PAWS continues to accept registrants for the PAWS Aspin Club at the PAWS Animal Rehabilitation Center (PARC)
Aurora Blvd., Katipunan Valley, Loyola Heights, Quezon City.
For more details, please call 4751688, text 0917-8352405
or email email@example.com
- Updated vaccination records must be presented upon registration
- Dogs must be friendly to humans and other dogs
- Dogs must be leashed at all times when attending club events
- Female dogs must NOT be in heat when attending club events
For Aspin Club launch video, click on this link
PAWS promotes Aspin Club on Unang Hirit, GMA 7 video,
click on this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJtLu32Razc
Aspin is IN!
We’ve seen it so often that most of us have begun to accept it as a way of life: purebred dogs are treated differently than native dogs even if they both live in the same house.
The native dogs stay outside & are tied up or caged for life, the perennial “bantay” in Filipino comic books. Bantay is usually brown and short-haired – the type of dog that you would usually see out in the streets. So its no surprise that he would always be referred to as “askal” (from the words “asong kalye” which means “street dog”) even if he lives with a family and is never allowed to stray outside.
Bantay is not the type of dog to be cuddled. Barking all the time, he is expected to be scary and to drive away intruders from one’s yard.
We have seen a lot of hero dogs on TV and in the movies. But Rin-Tin-Tin, Lassie, Benjie, Beethoven does not look like Bantay at all. So they must have been talking about a different dog when Western movies imparted those great home-grown values such as compassion and love for the dog who will give his life for its master.
On the other hand, Fluffy is a purebred shihtzu. She gets fed premium dog food and is taken for walks in the park. She is even brought to the mall to shop for clothes and to be groomed in a special salon. She sleeps inside the house and has her own accessory cabinet & doggie bed.
For VIDEO Native Dogs are just as obedient, smart and lovable as their purebred counterparts, click on this link:
THE UPHILL BATTLE FOR ASPINS
The contrast could not have been more glaring to a group that has been rescuing dogs for its entire existence.
PAWS, founded in 1954 and reactivated by Nita Hontiveros-Lichauco in 1986, saw that native dogs are often the victims of cruelty. It is the native dog who is always rounded up to be illegally transported to Baguio and eventually killed to be served as "pulutan".
Jokes about native dogs abound. One of them refer to the native dog as the Philippine “rice” dog because it eats only rice and leftovers. The purebred dogs of course, would only eat expensive wet dog food or dry kibble
With the goal of changing society's view of "askals", PAWS encourage people to bring native dogs to their various fundraising events.
For its Halloween pet costume contest, native dogs who came in their best outfits were given prizes and bragging rights as the "Halim-aw-aw Award" winner.
PAWS put a native dog heat in "The Great Dog Dash" where native dogs raced against one another to win a gold medal
What was even more groundbreaking was the native dog beauty pageant organized by PAWS in 2006. The top 10 finalists exemplified all the best qualities of the Filipino dog. Dubbed “Pinakamagandang Hayop sa Balat ng Lupa”, it had all the elements of a beauty contest - from the swimsuit category to the casual and evening wear competition. Former Ms. Universe and animal lover Gloria Diaz sat as the head of the judging panel.
For VIDEO, Pinakamagandang Hayop Contestants click on this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SPUMDRgUIA
After talking to the guardians of the 10 finalists, PAWS began to see that there were a lot of people who shared the organization's love for the native dog. Among them is Nice Rodriguez who rescued Poypoy, a short-haired light brown native dog. Nice recalls that her neighbor used to be the official “owner” of Poypoy but he had left the dog to die of hunger in the streets.
Nice would regularly feed Poypoy and initially did not want to get attached to him. However, one day, Poypoy showed up with a big bruise on his neck which prompted Nice to adopt the dog for good. She had him treated by a vet and is now her faithful companion wherever she goes.
Nice taught Poy a lot of tricks including how to catch a frisbee. This talent eventually enabled him to become the lone native dog contestant in a Frisbee competition which saw Poypoy winning 3rd place in the Manila leg.
With the positive response it has been getting from these projects, PAWS embarked on a unique campaign called "See BEAUTY Beyond BREED" that featured popular celebrities Heart Evangelista & Jericho Rosales posing with native dogs from the PAWS Shelter.
The ads encouraged the use of the term “Aspin” (Asong Pinoy) instead of “Askal” and it showed that native dogs were just as cute, just as intelligent and just as loyal as their purebred counterparts.
The campaign was the first to use celebrities to help drive home a point directly to the average Filipino pet owner and it was a runaway success. Not only did all the animals that Heart and Echo posed with get adopted, it also boosted adoption rates and inquiries by as much as 30%. PAWS’ shelter staff also noticed an increase in the use of the now politically-correct term “Aspin”.
The Birth of the PAWS Aspin Club:
THE ASPINS FINALLY HAD THEIR DAY!
More than 50 aspins (asong Pinoy) and mixed-breed dogs became the founding members of the ASPIN CLUB formed by the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) in cooperation with Eastwood City and Alpo.
The launch was held at the Eastwood Central Plaza last Saturday and the owners were happy that their dogs finally had a club of their own.
PAWS’ Aspin Club spokesperson Heart Evangelista came with her native dogs Charles and Sultana. “In the future, people will no longer say ‘Ay, askal lang yung aso ko.’” says Heart, who wants the native dogs to also get the proper recognition and treatment they deserve.
“Talentadong Pinoy” resident judge and proud aspin owner, Audie Gemora who attended the event with his rescued dog, Skipper, gave a stirring testimonial to the loyalty, intelligence and loving nature of native dogs.
PAWS president Nita Hontiveros-Lichauco went onstage to state how the formation of the PAWS Aspin Club was a fulfillment, not just of hers, but all animal advocates’ lifelong dream of promoting the beauty and dignity of our local breed.
The club provides an opportunity for owners to socialize their aspins through fun pet activities like dog walks, pet photography sessions, canine picnics, basic obedience lessons, and such. It also aims to promote the welfare of aspins through education, lobbying and campaigns.
Other highlights of the event were a mini-show by trainer Jun Lizarte & Mikki, a certified aspin celebrity who co-starred with Eugene Domingo in the hit movie “Kimmy Dora”, an agility demonstration by Jojo & Tina Isorena of BetterDog Canine Behavior Center and a display of basic obedience skills by PAWS’ very talented shelter dogs.
The PAWS Aspin Club launch was made possible through the generous support of Eastwood City, Alpo, Pet Express, McDonald’s, Frontline Plus, Pooch Express, Mypetchannel.tv, Magic 89.9 and The Philippine Star Pet Life Section.
PAWS will continue to accept registrants for the Aspin Club at the PAWS shelter in Aurora Blvd., Katipunan Valley, Loyola Heights, Quezon City.
The club is open to all native and mixed-breed dogs. Applicants must bring their dog’s updated vaccination records and pay a P250 annual membership fee that will go to the PAWS Animal Shelter, a facility that takes care of aspins rescued from cruelty and neglect.
For inquiries, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 4751688