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My friend has been wanting to get a new dog because he can’t get his 6-year-old dog to get along with his cat. He’s been trying for a week to get them to hang out but he’s afraid his Jack Terrier might be a little too rough for his Rag Doll cat. They are both very cute and it breaks my heart for the dog to be just sent to my friend’s mom’s home while his cat stays with him in his condo. After persistent nagging on my part, he’s agreed to give his dog one more week to be buddies with his cat. Okay, “buddies” might be pushing it. We just want his dog to not want to murder his cat.

His other option is to buy a dog with a budget of around Php25,000. This drives me nuts! I’ve been talking to him about adopting one instead of buying because of so many reasons!! I mean, just look at cutie pie Amanda Seyfried and how obsessed she is with her own rescue pet, Finn!

A photo posted by Amanda Seyfried (@mingey) on

happy 5th birthday, my guy. you’ve surpassed me in dog years. #thankgodforyou A photo posted by Amanda Seyfried (@mingey) on

I’ve been pushing my friend to adopt instead of purchasing one because it’s only right to give a homeless dog his love. Here are some reasons why you should adopt instead of buying a pet (via caraphil.org):

  • You’re getting more for your money if you get a mixed breed. A mixed-breed animal is likely to live longer and cost less in vet bills than a pure breed. Many purebred dogs are prone to developing health problems ranging from breathing difficulties to hip dysplasia to an enlarged heart.
  • A pet purchased from a pet store is a complete unknown. And, once you walk out of the store, you are on your own – most pet stores don’t provide any support if you have questions or problems with your new pet. When you adopt, especially from a rescue group, you know what you are getting because the group has a history on the animal. The rescue group will also help you through the familiarization period because they are invested in providing a good home for that animal.
  • When you adopt a pet, you are saving a life. When you buy a pet, you not only deny a homeless pet a home, you are supporting an industry that thrives on shortchanging the welfare of animals. Puppy and kitten mills (which sell to pet stores) are in business to make a profit, so they churn out puppies and kittens as fast as they can. These animals are often in ill health and have problems like poor socialization skills due to lack of human companionship and genetic defects due to inbreeding.
  • You get just as much love (if not more). An adopted pet is every bit as loving, intelligent and loyal as a purchased pet, even if you get an adult or older animal.
  • When you adopt a pet from a rescue organization or adoption facility, you free up space for another homeless, abandoned, or stray pets. Your actions, while they may seem small to you, are part of the ultimate answer to the great and growing problem of homeless animals in the Philippines.

Admittedly, my Joey Bear was not adopted. She was a generous birthday gift from my sister. After thanking her a million times, I told her off about giving pets as gifts and she’s promised never to do it again. I have to admit she hit the jackpot gifting me with Joey because I am so in love and we’re so meant to be!!

“Mom, stop, you’re embarrassing me”

A photo posted by Saabelly & #JoeyBear (@saabmagalona) on

I will forever be grateful to Maxx for giving me my bear. I never thought I was ready to have a pet until I had Joey. Since then I’ve been wanting to share our love with a new dog — unfortunately, I don’t really have the space or time for another one. That’s why I was so happy to find that there was something else I could do. CARA Welfare Philippines allows you to sponsor a pet if you want to help but can’t adopt one.

Last January 2014, I mentioned on my blog that I started sponsoring this dog named Skyflakes for an entire year. It only cost a little over a thousand each month which I paid in full at the start of my sponsorship. I was promised regular updates via e-mail about my pet’s progress but I never received any. That was pretty disappointing but I guess I can’t really complain since they’re doing so much for these animals already.

I decided to check up on my sponsored pet, Skyflakes. This is what he looked like in October 2013.

This is the most non-graphic photo of his previous condition :(

This is the most non-graphic photo of his previous condition :(

Click here if you want to see more of what he looked like before. This is what he transformed into after 9 months:

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How wonderful is this?!?!? It makes me cry every time I see the difference I made along with Skyflakes’ other supporters.

He was adopted last November 2014. I am so so happy for Skyflakes.

Skyflakes-adopted

I’m still crossing my fingers about my friend’s dog and cat getting along after this week but if things are really impossible, I won’t stop pushing for adoption instead of purchasing one!

If you’re interested in adopting a pet, and in turn saving an animal’s life, you can learn more from the local animal welfare groups CARA (Compassion And Welfare for Animals) or PAWS (The Philippine Animal Welfare Society). Both groups have been successfully rescuing, rehabilitating, and adopting out animals into loving homes for years.


Saab & Joey

June 15, 2015

Saab

9 Comments

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    Roxanne Cruz

    June 15, 2015

    Omg hi I’m the girl in the picture with Skyflakes lol I read your blog sometimes and I just wanna say THANK YOU SO MUCH for sponsoring him, he’s really made such a difference in my life – sweetest first dog ever!
    (I want to post a pic of sky here so that I don’t look like a catfish or whatevs but i’m so lola with technology hahah heres my instagram if you wanna see more pics of sky @baconpleaseee)

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      Saab

      June 15, 2015

      OHMYGOSH this makes me so happy :(((((((((((((((((((((((( I’m crying. Thank you for loving Skyflakes!!!<3<3 I love your Instagram feed! Jim and I are so happy!!

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      kris

      June 16, 2015

      SKYFLAKES IS SO HANDSOME, I’M CRYING. I’m so glad he has you as his human <333 my friends and I are rescue moms and we're all so grateful to have our doggies in our lives. We have playdates and everything! Lol. I just went through your IG and I love the video of the failed attempt of teaching him how to fetch. Hahaha! That's like my Kiwi, except now I got him a ball that squeaks and he seems to like it better, but he still won't return the ball back to me even with a treat in my hand. Hey, any progress is better than no progress. Haha. Wishing you and Skyflakes the best! Great post, Saab!

      Kristine and Kiwi

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        Saab

        June 16, 2015

        <3

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    Jarvis

    June 15, 2015

    Oh em gee Saab. You hit me with this topic spot on! Over the weekend, my friend actually asked me if I want to have a shih tzu/ maltese puppy. She can give it to me with a minimal fee (P3500). I saw the pictures of the pup and it feels so right. I fell in love with him. However, me and my brother lives in a studio type apartment, I don’t know if the space for the pup is sufficient. I work full time as an accountant and my brother is a college student, so I am worried that we cannot take care of the dog full time. :( But my heart tells me to take the dog. What should I do? :(

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      Saab

      June 16, 2015

      For the first 3-5 months, you cannot leave your puppy alone.. My life was totally changed by my Joey. I had to be up at 6am to feed her breakfast, stay home because I had to feed her lunch at 12 and dinner at 6pm. I turned down most invitations to go out because I wanted to be home for Joey. I had frequent (and costly) trips to the vet for vaccines, I couldn’t take her out until she had all her shots, it took a lot of patience not to lose my cool when she’d chew on my shoes. It’s the best time to bond with them, I think that’s why Joey really sees me as her mom. I suggest not to get a dog if you don’t think you are ready. Think of it this way: if you get it and just leave it bored and sad, you would have deprived it of going to a better home with somebody who can accommodate a dog in their lives. Sorry but that’s my advice :(

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    Roxanne Cruz

    June 16, 2015

    Haha im so kilig that you replied! #fangirl
    Thank you so much though, adopted dogs are the best. Sky’s recovery wouldn’t have been possible without you ❤️ (ps i love your book reviews, keep it up)

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    Camz

    June 16, 2015

    Philippines has a long way to go when it comes to pet care and general animal welfare. You should see the stony faces I get when I give unsolicited lectures about the benefits of neutering and why it should be routine. Problem here is they don’t understand how hard for animals it is to be in heat. I will never understand why people think castrating an animal is more cruel than keeping it caged 24/7.

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      Saab

      June 16, 2015

      I agree!! I don’t understand why they don’t want to neuter/spay their pets!! Very Pinoy talaga. Reproduce nang reproduce, hindi naman maalagaan :(

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