MANILA – Not all hope is lost as some animals left behind after the eruption of Taal Volcano were rescued by concerned citizens and groups on Tuesday.
Facebook user Agb Raffy, who is described in his profile as a resident of Batangas City, shared a video showing horses from Taal Volcano island being safely brought to shore.
The clip has since gone viral, with many netizens expressing relief that some of the horses are still alive after the heavy ashfall.
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) K9 Corps, on the other hand, was able to help a dog that has been swimming in the middle of Taal Lake.
The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Asia have also been giving social media updates about their relief efforts in areas affected by the Taal Volcano eruption.
Aside from relocating animals that have been left behind by their owners, PAWS has been feeding and giving water to those they see on the spot as they try to think of ways to bring them to a safer space.
PETA Asia, for its part, has been attending to animals inside the evacuation zone as they try to get to Taal Volcano island.
Veterinarians have been reminding the public to bring animals in areas affected by ashfall indoors as these can bring health risks such as eye damage and respiratory problems.
Taal Volcano remains under alert level 4 – which warns of a “hazardous” eruption in the next hours or days – since it first spewed ash last Sunday.