I decided to have several “celebrations” of Jack’s birthday the first of which was to finally go back to Mandaluyong Animal Shelter and to do some donations and volunteer work. Even if Jack wasn’t going to be there, a bit of work and donations would go a long way.
The first order of business was to contact Mandaluyong shelter’s head volunteer that we were actually going to volunteer and give some stuff that they need. Lian was the head volunteer for this shelter, aside from PAWS, we met her last year when the bakery was just starting and we joined the feeding program by bringing some homecooked goodies for the dogs. This year, since the rainy season was underway, the shelter needed lots of ropes to tie up tarps to protect the dogs from the extreme heat and rain that was coming their way.
We then went to the supermarket to buy some supplies like ropes, cleaning products, food and doggie soaps and scrubbers for the feeding bowls. We headed over to the shelter and Lian was already there waiting for us. It was a pretty hot day, but atleast it was a good day to strengthen and re-tie up some tarps to protect the dogs.
The shelter dogs were much better off now than when we first went there for the feeding program. I noticed that more dogs had hair, there were a lot less wounded dogs and that they were a bit more calm than before. After a few hours of tarp tying, we proceeded to give all the shelter dogs water and then some treats as their afternoon snacks.
We noticed a dog that kept on crying by the door, he was abandoned that morning in front of the shelter. He had a collar on so for sure he was someone’s pet, but his family just left him to the shelter. We got to name him Bugsy since we were the only volunteers for that day. We moved him to the open cage where he felt a little bit better. Still, it was a bit heartbreaking to see that his owners abandoned him to live in a place like a shelter.
We hope to do more volunteer work during the course of the year. Now that the bakery is becoming so busy, volunteering and visiting the shelter became a breath of fresh air, and a reminder that we do need to do more.
For those who are interested to volunteer, donate, foster and adopt from the Mandaluyong shelter, please check out their FB page. Remember, the people who volunteer in the shelter do not actually own the shelter, this is a citizen’s initiative because of the conditions there. You may check out their FB page at https://www.facebook.com/Help.MAS.Dogs and contact head volunteer LiAn for more info through the page 🙂