Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Animal Welfare. Ten-year old Matthew Steps Up to the Plate for the Cats at PAWS.

Nearly three weeks ago, the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), typical of most animal shelters, sent out an appeal for much needed supplies. There was a particular request for cat food.

From Sherwin Castillo's blog Me.Find.Home , a site dedicated to PAWS and animal welfare in the Philippines, we can learn something about supply and demand at the shelter: " The shelter cats consume about 4.5 to 6 kilograms of cat food (kibble) every day which cost about Php360 to Php450 ($7.66 to $9.57) on the average.A 22.7 kilogram (or 50 lbs.) bag of Princess Cat (the cheapest one we are able to find right now, available at Whiskers n' Paw Prints in Katipunan Rd., Quezon City) costs about Php1,800 ($38.30) and would last about 4 to 5 days. That's around Php10,800 ($230) per month which is a really significant amount considering PAWS doesn't have a steady source of funding. "

Enter Matthew. He's ten years old and already an animal lover. He broke his piggy bank and asked his mom's assistance to get to the nearest pet food store. There, Matthew spent his entire year's savings on cat food which amounted to 30 kilos of dry cat food, approximately 66 lbs. Matthew, it was reported, has began building up his savings once more to render more aid to the homeless cats at PAWS in the future.

That's what we want to see in our young folk. Matthew's compassion and sacrifice is exemplary and I don't think this is the last time we are going to hear about him. Matthew, you're da man.

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