A German shepherd named Tony is an adopted 150-pound overweight dog. His adoptive parent made it his goal for Tony to lose 50-pounds of body weight. When he first saw the dog from the shelter, he described him as sluggish as if the dog had given up on life. He just wanted to be loved and to have a family, just like anybody else.

Couple of months after arduous training, Tony finally accomplished his goal to shed over 50-pounds. He can now climb the stairs and gets to go on the craziest adventures together with the other dogs. But most importantly, he found a home, a family and love.

Unluckily, not all animals are as fortunate as Tony. According to PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), an animal rights organization, there are an estimated 70 million homeless dogs and cats struggling to survive in the United States alone. Here in the Philippines, dog pounds are an overwhelming issue on their own. Lack of financial aid and ultimately the absence of adoptions put a toll on the surging rate of euthanasia.

Five years ago, according to the Philippine Daily Inquirer, 300,000 killed dogs were recorded in Philippines every year, peoples tend to eat dog meat served as "pulutan" but Filipino's ignored warnings that people might contract rabies from eating dog meat. Animal cruelty is one of the problems in the Philippines, although many pets are loved and taken care of well, there are some still tend to do illegal things such as hurting, caging and some are treating their pets as a food.

Animal Cruelty is when someone hurts an animal or does not care for an animal responsibly, like not giving a dog or cat food and water. It is against the law to be cruel to or harm animals, even your own pets. It is also called animal abuse or neglect.

The Philippines does have a law in place called the Animal Welfare Act of 1998. It prohibits torture, but it does cover the care of privately owned animals. Your average homeowner who keeps a dog in terrible conditions will never ever be prosecuted or even called out, because abuse is both legal and common. Most people are unaware that chaining or caging an animal is considered abuse in developed countries.

I have 5 adopted pets in total. I think that adopting is so commendable and lovely because you get to save a life. Adoption can change a homeless animal’s life by saving and giving them a forever home.

I firmly believe that these animals are humans too. They are one of us, so let us take care of them just like how we want to be taken care of.

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