Have a Heart for Aspins
Heart Evangelista once again speaks for the underdogs in PAWS’ newest campaign, “Have A Heart For Aspins.”
Every campaign of the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) is different because people are getting more passionate about helping dogs get adopted, especially the Aspins (asong Pinoy),” shares PAWS celebrity endorser Heart Evangelista at the launch of her newest “Have a Heart for Aspins” campaign. “This campaign is a call for people to recognize Aspins as beautiful, loving and loyal dogs so they should be given the same care, love and respect as pure breeds.”
“There is still a noticeable discrimination against Aspins,” she shares. “I’ve been with PAWS for 13 years now and here at the PAWS Animal Shelter, we have a lot of rescued Aspins who are victims of cruelty and neglect .You can see five of them in the first ad that came out this week. We want to highlight these beautiful Aspins so that they can find their forever homes with a family who will love them unconditionally.”
This newest campaign is part of Heart’s continued commitment to champion the welfare of Aspins and other animals. Heart is so passionate about the cause of animal welfare that she helped PAWS lobby for the amendment of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) in 2013, which increased penalties for animal offenders. Heart is proud that husband, Sen. Chiz Escudero, supports her advocacy. She adds that their wedding godmother, the late Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago, was the one who made pet abandonment a crime under the amended Animal Welfare Act.
“Wouldn’t it be nice if all dogs had homes? Then there would be no need for pounds or shelters because there will be no sick or injured dog on the streets,” Heart muses. “There will be no asong kalye, just happy and healthy Aspins under the care of their fur parents.”