non-profit, no-kill dog shelter dedicated to saving abandoned,
neglected, abused and slaughter-bound dogs.
The AKF Animal Rehabilitation and Rescue Center is
fully operating on donated funds from the United Kingdom.
Much of the medicines and facilities utilized in it came from
the UK. A few corporate and business establishments like Pedigree,
Inc., Philippines and Oxford Suite Philippines have also donated
dog-food and towels. The center sits on a 2.5 hectare rented
property with enclosed concrete walls. It has considerable
numbers of kennel where rescued dogs move freely. Each kennel
features covered shelter with concrete floors and wide open
ground where the rehabilitated dogs roam and roll with gusto.
The lone holding pen where distressed rescued dogs are delivered
has a feature sensitively built for stress-free hauling. Upon
entering a double-gate, the back of the delivery truck levels
up to a wall with moundof earth
on the other side. Once the back of the truck is open, the
dogs alight from the truck unassisted. This has been proven
to be an effective and safe way of hauling-off frazzled and
unruly dogs rescued from far-away areas.
Several closures were
constructed with varied uses. There are pens for male and
female dogs, for ferocious ones and for disease-stricken ones.
The clinic on the ground floor of the main house is the major
treatment area. It can hold services such as neutering, spaying,
treating skin-diseases, surgical operations, vaccinations,
confinement and recovery of sick ones, de-worming, control
of external parasites such as ticks and fleas, mange infection
and laboratory tests for fecal, blood and microscopic examination.
Competent Filipino and English veterinarians handle these
The upper floor of
the main house has features and amenities to accommodate friends
of AKF. It is a fully air-conditioned area with rooms, hot
and cold shower, complete kitchen and sala set with combined
mixture of hard wood and tiles. The other building built for
the staff features rooms with its own hot and cold shower
and double-decked beds. The wide spaced sala and kitchen are
fully air-conditioned. It has its separate laundry areas and
a porch to welcome visitors. A considerable number of fruit-bearing
trees, mostly mango, which give the whole area an aesthetic
appearance, lined up side by side on the pathway and lead
to the entrance facing the pleasing façade of the main
house. The trees are taken-cared of and expected to produce
fruits for harvest.
AKF’s Animal Rehabilitation and Rescue Center
is, indeed, an ideal place to house distressed dogs victimized
by the illegal trade and to welcome animal-lovers who have
passions to save them.