In the midst of the devastation of typhoon Odette across Visayas and Mindanao where hundreds of thousands lost their homes and livelihoods, we might be forgetting another helpless sector of local communities: the animals.
The Philippine Animal Welfare Society has launched relief efforts for stray animals in Cebu and Bohol—and shared the “heartbreaking images” of the hungry and homeless cats and dogs on Facebook.
“The humans are traumatized and are out on the streets surveying the damage to their city, some are lining up at small groceries which still have dwindling supplies of bottled water and food,” PAWS wrote on Facebook. “Stray dogs, meanwhile, are out on the streets as well, in search of food in sites where they were usually able to feed from garbage and carinderia leftovers.”
PAWS further wrote, “The animals are hungry but they seem to want to ask us questions:‘What happened? Where have all the buildings and the people gone?’”
As PAWS mentioned, these stray animals are helpless and with no place to go—thus, helping them with the food, water, and other relief they need can go a long way.
For those introduced in reaching out or making a donation, PAWS has set up various bank accounts for cash donations. They also accept GCash, PayPal, or credit cards.