Korina Sanchez, Carla Abellana share tales of animal rescue, call for help amid Taal eruption
Efforts continue to pour in to save both affected humans and animals following warnings of a looming hazardous explosive eruption from Taal Volcano. As many of the pets and animals were left behind during the evacuation, celebrities have also taken action to save humanity’s companions and share their tales of rescues.
Korina Sanchez, an animal welfare advocate, shared the good news that more and more animals are being rescued from danger zones and taken to “shelters volunteered and run by heroes,” as per her Instagram post last Sunday, Jan. 19.
“The work continues. Parang nakikipaghabulan sa bulkan ang rescuers (it is like the rescuers are trying to outrun the volcano),” she stressed. “We are still praying this eruption never happens.”
“People call us to find their homes and take in their animals,” she added.
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The work continues. Parang nakikipaghabulan sa bulkan ang rescuers. We are still praying this eruption never happens. But as days pass, more animals are taken from the danger zones and into faraway shelters volunteered and run by heroes. People call us to find their homes and take in their animals. Here, we have volunteer vets Marz Wisco and Jasper Sevilleno from Manila’s PBCC of Hero Vet Mace Licuanan who braved volcano island saving the animals. With my own foundation’s team leader Yura Flores and shelter manager Judith Baculanta. The rescues are fed twice a day with quality dog food, sawdust, vegetables with vitamins. The vets administered medications for wounds, burns, skin problems. They were injected with vitamin boosters and prophylactic antibiotics for their infections and for their lungs. All this is made possible by your support. We are one of your arms to the people and animals in Taal. Super thank you. Kailangan pakainin and alagaan ang mga animals until, hopefully they soon are reunited with their owners. HEROES: Bledes Fores, Margarita Fores, Kai Rodriguez, Eloisa Matias, Ayhee Campos, Louie Heredia, Dra. Cathy Mendoza, Aromapet, Pet One, Rose Fonterosa, KLG, Malu Snediker of California, Pamela Chua, Marissa Ballesteros of California, Victor Rafanan, Tata Lagac, L. Carlos, Eleanor Bizares, Rechil Inocencio, Kristi Liveta, Ellen Tocao of Sacramento, Julie Aguilar, Dean Evangeline Bautista , Ampy Jacks of Los Angeles, Portia Yamo of Dubai, MaryLou Cutanda, Angela Sigua from London, Armie Pacheco, Michelle Dy, Pepito Mik from LA, Edena Pastor, Rose Chu, Hazel Gacayan, Lorena Rabaya.
Accompanying Sanchez’s message is a collage of her team doing the animal rescue operations, showing the volunteers in action helping several dogs.
In another post, Sanchez talked about the heartwarming story of a rescued kitten they aptly named “Taal” who is now living in a new home in Makati after being adopted by celebrated chef Margarita Fores — the cousin of Sanchez’s husband Mar Roxas.
“We found this almost newly born kitten during our animal rescue mission around the volcano, days ago,” Sanchez said on Instagram yesterday, Jan. 21. “We named her Taal. On the way home she could only sleep perched on my shoulder near my neck. So sweet.”
“The work continues in saving the animals in Batangas, racing against what authorities keep saying is an imminent eruption,” she added.
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We found this almost newly born kitten during our animal rescue mission around the volcano, days ago. We named her Taal. On the way home she could only sleep perched on my shoulder near my neck. So sweet. My cousin Margarita Fores couldn't resist. A true cat lover she has a pack in her home, all rescued from different locations. Taal now lives in Makati so loved and taken care of far from danger. Here is Taal the adopted rescue, fresh from the vet clinic where she was checked up and vaccinated. So happy for animals and human. The work continues in saying the animals in Batangas, racing against what authorities keep saying is an imminent eruption. Am still claiming the worse is over, AMEN🙏 Your donations have worked wonders in rescue and safekeeping of these animals in shelters. If you would like to help, email me at [email protected] and we can be your hand of help to the affected humans and animals. They need us.💚
While doing her job as a “Rated K” host by covering the calamity, Sanchez has been lending a hand in animal rescue operations since Taal’s phreatic or steam-driven eruption on Jan. 12.
For those who want to help, Sanchez said people can contact her through [email protected], saying they “can be your hand of help to the affected humans and animals.”
Actress Carla Abellana also has her own tales of animal rescue, revealing that 48 horses are now safe and being taken care of in a temporary shelter in Lipa, Batangas, among other rescued animals.
“It feels so good to be able to see that these horses are safe, far away from volcano island and slowly recovering,” she posted on Instagram last Monday, Jan. 2o.
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It feels so good to be able to see that these horses are safe, far away from volcano island and slowly recovering. There are a total of 48 so far at the temporary shelter in Lipa, Batangas. The worst burn cases were brought here and it was so painful seeing the burns all over their faces and bodies. They’re having a hard time breathing as well. They have a long way to go after all the trauma, but they will get there eventually. I am extremely glad to meet them personally. There’s nothing more rewarding than getting to feed them, talk to them and touch them to let them feel that it’s gonna be alright. I hope and pray more animals will be EVACUATED from Batangas. Because we don’t want to lose any more precious lives should Taal Volcano fully erupt.
Abellana can be seen petting a rescued horse in the short clip that she posted. She is currently working with PAWS Philippines in the rescue operations.
“The worst burn cases were brought here and it was so painful seeing the burns all over their faces and bodies,” the actress lamented.
She added that the horses are having a hard time breathing as well due to the inhalation ash spewed by the volcano. However, despite the trauma, Abellana believes that the horses “will get there eventually.”
“I am extremely glad to meet them personally,” she noted. “There’s nothing more rewarding than getting to feed them, talk to them and touch them to let them feel that it’s gonna be alright.”
“I hope and pray more animals will be EVACUATED from Batangas. Because we don’t want to lose any more precious lives should Taal Volcano fully erupt,” she added.
In a recent report, however, it was revealed that some of the horses that survived the calamity may end up in slaughterhouses as butchers are trying to buy off the animals for their meat.
They are reportedly offering P15,000 to P30,000 for each horse to the owners, most of whom are from poor families. Of the 55 horses rescued and taken to a shelter in Kalawit, Cavite, nine have been already sold, according to volunteer veterinarian Jay Tolentino.
According to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, Alert Level 4 remains placed over Taal Volcano, meaning a hazardous explosive eruption is possible within hours to days. NVG
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