Dunsk Kuhner, the company behind St. Roche dog shampoo, has built a home for abused and neglected animals in Silang, Cavite, just outside Tagaytay City.
Dubbed “The Haven of Love”, the 1,400-square meter property is envisioned by company executives to be more more than just an animal shelter, as it will also provide loving care on top of food and shelter for animals and education for people.
“Animals deserve a shelter not a home. In our culture, dogs are reincarnated as humans so we would like to treat them as humanely as possible. Let’s keep this a beautiful place for dogs,” says top company executive, Raja Menghrajani.
About The Haven of Love
At the core of Dunsk Kuhner’s pet project is volunteerism. The company has an ongoing campaign to draw in more volunteers to help out at The Haven of Love. Labor at the property will be a collective effort of volunteers.
At the groundbreaking event last August, St. Roche officials took turn touring guests to the vast property where facilities and buildings will be built.
Plans for The Haven of Love include:
- A building with conference rooms for the use of veterinarians and pet groups, a clinic, and food storage.
- The Home (at least 7meter x 7meter), partly covered by football turf so it will be parasite free.
- Sleeping quarters made up of five houses, each able to room from six to eight people. Each house will be about 30sqm.
- A 400sqm Pet Cemetery with an incinerator machine. A memorial plot will be for sale.
- A Vegetable Farm to grow squash, okra, fruit-bearing trees, sweet potato, eggplant and other vegetables that can be used to feed cats and dogs.
- A Cat Area that is 150sqm big at least. It will be an enclosed area with good ventilation for the benefit of 200 cats.
- A Fish Farm that is 100sqm big, good enough for tilapia, catfish and other kinds of fish to thrive. Volunteers will be allowed to fish for their meals.
- A Dog Pool about 30 to 40 feet for dogs’ enjoyment and exercise.
- A Dog Quarantine with about 50sqm floor space.
There will be five of the “Home” structures with ceiling fans, comfy dog beds, and pillows. Interiors will be painted blue and green, as these colors have a calming effect on dogs, especially those that have been traumatized in the past. Each Home can house 30 to 40 dogs.
The Haven of Love is scheduled for a soft opening before the year ends.
Interested in Helping Out?
So far, 1,300 individuals have expressed their interest to donate their time and skills to help build the Haven of Love animal home. Even homeless people who can be proven to be of good character and are animal lovers could potentially be tapped to help out at the shelter.
Volunteers can earn “love tokens” commensurate to the services they render. The love tokens can be used to avail of the free use of facilities like the conference room for team building.
Aside from enlisting more volunteers to help build the shelter, St. Roche is also getting creative with its fund raising campaigns. It is selling for P2,000 the St. Roche Love Pack, a basket full of St. Roche products, with 75 percent of the sales going to the shelter. They also created a “Wall of Love” at the site where people could write a dedication to their former pets for a small fee of P100.
In addition, the company will launch a personalized logo of St. Roche with a customer’s pet’s photo for P1,000.
You can visit the Saint Roche Premium Organic Dog Shampoo Facebook Page here, for updates on The Haven of Love and more.
(Source: Metro Pets)