3. Feed and give fresh water to the stray dogs. I just found out about the dire situation of the strays of Boracay. The nearest animal welfare groups are based in Aklan, so it takes a boat ride before getting to Boracay island. The residents told me about what it’s really like for the stray dogs (and sometimes the collared pets) in Boracay.
Whenever they’re on their scheduled prowl, the animal control group (not to be confused with the animal rescue group) has a reputation for impounding even those who have collars and clearly have owners. They’re reportedly just after the fine that owners have to pay to get their dogs back. As for the unclaimed dogs: rescuing, rehoming, or finding their owners is not the priority. They are reportedly killed (“shot” was the quote I got from the locals) after just a day or so of being unclaimed.
According to many locals I met, whenever the animal killers (Yes, that’s what I’m calling them) are on the prowl, the locals try their best to give temporary shelter or shoo away the poor strays to keep them from being caught by the evil pound people. It’s heartbreaking.
4. Explore the hidden gems, like under-the-radar coffee shops and restaurants. Try Lazy Dog Bed and Breakfast Pinoy breakfasts, La Bettola for Italian fare and specialty coffee, Aqua Boracay, Levantin for comfort food and drinks, Two Brown Boys for tacos and burgers, and Momo Ramen for… you guessed it!
Fun activities to try in Boracay
See you on the other side!