About the Project

A Pittie-ful Story

On the 30th of March 2012, the biggest raid of the biggest known dogfighting operation in the Philippines took place in Laguna. Over 260 pit bulls and mixed breed dogs were rescued from the hands of a syndicate that had previously been arrested in Cavite for the same crime: maintaining and profiting from an underground dogfighting market through an online betting site. After posting bail, these individuals relocated and immediately went back to the old and horrid ways that only criminals of such a “sport” would know. The second arrest of the syndicate left the dogs without any supervision whatsoever. Soon after, these criminals were tried in court, again in violation several laws, including the Animal Welfare Act of 1998 (RA 8485), but this time they were deported back to their homeland.

Picture this: hundreds of dogs, mostly malnourished, living in steel drums, surrounded by harmful elements. As a result of the cruelty these dogs had lived through were heavy scars in different part of their bodies. Beneath those scars ran deeper ailments, most notably vast deficiencies in their immune systems. This was what the rescue teams were welcomed with during the raid, and were doing their best to remedy after. With the success of shutting down of such a horrible enterprise accomplished, there came to light another challenge: these dogs needed care and a home, and they needed them fast.

Enter CARA.

The following month, various animal welfare groups stepped in to help. However, it was CARA Welfare Philippines who eventually took the lead as the head organization for the care and rehabilitation of these rescued dogs. The first real “home” for thogs was a temporary one located in Batangas. The dogs stayed there for a couple of months until they were moved to Quezon, where most of them continue their rehabilitation and await their new families. The whole process of their rehabilitation is directed towards the goal of allowing them to spend the remaining years of their lives in good health and comfort. That’s the dream for these dogs (and their caretakers, for that matter), although it remains to be a costly one. Help Save the Laguna Pit Bulls Rehabilitation Project continues to exist because of the generosity and compassion of sponsors, donors and volunteers*.

Five years later…

As of July 2017, 39 of these abused pit bulls were adopted into loving homes, decreasing the remaining number of dogs to 88. It is keeping in mind these 88 pit bulls that are still under our care that, we, at CARA-LPB continue to ask for your support. The best way you can help is by adopting a pit bull. As a potential adopter, you will have to go through the necessary procedures to ensure that you and your pit bull are a perfect match. Nevertheless, this is just one of the many ways you can extend your help. Whether it is via monetary aid through donations or physical aid through volunteer work, your contribution will not go unnoticed.

The 250-for-a-Pittie is a monthly source of income for the needs of the dogs, such as dog food, towels, shampoo, medicine, etc. You can also ensure a Pittie’s monthly food supply in greater ways by becoming a sponsor. However, if you prefer to dedicate your time and effort to this project, you can volunteer at the LPB center to help with the rehabilitation of the dogs and maintaining the facilities.

These dogs have come a long way: From the confines of a steel drum to maybe even the comfort of your home, they can go even further in getting a second chance. Be a part of this story. Be a part of their happy ending. Be a part of the CARA-LPB team.

Help Save the Laguna Pit Bulls.

*CARA would like to acknowledge the relentless dedication of the LPB Pioneer Rehabilitation Team whose great efforts have come a long way. Our gratitude to Maria Parsons, Kaoru Cumagun, Francesca Ortigas, Bianca Ortigas, Shiela Lloren, Julien Bourraux, Carmela Balcazar, Owen Santos, Jeff Diaz, Paul Libid, Louise Pike, Carl Pike and Melody de Jesus.