PURR-ICULAR AC­TIV­I­TIES

Animal Scene - - ANIMAL APPEAL -

As Zen Mas­ter Thich Nhat Hanh says, “Com­pas­sion is a verb.” This is ex­actly the mantra of DLSU-PUSA and its thirty ac­tive mem­bers. They care for the cam­pus cats by feed­ing them twice a day and vac­ci­nat­ing them to en­sure they are healthy and safe. The cats have also been spayed and neutered to sta­bi­lize the pop­u­la­tion. It is a com­mit­ment that knows no hol­i­days, rain or shine. While there are more than 80 cats in the uni­ver­sity, the or­ga­ni­za­tion cares only for the ex­ist­ing cats and do not use the uni­ver­sity to serve as a shel­ter for all strays along Taft Av­enue. By keep­ing the colony from mul­ti­ply­ing, the cats live their full po­ten­tial and suc­cess­fully es­tab­lish their own ter­ri­to­ries to co-ex­ist with the rest of the uni­ver­sity. It is a pow­er­ful ini­tia­tive and a se­ri­ous un­der­tak­ing that sac­ri­fices pre­cious time and en­ergy in ex­change for re­ward­ing purrs. There is noth­ing more sat­is­fy­ing than earn­ing a cat’s trust, most of­ten in­di­cated by them flash­ing their bel­lies (which, of course, you can­not touch with­out get­ting scratched a bit). Fluffy bel­lies aside, Dl­su­pusap­porters are proud to have treated the cats well. The cats are now a pic­ture of good health, and the his­tory of abuse some of them en­dured as strays are no longer ev­i­dent in their en­dear­ing faces.

1. Casper is a lit­eral bench­warmer and loves flash­ing her big beau­ti­ful eyes for pic­tures. 2. Macgrayver guards the canteen and the long cat­walk called the SJ Walk. 3. One of the nu­mer­ous wa­ter bowls spread all over the DLSU cam­pus so the cats will al­ways re­mem­ber to drink. 4. Cheese­cake the cal­ico loves the third floor of Ls-build­ing and some­times likes to fol­low stu­dents into the bath­room.

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