About PAWS

PAWS is a registered non-profit organization which is dedicated to the protection and the promotion of humane treatment of all animals.

About PAWS

PAWS is a registered non-profit organization which is dedicated to the protection and the promotion of humane treatment of all animals.

We are a volunteer-based organization.

Our main work is to educate and disseminate information concerning animal welfare, animal care, animal control, and other animal-related concerns.

PAWS campaigns actively against animal cruelty and pet neglect, including activities like dogfights, horsefights, and wild animals being used for entertainment.

PAWS also runs an animal shelter called PARC (PAWS Animal Rehabilitation Center). It currently houses over 300 cats and dogs rescued from cruelty or neglect. Here, these animals are rehabilitated in the hope of finding them new homes and a second chance at a good life.

There is also a low-cost clinic that provides veterinary services to the indigent community, including spay and neuter (kapon).

In addition to caring for animals, our staff and volunteers attend to an average of :

Calls & Texts

Visitors & Patients


… every working day!

Our Story

The Philippine Animal Welfare Society was founded in 1954 by Muriel Jay, a British educator who was then residing in the Philippines. Nita Hontiveros, one of the first volunteers, recalls that the group would make stuffed toys and other items to sell in order to raise funds. They had a clinic to treat injured animals and two bicycle patrols that picked up strays from the street.

When Muriel Jay went back to England, PAWS became less active and eventually slipped into dormancy. In 1986, Nita Hontiveros-Lichauco, the current PAWS President, reorganized PAWS with a handful of volunteers that later became the original board of Directors.

The present batch of members started joining in 1996, full of idealism and more aggressive ideas. A cattery for rescued cats was put up at the back of the Lichauco’s residence in New Manila. Rescued dogs were sent to the Shangri-La Luna, a Lichauco farm in Pangasinan province, some 4 hours drive from Manila.

Construction of the Paws Animal Rehabilitation Center (PARC) started in September 2000, with funding from International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), and the kind assistance of Don Manolo Lopez of MERALCO. Informal operations started on July 2002. At present, PARC serves as a temporary refuge to dogs and cats rescued from cruelty and neglect.

Our Story

Did you know?

In 1986, PAWS spearheaded the campaign for the Republic Act 8485 or the Animal Welfare Act of the Philippines. However, the government was not ready for it at that time. A revised Animal Welfare Bill was drawn up and diligently pursued by PAWS in the Senate and in Congress.

On February 11, 1998, the Animal Welfare Act of 1998 (also known as Republic Act 8485 was signed into law by then Philippine President Fidel V. Ramos.

PAWS also lobbied for Republic Act 9482, also known as the Anti-Rabies Act of 2007.  It calls for the prevention and control of rabies through education, field control and disposition of stray and unvaccinated dogs, pre-exposure treatment and post-exposure treatment of animal bite victims, mass vaccination of dogs, and responsible pet ownership.

After months of lobbying, it was signed into law by former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in May 25, 2007.

How you can help

The shelter and all our programs and campaigns are funded solely by donations. You can donate any amount via bank deposit or Paypal transfer.

Bank of the Philippine Islands (Swift no. BOPIPHMM)
Acct Name: The Philippine Animal Welfare Society, Inc.
USD Acct No. 3944-0021-61
PHP Acct No. 3943-0086-11

Philippine National Bank (Swift no. PNBM PHMM)
Acct Name: The Philippine Animal Welfare Society, Inc.
Acct No. 1888-70015305

BDO Savings
Acct Name : The Philippine Animal Welfare Society, Inc.
Acct No : 0036-4007-0350

Checks should be issued to Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)


Paypal is the easiest and safest way to donate online using your credit card.
You do not need to be a PayPal member.

PAWS Animal Rehabilitation Center (PARC)

Aurora Blvd. Katipunan Valley,
Loyola Heights, Quezon City,
Philippines 1108

Tel. (02) 7577-7178 (temporary ECQ#)

Please note that this number is used mainly for scheduling spay/neuter appointments, and is often busy. Please call only if absolutely necessary, and only if your concern is not addressed in our FAQs. It is best to message us [HERE]

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