VIDEO: How PETA Is Saving Lives in a Cemetery in the Philippines
Sarhento Mariano Cemetery is in one of the poorest neighborhoods in metro Manila and home to around 100 poverty-stricken families and their animals. Each day is a struggle for the people who live here, and their animal companions have it even worse. Most residents cannot afford even basic veterinary care, including spaying and neutering, and the animal population is spiraling out of control. Dogs and cats roam freely, and on our visits to the area, we often find dead puppies and kittens as well as newborn animals discarded in the trash.
But PETA’s Kapon/Ligation Immediately, Please (KLIP) program is changing that. Since we got involved, almost 300 cats and dogs living in the cemetery have already been spayed or neutered and vaccinated. We transport animals to veterinarians for surgery and then return them to their grateful guardians. We also treat aliments such as mange, parasite infestations, and other diseases—all at no cost to the animals’ guardians. One dog named Reddick was virtually bald because of sarcoptic mange, but within a few months of being treated, neutered, and vaccinated, his coat had grown back, and he is now a happy, healthy dog. Watch this video to see him and some of the other animals KLIP has helped:
The animals living in Sarhento Mariano Cemetery are a reminder of why spaying and neutering are the most important things that we can do to save cats and dogs from all the suffering that their overpopulation causes. Just one unaltered female dog and her offspring can produce 67,000 puppies in only six years. In seven years, one female cat and her offspring can produce an astonishing 370,000 kittens!
Sterilized animals also live longer, happier lives. Spaying eliminates the risk of developing uterine cancer and greatly reduces that of mammary cancer. Neutering makes males far less likely to roam or fight, prevents testicular cancer, and reduces the risk of developing prostate cancer. Altered animals are less likely to contract deadly, contagious diseases that are spread through bodily fluids, such as feline AIDS and feline leukemia.
What You Can Do
Always adopt your animal companions from the streets or a shelter and have them spayed or neutered. If you know someone who is hesitant to have an animal spayed or neutered, explain the benefits of the procedure and offer to help by scheduling an appointment and/or providing transportation. And please help KLIP continue its lifesaving work by donating to PETA!