Animal rescuers help stray animals, Filipino families survive quarantine

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A local animal welfare organization is making sure both residents and stray animals in Sarhento Mariano Cemetery in Pasay City, Manila stay healthy and well-fed during the Covid-19 pandemic. Photos from Pasay Pups FB.

Philippine animal rescue group Pasay Pups has conducted relief operations in an impoverished area in Pasay City, Metro Manila to help feed underprivileged Filipino families and stray animals during the Luzon-wide community quarantine.

The volunteer-run organization aims to make a difference in the lives of stray animals and the community of needy locals who live inside the Sarhento Mariano Cemetery, a public cemetery in Pasay City, Manila.

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The group earlier shared in a Facebook post that the residents of the Pasay City public cemetery had lost their main sources of livelihood including recycling and scavenging for food due to the strict quarantine measures enforced to control the spread of Covid-19.

To help out the people of the community, the animal welfare team organized a fundraiser in late March.

“URGENT: DONATIONS NEEDED FOR LOCKDOWN RELIEF GOODS As Metro Manila shifts back to hard lockdown tomorrow, the cemetery community we work in will be hard hit,” Pasay Pups announced.

In a new Facebook update, Pasay Pups said it was able to provide relief goods to more than 400 households and individuals residing in the area on April 4, 2021.

The group’s distributions included 3,500 kilos of rice, 580 kilograms of vegetables, and other food and hygiene products. It also provided dog food to families who keep pets.

“Thanks to the amazing efforts of our tireless volunteers, Pasay Pups distributed relief goods to 276 families and 139 couples and individuals living amongst the graves in Sarhento Mariano cemetery yesterday. This is a community that struggles with food security on a daily basis and with Metro Manila back in hard lockdown, is cut off from their source of income once again,” Pasay Pups wrote.

The charity organization has helped hundreds of stray animals and locals in the Pasay City community. Last year, the Pasay Pups team organized a similar effort and distributed much-needed food relief to the residents of Sarhento Mariano cemetery who had been severely affected by the lockdown.

Pasay Pups offers free vaccination, spay and neuter services to stray dogs and cats to help control their population and lower the transmission of rabies in Manila.

To support the efforts of the animal rescue group, you may donate to the Pasay Pups website.

The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) and Filipina animal rights advocate Heart Evangelista earlier rescued pets within the danger zone of the Taal Volcano eruption in 2020.

Kind-hearted individuals and organizations have meanwhile organized initiatives to feed those in need during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Recent civilian-led efforts include the free food pantry set up by Quezon City resident Ana Patricia Non to feed hungry passers-by and the community-run kitchens of the “Kusinang Bayan” program which are feeding the residents of Sitio San Roque in Quezon City during the reimposition of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

SEND CHEERS in the comments below to local animal rescue group Pasay Pups which has conducted relief operations in an impoverished area in Pasay City, Metro Manila to help feed underprivileged Filipino families and stray animals during the Luzon-wide community quarantine.

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