Compassion And Responsibility for Animals

Rescued Pit Bull


Meet Iris

A few years ago, over 170 pit bulls were rescued from a Laguna-based, Korean dog-fighting ring. These pit bulls were relocated to another location where they can be rehabilitated and hopefully adopted. These dogs do get sick and sometimes, they have to be sent to Manila to be seen by CARA-partner veterinarians. CARA stands for Compassion and Responsibility for Animals. The pit bulls that are operated and that need a halfway house have ended up in our house. Like the pitbull you see in the right. This pit bull has been in our house for about a week now and I didn’t know about it until a few days ago. I understand he was operated on his toe. Contrary to the preconceived notions that pit bulls are vicious and dangerous animals, he is actually sweet and friendly. See? I have no bite marks or scratch marks! And I’m still here writing this!

It isn’t true that pit bulls are naturally aggressive. And even those that were bred to fight other dogs could be rehabilitated. As the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) said:

Some pit bulls were selected and bred for their fighting ability. That means that they may be more likely than other breeds to fight with dogs. It doesn’t mean that they can’t be around other dogs or that they’re unpredictably aggressive. Other pit bulls were specifically bred for work and companionship. These dogs have long been popular family pets, noted for their gentleness, affection and loyalty. And even those pit bulls bred to fight other animals were not prone to aggressiveness toward people. Dogs used for fighting needed to be routinely handled by people; therefore aggression toward people was not tolerated. Any dog that behaved aggressively toward a person was culled, or killed, to avoid passing on such an undesirable trait. Research on pet dogs confirms that dog aggressive dogs are no more likely to direct aggression toward people than dogs that aren’t aggressive to other dogs.

I strongly recommend that everyone read up on pit bulls. And if anyone wants to help these rescued pit bulls, maybe even adopt one someday, please check out the Help Save the Pit Bull webpage, or the CARA FB page or visit CARA’s webpage.

Also, there will be a CARA Adopt-A-Pet event of dogs and cats this Saturday, August 9 at Greenbelt 5 Fashionwalk from 3 pm to 8 pm. Check it out!

Me and my wife’s cats

One of my wife's cats

One of my wife’s cats

This is me. I’m married to an animal lover. When we started our married life, my wife had three animals. It was like that for over 20 years. Then sometime January 2011, my wife took care of a stray cat with two kittens. Three months later same cat gave birth to 3 more kittens. This kept on going on until we had about 12 cats a year later and I said, “This has to stop!” So I met the head of CARA, which is a NGO that spayed and neutered cats to control the cat population. For awhile the animal population in my house remained in the 12-15 range (we had two dogs). Then my wife was picking up abandoned stray cats. As of the other day, her unofficial count is that we have about 30 cats and 3 dogs. When is this going to stop or abate? I have no idea. But I love my wife for what she is and what her beliefs are so I’m not going to change her. All I ask is that she extend my leash. Hehe