MANILA, Philippines - Scaredy Cats & Dogs,” the Halloween pet costume competition organized by the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), was held at the Fisher Mall Event Center last Oct. 24.
For this year, most of the entries were characters from popular movies or costumes crafted straight from the vivid imagination of the pet owners.
The 2015 Transylvanian Star (best pet in costume) was awarded to Jacks, a Pomeranian who came as Ghost Rider, while the Phantom’s Pick (most creative pet costume) was awarded to Klondike as Zorro, who was also the most photographed dog at the event
By Kathy Moran (The Philippine Star) | Updated November 1, 2015 - 12:00am
600 pets were blessed by Father Joey Paras and Father Bob Zarate at this year's PAWS Pet Blessing held in partnership with PET EXPRESS, at the Skydome of SM North Edsa last Sunday, October 4th 2015.
Pets were blessed right after a special Mass for the Animals in celebration of the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals and the ecology. October 4 also marked the celebration of World Animal Day.
The unique Mass had cats and dogs, and their owners participate in the Offertory and in the Liturgical Readings.
By Melissa G. Bagamasbad | Lifestyle Section, InterAksyon.com
“I had just adopted Clifford from PAWS (Philippine Animal Welfare Society), and I wanted something unique and would have a cause and [allow me] to give back,” explained Alyanna Martinez during the second anniversary of Alyanna’s Fitness Party at the PAWS shelter in Quezon City last March 7.
The anniversary also coincided with Clifford’s third month as Alyanna’s adopted fur baby. Even if she initially thought the idea of having one of her fitness parties at PAWS was “crazy,” her friends at the shelter agreed to it.
“I only had five days to put this whole thing together, by myself, and my goals were to get awareness [for animal welfare], to get people to volunteer, to get people to donate, and to raise funds for PAWS.”
Text and photos by Melissa G. Bagamasbad | Lifestyle Section, InterAksyon.com
Canines of all shapes, sizes, and breeds ran their hearts out with their humans at the fifth Pet Express Doggie Run 2015 early morning last March 14, Saturday, at the Mall of Asia in Pasay City. Aside from the new stroller category this year, the spotlight on aspins or asong Pinoy was also one of the highlights of the run.
“PAWS (Philippine Animal Welfare Society), is again the beneficiary of the run this year, and were asked to cheer for the aspins, and to highlight them, that they can be as talented [as the purebreds],” explained PAWS Executive Director, Anna Cabrera. “They can be trained.”
In celebration of World Animal Day 2014 and the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, PAWS and Tiendesitas will hold a grand Pet Blessing at the Tiendesitas Activity Center on October 5 (Sunday) at 5pm.
PAWS invites all pet owners and animal lovers to celebrate this special day by having their companion animals individually blessed by Father Jose Antonio Paras, SDB.
Registration starts at 3:00 PM. Special awards for best dressed pet will given during the 4:00 PM program before the mass.
Native pet owners are encouraged to bring their pets because the first 50 aspin and first 50 puspin registrants who will purchase an "I AM BLESSED!" pet bandanas at the venue will receive vouchers for a FREE spay-neuter procedure at the PAWS clinic.
Vouchers are transferrable to fellow aspins or puspins which means the animals at the venue need not be the ones in need of the spay-neuter procedure but candidates must also be native dogs and native cats.
See you there!
Nonie, an "aspin" or Asong Pinoy, looked around wide-eyed. He felt a little awkward wearing a barong Tagalog and fitted black slacks. But his handler, a volunteer from the Mandaluyong Animal Shelter, relaxed Nonie by talking to him in a calm, assuring voice.
Other aspins like Nonie were walking around the Tiendesitas Events Area with their excited owners. Colorful Gigantes welcomed the guests while lively Philippine folk songs played in the background. A bahay kubo, stalls selling kakanin and strings of multi-colored banderitas overhead added to the festive atmosphere. Passers by knew that there was a grand dog show happening but were puzzled to see that there were no purebreed dogs in sight. All the participants were mutts, mongrels and native dogs…many of them adopted from the PAWS shelter or rescued from pounds.
It was the PAWS Aspin Club’s “Linggo ng Aspin” on August 31, 2014, a special day to celebrate the beauty and special traits of our very own native dogs.
The Philippine Animal Welfare Society is mounting the "Linggo ng Aspin" on AUGUST 31, 2014 at the Tiendesitas Events Area to celebrate the unique characteristics of the Philippine native dog and to encourage people to adopt "aspins" or "asong Pinoys" from shelters & pounds.
Native & mixed breed dogs can join the fun agility race and have their portraits taken at the bahay kubo. Registration starts at 2pm. Registration fee is P350 for non-PAWS Aspin Club members and P150 for Aspin Club Members. Fee includes a shirt (for owner), a bandana (for dog) and other freebies from sponsors.
We are also inviting all owners to dress up their aspins in their most fabulous Filipiniana costume and take part in the "Ginoo at Binibining Aspin" competition. Registration starts at 3pm and
Criteria for judging are as follows:
NOTE : only aspins or native dogs who bear no striking resemblance to purebreed dogs may join the costume competition. PAWS representatives at the registration table will be on hand to screen all applicants.