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CHUBBY is the Santa Claus cat and Buddha-Zen cat of Pam Claveria, a human doctor who just can not help but rescue kittens and cats who are sick or injured or in dangerous areas on a highway or a busy street.
“I just have to look at his face and somehow he calms me down. Such a cool serene tomcat. He gives off this peaceful aura just by BEING there, “ Pam says.
“BEING tranquil amid his immense form, Chubby has a very interesting back story. He is a rescued cat. I rescued him on December 2016 along Pearl Drive in Ortigas, Pasig City near my workplace, “ Pam adds.
Pam shares: “Per routine, I took my lunch break walk to feed Pear, the ginger cat along with my route at Pearl Drive. Pearl was there along with a tabby white cat with three black spots on his body. That cat also had an open wound on his inner right hind leg. It was a clean one-peso-coin-sized wound but open.”
“I went back for him after work, glad that he was still at the same place. As with my previous rescues, a trip to the vet before anything else is warranted. My suki vet advised me that the wound would close on its own. No need to stitch it up. Just keep it clean by dabbing (not rub) the wound with povidone-iodine solution,” Pam says.
Pam brought Chubby home but the wound kept her worried. So she brought Chubby to another vet who stitched him up.
The sutures opened as it was difficult to stop him from moving about.
“Off I went to another vet, got him stitched up and behold, after two to three days, the stitches didn't hold up. In short, the first vet was right. I was just a stubborn cat owner, Pam says.
“Eventually, the wound closed on its own after a year of vet-hopping. Chubby is now a very healthy cat. An agile cat despite his heft. He likes to stay by the kitchen door whenever it's human mealtime. I think I have to rename him Super Chubby,” Pam says, laughing.
EARL, the fearless dog, was adopted by Chiara Karenina Gaud Manuel from their local pound last August 2017.
“We believe that he was abused, hence his ears are cropped, aside from his fear of laughing men and the sound of guitar strings, “ Chiara says.
“He was so thin and sickly when he was turned over to us, but after several vet visits, blood transfusion and confinements, he is now healthy and he is simply our sweet baby,” Chiara adds.
Earl is one of the lucky few who has been rescued from the pound. There are not too many Chiaras or adopters of dogs from pounds. Many dogs are left in the pound—dogs surrendered by owners or were captured after being strays for years on the streets or after the owner let him or her out of the house to poop. The dogs in pounds are either killed as per city policy, or die of an illness in the pound, or are still in the pound waiting to be rescued.
Chiara chose to love Earl.
“We had him neutered and showered with all the love he never received before, “ she says.
Because of Earl, Chiara adds she became “an active volunteer at the pound, had other dogs adopted, and now opened our home to other rescues in need of fostering.”
“My Earl is a testament of how grateful rescue dogs are to those who choose to make them part of a family, “ says Chiara.
Editor's note: These stories were compiled by admin Miks Lim of Save Animals of Love and Light (Save ALL), a SEC-registered animal welfare group that helps animals in need, and encourages and promotes responsible pet ownership, adoption of rescued dogs and cats from fosters, shelters and pounds, and spaying and neutering of pets to control animal population in the country, among others.