When Taal Volcano in the Philippines erupted in January of this year, PETA quickly responded. Since officials warned of a larger eruption, we rushed to save more than 150 animals—including dogs, cats, horses, pigs, goats, chickens, ducks, herons, and doves—from the volcanic island.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown in Metro Manila, our team processed hundreds of Taal adoptions and foster applications, and now, more than 100 animals have been adopted. Because of a transportation shutdown, our team had to walk—sometimes many kilometers—to unite animals with their new guardians.
Our rescue team found Pedro hopelessly entangled in a vine—dehydrated, starving, and suffering from gangrene. He now enjoys cuddles with his new family, and although he lost a leg because of the ordeal, that doesn’t stop him from living his life to the fullest.
Our team also rescued Regan, a cat with burnt paws and ears, more than a week after the eruption. Now, he’s a happy indoor cat who loves spending hours upon hours every day playing with a ball on a string. He also enjoys playing with the tail of his dog brother, Jonald (another rescue from Taal).
Pedro, Regan, and Jonald—along with many other animals—likely would have died if not for PETA’s rescue efforts. Nothing (not even a global pandemic) will stop our rescue team from helping animals in need. Please donate now to help us continue our work, and if you live in Manila or the surrounding provinces and are interested in adopting an animal, contact our adoption team.