They were rescued from the streets, sick or dying or hit by a vehicle.
They were “prisoners” in pounds, locked in very small cages where they can hardly move and where they have been infected with several illnesses. They were slowly dying as no medical treatment is given to dogs in pounds.
They were to be put to sleep in a kill pound because their former owners neglected them or “niligaw” (dumped intentionally on vacant lots by cruel owners) and they were forced to look for food on the streets.
As young as 10 days old, they were to be put to sleep too because their owner wanted to get rid of their mother who was reported as “aggressive.” The truth was she always got pregnant and their owner apparently saw them as additional expense, so he surrendered them to the pound.
These are just some of the sad, horrible stories of the 67 rescued dogs and cats in the custody of Save Animals of Love and Light (Save ALL).
While waiting for adopters for these beautiful furbabies, Save ALL needs funds to provide for their food, vitamins, yearly vaccination, and to continue maintaining the rehabilitation home.
Virgilio “Gil” Bugaoisan, 47, former journalist and now media specialist, wants to help these poor souls and thus urged his friends to do something to help.
Today, Gil and his six friends Seven kicked off a three-day Manila-Masbate-Cebu-Bohol bike-for-a-cause from the Mall of Asia in Pasay City in a bid to raise funds for the rescued animals.
Dubbed Padyak Para kay Bantay at Muning, Gil and friends Renando Mallare Sy, 37, Lito Guardaquivil, 42, and Max Ternora, Ryan Christopher Macalong, Patrick Duruin and Jonathan Olfato of Team Harkor/Ifit Pro Unlimited Cyclists left at12 a.m. for the Manila-Masbate leg.
A send-off was prepared by Jane Hughes, Gino Garbanzos and Beth Victor of Anytime Fitness, Scape Macapagal at 10:30 p.m. last night.
Anytime Fitness also donated bottles of apple cider vinegar for the rescued dogs to keep their heart healthy and to keep away ticks and fleas.
Tomorrow, Gil and his friends are expected to reach Masbate.
On Nov. 14, they will arrive in Cebu and bike to Bohol.
They will fly back to Manila after the charity ride, thanks to Congressman Karlo Nograles.
To donate, please contact Maricel Mondejar of Save ALL.
Have a great Sunday, everyone.
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