‘Don’t forget about STRAYS’: Quarantine pass holders encouraged to feed stray animals

  • A group of animal advocates reminded the public about the situation of stray animals amid the ongoing enhanced community quarantine due to COVID-19
  • The Animal Advocates’ Legacy asked quarantine pass holders to feed the animals they meet along the way
  • At present, TAAL has been partnering with other organizations so it can still continue helping some stray animals despite the current situation

We might tend to forget this amid the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, but stray animals are also in need of help.

Image captured from Facebook

On Facebook, a group of animal advocates reminded the public about the situation of stray animals in the midst of the ongoing enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) due to COVID-19, asking quarantine pass holders to feed the “strays” they meet along the way.

“FEED THE HUNGRY STRAYS! If ever you’ll be going out of your home, please spare some of your time to feed the strays you see on your way. You may leave them food and water if it’s not too much to ask. What you’ll give them may be their first and last meal of the day. That’s why we’re here to knock on your kind hearts. Let’s fill the empty stomach of these fur babies!” read The Animal Advocates’ Legacy’s (TAAL’s) short yet meaningful statement.

The TAAL is an independent group of volunteers united by the eruption of Taal Volcano in the province of Batangas, Philippines last January 12, 2020. Its goal is to rescue “as many fur lives as possible from natural and man-made calamities.”

In an interview with Definitely Filipino, Christine Ann Cardenio and Mark Guballa, animal advocates from TAAL, expressed belief on what ordinary Filipinos can do to save the lives of stray animals amid such a difficult time.

At present, the TAAL has also been partnering with other organizations so it can continue helping stray animals despite the current situation.

Images via The Animal Advocates’ Legacy

“We work with other teams and rescuers despite the ECQ. Mga doggy, sina Crinkles at iyong nasa Tanza, Cavite. We are giving them support weekly. Nagbibigay kami ng fund para mapakain sila kahit malayo kami,” Guballa said.

Still, the group needs help from people residing in different parts of the country to cover more stray animals.

“‘Yong mga ordinaryong tao na lalabas lang para bumili ng pangkain nila sa palengke, puwede na nila isabay iyong makikita nilang strays,” Cardenio noted.

COVID-19 hotlines

Amid the threat of the dreaded disease, the Department of Health (DOH) launched the DOH COVID-19 emergency hotlines 02-894-COVID (02-894-26843) and 1555 in partnership with the National Emergency Hotline of the Department of Interior and Local Government, and PLDT and its wireless subsidiary Smart Communications Inc.

Through the hotlines, callers can ask questions if they suspect they are infected with COVID-19, or request assistance if they have symptoms and/or known exposure to confirmed cases or patients under investigation.

The information collected from emergency calls is transmitted to the COVID-19 Emergency Operations Center and other relevant agencies for immediate facilitation and response.

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