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"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated."
~ Mahatma Gandhi

CocoTherapy© believes that social responsibility and support for dogs and all animals is an important part of their mission. Aside from donating to numerous fund-raising events and animal organizations in the United States, CocoTherapy is pleased to support an animal welfare organization in the Philippines, the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS).

In a country faced with numerous economic and social issues, the welfare of animals is often the last thing people think about and often ignored. Too many animals are homeless and wander the streets, often sick or malnourished. In addition, these stray animals continue to produce litters, adding to the ever-growing population of feral cats and dogs. "It breaks my heart every time I see a tiny kitten on the street or a thin, starving puppy scrounging the streets for food", said Charisa Antigua, co-founder and CEO of CocoTherapy. "We knew that as a company dedicated to serving the well-being of animals, we could not sit back and do nothing."

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In an effort to give back, CocoTherapy has chosen to work closely with the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) by donating regularly both financially and in-kind. PAWS is a private, non-profit organization, which receives no funding from the government, and relies solely on the funds generated through fund-raising and private/individual donations.

PAWS runs PAWS Animal Rehabilitation Center (PARC), which is the first real animal shelter in the country. With the help of dedicated staff and volunteers, PARC cares for over 500 dogs and cats each year, providing shelter, food, and medical care to the countless number animals who are victims of cruelty and neglect.

Most of the animals brought into the shelter have never known the human-animal bond, so every animal brought into PARC is given as much love and attention as possible in order to rehabilitate them and make them adoptable. PARC runs an aggressive campaign and adoption program to try to find loving permanent homes for these animals.

(Left) Samantha was found abandoned and is slowly being nursed back to health. She is also being given coconut oil daily to help her many health issues.

In addition, the PARC serves as a center for charitable veterinary services, catering to the pets of the low-income sector by providing education on responsible pet ownership, as well as low-cost spay and neutering services.

CocoTherapy is extremely thankful and appreciative for the tireless work and effort that the amazing, dedicated staff and volunteers do every day for these animals. Their work not only directly affects the animals in their care; but also helps people in the Philippines become aware they are ultimately responsible for the welfare of their animals.

"We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals."

~ Immanual Kant

The Philippine Animal Welfare Society and its animal shelter, PAWS Animal Rehabilitation Center (PARC), need your help. You can help by donating via PayPal to The Philippine Animal Welfare Society.

For more information, visit PAWS at www.paws.org.ph.


CocoTherapy co-founder and CEO Charisa Antigua, PARC administrator, Charlene, and staff, John Tangkeko.(L-R).

Veterinarian, Dr. Maria Pilar "Maripi" Diaz volunteers
her much-needed services at PARC.
Giving back CocoTherapy - Dr. Maripi gives a little kitten her daily medication.
Dr. Maripi gives a little kitten her daily medication.
Giving back CocoTherapy - John takes Charisa on a tour around the PARC.
John takes Charisa on a tour around the PARC.
Giving back CocoTherapy - John takes Charisa on a tour around the PARC.
Giving back CocoTherapy - John takes Charisa on a tour around the PARC.
John takes Charisa on a tour around the PARC.
Giving back CocoTherapy - Duke a pitbull was rescued from his owner.
Duke a pitbull was rescued from his owner, who was
suspected of using him in dog fights.
Giving back CocoTherapy - Samantha was found abandoned and is being nursed back to health
Samantha was found abandoned and is slowly being nursed back to health.  She is given coconut oil daily to help her many health issues.
Giving back CocoTherapy - Proud mom, Bambi
Proud mom, Bambi diligently watching over her new litter. Bambi was found hiding under a bridge.
Giving back CocoTherapy - PAWS works tirelessly to rescue animals in Manila.
PAWS works tirelessly to rescue animals in Manila. During one of the country's worst Typhoons, many animals were stranded because of the floods.
Giving back CocoTherapy - Unless under quarantine, most of the cats and dogs are kept in common areas
Giving back CocoTherapy - Unless under quarantine, most of the cats and dogs are kept in common areas
Unless under quarantine, most of the cats and dogs are kept in common areas so that they can socialize with other cats or dogs.
Giving back CocoTherapy - Newly rescued dogs are isolated and quarantined in separate kennels.
Giving back CocoTherapy - Newly rescued dogs are isolated and quarantined in separate kennels.
Newly rescued dogs are isolated and quarantined in separate kennels.
Visit our CocoTherapy Facebook page to see even more photos taken during our visit to the PAWS Animal Rehabilitation Center (PARC)!

 

Did you know? PARC care staff regularly gives coconut oil to the animals as a valuable supplement to help with numerous conditions that affect them, from skin diseases, bacterial & viral infections, IBD/colitis & intestinal parasites, arthritis, and more. The PARC staff told us that they continue to see incredible improvement in the animals because of the coconut oil!
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