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.
The lonely hippo.
Majestic tigers caged in small areas.
Some tigers are divided in areas such as this.
The lions of Manila Zoo.
Sheep resting on shady areas.
I just had the opportunity to finally volunteer at a dog pound this morning. Seeing more and more dogs left abandoned by their past owners, I chose to volunteer for Justice for Dogs at the Pasig City Pound. There were about 80+ dogs currently in the pound. The moment we arrived everyone of them started barking. I brought with me my one sack donation of dog food and wish I had bought more because we finished almost all of it when we fed the dogs. They eat only once a day because of the lack of volunteers and people to take care of the pound. Food is also quickly running low. Imagine having to feed 80+ dogs everyday, equivalent to almost one sack of dog food. I provided links by the end of this post if you’re interested in donating 🙂
As I was taking photos, I couldn’t help but get teary-eyed. Just seeing these poor dogs wait for someone to adopt them made me quite emotional. I have dogs of my own too, and I promise you that you’d want to hug yours when you get home.
Some of these dogs were surrendered by their past owners and some were left abandoned. If only I had a huge house and was capable of accommodating more dogs into our family, i’d save them by adopting.
All of these dogs are up for adoption! They are also capable of the same love and loyalty like the dogs you get from pet stores if you give them the proper guidance and be a responsible owner. I hope this post also raises awareness. I’m looking forward to volunteer again and to spend more time with the dogs!
If you are interested in helping or adopting, you can contact Justice for Dogs on their….
They are open to volunteers and donations (Paypal and Bank deposit). You too can save these dogs! 🙂