Today, November 11, many will be checking out their carts on Lazada, Shopee, or any other online shopping platforms for the 11.11 sale.
Price drops, huge discounts, and bundles are up of grabs during this monthly sale that gets everyone checking stuff out and adding to cart. But aside from this awaited sale, social media also blew up with posts that encouraged people to adopt rescue dogs instead of checking out their carts.
The posts were finished off with the hashtag #AdoptDontShop and many reacted positively toward this reminder, especially animal lovers and advocates of the campaign/movement. (Read: ‘Adopt, Don’t Shop’ Like These Four Celebrities and Their Shelter Pets)
But what exactly is the #AdoptDontShop movement?
Adopt Don’t Shop
The Adopt Don’t Shop campaign was started by advocates for animal welfare who want to encourage people into rescuing stray animals and taking them into their homes.
It comes as there are over 12 million stray cats and dogs roaming around the streets in the Philippines, prone to diseases, accidents, and even death. And with such a huge number, city pounds are bound to be filled with dogs and cats that have no owners or are caught by authorities. (Read: Carla Abellana Gives 4 Tips on How to Be a Responsible Pet Owner)
In recent years, we have seen the growing awareness of people about the status of pounds in the country—especially how the dogs and cats are cramped in small cages, and how these unadopted animals undergo euthanasia (mercy killing) when they reach a certain amount of time in the pound unclaimed.
Death Row Dogs Rescue
Just this month, a pound in San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan, has sent social media abuzz after it declared that at least 100 dogs and cats under their care are facing possible euthanization. These strays were rescued from the streets and impounded, but have already been staying for a long time—forcing the caretakers of the pound to put them on death row. (Read: Marinduque Residents Decry ‘Dog Execution Order’ in Barangays)
Luckily, the non-profit organization PAWSsion Project was made aware of this and they immediately launched a fundraiser for the rescue of these animals. With the help of many animal lovers, #AdoptDontShop advocates, and good Samaritans, they were able to raise enough funds for all 100 dogs to be rescued from euthanasia. Now, these dogs are up for adoption to anyone who wants to add another member to their family!
New Home for Stray Animals
And since the rescue shed some light on the condition of pounds in the country, PAWSsion Project had the chance to meet with Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte yesterday, November 10, to discuss how the local government can help ensure that dogs caught by authorities are well-taken care of in the pound.
“It is very important that we handle our captured stray animals well. That’s why the city is open to partnerships with animal welfare groups to ensure that the city is providing what the animal welfare act prescribes,” Mayor Belmonte said. She added that the local government would also gladly accept any form of assistance by these organizations in training their personnel in proper handling and care for animals. (Read: Checklist: 5 Things Responsible Pet Owners Focus On)
It was also announced that a new pound is being constructed and is now fast-tracked so it can be opened in the first quarter of 2021. “Gusto nating magkaroon ng mas maayos na temporary shelter ang stray animals na mahuhuli sa ating mga lansangan. Sa bagong city pound, may partition and cages para nakahi-hiwalay ang mga hayop,” Mayor Belmonte added.