This is Franklin, and he is blind. He arrived at the shelter about two weeks ago. Franklin is a very quiet dog, and that might be from his near deaf condition. We crumpled a plastic bag near his ear, and he reacted to it. So, we believe that he can hear a little bit. It is not surprising that when Franklin goes for a walk he goes in circles around you, using the leash as a reference. I know of blind cats who do the same thing. Circling gives them an idea of their surroundings. Franklin will make for a great lap dog, a companion dog, and a house dog. I have no doubts that he can learn the furniture arrangement in any house. When you have a blind animal in the house, do not rearrange the furniture. You can bet your your house that Franklin's sense of smell is above average. Well, Franklin is up for adoption. We're looking for a special person for a special dog. If you have any interest, or doubts, come to our shelter and meet him in person. He is a good boy. Bloomingdale Animal Shelter Society
Because I belong to an group of animal welfare advocates in the Philippines, I can read the numerous discussions between group members and people who, seems to me, just signed up to make an urgent plea for help. There were two this week who begged for assistance concerning two dogs who were tied up under rain and sun with no food nor water. One was described to be on the verge of a heat stroke. The images that filled my mind disturbed me immensely, but I am also encouraged at the same time. There is a growing number of animal welfare advocates in the Philippines and ordinary citizens are beginning to reject animal cruelty, willing to take personal action against it. Just from this website, I can see from the visitor data that many are seeking information on how to report animal cruelty in the Philippines. You can find my previous post on the subject HERE . Keep in mind that your complaint has legal standing via the Philippine Animal Welfare Act which is also known as the RA 8485 .