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These Stars Prove Rescue Dogs Have Lots of Love to Give

MANILA, Philippines — Adopting a dog can be one of the best decisions you can ever make in your life, but what many people don’t realize is that they don’t always have to choose a purebred puppy. or a brand dog.

The best choice might even be to adopt a dog from a shelter or rescue organization. When you adopt, you give a dog with a past the family it deserves while freeing up space in shelters for more dogs that need it.

While most people still turn to breeders and pet stores to find their pets, more and more fur parents are adopting instead of buying – including a number of local celebrities.

These are just a few of the stars proving that rescue dogs have as much love to give as any purebred pup:

evangelist heart

As an ambassador for the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), Heart has embraced her fair share of animal rescues. So far, his pack includes three cats, five dogs, and even a lamb named Bambino. It’s safe to say that his pets are now living their best lives and are better cared for, better dressed, and probably better smelling than the rest of us. The group’s favorite is Panda, a glamorous black and white a lap who was rescued from Nasugbu, Batangas.

Sharon Cuneta

The Megastar first met her rescue dog, an 8-year-old stray, while filming Revirginized in Olongapo. At the time, she was saddened by the news of her friend, the late makeup artist Fanny Serrano, having suffered a stroke, and the dog became her “ray of sunshine”. She named him Pawi, after her co-star Marco Gumabao’s character in the film. It was only a few months later, after research, rehabilitation and medical treatment, that she was able to bring the dog home, just in time for Christmas.

Carla Abellana and Tom Rodriguez

Carla is a huge animal lover, sponsoring veterinary treatment for animals in need and using her platform to speak out against irresponsible pet owners and animal abusers. She first adopted a dog from PAWS in 2018 for her grandmother who has Alzheimer’s disease. Two years later, she and Tom adopted two aspins, Wing and Fly, to keep Carla’s Jack Russell Terrier Patches company. Sadly, Wing passed away in November 2020.

Iza Calzado

Iza and her husband Ben Wintle adopted their dog Roger from the Pawssion Project shelter in 2021. The couple had several dogs before but decided their next pet would be a rescue. It was love at first sight when they met Roger at the shelter. “He looked at me like he knew me,” Iza said in a video shared by Pawssion Project.

Joey Mead and Angie King

Joey and Angie have been fostering animals for years, and now their rescues are too many to count. The couple rescued stray dogs and cats, as well as horses abandoned during the Taal eruption. They bring most of their rescued animals to their farm in Batangas, where Joey and Angie have set up special areas for the animals to roam and play.

Fernando Zobel de Ayala

The tycoon and his family have always loved dogs but decided after a visit to PAWS that they would focus on adoption instead of buying from breeders. As of 2020, he has nine rescue dogs – four in his Manila home and five on his farm. One of them, Bonito, is a three-legged aspin.

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If these celebrities have inspired you to get a rescue dog, there are a number of shelters you can check out. There’s PAWS, where many of these stars found their furbabies. There’s Pawssion Project, which has shelters in Bacolod and Bulacan, and Lara’s Ark, which has shelters in Mandaluyong and Batangas. You can also check your local city pound, where many animals are euthanized if not adopted for a period of time. –