ANIMEow, LA SALLE

Get­ting to know the DE LA SALLE UNI­VER­SITY cats

Animal Scene - - ANIMAL APPEAL - By GIA LARA

When I look back at my col­lege life at De La Salle Uni­ver­sity (DLSU) -- please don't ask for my ID num­ber lest I re­veal my age -- I re­mem­ber so many mem­o­ries, both beau­ti­ful and scary. Th­ese in­clude hav­ing so many friends to con­nect with, all the while be­ing at the mercy of pro­fes­sors. Amid the dread­ful course card days, project dead­lines, and the hor­ror of walk­ing the halls alone with all my in­se­cu­ri­ties in­tact, I wish they were made bear­able by the pres­ence of cats on cam­pus. DLSU stu­dents th­ese days are lucky. When they cheer, “An­imo, La Salle!” a good bunch also screams “Animeow, La Salle,” or at least re­mem­bers An­imo the cat.

My con­nec­tion with DLSU was re­cently reignited in the form of the cutest pic­tures and videos of cats re­sid­ing in my alma mater. I can only smile and wish I had the chance to be a part of this won­der­ful or­ga­ni­za­tion called De La Salle Uni­ver­sity - Pro­fes­sors for the Uplift­ment of So­ci­ety’s An­i­mals (DLSU-PUSA).

Lau­reen Ve­lasco be­came a cer­ti­fied cat mama in 2014 and has been teach­ing in DLSU for two decades. Her gen­uine love for cats in­spired the in­cep­tion of the or­ga­ni­za­tion, DLSU-PUSA.

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