Our Policies

PAWS takes a firm stand on matters relating to animal welfare, and continues to lobby for better laws to ensure humane treatment of all animals.

Our Policies

PAWS takes a firm stand on matters relating to animal welfare, and continues to lobby for better laws to ensure humane treatment of all animals.

Puppy Mills

PAWS opposes “puppy mills,” facilities and individuals who mass-produce puppies for the pet shop industry, online selling, or other retail purposes.

Puppy mills suffer from poor oversight, control, and regulation. Ill health, genetic defects and/or negative behavior traits are often overlooked in favor of financial profit. The dogs used for breeding purposes are often insufficiently cared for, inhumanely housed, and lacking adequate veterinary care.

Retail Sale of Pets

PAWS advocates Adopt, Don’t Shop. We strongly discourage people from buying cats and dogs from pet shops and breeders. We encourage them to adopt from the shelter instead.

Pet shops are the primary customers of puppy mills. If the individual chooses to buy a specific breed of dog, we encourage him to seek out reputable breeders dedicated to improving the health, condition and behavior of their animals.

Animal Experimentation

PAWS is opposed to the use of animals in experimentation, and is against the use of products and establishments using animals for experimentation. (Animal Welfare Act Administrative Order No. 40) In the interim, it will work for the enforcement of the Three Rs within industries that still use animals for research:

Reduction – Reducing the number of animals being used for experimentation

Refinement – Ensuring that animals do not feel pain and should be euthanized immediately if they can no longer be rehabilitated

Replacement – Promoting the use of alternative methods of research and dissection (virtual dissection)

Animal Fighting

PAWS opposes any acts whereby humans incite, allow, or cause animals to fight.

Dogfighting, cockfighting, and bullfighting are examples of animal “blood-sports,” which glorify violence for the sake of monetary gain, entertainment, or other purposes. These activities cause suffering, maiming, and death to the animals forced to participate, and they have negative social consequences.

Dogfighting and horsefighting are illegal under the Animal Welfare Act. Cockfighting is still legal, but PAWS will continue to campaign actively against ANY form of animal fighting.

Working Animals

PAWS believes that working animals must be treated with consideration and must be given adequate care, shelter, food and water. They must not be overworked or overloaded, nor must they be forced to work through ill-treatment.

Farm Animals

Farm animals must be provided with shelter, exercise, food, water and care in a manner appropriate to their physiological and behavioral needs.

PAWS is opposed to methods of husbandry which do not fulfill this criteria.

Food animals for slaughter must be instantaneously killed or rendered instantaneously unconscious and insensible to pain until death comes.

Companion Animals

PAWS approves the keeping of companion animals or pets only when there is full personal commitment to the welfare of the animals. The animals must be provided with shelter, exercise, care, food and water appropriate to their physiological and behavioral needs.

We are opposed to all mutilations on companion animals carried out for non-therapeutic reasons (i.e. tail-docking, ear-cropping, declawing).

We believe that spaying or neutering of a companion animal is part and parcel of responsible pet ownership and is crucial to preventing animal homelessness and cruelty.

Marine Animals

We are opposed to the exploitation of all marine animals for commercial, entertainment and sporting purposes. Dolphin and whale shows, for example, promote the capturing of these animals from the wild, violating their freedom and subjecting them to stress and torture.

Although these animals appear to be enjoying their performances, and the operators claim to be “conserving wildlife,” the animals are in fact suffering, getting sick, and dying in captivity.

Greyhound Racing

PAWS opposes greyhound racing and is working against the entry of greyhound racing into the country.

The profit-motivated industry of greyhound racing deprives dogs of normal social interaction, breeds and kills excessive numbers of dogs in the pursuit of faster animals, and forces dogs into a risky situation that often culminates in catastrophic injury.

Greyhound racing is inherently cruel and will worsen the pet overpopulation problem that the Philippines already faces.

Feral or Stray Cats

PAWS is committed to minimizing the number of feral or stray cats by educating the public about spaying and neutering their own cats and keeping them indoors, and most especially through trap, neuter and return (TNR) programs.

The TNR approach includes the sterilization of cats to prevent breeding, marking and returning them to the site, and rescuing kittens and other tame cats to adoptive homes. It is then maintained by managing the cat colonies in TNR sites through proper feeding and medical care.


PAWS supports the phase-out of zoos.

PAWS believes that more effort should go into the preservation of these animals’ habitat and creating sanctuaries where the animals can thrive in natural environments.

In the interim, PAWS will work on the improvement of the condition of animals in zoos and constantly remind zoo owners that they have a responsibility to give every animal humane, professional care.


Euthanasia is the humane means of ending the suffering of an animal with an untreatable disease or one that is in physical distress. It is also used for animals who have severe behavioral problems that cannot be rehabilitated, including aggression. These animals cannot be adopted into a home and they pose a threat to the health and safety of people and other animals.

PAWS believes that it is sometimes unavoidable and is, under certain circumstances, an important service that is offered to animals.

We recommend only methods that cause a rapid loss of consciousness and that cause minimal pain, distress, and suffering in the animal. We oppose “tambucho” gassing and electrocution as methods of euthanasia.

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)


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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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