San Miguel Corporationis now helping rescue and relocate domestic animals that were abandoned in Barangay Taliptip in Bulakan, Bulacan—future site of its P740-billion Manila International Airport projectafter it provided new homes for former residents.
In a statement, SMC said it has partnered with animal welfare organization Animal Kingdom Foundation (AKF) in working together to rescue some 70 abandoned or stray animals, mostly dogs, left at the site.
Animal Kingdom is a non-profit, non-government organization dedicated to improving the welfare and living conditions of animals and eliminating the cruel trade of dog meat for human consumption in the country.
Some 50 animals, consisting of dogs and cats, have been rescued. At least 20 more are set to be rescued from different sitios in the coming days.
The rescued animals are brought to Animal Kingdom’s shelter in Capas, Tarlac, where they are given shelter and proper care.
“While we’ve made sure that the former communities here have been relocated to newer, better homes in safer areas, we also can’t bear the plight of the animals that have been left behind,” said SMC President and Chief Operating Officer Ramon S. Ang.
He added that, “We’re very grateful to Animal Kingdom for all their efforts. With them, we’re assured that the dogs are rescued properly, treated humanely, and can be nursed back to full health.”
Most of the rescued animals reportedly suffer from skin conditions. They will be given veterinary treatment at the shelter, where they will stay until AKF and SMC can re-home them.
“We mounted this effort with Animal Kingdom to ensure that the animals are safe from flooding, hunger, and are given medical care. Eventually, we hope they can also be part of new homes,” Ang noted.
Apart from the rescue, SMC is also donating at least six month’s supply of its own Nutri Chunks brand of dog food for the AKF shelter.
Earlier this year, after the eruption of Taal Volcano, SMC, through San Miguel Foods’ Protein and Animal Nutrition business, partnered with the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) on animal rescue and feeding operations.
Its Nutri Chunks dog food, Bmeg Bonanza hog feeds, and Bmeg Integra poultry feeds, all donated to the effort.
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