Archive for October, 2010

posted by Michel on Oct 27

When Dutch friends of ours offered a little space in their container, which they were sending to Kalibo via Cebu City in the Philippines, I didn’t need to think long and started collecting as much animal stuff as I could find: dog collars and leashes, baskets to sleep in, blankets, cat litter boxes, toys, feeding bowls, you name it. The animal shelter in The Hague even donated a lot of dog food, almost 200kg! So I filled our van and drove to our friend’s place twice, just in time for all the things to go into the container. Some of the items however were sent specifically to our friends of Island Rescue Organization, or IRO for short, in Cebu.

Dutch animal goodies for IRO

Dutch animal goodies for IRO

The president of IRO, our dear friend Ms. Nena Hernandez (photo below, on the left) sends a big “THANK YOU” to all donors in the Netherlands for helping the Philippine strays.

Our IRO friends with some of the donated items

Our IRO friends with some of the donated items

posted by Michel on Oct 10

The Dutch animal enthusiasts’ magazine “Hart voor Dieren” (heart for animals) has featured AARRC in its November 2010 issue. Their Dutch site can be found at: http://www.hartvoordieren.nl. If you can read Dutch, it’s well worth a visit!

The text reads (see the original print below):

Animal Welfare Humans for animals

Animal suffering in the Filippines

Making oneself strong for the weakest

Philippines – AARRC (Aklan Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation Center) is a private initiative by Michel van der Kleij and his wife Neressa to help animals in the Philippines. People there often do not have easy lives and animals are treated badly, largely due to ignorance. There is very little money available for nourishment and veterinary costs, so sick animals abound. AARRC catches and sterilises stray pets, mostly dogs and cats, and return them to where they came from after treatment. Injured, abused or sick animals are given the necessary medical care and are put up for adoption whenever possible. Dogs and cats will be socialised and trained by the couple. Old dogs that have outlasted their “usefulness” for people have their special interest and are allowed to live out their days peacefully and in comfort. An awesome initiative from these animal lovers. Michel and Neressa feel it’s important that the local people benefit from their work too, so they work together with the veterinary faculty of a nearby university, visit schools for education and information as well as help fight Rabies in both humans and animals through their sterilisation and immunisation projects.

To sustain the AARRC shelter (catteries, dog kennels, clinic) and sterilisation, medication and medical care, immunisation and food, a lot of money is required. Because they depend on donations, every help they can get is more than welcome. The Philippine stray animals will be so grateful. In the pictures you can see their small dog Arwen how it was found and after treatment. What a difference!

Donations: Argenta Spaarbank N.V. Rekening 078.86.12.158 in the name of M.J.L. van der Kleij. See http://aarrc.tukcedo.nl (English language) for more information about the projects.

The article about AARRC

The article about AARRC

posted by Michel on Oct 1

Together with personal friend and fellow dog trainer (we attended a fabulous course together) Nicky Jenken, we’re running a special training course for people that are afraid of dogs. 100% of the proceeds go to AARRC so we can do more work for needy animals in the Philippines. The program consists of both theoretical and practical knowledge. The practical sessions sport some even more special trainers … our own dogs!

The web site (in Dutch) is here: Bang voor honden (afraid of dogs)

Our trainers

Our trainers