They say a photo is worth a thousand words. This time, I would let the photos speak for themselves. I visited Manila Zoo recently, because I wanted to see for myself the sad state the animals are in.
Ma’ali and her spectators.
This fella right here has a broken right arm.
People feeding the monkeys.
A mother and her baby.
Nothing but a wall that separates them from the bustling streets outside, noise and fumes entering.
A hebra peeks, the moment visitors came in.
Deers walking under the absurd heat of the sun.
Manila Zoo is always crowded with families, children, and students on field trips. I cannot help but feel sad whenever people make indistinctive sounds just to call out the attention of some animals, for them to get their photo op.
Even though they’re not out in the wild, staying together is still crucial in this setting.
Before having my birthday, I was already planning on donating to a charity. I even considered those online sites where they let you donate your birthday to one of their charities but I just couldn’t find the one I was looking for. My birthday then had passed and I was given support by my family of my advocacy. I care deeply for dogs as to why I looked for dog pounds/shelters to donate to until I found out about the Deparo Shelter.
I joined facebook groups about Philippine Animal Welfare and learned that some rescued dogs were taken to the Deparo Shelter and thus, finding the shelter I would donate to.
I bought 2 sacks (20kg each) of dog food, 5 food bowls, 2 Shampoos and 1 e-collar for the shelter (didn’t get to take a picture of it). We did have quite a hard time looking for the shelter. We were already going back and forth but thanks to Ms. Sonia for the help and Ate Linda for meeting us, we reached the place.
We were given a chance to visit the furbabies inside and I did not miss the opportunity of sharing my experience in meeting the doggies. As we were walking to the compound, we could already hear the dogs barking in excitement. I was guessing it’s not everyday they see visitors, and we were welcomed with wagging tails.
Ate Linda was the caretaker of the shelter. She is taking care of 30 dogs as of now, and it was nice to know that most of them run freely around the area unlike dog pounds where the dogs are caged all the time. There were a few dogs caged too but these dogs are still adapting to the environment and we don’t want them fighting don’t we?
This one below is “Scout”. He was found in the Scout area and was rescued all of his fur gone. I found out about him when one person reported his state. I also donated for his vetting and I am really glad the he is safe now.
It’s sad that there are people who abuse animals for fun also when people abandon their dogs just because they are already of no use to them. This is why people should learn about responsible pet ownership. Every dog in Deparo has their own story, all of these stories are quite heartbreaking.
The furbabies of Deparo are dogs that were rescued by Mr. Ronald De Castro. All of these babies are up for adoption and I encourage people to adopt instead of buying because of the growing number of strays in the country. Again, they are still capable of the same love as pets you get from shops.
My short visit to Deparo was still a great experience. All of the people who helped these dogs deserve all the good things in this world. Thank you for building a shelter and giving them another chance in life. They would love it if you visit their furbabies too. If you are interested in adopting a dog please do not hesitate to check their group and contact them on facebook. They also accept donations whether be it monetary or in kind. Please help the dogs of Deparo find their forever homes.
For my 100th post I present my own domain katabelgas.com! *throws confetti*
From the boring cobrakatship.wordpress.com, you can now access my blog through my new domain 🙂
I’ve also opened up a shop in Society6 please do check it out—>http://society6.com/katabelgas
It’s an easier way for me to sell prints of my photos and artwork. The latest artwork I did was my take on “The Girl With The Red Balloon” which was inspired by The Civil Wars’ song. Prints of this work are available too.
If there are certain photos on my blog that you’d like on print but not uploaded on my Society6, please don’t hesitate to send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org so I could post it there. I’m really thankful of Society6, for they do all the work for me.
I’m really looking forward to be posting more stories here, now that I have my own domain. I hope to see you on the upcoming posts!
Who wouldn’t recognize that big sign up a hill that says “Hollywood”. We went up to the Griffith Observatory Park to witness the majestic view of Los Angeles. At nightime, Hollywood is still alive with all its lights. We saw Hollie and Joshua from American Idol 11 walking around but they were about to cross so I couldn’t take a picture. Yes, first celebrity encounter of the trip lol and of course, the hollywood walk of fame!. We also entered Ripley’s Believe it or Not. There were alot of weird and interesting stuff inside.