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Kumusta mga kapusa!

June 6, 2022 | By ANGIE CHUI

Kumusta mga kapusa!

During the pandemic, there was a noticeable increase in the number of animals roaming the campus, particularly cats.

Compassionate Lasallians have taken it upon themselves to feed and care for the animals who have found shelter in the University’s premises while the rest of the country remained on lockdown.

In particular, the University Student Government (USG) of A.Y. 2020-2021 headed by President Nina Marie Ligan took it upon themselves to start a crowdfunding campaign that focuses on the resident cats of DLSU-D. The campaign, entitled PS: PSPS (Pakain sa Pusang Sabik), which is a clever play on the traditional way of calling Pinoy cats, held an online photo contest to showcase the students’ own pets. Donations were also collected from Lasallians who wished to support the program to purchase cat food and supplies for the campus cats.

Cash donations for the resident cats amounted to P15,250 while proceeds from the ticket sales of the online photo contest generated P7,250. The USG purchased cat food with the amount which were used to feed these cats on campus.

Love for these furry friends also inspired Lasallian employees from various sectors to form a volunteer group DLSU-D CATS which is now in the early stages of organizing. The group, composed of committed Lasallians including employees, students and even parents, seeks to partner with animal welfare NGOs for the spaying and neutering of campus cats and to come up with concrete guidelines in caring for animals taking shelter in campus.

The group also seeks to formulate a sustainable way to fund the needs of animal care on campus.

DLSU-D CATS, once formalized, also aims to gather student volunteers for the feeding of the campus cats in an organized fashion, to keep them safe and protected. However, efforts will not only be limited to felines as stray dogs found on campus will also benefit from the love of Lasallians.

It also plans to form several teams including the feeding team, communications and publication team, fundraising team, medical team, adoption screening team, finance team, supplies team, and even a grooming team for ear cleaning, nail trimming, bathing those who need the medicated bath to address skin issues.

As part of the Season of Creation, the blessing of pets was also included by the University Chapel as part of the school’s Laudato Si initiatives. Lasallians brought their furry (scaly, and even feathery) along to receive God’s grace.