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Happy Animals Club is a non-profit no-kill animal shelter project in the southern Philippines, started by a 9-year-old
boy with help from international donors.
Hello, I'm Ken. 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 look after two months of care at Happy Animals Club. Their names are Blackie, Brownie, and White Puppy and they will be
ready for adoption very soon!
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). I don't have enough money yet to populate the
shelter with dogs but hopefully I can do that soon.
Happy Animals Club's main goal will be to rescue 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 is doing something about it.
I want to save as many of those dogs as I can from being killed for no reason. My first step was to get a rabies vaccination, on May 8, 2014.
The next step will be to raise enough money to care for as many dogs as possible.
Also, we need to make a system for
finding the dogs good homes when they are ready.
This is a big challenge 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
for dog food, care, and the establishment 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 volunteers (currently my dad, he complains that he is an "involunteer").
Happy Animals Club is not affiliated with anyone or
any organization that supports euthanizing stray dogs.
Written by: Ken. Edited by: Ken's dad
So many kind people donated that I can't mention all, but I would like to occasionally give a shout out to
some of the donors who helped me save the dogs.
June 6, 2014
A belated but big BIG shout out to Andy and Megan of Atlanta, USA! Check out their beautiful rescues, Kirby, Phoenix,
and Phinnigan in this great picture taken in the winter. Phinnigan looks a bit like Blackie only bigger!
Click here for previous Shout Outs
June 7, 2014
Using the funds raised from this web site, I bought two little bamboo huts called bahay kubo as shelter for the dogs when it
rains. everyone expected me to put the dogs in cages but the dogs won't be happy if they are locked up in cages. the huts
cost p16,000 each or about $370.
the roof is made from native grasses. there is enough room for many dogs in each hut. i can't wait
to see dogs in the huts. i know they will be very happy.
The guys who made the hut had a truck and brought it to the shelter, I didn't have to pay for this. Here you can see them putting the
hut on the truck.
while waiting for them to get the hut ready i made friends with their puppy. He didn't have a name yet so I told them to call him
June 4, 2014
Thanks to many generous donations, work has started on the Happy Animals Club animal shelter! The first task is to build a fence
so that the dogs don't go
running onto the street whenever the gate is opened.
The construction crew, from left: Dexter, Michael, Ken, and Boy. Dexter worked on the house that was being built across the street
from where we live. Michael is a neighbor on the same street. Boy was sent by our landlord to fix our house after it got battered
by a storm. I chose this crew because they are all really nice guys and they all work very hard even when it is very hot.
May 30, 2014
I got an update from Mr Robert Montanez who is processing the Mayor's Permit for Happy Animals Club. He explained to me the
many steps needed for a permit and he said that there will be an inspection on Monday. I'm lucky to have Robert helping me because
I and also my dad don't understand it that well and it takes a lot of time to go to the many offices you need to go to. Robert
is also processing the water connection and electricty.
May 29, 2014
Brownie got an operation, it's so she won't have babies. It is very important that dogs get such operations so
that there aren't too many dogs that some end up on the street. After the operation I gave her some food but she didn't eat
any. She's doing okay now. I sat with her and eventually she ate three small packs of Cesar dog food which is the yummiest
dog food I could find.
May 28, 2014
I have some very sad news. Dipper didn't make it. The vet said he reacted badly to the deworming and he was also weak because of
Canine Distemper Virus. He kept having a seizure.
I kept him warm with a hot water bottle and fed him Recovery which is very expensive dog food for weak dogs who need to recover
with a syringe but he kept puking it up. He died while sleeping. Today we had a funeral for Dipper. There are no pet cemeteries
here so I buried him in the Happy Animals Club lot. If you want to visit him you can come visit him any time.