During natural disasters, animals were usually left behind by humans. They will only be rescued once the owners were able to find a safe place to stay. Sadly, some of the animals left behind die.
At the start of 2020, Taal Volcano, one of the most active volcanoes in the Philippines, erupted after more than 40 years. It was an unexpected event that all people living around the volcano island must leave immediately and go to safer places.
Taal Volcano spewed ash, which reached nearby places like Makati City, Rizal Province, Pasig City, among others.
Sadly, a lot of animals were trapped in the volcano island. Dogs, horses, and chickens were left while the volcano is actively spewing volcanic ash.
Rescuers were only able to go back to the volcano island three days after it has erupted to get the animals trapped on the island.
One of the rescued animals is Palakitik, a local dog breed.
Rescuers were happy to see Palakitik alive and doing well while waiting for a rescue.
The Philippine for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is familiar with Palakitik as they have been conducting medical missions to provide veterinary care to the horses on the volcano island. The horses are used for livelihood, for bringing tourists to the crater of Taal Volcano.
PETA would always recognize Palakitik as he is the one welcoming them on the island. As soon as the boats arrive, Palakitik would be at the shore, wagging his tail to greet the visitors.
At first, PETA feared that he might not be able to make it because the volcano has been very active for days. They were surprised to see Palakitik alive and happy at the island waiting to be rescued.
A vet checked Palakitik, and it was found out that she was dehydrated and has eye problems. Nirali Shah, a special projects coordinator of PETA Asia, said that once Palakitik recovers, she would be in foster care.
There are still a lot of animals trapped on the island waiting to be rescued, but PETA needs a larger boat to be able to bring a lot in one trip.
Photos courtesy of PETA Asia via Philippine News Agency