Building Animal Shelters: Advocating for Responsible Pet Guardianship

purebred dogs in cage in veterinary clinic

By: April Mae Berza

The Philippines is home to an estimated 10 million stray dogs and cats. These animals are often neglected, abused, and abandoned. They live on the streets, where they are exposed to danger and disease.

There are a number of animal shelters in the Philippines, but they are often overcrowded and underfunded. As a result, many stray animals are euthanized or live in poor conditions.

I believe that we can make a difference for stray animals by building animal shelters one location at a time in Luzon, Philippines. By working together, we can create a network of shelters that will provide safe and loving homes for these animals.

How to Build an Animal Shelter

Building an animal shelter is a complex process, but it is not impossible. Here are some steps you can follow:

  1. Do your research. Before you start building, it is important to do your research and understand the needs of stray animals in your community. You should also research the different types of animal shelters and find one that is right for your needs.
  2. Find a location. The location of your animal shelter is important. It should be in a safe area that is accessible to people who want to adopt animals.
  3. Get funding. Animal shelters can be expensive to build and maintain. You will need to find a way to fund your project. You can apply for grants, raise money through donations, or volunteer your time.
  4. Build the shelter. Once you have found a location and secured funding, you can start building the shelter. This process can take several months or even years.
  5. Staff the shelter. Once the shelter is built, you will need to staff it with people who are passionate about helping animals. You will need to hire veterinarians, animal care technicians, and administrative staff.
  6. Advocate for stray animals. In addition to providing care for stray animals, you should also advocate for their welfare. You can do this by educating the public about the importance of spaying and neutering, and by lobbying for laws that protect stray animals.

10 Tips for Being a Responsible Filipino Pet Owner

If you are thinking about getting a pet, there are a few things you should keep in mind. Here are 10 tips for being a responsible Filipino pet owner:

  1. Do your research. Before you get a pet, it is important to do your research and understand the needs of the animal. You should also research the different types of pets and find one that is right for your lifestyle.
  2. Spay or neuter your pet. Spay or neutering is one of the most important things you can do for your pet’s health. It will help to prevent unwanted litter, and it can also reduce the risk of certain types of cancer.
  3. Provide your pet with a safe and loving home. Your pet should have a comfortable place to sleep, plenty of food and water, and access to the outdoors. You should also make sure that your pet is supervised when it is outside.
  4. Take your pet to the vet for regular checkups. This is important for your pet’s health and well-being. The vet can check your pet for any health problems, and they can also provide vaccinations and other preventive care.
  5. Train your pet. Training your pet will help to ensure that it is well-behaved and that it can live safely in your home and community. There are many different training methods available, so you can find one that is right for you and your pet.
  6. Socialize your pet. Socializing your pet will help it to get along with other people and animals. This is important for your pet’s mental health and well-being.
  7. Be a responsible pet owner. This means picking up after your pet, not letting it run loose, and not abandoning it. It also means being respectful of other people’s property and space.
  8. Be patient and loving. Pets can be a lot of work, but they are also a lot of fun. If you are patient and loving, you will have a great companion for many years to come.
  9. Educate yourself about animal welfare. There are many resources available to help you learn more about animal welfare. By educating yourself, you can make sure that you are providing the best possible care for your pet.
  10. Get involved in your community. There are many organizations that are working to improve the lives of stray animals. By getting involved in your community, you can help to make a difference.


There are many ways to create animal shelters and be responsible pet owners in the Philippines. By following these tips, you can help to ensure that animals in need have a safe and loving place to stay and that pets are treated with the care and respect they deserve.

If you are inspired to get involved in creating animal shelters or being a responsible pet owner, there are many ways to do so. You can donate to organizations that support animal welfare, volunteer your time at a local shelter, or adopt a pet from a shelter or rescue organization.

Together, we can make a difference in the lives of animals in need.

Here are some additional tips for creating animal shelters and being a responsible pet owner:

  • Do your research. Before you start creating an animal shelter or adopting a pet, it is important to do your research and learn about the needs of animals. This includes learning about the different types of animals, their care requirements, and the resources available to help them.
  • Be prepared to make a commitment. Caring for animals is a big responsibility. If you are considering adopting a pet, be sure that you are prepared to make a long-term commitment to their care. This includes providing them with food, water, shelter, exercise, and veterinary care.
  • Be patient and understanding. Animals may have been through trauma or neglect before they come into your care. It is important to be patient and understanding with them as they adjust to their new surroundings.
  • Be a voice for animals. There are many animals in need of help. If you see an animal that is being mistreated, speak up. You can also help to raise awareness about animal welfare issues by talking to your friends and family about the importance of responsible pet ownership.

By following these tips, you can help to make a difference in the lives of animals in need. Together, we can create a world where all animals are treated with kindness and compassion.

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