For Immediate Release:
January 16, 2020
David Perle 202-483-7382
Taal Island, Philippines – PETA Asia’s rescue team arrived on Taal Island after Taal Volcano evacuations began.
For years, PETA Asia has operated veterinary clinics for horses on Taal Island, where its team members befriended a dog named Palakitik, who always ran up to greet the group’s boats and followed workers around everywhere they went. When PETA Asia’s rescue team arrived on Wednesday, they feared the worst—but as their boat pulled up to the shore, they called out Palakitik’s name, and she came running through the ash to greet them.
PETA Asia’s team has been on the ground rescuing animals, including many other dogs as well as cats, chickens, and a duck. It also met with Filipino government officials to discuss how best to rescue the remaining animals on the island, including cows and horses, and was given permission to go through the evacuation zone to feed the animals there and give them water.
Rescue efforts will continue, and in the meantime, PETA Asia is inviting members of the public to drop off donations of dog and cat food and water at its office in Makati (located at Unit 706, Fedman Building, 199 Salcedo St., Legaspi Village).