In March of 2012, an estimated 230 Pit Bulls were rescued from a dog-fighting syndicate operating in Laguna, Philippines.
The 230 rescued Pit Bulls that were rescued presented overwhelming challenges for the rescuers. Many of the animals were found in horrific conditions and very poor health. They were cruelly chained to posts buried in filthy mud with nothing more than cutout steel drums for shelter. They were terribly malnourished with wounds inflicted during dog fighting.
Despite extensive medical care, many of the dogs perished or had to be euthanized to end their suffering. Out of the 170 that lived, only a dozen or so were adopted and the surviving dogs continue to be looked after and medicated daily due to their ill health from the poor living conditions in Laguna.
CARA Welfare Philippines (Compassion and Responsibility for Animals), founded in 2000, has been at the forefront of taking care of the pit bulls since their rescue. With some borrowed funds and volunteers who put in a lot of hard work by taking time off from their regular jobs, CARA has been able to relocate the surviving animals to a sanctuary in Batangas. It cost thousands of dollars to set up the sanctuary: clearing the land, providing electricity and water, putting up a perimeter fence, building cages, paying for medical and vet bills and hiring caretakers, let alone the largest expense of all being food to feed the hungry dogs.
CARA is the recent grant recipient of Sam’s Cause: our anti dog fighting campaign and has been awarded a substantial amount of funding to help them get through their toughest times, but the need for support will continue for years to come. To learn more about their sanctuary and view a short video on some individual recovery cases, please visit the links below.