An­i­mal res­cue group needs vol­un­teers

The Freeman - - COMMUNITY -

Is­land Res­cue Or­ga­ni­za­tion (IRO), a Cebu based non-profit an­i­mal res­cue group, has re­cently se­cured a lease for a new plot of land in Talam­ban and will soon be re­lo­cat­ing its many ca­nine and fe­line res­i­dents from their cur­rent site in Danao and The Pit Bull Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Cen­tre to their new home.

Be­fore IRO can begin to start mov­ing their an­i­mals to the new site, the area will first need to be pre­pared with some land­scap­ing work and IRO is ap­peal­ing to the com­mu­nity for as­sis­tance with this work.

“Although we love our new lo­ca­tion that is sur­rounded by na­ture, we will need to clear some trees, plants and shrubs from the area to pre­pare the site where the an­i­mals will be housed. We will not only need the tools and equip­ment to do this but peo­ple to as­sist us with the work,” says IRO Pres­i­dent An­na­lyn Aizpuru.

Prepa­ra­tions for the new site are ex­pected to start later this month and any­one who is able to help with pro­vid­ing fund­ing, equip­ment, tools or vol­un­teer their time is en­cour­aged to con­tact IRO at 09236084063and 09322826312 or via their Face­book page Is­land Res­cue Or­ga­ni­za­tion.

“We want to build an an­i­mal shel­ter that will make the com­mu­nity proud and some­where they look for­ward to vis­it­ing and spend­ing time with our res­cue an­i­mals,” says Aizpuru.

IRO was founded in Fe­bru­ary 2010 and is ded­i­cated to help­ing the plight of an­i­mals in the re­gion through res­cue, ed­u­ca­tion and ad­vo­cacy. With over 150 an­i­mals cur­rently in its care, IRO is run solely by a team of vol­un­teers who en­sure the an­i­mals are given the nec­es­sary care and at­ten­tion while they await adop­tion. All fund­ing for the shel­ter is pro­vided by dona­tions from the public, some­thing IRO is in­cred­i­bly grate­ful for.

“With­out the on-go­ing sup­port and gen­eros­ity of the com­mu­nity and our sup­port­ers lo­cally, na­tion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally, we just could not con­tinue to op­er­ate,” says IRO Pres­i­dent An­na­lyn Aizpuru.

The move to its new lo­ca­tion in Talam­ban will not only make the shel­ter more ac­ces­si­ble for po­ten­tial adopters to visit and meet the an­i­mals but for vol­un­teers to spend time with the an­i­mals, pro­vid­ing them with the op­por­tu­nity for so­cial­iza­tion which can sig­nif­i­cantly boost their adop­tion prospects, says Aizpuru.

“We do our best to en­sure the an­i­mals are pro­vided with the ba­sics such as food, wa­ter, shel­ter and med­i­cal care but it is also very im­por­tant to make sure the an­i­mals’ be­hav­ioral needs are met too and this is where our vol­un­teers can re­ally help us. Whether it’s walk­ing the dogs, play­ing with them or just sit­ting with them to pro­vide com­pan­ion­ship, ev­ery lit­tle bit helps.”

Wen­nie waits for adop­tion at IRO.

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