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Happy Animals Club is a non-profit no-kill animal shelter in the southern Philippines, established in 2014 thanks to supporters from around the world.

Ready for Adoption!

Rosie is a loving little dog who was born with a bad leg. When I found her abandoned on the street she was in bad shape. Now she is a happy, pretty dog! Her leg problem doesn't stop her from scurrying around at top speed. She is always fully of energy and love, and deserves a really good home with a loving family.


Rosie, December 26, 2014, in Hut 1

Pikachu was dirty, very hungry, and full of fleas when I rescued him from the street. Thanks to everyone who helped me establish Happy Animals Club I was able to save him. He is a very nice, loving, super soft cat. He has already been fixed and is now ready for a loving family!


Pikachu, December 26, 2014, in the cat house

We have many more cats and dogs who would make great companions. If you can provide them with a really good home, please get in touch!

Recent Rescues

On December 23, 2014, we rescued 8 dogs from the City Pound. These dogs were "expired" which means they were due for immediate execution because nobody had claimed them. Here they are loaded onto the Happy Animals Club truck.


Two of the rescued dogs are under currently Intensive Care at the Happy Animals Club. The people at the pound told me not to choose these dogs. But I'm glad I did. Cappy (short for Pirate Captain) has only one eye but he is the most loving dog ever! He is still very sick but always wags his tail and he is very friendly.


Cappy on the day he was rescued, December 23, 2014. He is wet because when they hose the cages at the city pound, all the dogs get drenched.


Cappy on Christmas Day, 2014

The other dog, whom we named Bear, has no front teeth. We thought he is very old, but our vet told us that his front teeth were probably worn away because he was kept in a small cage and was trying to gnaw through the metal bars. It would have been too unfair for an abused dog like this to be killed by the pound after leading a miserable life. Bear is now healing very slowly. We have to feed him Recovery, a special dog food for recovering dogs, with a syringe, because he is too weak to eat by himself.


From left to right, Cappy, Bear, and Ken on Christmas Day, 2014

I wasn't able to save all the expired dogs at the pound but I fed the ones who got left behind as much Cesar brand luxury dog food as they could eat, so that they had at least one nice meal in their life. They ate about 30 packs. Unfortunately, the city pound doesn't allow picture taking even with cellphones so I can't show you photos.

On December 19, 2014, I saw some puppies at the roadside. Someone had abandoned them near a church called Shrine Hills. But nobody got them for weeks, so they were all very skinny and starving. I always keep dog food in the car and I fed them all of it.

I then went to the Happy Animals Club to get the truck and rescued them right away. Luckily they were all still there, and we even found another one! There are six puppies and all of them are boys. I named them Newton, Einstein, Tesla, Bohr, Planck, and Pascal. Here they are at Apartment 1.

One of the puppies was so weak he couldn't eat. We used a syringe to feed him Recovery, which is a special dog food for sick dogs, until he started eating. He's still smaller than the others, but he's okay now.


On Boxing Day, 2014, with Steven, a 14-year-old volunteer.

Background

Happy Animals Club was started in 2014 by then 9-year-old Ken thanks to help from people all over the world who donated money to help him rescue dogs. Here's Ken's story:

I love animals. I have one rescue dog and two rescue cats. Ever since I can remember I wanted to open an animal shelter to help the stray dogs and cats on the streets. Here are some posters I made when I was 8 years old. My dad told me it would take a lot of money and 20 years for me to get an animal shelter. He said only grown ups can raise enough money to start an animal shelter.


But in February of 2014 pictures of me feeding dogs on the street were passed around on the Internet. Here are those pictures.

Some very kind people who saw these pictures donated money to help me care for the dogs. We got enough money to get the dogs I was feeding off the street, feed them high quality canned food, and provide them with veterinary care. They gained a LOT of weight, their open wounds healed, and their fur grew back. They also learned not to be scared of humans.

Here's how they looked after two months of care at Happy Animals Club. Their names are Blackie, Brownie, and White Puppy.

In addition, I got enough money to start an animal shelter. On May 1, 2014, I leased a 1,000 square meter (10,000 square feet) lot for one year. It cost 66,000 pesos ($1,500).

We also spent a lot of money on wood, electrical wiring, tin roofing, cement, and many other things. The area flooded every time it rained, so we built canals. The shelter now has 2 large pens, 2 apartments, and an annex. The dogs are not kept in cages unless they are ill or there is some other good reason. The cats have a very big living area solely for them. All of the dogs and cats at Happy Animals Club are very happy animals!

Happy Animals Club's main goal is rescuing dogs from the city pound. In this article dated March 20, 2014, the official at the pound said most dogs are put down because only 20-30% of owners claim their dogs, and no animal welfare organization was doing something about it.

I want to save as many of those dogs as possible from being killed for no reason. My first step was to get a rabies vaccination, on May 8, 2014.

Our big challenge now is to make a system for finding the dogs good homes once they are healthy again. This is a problem because in the Philippines most people want pure breed dogs. They don't like mutts, even though mutts are just as smart, just as loyal, and just as loving.

Please help me develop the animal shelter by volunteering, holding seminars at your school or company, or donating funds for dog food, care, and the development of the shelter. Happy Animals Club is a non-profit organization registered in the Philippines. Happy Animals Club is autonomous and independently managed by me with help from staff and volunteers. Happy Animals Club is not affiliated with anyone or any organization that supports euthanizing stray dogs.