NEWS :  

Newsletter of Second Quarter 2021.

1. Companion animals

El Nido Welfare’s Branch :

El Nido Animal Welfare organized a sterilization day on 11 April in Cabigsing, in the centre of El Nido. 56 bitches and 22 queens were sterilized on the day, as well as 22 dogs and 5 tomcats. During the day, volunteers also roamed the streets of the neighborhood to treat dogs with scabies and encourage locals to take their females to be sterilized. Once again, very competent new volunteers joined the group today, with the intention of continuing their commitment during the next sterilizations.

As the reported Covid cases have increased in recent months, the scheduled sterilization day in June had to be cancelled. The fundraising meal for this sterilization could not be organized for the same reasons; instead the volunteers organized a day of home-made ravioli sales.

The month of May marked the arrival of a new very active volunteer in the group, Kate; very available, motivated and helped by her spouse, her presence boosted the activity of the group: more dogs and cats cared for/rescued, and adopted by well-selected families, and also a significant increase in communication on social networks with calls for regular donations and published prevention articles about the health and proper treatment of pets.

After a year of launching the branch, the action in El Nido is becoming more effective, with more awareness and support from the local population.

Sterilizations :

El Nido and Port Barton were prevented from organizing a sterilization campaign because of traffic restrictions. However our score is very satisfactory: 325 sterilizations mostly of females.

Cattery :

It seems that we have found an interesting formula for the survival of very small kittens. Using a dilution of coconut water, fortified milk powder, with a pinch of amoxicillin and soluble poultry probiotic. Two 10-day-old kittens finally survived.

We continue the experience that seems to be bearing fruit.

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Animal Pound :

Still out of action “Covid 19”! We have sent a third letter to the leader of Barangay Cabayugan where, due to the forced desertion of the tourists on whom the barangay depends, no one is looking after the abandoned and hungry dogs. We have received no response to our proposal for a free sterilization/vaccination campaign.

2. Farm animals.

Slaughterhouse :

Our daily visits have caused some distress among those involved in corruption and illegal activities and a famous stir in the organization of animal acceptance. The person in charge has now replaced the person causing the problems with a most effective alternative.

Management encourages the hard work of PAWFI which has been subjected to the interposed visits of “Marshall Covid”, tanods and journalists and an inconsistent complaint to the Town Council which has not discouraged us in any way.

While remaining a harmful, cruel and useless place we see a noticeable improvement for the welfare of the animals sacrificed on the altar of the gluttony.

arabaos :

We witnessed the departure of 153 carabaos from Puerto Princesa. We know that 987 permits were issued this quarter for the north and south of the province, but we don’t know how many were shipped.

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Improperly secured by the nose and loaded in containers which have not been cleaned nor disinfected

Our carabaos :


Thanks to the generosity of Martine Wernert, Nicole Verbist, Jacq and Rob Martin, Alexis Diaz, Calyn Torres, Ma Teresa Villalon, Chia Trinidad, Angelica Calagos, Jerson Obisio, Union Bank, and Jacqueline Pe, we have acquired Storm, a magnificent 6-year-old male who was entrusted to an indigent farmer for plowing work.

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Our Emily, bought on June 16, 2002 at the slaughterhouse at the age of 14, accidentally drowned in the river at the record age of 32 years and our Aramis, bought on November 17 last year at the age of 7 years, died of liver worms on June 30.

Without waiting for the month of September, we will organize a deworming campaign in mid-July.

Our poultry :

We have bought 6 hens, no longer commercially viable, to live out their retirement alongside others of their kind, enjoying freedom at last. After a life of intensive egg production, they can now enjoy a free range life. Sadly one of the 6 didn’t survive the change of lifestyle.

Our goats :

Our goats are doing well.


Research :

After two more unsuccessful weeks of trapping, Jib has come back to Puerto Princesa to get some rest. Unfortunately, he then found himself stranded by the successive quarantines and other restrictive measures put in place on the island. For the moment, therefore, the field research has been put on hold. Jib takes this break to improve his scientific knowledge and skills: additional training sessions have been put in place by Agathe almost every week to deepen some key topics for our wildlife work in Palawan. We look forward to being able to move freely around the island again so that we can resume our research in El Nido !


Sterilizations   2nd Quarter 2021 Since June 1999
- dogs   121 females   23 males  9.177 females  1.942 males 
- cats   173 females     8 males 5.187 females  1.079 males 

One hundred and six minor treatments prescribed by veterinarian for pets and our carabaos have been performed. Two dogs were adopted after being sterilized, tattooed and vaccinated against rabies.

Cattery : 8 waiting for adoption

Tattoo :
28 male and 120 female dogs - TOTAL : 13.153

Abandoned :

Retrieved at the dog pound : 6 dogs and 2 puppies


Ø Since the creation of the foundation in March 2000, we have sterilized 14.364  females dogs and cats and 3.021 males and tattooed and registered 13.153 dogs principally in Palawan
Ø We have been active in obtaining the passage of national and local laws regarding welfare, regulation of transport, and slaughter of carabaos
Ø The carabaos are no longer injured during transport and they are loaded and unloaded with greater competence
Ø We bought  97 carabaos


Ø Obtaining of a moratorium banning the slaughter of carabaos
Ø Obtaining the enforcement of Animal Welfare for all animals everywhere it is needed

Prepared by : Jackie Baut,


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