“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.”
New stroller category
The stroller category, which is the first of its kind this year, was a non-competitive, novelty course. Those who joined had to go through various pitstops, as well as surprises. It was one of the categories along with the usual 1.5/3/5K race categories.
Participants who completed their respective race categories were rewarded a finishers’ medal. They were then given their doggie loot bag filled with freebies and treats for their pet dogs. Booths from sponsors could be enjoyed by humans and dogs afterward, as well as activities including inflatable swimming pools, games, and the like. Pet Express emphasized their commitment to making the Doggie Run bigger and better, and to give customers a fresh take on having an active lifestyle with their four-legged, furry babies.
PAWS, which received a part of the race’s proceeds, brought some of their rescued aspins to the event. These rescued dogs also ran in the various race categories with their human handlers. Some of the PAWS volunteers even carried placards with the words, “Proud of my aspin,” as well as “Adopt, don’t shop.” The President of the PAWS Aspin Club, Nice Rodriguez, attended the event as well, and the Presidential Canine of the Aspin Club, Poypoy. He is also a Dr. Dog, or therapy dog, a kind of dog that helps heal humans who have illnesses.
“We wanted to promote aspins and the rescued dogs, because in these events, purebred dogs are usually the ones that are brought,” explained Cabrera. “Kaunti lang yung aspins—nahihiya yung mga tao na dalhin yung mga aspins nila to the event. But this is a dog event, and the aspins are one of the best kinds of dogs. So we wanted to promote the beauty of aspins.”
For the event, PAWS brought five aspins, each with its own story. “All these dogs have been rescued from very bad circumstances,” narrated Cabrera. “Maita was found on a highway, sa gitna; Corky was found in a plant box, emaciated, hindi makatayo; Chase got his name because we had to chase him for three to four hours along C5 [in order to rescue him]. He ran 3K. Si Looney naman, may bukol na malaki. Maita joined the stroller category.”
Quite the happy sight during the event was aspin Tiny Tim, or Tripod, a three-legged aspin who was amputated after he was rescued by PAWS. He successfully completed the 1.5K, and Cabrera said he was “mobiles and hyper.” “It seemed like he had five legs,” said one of the PAWS volunteers on his energy and happiness upon completing his race category.
These dogs, as well as many others, are up for adoption at the PAWS shelter. To adopt, foster, volunteer, and donate, you can visit the PAWS Shelter at PAWS Animal Rehabilitation Center (PARC) at Aurora Blvd., Katipunan Valley, Loyola Heights. Contact them at (+632) 475-1688, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or check PAWS’ Facebook page.