PAWS has always been at the forefront of lobbying for more laws pertaining to Animal Welfare. We continue to campaign and work with the government to craft animal-friendly policies, formulate better rules and regulations and push for harsher penalties for animal offenders. 

PAWS’ latest initiative is “KAPON FOR ALL PETS,” program which proposes incentives to be offered by local government units to veterinary clinics operating within their cities and municipalities. A three-way partnership between PAWS and participating LGUs, the program seeks to provide free or affordable kapon procedures for pets owned by the LGUs’ constituents.

Did you know?

In 1986, PAWS actively lobbied 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.