The country’s premiere animal welfare group also awarded people who have contributed greatly to the organization’s goals of preventing animal cruelty and creating a society based on humane principles.
The “PAWS Golden Heart Award” were given to businessman William Chua who donated a rescue vehicle, The Philippine Star Pet Life Section for publishing PAWS adoption stories, events & calls for donations, artist Seb Chua for his creation of “The Guardian” – a sculpture dedicated to all PAWS Volunteers, Jericho Rosales and Heart Evangelista for participating in PAWS’ “See Beauty Beyond Breed” campaign to promote native dogs & cats, Vets in Practice for their medical treatment of rescued animals, Atty. Vicente Roy Kayaban for his legal assistance in animal cruelty cases and celebrities Agot Isidro, Lander Vera-Perez, Regine Tolentino & Reema Chanco for their fund raising efforts for PAWS.
A sumptuous dinner buffet for humans was prepared by Carlito’s Catering while canine guests feasted on the premium entrees laid out by ALPO Chop House like filet mignon, top sirloin, ribeye and roasted chicken.
All the dogs also had their fill of Pup”-pourri Buttered Vegetables, Canine Carrot Cake, Bone Appetit Liver Biscuits and “Party Animal” Cheese Sticks cooked by PAWS volunteers for the doggie buffet table.
The well-organized event featured videos of PAWS’ animal shelter and various programs such as PAWS’ humane education sessions in schools and Dr. Dog visits to hospitals. To showcase their inspiring miracles, 3 shelter animals who were rescued and rehabilitated by PAWS were presented onstage :
The audience was moved by the stunning transformation of the animals from their graphic BEFORE pictures shown onscreen to their amazing spirit as they proudly walked onstage.
PAWS Program Director, Anna Cabrera hopes that the dog’s stories will inspire people to help similarly rescued animals get another chance at a good life by adopting from shelters or pounds instead of buying a pet.
PAWS celebrity supporters Karylle, Louie Heredia, The Speed Dancers & Gretchen Espino entertained the guests with heartfelt numbers while JM Rodriguez and Patricia Hizon hosted the main program. Other animal lovers seen enjoying the event were Talentadong Pinoy judge Audie Gemora with his aspin Skipper, TV host Ariana Barouk, Pinoy Dream Academy’s Miguel Mendoza with his Maltese Hero, Singing Bee’s Apple Chiu with her Chihuahua, Cupcake, Reklamo band’s Amy Rosalyn and LC de Leon and Pinoy Idol finalist Ram Chavez.“Dine with PAWS” was made possible through the generous support of ALPO Chop House and SM Mall of Asia.