AN­I­MALS ON THE SCENE

PH Ham­ster Own­ers So­ci­ety cel­e­brates an­niver­sary by break­ing bar­ri­ers

Animal Scene - - CONTENTS - Text by MAXINE LOUISE LAGMAN Pho­tos by CJ RAQUION

On its sixth an­niver­sary, the Philip­pine Ham­ster Own­ers So­ci­ety (PHOS) held its third Philip­pine Ham­ster Fair at Star­mall EDSA-SHAW. Col­lab­o­rat­ing with about a dozen ham­ster groups from all around the Philip­pines, PHOS cel­e­brated a two-day Avengers-themed fair to ed­u­cate hob­by­ists, en­ter­tain en­thu­si­asts, and pique the at­ten­tion of those who were a tad cu­ri­ous about ham­sters.

“We re­ally wanted to unite ev­ery­one. It’s great to see ev­ery­one co­op­er­ate and strive for a main goal, which is to pro­mote the hobby and ed­u­cate those who plan on car­ing for ham­sters,” said PHOS Chair­man Em­manuel Talu­cod.

Ham­sters are com­mon pets for chil­dren. Un­for­tu­nately, they’re also bought as food for snakes. PHOS’ ad­vo­cacy re­volves around ed­u­cat­ing peo­ple on proper ham­ster care and breed stan­dards.

Caezar Viz­carra of the Cir­cle of Ham­ster Own­ers of the Philip­pines (CHOP) gave a sem­i­nar on breed­ing tech­niques on the first day.

In a Ham­ster Show, par­tic­i­pants from five dif­fer­ent breeds (Syr­ian Long­hair, Syr­ian Shorthair, Dwarf, and Roborovski) were judged ac­cord­ing to stan­dards, The tamest ham­ster also re­ceived an award.

En­thu­si­asts par­tic­i­pated in a ham­ster DIY setup con­test with the theme, “Pi­noy Su­per­hero” while

young kids had a blast with their pet ham­sters as they joined a race. Win­ners re­ceived cash prizes, tro­phies, and ham­ster good­ies.

prizes. They had cute pic­tures taken with their furry com­pan­ions, along­side par­rots from Ma­jes­tic Wings Philip­pines and hedge­hogs from Hamhog ng Tundo.

“What’s mem­o­rable about this event is how much we’ve made ev­ery­one happy and how we’ve touched their lives through ham­sters. It’s re­ally great to see them change their per­spec­tive on ham­sters and learn more about them,” added Talu­cod.

Aside from the ham­ster groups who joined the event, Google Knows goods and Koi Vil­lage Pet the vis­i­tors.

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