I feel for the people as I do for the animals. Where are the stray animals who didn't have a home to begin with? Strays were surely washed away to become flotsam, an ignoble end to a life of utter neglect and apathy. Even those animals who had families who loved them perished. One PAWS director lost a dog ( one of her many dogs ), birds, and chickens to a flash flood in her neighborhood. And her story shouldn't be the worse. How about those horses who pull kalesas? There is a photo of one of them below. How did they survive since they can't climb unto a roof? They must have perished themselves. The thought of lives lost, both human and animal, is all so painful.
The Philippine Animal Rehabilitation Center (PARC) survived the typhoon and the animals there are unharmed. PAWS Director Anna Cabrera braved the waters to spend the last days and nights there. The center is open to take in abandoned animals, and some have already arrived there. They will need a lot of help, and for those of us who are overseas and cannot help in person, I urge you to donate to PARC. There is a Paypal button on the main page of this blog. I am also going to add a link to the Philippine Red Cross ( http://www.redcross.org.ph/ ) for those who want to donate and help the human victims of Ondoy. Please join me in making a difference.
For people in the Philippines needing assistance, here are some numbers you can call, if you are able to : National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) Emergency Numbers: 912-5668, 911-1406, 912-2665, 911-5061. Help hotlines: 734-2118, 734-2120. More:NATIONAL DISASTER COORDINATING COUNCIL
NDCC EMERGENCY NUMBERS
BAGYONG ONDOY PHILIPPINE HOTLINE
UPDATE: Oct. 1, 2009 The Humane Society International is sending a team of rescuers to help rescue animals in distress in the aftermath of Ondoy. They are on their way already. The team will be working with local animal rights orgs like the Philippine Animal Welfare Society and the Animal Welfare Coalition.
Lastly, below are photographs that I could find on the web. I would give credit to the photographers if I only knew who they truly are. If there is someone out there who objects to my use of their photograph, please send me a comment and I will oblige you. I have intentionally chosen photos that depict animals in distress, leaving out photos of humans struggling to stay alive, or humans already dead.