Friday, September 26, 2008

Philippines. Romeo. Dog in Need of Surgery. Donations Requested. Philippine Animal Welfare Society. September 2008.

Word is out that a dog rescued by the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) needs urgent surgery to mend a broken leg. Romeo waited a week for his rescue, and only after an xray was taken did the true extent of Romeo's predicament became clear. One of Romeo's hind legs has a complete fracture of the bone. You can see it from xray. Romeo needs a bone-pin operation to mend the fracture and PAWS cannot afford it. The cost will be P15,000 ( Philippine Pesos ) which translates to $341 US. This is not a tremendous amount of money for us in the United States, but it is a heavy financial burden for an animal welfare society in Asia that does not receive any government funding at all. Yes, they run their operations through donations and sheer volunteerism. An operation like this would cost thousands here in the USA. My dog's surgery last year to correct her patella luxation cost $1500, and that's after driving almost two hours out of my high priced county where the same operation would cost $3,000. This is true. I digressed. This is about saving Romeo.

This appeal is being sent out to the local communities in the Philippiines and also overseas, as in this case. If this fracture is not corrected, Romeo will be walking with a horrible limp for the rest of his life plus the pain will continue to hurt him. I will do my share, and I hope that some of you will also take pity on Romeo

Donations can be made via Paypal at two locations. Here are the websites:

Please look for the donation buttons at these two sites. I have been having trouble with the PayPal button at PAWS' site, and but MeFindHome's works fine. I believe you can also donate using your credit card at that site after you click on the PayPal button.

For those of you on the local end, here is PAWS' actual appeal with the necessary information:

" Please, if any of you who are subscribed here would want to pitch in to help with Romeo's surgery, send us a email indicating the amount that you pledge to deposit to our PNB account on or before September 30, 2008.

Account details:

Account Name: The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)
PNB Current Account No. 072-830174-0
PNB Branch: PNB Financial Center (Main Branch)

*Important: please send email first indicating the amount and when the deposit will be made or send us validated deposit slip via fax 475-1688 with the note- "For Romeo" plus your name and mailing address- where we can send the official receipt.

Thank you.

-The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) "
UPDATE : Sept. 30, 2008 Three sponsors in the Philippines have come forward to pick up the bill for Romeo's surgery, and another one to cover the cost of Romeo's hospital stay. The surgery will be performed!

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