A dog and her human were reunited a year after Yolanda hit Tacloban
Are you feeling warm and fuzzy yet?
The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) posted this touching letter from Ailyn Alcantara-Metran, who had been looking for her dog for over a year. The two were separated when super typhoon Yolanda hit the Eastern Visayas region a year ago. Metran got in touch with PAWS and the organization did its best to find her missing buddy, Bunny. On December 3, PAWS informed Metran that they were unable to locate her beloved aspin.
In the caption for the photo above, PAWS shared their admiration for Metran’s optimism. They wrote (unedited):
Even with the sad update, Ailyn never lost hope. Her last e-mail to us last year said: "thank you so much for your efforts.... im going back to Tacloban tmrw to check/repair/clean our house and try to look also for Bunny... i will be leaving my mother here in Cebu with the niece of my stepfather... how I pray and hope that Bunny is still alive... God Bless you PAWS!"
In the letter, dated November 4, Metran enthusiastically shared her reunion with Bunny. She saw a dog that looked remarkably like her canine companion and when she called out the name, Bunny immediately jumped towards her. Metran wrote (unedited):
We still can't believe if it's really her xoz she was soooo dirty, sooo skinny, dehydrated, and her tail don’t wag at all...but as i repeatedly call her name, she also repeatedly jumped at me.
PAWS took the opportunity to campaign "for the improvement of disaster-preparedness programs with the inclusion of animals in evacuation plans."
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