At the door, female dogs were given pearl necklaces while male canines were handed out bow ties.
Liver cake with cream cheese and carob veggie frosting , ‘supurrb’ salmon muffins, Smokehouse duck chips, Merrick Wilderness Blend Five-Star entrée, and turmeric and honey biscuits were some of the yummy items on the proudly ‘all-natural and organic’ pet buffet table jointly laid out by Bow&Wow and Whole Pet Kitchen. An amazing array of mouth-watering pet desserts by Swell Sweets was also a big hit.
Of course, the owners also had their fill of gastronomic delights courtesy of Amici , The Red Crab and Marciano’s.
Spotted in the audience happily applauding this new campaign were model siblings Daniel & Vanessa Matsunaga, Patricia Hizon, Christian Bautista, radio jock Carla D and the most photographed couple of the night, Heart Evangelista and Senator Chiz Escudero.
Past PAWS awardees, Karylle, Pia Guanio and Regine Tolentino were also present to award this year’s batch of Golden Heart and Order of the Platinum Paw awardees.
The PAWS Golden Heart Award was given out to Bow and Wow for helping promote spay-neuter of pets and for raising funds for PAWS, the Lance Askgaard Foundation for funding PAWS’ City Pound Reformation (CPR) project, SJ Vets for helping PAWS in its provincial spay-neuter outreach programs for indigent pet owners, Congresswoman Bernadette Herrera-Dy of the Bagong Henerasyon Party List for authoring House Bill 5849 or the amendment of the Animal Welfare Act and consistently lobbying for animal welfare in Congress, TV and radio personalities Sheryl Crystal and Patricia Hizon for hosting PAWS charity events for the past 10 years and actress Carla Abellana for raising awareness about PAWS’ Dr. Dog Program . (Note complete list of awardees enumerated in the table below)
Megaworld Lifestyle Malls and actress Heart Evangelista received the highest award given that night by being conferred the Order of the Platinum Paw. Megaworld was recognized for being a consistent partner of PAWS for its fundraising events for the past decade and helping PAWS raise awareness about responsible pet ownership in their malls. Heart, who has been a PAWS spokesperson since 2005, was recognized for her advocacy work for the Aspin (Asong Pinoy) Campaign which helped uplift the image of the native dog in our country and increase pet adoptions.
Probably the most touching segment of the program was when PAWS Executive Director Anna Cabrera showed the transformation of 4 of PAWS’ rescued animals through their “BEFORE” photos and their actual on-stage presentation: “Bianca”, a dog who had chains embedded in her neck, “Suzie” found half-dead along the S-LEX road, “Liam” a cat stabbed in Nepa-Q-Mart and “Wacku”, a dog whose upper snout was hacked off by an animal offender in Samar.
All these animals had completely recovered through the help of donors and volunteers, and (with the exception of Liam who had already been adopted) were all up for adoption. The four rescues were as widely-applauded as the human awardees that evening.
Happy guests went home with doggie bags filled with treats from Bow and Wow, KitKat and ArtKits. Other sponsors for the event were McDonald’s, Thousand Teas, Maynilad and Planet Grapes.
Eleven (11) members of the QC Criminal Investigation and Detection Team –PNP responsible for the arrest of the Korean dog fight syndicate:
In photo (from left to right): PO3 Darwin Linatoc, SPO2 Gilbert Peralta, PO3 Ramil Consencino, Major Reynaldo Magdaluyo, PCI Renante Galang, SPO1 Noel Barbon, SPO4 Bryan Colanding, SPO3 Bobby Carino and PO1 Remigio Nicolas.
Not in photo but included among the awardees: SPO1 Larry Javier and SPO1 Bernardo Suarez.
Prosecutors – for successfully prosecuting the Koreans behind the dog fights in Laguna
1. Associate City Prosecutor Gamaliel G. Bello, Office Of The Prosecutor, San Pablo City
2. Associate City Prosecutor John-John Cabral - also awarded but not present
Among the recipients of the Golden Paw that night were the following :
1. The Lance Askgaard Foundation (represented by Chad Pacheco and Ana Marfori) for funding the City Pound Reformation or CPR project of PAWS which aims to make a model pound in order to inspire other City Pounds to improve their facilities and provide a good standard of animal care so that collected stray animals do not suffer.
2. Sheryl Crystal – for helping PAWS’ fundraising events for the past 10 years and for her animal rescue efforts during times of of disaster. (Note: Crystal was not able to attend Dine with PAWS)
3. SJ Vets (represented by Dr. Betta Kristian Dans and Dr Aris Hapatinga) -for helping PAWS with rescue and rehabilitation of animals and in its outreach spay-neuter programs for indigent pet owners
4. Patricia Hizon - for helping PAWS’ fundraising events for the past 10 years and for being an effective advocate of kindness towards animals.
5. Bow & Wow - for helping PAWS raise awareness about Spay-Neuter and the importance of Training and Socializing Dogs through its in-store campaigns, and for helping PAWS raise funds for its Spay-Neuter Projects for Indigent Pet Owners
6. Congresswoman Bernadette “BH” Herrera-Dy of BAGONG HENERASYON Party List – for authoring HB 5849 or the amendment to the Animal Welfare Act, which aims to increase penalties for convicted animal offenders and for always ensuring that animal welfare issues are addressed and are put on the legislative agenda in Congress.
7. Carla Abellana – for helping raise awareness about how animals also help people through the Doctor Dog –the animal-assisted therapy program of PAWS, and for supporting PAWS’ fundraising efforts for all its programs.
ORDER OF THE PLATINUM PAW – highest award given by PAWS
1. Megaworld Lifestyle Malls
2. Heart Evangelista