Boracay sighs over animal welfare systems

As we all know, Boracay is well known for its natural beauty, it’s bountiful marine life, and it’s population of bats, among many other land dwelling creatures. These are, in essence, what drive so many visitors to our pristine shores and keep them here as either semi or permanent residents.

So why is it that we see so many stray cats and dogs roaming the island in an appalling state of health (wounded, starving, and close to death; if not already dead), despite the efforts of so many of the aforementioned residents who regularly rescue these poor critters and pay for, out of their own pockets in most cases, medical treatment, food, and the search for suitable homes, are there still so many on the island?

There appears to be no official local authority tasked with the (we don’t want to say eradication) effective treatment and management of this situation. The Boracay Sun have heard far too many stories regarding the local “dog catchers” actively seeking out the healthy looking dogs on the island in an attempt to “garner additional funds” with regards to the safe return of the hounds to their rightful owners. Why is there no active SPCA type organisation to assist the unhealthy cats and dogs on the island, or in the worst cases, put the poor little fellows out of their apparent misery?

We have heard many stories from overseas regarding the SPCA travelling around towns and villages desexing the apparently healthy stray dogs free of charge. When the individual cases are deemed to be ‘beyond help’, then the animals are taken away and (as humanely as it could possibly be) put to sleep, at the tax payers expense. Boracay Island could certainly do with such a service.

While compiling this story, the Boracay Sun spoke to a foreign resident on the island, “I personally have rescued 6 kittens. I live in a small apartment, so it’s not feasible for me to take in a load of puppies as they soon grow and are a lot more difficult for to manage as I have a full time job. I wish I could say that I now have 6 healthy cats living with me, but the condition they were in when I found them means that they all died of whatever disease they had when I found them. I tried my best, but I am only one man. There should be some governmental department handling this situation”, he said.
While this might not be at the top of the list in terms of infrastructural improvements for the island, we certainly hope that it is at least on the list.

If you see a stray and healthy animal on the island, don’t be afraid, Boracay! Show some compassion and perhaps throw them a bone!

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  • Manu Orlandi

    is now the situation better with stray animals?

  • jane

    I went to boracay for the first time and was in total shock. The condition these animals were in was appalling. I fed many dogs while I was here for 4 days. They were suffering and hungry and thirsty…i was completely heartbroken. Many of the dogs are injured as well. No one seems to care and there was little I could do for these dogs. They suffer from mange, flea infestations, open bleeding wounds… Many of the locals would watch me while I would feed these dogs rice and meat I had saved from all my meals. I gave them water and they were so thirsty. I cant imagine why these resorts cant provide a big water bowl for the strays on this beach. The people just don’t care…i am completely heartbroken and in shock. There has to be a way to help set up some type of system that helps these dogs and cats.