaste Fiesta, when I noticed an emaciated and mangy looking old dog walking by the side of the road. I stopped and had a word with the apparent neighbours who proclaimed that the house the dog belonged to was for rent with the owners living 45km down the road, with no provisions made for the clearly aging dog. The next day I picked her up and it became apparent she was in dire need of some serious help.

on the road to recovery!

Literally: on the road to recovery!

The sad face of an abandoned old dog

The sad face of an abandoned old dog

A more mundane task was to improve the interior of the cattery so that the resident cats can behave like normal cats do as much as possible, i.e. scratch, climb and play around. We placed three tree trunks with a few small platforms and provided some climbing facilities and lying space that even our 3-legged Frosty can reach. Although our younger cats seem to use it more that the older ones, the facilities seem to have been received well. Hopefully this will keep them not only happy, but also mentally and physically fit!

Cattery interior with plenty of climbing opportunity

Cattery interior with plenty of climbing opportunity